We hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed their holidays. We received word on Christmas Eve that we have the official referral for the four children we are adopting from P!! Kim and I could not ask for a better present, but we got one anyway. We also found out that the kids would receive the picture books we sent as well as learn they are being adopted on Christmas Day!! Our hearts were jumping for joy and Kim was crying. My tears were all allergy related ;)
All day on Christmas we kept thinking about what their reaction would be to the news that they are being adopted and being kept together. Would they be excited, scared or both? We both smiled knowing next Christmas would be very different, but in a good way. All of us are looking forward to having them home and beginning this next phase in our lives.
So, we will now start to work on our I-800. We also still have the last part of our adoption fee to pay off which does not include what our travel and in country expenses will be. We have applied for seven grants so far, but have not heard back from any of them yet. With the official referral in hand there are a some more that we can apply for. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work on clearing this hurdle.
Happy New Year!!!