Hang on to your hats, because this is where (I think) things will start to get good.
You've all been so patient, humming along on this adoption roller coaster ride. If you didn't notice, about a week ago we started up a very slight incline. I'm sure some of you heard the clinking and sensed you were headed up rather than straight forward.
My husband sent a mailer to me last Friday containing the remaining paperwork necessary to complete our dossier and submit our paperwork. I've been not-so-patiently waiting for the mailer to show up, knowing full well the estimate is two weeks from there to here.
When I went to bed last night, something said, "Tomorrow."
I wish that something would take to whispering lotto numbers, but I'll be satisfied with just this!
BIG downhill rush, stomach turning, and I had to sit down and catch my breath! Very roller coastery.
I had logged on and sent my husband an e-mail to tell him and the next second--BOOM!!!!--and the power went out. Hmmm. Interesting.
I took my husband's truck (which was not parked in the garage with the now un-electrified garage door) and headed to the places on my "here's where to go once you get that mailer" to-do list.
I took the papers and went to the post office to make copies.
Then, I went to the nearly grocery store. Was I hungry?! NO! Inside the store is a branch of my bank AND a service desk where I could purchase a money order.
I then went home, assembled the final stack of papers, wrote out checks, filled in the money order, completed the UPS mailing labels, stuffed the envelopes and headed to the UPS counter.
I UPS'd my dossier and a few other things to the Assistant Stork in Virginia. This husband and wife team will take my paperwork, by hand, to D.C. to have the Department of State sign off on it and then to the Ethiopian Embassy for them to do the same. Then, they will use the pre-paid UPS envelope I included to send the entire thing to my adoption agency in Washington state.
I also UPS'd the photocopies and certified photocopies to our caseworker at our agency along with our dossier submission fee. Once our paperwork arrives on her desk from Virginia, our caseworker can submit it for transfer to Ethiopia!
I trust from now forward the updates will be a bit more frequent and tons more exciting.
One step closer to M3 and it feels AMAZING!
The paper chase is OVER!!!!