I have thought multiple times that I needed to sit down and think about writing a post for the blog because our process has moved forward in a significant manner, yet life has also thrown us some curve balls that we’ve had to accept and manage. I won’t go into full on details (you can read up on them here), but I will say that the last two weeks have been the most intense two weeks of my 30 years of life and in the end, our God is more real to me than He ever has been.
In the same two weeks, we received a most blessed phone call and the timing was definitely God showing up once again. In December, we sent our dossier (a lovely stack of legal documents that had to be notarized in the D.R.) off to be notarized but were told that there was going to be a delay in the notary process as they had limited it to processing three documents per person and we had around 56. At that point we were working on a timeline that said it would take 2 – 4 weeks for CONANI to review our dossier after it had been submitted but there was the delay SO we read it as potentially 6 weeks before we even knew if our dossier had been reviewed.
Through the month of January we got a few update e-mails stating that our dossier was still under review. On February 1st, I was headed to Pensacola awaiting the arrival of my niece, Lucy. I’m not going to lie, in the chaos of the two weeks following her birth, nothing else crossed my mind. After being down south longer than my suitcase had anticipated, I had to return home for more clothes. On February 7th, while I was driving up the interstate, my phone rang and it was our favorite social worker, Beth. I answered not knowing she was about to rock our world. She said that our dossier had been reviewed and we had been MATCHED with our daughter, Raquel. I’m pretty sure I screamed in her ear and then began blubbering. Neither of these things are conducive to driving, yet that is what I was doing and I had to find a place to pull off so I could see straight and think straight.
Before I go on, I should remind you that we were expecting it to take 6 weeks for our dossier to simply be notarized and reviewed. The timeline further stated that after the dossier was reviewed and approved, it would take an additional 3-4 weeks to find out if we were going to be matched with Raquel. (A match occurs if your family is selected as the adoptive placement for a child or sibling group. At this point, you will be provided additional information about the child or sibling group so that your decision to proceed with meeting them is a well informed one. Once you have had an opportunity to review all of the available information about the child, and are satisfied that the match is a good one for you and for the child, the process of bringing the child home begins.)
Rather than taking a full 9 – 10 weeks (without the delay), we were getting a phone call about being MATCHED with our daughter in approximately 6 weeks from the time we sent our dossier to the D.R. Again, God’s timing is miraculous and while I’d like to think I’ll never again question Him, I am praising Him for the way He has perfectly woven our life and His timeline together.
Our next steps:
We’re waiting for the new referral file to be translated into English so we can send in our i800 to USCIS and apply for DS260 (all I can tell you is that it has to do with immigration). This will take about 8 weeks and then we should receive the dates we are allowed to travel.
In the mean time, we are having a bake sale. If you live in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa area you should really consider placing an order