We have officially had our dossier pulled out of line. It is such a bittersweet thing to know, but I know it is all a part of God's plan. As Lyndal said, "We are not in charge here." Once our baby is born we have to do a Home Study Update, wait for approval, then send a letter requesting we be put back in line.
The CCAA website now says this: The CCAA has finished the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office before June 30, 2006. The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before November 25, 2005.
Some of our Dillon families now have pictures of their babies! I've seen a couple of them and they are so very cute - just perfect! These families waited over two years to receive their referrals, I can't imagine their emotions at FINALLY having that picture in their hands. I'm sure they are just praising God, and all those months of planning and waiting have just melted away! I think I read where the CCAA only covered three days of LIDs for this three month period. That is incredibly slow, but again, "We are not in charge here" and neither is the CCAA!
YAY!! We are being induced on October 1. That is about 10 days before my due date. I've been induced with all of my other 10 million pregnancies (careful what I wish for) and I really like it, probably because I don't know any better :)! Anyone with any name suggestions?
We are thinking of naming our new baby girl Minky Dot. What do you think? It's sort of a family name . . .
Just kidding! That's the name of the fabric her bedding is made out of. It is so soft! She's going to think that sleeping on plain cotton sheets is like sandpaper. She will be the Princess and the Pea.
Ethan got a big boy bed a couple of days ago. He's doing really well in it once he settles down. He even went cold turkey on his 'uh-oh' which is his blankie he had and only sucked his thumb when he had the blankie - no more blankie and no more "suck ya thumb!"
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history