This is what I would probably look like if I were about to give birth to a four year old. Well, I may not be pregnant, and that is only a blanket stuffed under my shirt, but the excitement, the blessing, and the miracle of adopting Alexsey is just as an amazing an experience as giving birth.
I look at adoption like this.
When we decide to adopt another child, it is like reading to pink lines instead of one. When our paperwork is complete, it is like hearing my baby's heartbeat for the first time. When our dossier is submitted and accepted, it is like feeling a butterfly flutter inside me for the first time. When we get our travel date, it is like counting down the last month of pregnancy. When we drive to the airport, it is like driving to the hospital. When the plane takes off, the first stage of childbirth is over. When we land in your birth country, I am told that I am very close to pushing. When we drive up to the orphanage, so many emotions flood both your Mommy and Daddy when we know it is this last push before our precious child will be born. When we finally meet face to face for the very first time, the feeling is indescribably heavenly.
Alexsey---- only two more days till we leave to see you! Hang tight--- we're coming!
8-7-09 - Fly Home! 8-6-09 - Pick up Visa 8-5-09 - Apply for Visa 8-4-09 - On the Train back to Kiev 8-3-09 - Pick up Court Decree 7-31-09 - 10th Day done 7-23-09 - John and Dennis no longer in Ukraine with Us 7-22-09 - 10 day wait begins 7-21-09 - Court 7-15-09 - See Alexsey! 7-14-09 - SDA Appointment 7-11-09 - Leave for Ukraine 6-30-09 - Found out SDA Appt is moved up to July 13 6-22-09 - Found out SDA Appt is July 15th but could be sooner if we redo our medical quickly 6-22-09 - Dossier Successfully Submitted 4-22-09 - Dossier in Ukraine! Begin the translation! 4-14-09 - Whole dossier apostilled 4-6-09 - Finished paperwork for dossier, waiting for immigration approval to come in mail 4-3-09 - Notified by email that we are approved to adopt an orphan 3-14-09 - Fingerprinted twice for immigration and police clearance letter. Received copy of marriage certificate. 3-13-09 - Received invitation for I-600A fingerprinting 3-9-09 - Immigration get our homestudy 2-10-09 - Finished all paperwork for homestudy and mailed off I-600A 1-31-09 - Homestudy Visit 1-28-09 - Notified Homestudy Agency 1-27-09 - Committed to adopting Alexsey