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Friday, October 5, 2012

Amazing Day!

Today we got an email from our agency that included seven new pictures of Penka as well as a video of her sending us a brief message. It was amazing and the best way to start my day!  If was great to see her, she has grown even more beautiful, but to hear her voice for the first time was an incredibly emotional experience.  She appears sweet and embarrased but smiling and excited as well.  She sent us this message which the agency translated for us: 

"Hello, I’m Penka. I’m 14 years old. I am happy that I will have a family like you. I hope that everything will go well between us and I am looking forward to seeing you.
Thank you very much for the presents. I like your photos very much. The album is great!
See you soon!"
Getting this video is  like having an ultrasound when you are pregnant.  You can't believe all that you have been experiencing is really tied to another human being and that your lives are never going to be the same, in a very good way. Having experienced both avenues to motherhood now I can say they are equally emotional, rewarding, stressful, scary, and amazing. Sometimes children grow in our bodies but they ALWAYS grow in our hearts.
We also got answers to my many questions on various things like what her favorite color, favorite foods...moussaka, french fries and chocolate, and her favorite activities...taking walks and playing basketball. 
I can't believe we are so close to meeting this amazing young girl and embracing her into our family.  I am finally feeling we are close enough to traveling that I can justify buying her some presents and have plans to hit Kohl's this weekend now that I have her favortie color and size!
What a great way to kick off the weekend, can't wait for more good news to arrive in the next weeks.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tik Tok....

Our dossier was sent off to Bulgaria Sept 21, 2012.  Our agency case worker sent us confirmation that it had been received and was in process for translation and authentication on Sept 26th.  Since then the Bulgaria adoption groups on Facebook have been buzzing with news of written referrals and travel dates.  Most sharing that they are only being given about 10 days advance notice for travel and that the travel dates had come about 6 weeks after submission.  If that timeline holds true for us that would put us traveling sometime in early November I expect. 

Currently we are only at week 1 so all I can do is sit and wait.  This is the time we have been warned about that will be most difficult since we are so close yet still so far.  I can't imagine what it is like for families adopting healthy younger children who are told they will have two year waiting periords at this stage.  It must be excrutiating.  6 weeks seems like too much but with that perspective it is but a moment in time. 

For now we must be content to prep mentality and financially to be ready to travel at the drop of a hat to a foriegn country to meet our daughter to be who does not speak any English.  I have more than enough school work for my masters program to keep me busy after work and weekends not to mention just normal family life and Jamie's activities but it is hard to stay focused and not day dream about what is about the major change coming into our lives so very soon.