Well, it actually came a couple of weeks ago, but we were waiting to post because some family members were on vacation and we had to share with them first.
I know what you are thinking though...”I thought you still had like another year or more on the wait list?!” I know...so did we. We got our referral on August 17th. Exactly one year since we started the process. We had been on the wait list for a little over 3 months, and the current average was over 15 months. To say that we were surprised is the understatement of the century. Because we were open to medical needs, we knew it was a possible to get a faster referral. We just weren’t expecting it because everything else about this process has been so much slower than all of the estimates.
We accepted the referral of a precious 14 month old, and because of the nature of the medical need, we really can’t share any more information at this time. I wish we could post a picture, but we can’t do that either until the adoption is finalized. I will just say....Oh.my.goodness! I cannot wait to have this precious one in my arms.
As if we didn’t know already...God has shown that He is still ever in control of this process. The referral a year ahead of schedule had us a little panicked because we thought we had another year or more to save up for the remainder of the cost. We had applied back in April for a Show Hope grant and for whatever reason had still not heard back. We got the letter in the mail yesterday...we got the grant! I am continually amazed by what He has shown us throughout this process. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store for our family!