A few thousand miles away, a little boy turned 8 today. I don’t know if there was any fanfare, if anyone sang to him or did whatever people do in his country. It’s very possibly not even his real birthday; just someone’s best guess. A date on a piece of paper.
But here, today, we remembered. It was a hectic morning getting out the door to church with an hour less sleep under our belts, but in the midst of the busy-ness, Pippa reminded me: Mom, it’s his birthday today! The waiting birthday is always a little hard for me.
I can’t wait until next year when, Lord willing, we can show him what birthdays are all about. Not presents or cake (although, you know, those too!) but a celebration of another year of life and of the gift God has given us in each of our children. Next year we will celebrate our Little Chappy a bit extra to make up for lost time. And there will be pictures to prove it, I promise!
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In other celebratory news, it’s been a very happy adoption weekend indeed: we finally received Trevor’s final clearance letter for our home study! We had had a frustrating ride with this one: returned for insufficient postage (my bad), unusually high volume of applications due to new state laws, and then Trevor’s taking way longer than mine to come through (lots of past UK addresses to check, maybe? We’re not sure.) On Friday I had finally broken down and emailed our social worker practically begging her to do something to make this whole thing move faster, and then on Saturday, as if God heard my desperate email as a prayer directly to His ear, the clearance arrived.
We hope and pray that with this piece finally in place, we will be able to finalize our home study and apply for our first stage immigration clearance (I800a) this week. Then, dossier paperwork, here we come!