I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:1-2

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Surprise phone call!

The phone rang at 7:30 this morning. I rolled over (I have fallen off the early-rising wagon this summer). The "you've got a message" tone beeped. I ignored it. A few minutes later the phone rang again. This time I got up, but still missed it.

Hmmm...it was not a number I recognized (I truly had expected it to be my dad asking the kids and I if we wanted to come over for breakfast).

I listened to the message. It was my wonderful worker at my adoption agency. She asked me to call her (she was calling from her cell which was why I didn't recognize the number). I seriously still didn't think too much of it because just yesterday I was scheduling something with her that wasn't directly related to my adoption and I thought maybe there was a scheduling conflict.

I called her, and she said the magic words: "You have matching approval!"

AMAZING!!! I screamed! Little Pud then told me that she had just prayed for MA. The fastest I have ever heard of anyone receiving MA recently was three and a half months. We broke the record with three months and ten days! Yippee!!! I was hopeful for mid-August and wasn't even thinking (much) about it yet. The wait hadn't even gotten difficult.

What does this mean? It means that I am officially matched to my sweet Baby Girl. It means that I am in another paperwork flurry. It means that I can send Baby Girl a photo album and a video so that she can be introduced to her family. It means that her child care home will start transitioning her to the name I have chosen for her. It means that Baby Girl will be home before Christmas...maybe even by Thanksgiving. Soon I will get Baby Girl's birth certificate and send off for the next step of immigration approval and then it will go to the court in her country. The long wait is over. Smooth sailing from here!

THANK YOU to all who have prayed and given. I have lots of wonderful things I would love to share, but as my recent posting history has shown, this summer has not been a good blog summer for me. However it has been a lovely real-life summer and with the coming of the school year will come more frequent posts (hopefully).


Anonymous said...

Its an amazing story told by an amazing woman. Your blog should be published in hardback. Its an inspiration. Congratulations. Sweet Baby Girl will never realize...til she is home. What a Thanksgiving it will be. What a heart and family you have. It brings tears. CB

Vicky said...

Oh Justine, I'm so excited and thrilled for you! What a great Christmas and hopefully Thanksgiving it will be for you and your family!

I'm glad you have had a fun real life summer!

Chelsea said...

I love this happy post, Justine! I'm going to pray for her to make it home before the holidays. It's so fantastic when things go faster than expected. Such a rare thing in this process!

Mer said...

Awww SWEET JUSTINE!!! I'm THRILLED. I will keep praying for her. WOW! So exciting!

Talley Images said...

so, so excited for you!

Sarah said...

Praising God with you!!!

Mother of Pearls said...

Congratulations! This is the best news. Hope you receive I800 approval quickly as well.