On aug. 10th, we received news we've waited almost exactly 9 months (4 days off!) to hear: We were officially placed on our agency's waitlist. Paperwork was finished (hooray!) and we were one huge step closer. We were pretty thankful.
Our agency isn't able to give us a "real" time frame. However, they are giving an estimate of 18 months at this point - although that's a very loose estimate. With getting on the wait list? Came our first official set of numbers.
You know those moments you picture happening perfectly in your mind? This wasn't quite how I pictured it. : )
Our girl's wait list number (Ava really is excited about this)
Our boy wait list number
In case it was hard to read:
Girl Number: 126
Boy Number: 95
At this point in our journey, we should see at least some movement every month. At this place on the list, there are "phantom" spots essentially. So one family may be approved for up to 2 children between the ages of 0 and 4. They would be on the girl list, boy list, and sibling list. However, say they receive a referral for a 2 yr old boy. They then come off the girl list, boy list and sibling list all at once and everyone is affected. You see the "phantom spots." The closer we get, the smaller the movement will be as those in front of us will more and more resemble our own family's parameters.
But all that detailed stuff aside, we had to find something to celebrate with and what better thing to do than a give away!
When we did a giveaway a while back for Ordinary Hero, a number of you mentioned really liking this long-sleeved hoodie. So the winner of our giveaway will receive the hoodie in their desired size in their mailbox.
But there's a catch. : )
Ryan and I think we have a girl name we really like if we would be referred a girl. But so far, we haven't found a boy name we like. This is a long ways away, but I thought, why not combine the two?! : )
SO, to be entered into the giveaway for your own long sleeved hoodie, all you have to do is give us a boy's name suggestion.
Want a bigger catch? I'd love there to be some African history or meaning to the name. Our girl's name has that and it's partly why I love it. Although, I'm open to hearing other suggestions as well.
You have until Sunday night, Aug. 21st. : )