Another week has gone by and we are starting to get a little excited. After last month's disappointment, we have been cautious with our feelings and doing our best to stay calm, but a week or so out from when referrals should arrive, we are starting to feel the butterflies re-emerge and the anticipation begin to build. If you told us when we sent our application off in August 2005 that we would still be waiting today, we would not have believed it. That following May, we took a trip down to Savannah to meet some of our travel mates (and now great friends), the Rizzo's as well as Wendy and her two beautiful girls, Kate and Claire. As we were having breakfast at Clary's on the last morning, Wendy predicted we would wait eighteen months for our referrals. Susan and I just looked at each other, both of us thinking "no way". We talked about it later, when things really started to slow down and said "huh, maybe Wendy will be right after all"...little did we know that it would be another ten months on top of the eighteen she predicted!
It has been a crazy, long, frustrating, wait, but it has also been amazing to get to know people we would never have met but through China adoption, to take some great weekend trips and vacations, and to learn more about each other and ourselves as we prepare for a brand new life as a family of three. I believe that when "the call" finally comes, we will know that this wait has been for good reason, and our chosen child (by God with a little help from the CCAA) is ready and waiting for us on the other side of the world. The timing will be perfect.