So our complete, whole, totally finished dossier is officially in the mail! It should arrive in Ethiopia in approximately four weeks. I know that might seem like a long time, but it is not going straight there. Our little dossier will make several stops along the way. Right now it is on its way to Utah to our placing agency, West Sands Adoption. Once it has been approved by West Sands, it will take a little trip to Washington D.C. While in D.C. it will stop by the Ethiopian Embassy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (I think...it might actually be the State Department...not sure) for approval. After spending some time in D.C. it will head back to West Sands, and then finally hop the pond and land in Ethiopia safe and sound. So, when you realize how many different steps are involved, four weeks really does not seem like too terribly long.
Of course, Adam and I are beyond excited to be at this stage of the process. I still can't fully believe that we have sent our dossier off. Now we just wait. Hopefully, our dossier will arrive in Ethiopia in September. As soon as it arrives, we will be placed on the waiting list (oh my!). Even though we will be officially on the list as soon as our paperwork gets there, we will not get our first official waiting list number until the first week of October. Our agency does waiting list updates at the beginning of each month, so we will be waiting anxiously, staring at our phones and obsessively checking our email during that first week of October. :) And we will update you all with our numbers as we get them.
I know I just said it, but I really can't believe we are here. We are about to be a waiting family. What a blessing; what a sweet relief. Thank you, Lord, for bringing us to this point. Use this time to grow our faith in You.
P.S. We got one more surprise later in the day today. We received notice of our biometric fingerprint appointments from USCIS! This is happening!!