While trying (rather unsuccessfully) to prepare for the coming blizzard, I got an email from our adoption facilitator. I’d been sending her questions all week about Ana-Sophia’s measurements and trying to get a grip on how the adoption proceedings will go. She answered all my questions in one big swoop and dropped a bomb. The good kind! She wants us to travel on March 10th. Yep, you read that right. March. The Tenth. As in…four and half weeks from now. Can you believe it? I am waiting on our last few apostilled documents to be returned and we are still waiting on word from USCIS, but we are actually about to go get our daughter. I immediately sat down and wrote a letter to USCIS requesting that they expedite our application. Pray that it is received well!
Today I got another email laying out exactly how the adoption will take place. I think I’ve written before about the fact that we are the first family to adopt a child out of the foster care system in Serbia. If not, well, we’re the first family to adopt a child out of the foster care system in Serbia. Being the first has left us with quite a few questions. We’ve read lots of other adoption stories from Serbia, but all the children have come from the orphanage in Belgrade. We were told that our daughter is not in Belgrade, but until today we did not know her exact location. Now I’m obsessed with this little small Serbian village with a population of 14,000 that is approximately 67km from Belgrade. It is divided from the city by acres and acres of farmland. I have scoured the images on Google Earth with wonder over which tiny house she is sleeping in tonight. We will go to this village for a few days and attempt to establish a positive relationship with her in visits that will take place twice a day. On or around the 4th day we will head back to Belgrade to complete the adoption. When we leave there, she will be with us. For good. Throughout the adoption proceedings we will have our daughter. Well, actually, we’ll have both of our daughters, and both of our sons, and our dear friend Charity. Our family will be whole. In four and half weeks. OMG!!!