Thursday, December 30, 2010

We're number SIX! We're number SIX!

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Whew! I'm exhausted from waiting to find this out, but today we heard that FIVE Thai children from Holt were matched with FIVE waiting families, which means we've moved up from #11 to #6 on THE LIST! This is wonderful news! Each day since about the 10th I've casually looked through my inbox for an email with the update. Today we finally got it! We were hoping for a big number (and since the average is 3-6 children matched per quarter, 5 is on the higher end!) and have been stewing over "WhatItAllMeans" for the last several weeks.
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Here's our very amateur assessment and why we're excited:
First, and for us, the best news is the very high probability that we will get matched by June. September would just be agonizing. Being open to either gender and #6 on the list has every indication that we'll receive our child's name and picture by June.
Second, there's now a possibility of a March referral. Not probable, but possible. In fact, our contact at Holt checked in to see that our immigration paperwork was in, because she said we need to be ready in March, just in case. To be honest, this is dangerous to even think about, because then I'll be a total mess the last half of that month! See, if anyone in front of us on the list (#1-5) has specifically requested a girl, and there are several boys in the March referrals, then they may skip over them and match with us!
Third, if we are NOT matched in March (highly likely) then our odds for a boy or girl even up a little, which is also fun to think about.
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But in truth, it's ALL fun to think about. This process is so agonizingly slow at points that any news at all, especially something significant like today, brings me back to my excitement. It strengthens my resolve to be praying for our child, his birth mother, his foster family, his health, his security and his entrance into our family. It gets us fired up all over again to be reading, learning, researching, fundraising and preparing.
Godspeed my sweet baby!
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PS: If you are reading on December 31st and wish to squeeze in one last donation for tax purposes in 2010, check out THIS POST with directions to giving online for our adoption through Lifesong. It IS tax-deductable and easy. :)

15 comments:

Becky said...

Woohoo! That is fantastic news! Isn't it wonderful to think that God has it all planned in His perfect timing. Number six! What a great way to end 2010. Love you!

Steph said...

I second Beck's woohoo! This is such exciting news! I just know that these next months will seem to fly by and before you (we) know it, there will be a child, YOUR CHILD, waiting for YOU! A picture! A gender! A name? I can't wait!!! Love you, friend!

The Linn Family said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for visiting our blog, and yes by all means link it!Congrats on moving up the list! Praying you don't have a looong wait. Glad to make your aquaintance, and look forward to sharing the journey with you!

Nina said...

We celebrate this good news with you and above all thank God for what He has done and what He will be doing.Love to all of you.

Gem said...

congratulations, and such a time to celebrate, agree with you that there are so many slow points on our journeys when we receive news on our waits it is so magical, and definitly jump starts the excitement, joy and planning brain!!!

Catiejoyce said...

Congratulations on moving up to #6. We have now moved up to #7!!!!! We are praying with you and for you to get a June referral as that is what we are hoping for. I love hearing from other Holt families and can't wait to see how all our stories turn out. We can't wait for our little girl. Nice to meet you and God bless. Our blog is www.neilandcatie.blogspot.com

Jo B. said...

We are excited with you, Jen and Trent! We now have our wall mounted growth chart made with five tall flowers, one for each grandchild. The fifth one is reserved for our little Thai grandbaby, and a space for his/her name!
Mom

Rory said...

Okay, your mom's comment made me cry. Just sayin'.

COME HOME BABY THAI! Can't wait to meet you!!

Becky said...

Praise God! How excititng!

Wendy said...

So exciting, Jen. Remember what I told you, that phone call is going to come when you least expect it.

a Tonggu Momma said...

OH, I am SO excited for y'all! What wonderful news to ring in the New Year! Congratulations!

sarah said...

Woohoo! That is awesome news! What a great blessing to end the year with! Love you!

Coley said...

That's so exciting! You'll be waiting for you TWIMC letter before you know it!

Natalie said...

Ahh! How exciting!! :) Hooray! I will be praying for you, your little one, and the rest of the process! :)

Catiejoyce said...

Jen,
Can't wait till you and I get our picture!! I am so happy for Angie, but it makes the wait even harder. Praying for patience for us both tonight.
Catie