The latest, biggest news is that we're near the end of putting together our dossier! WHAT is a "dossier"? Complements of Wiktionary:
- DOSS-EE-AY ; 'do' as in dot, 'ss' as in hiss, 'ee' as in wee, 'ay' as in day: DOt,hiSS-wEE-dAY; DOSS-EE-AY
EtymologyFrom French, see below
Noundossier (plural dossiers)
- A collection of papers and/or other sources, containing detailed information about a particular person or subject, together with a synopsis of their content.
This stack of papers has taken months of effort, quite a bit of the green stuff, and more than a little patience. I am one of those strange people that like paperwork, and yet this was a stretch for me. The biggest challenge was all the waiting to secure documents. There was nothing we could do to speed things along...we just...had...to wait. I must admit, however, that when I express-mailed that puppy off to our agency this morning, I admired how official it all looked, complete with rivets and beautiful seals from three states. And just for the record, the Wisconsin State-Certification seals are rockin'.
Tomorrow, assuming they give momentary grace on the $698 we are currently short on our dossier fee, our agency will do their second review of our documents, bundle them together into a single document, and express-mail it on to Washington D.C. It will be sent to a courier there, whom we pay to walk it down into the Department of State to be authenticated. After that step is properly accomplished, it will be walked down to the Ethiopian Embassy for a second authentication. This process could take about three weeks.
When the above process is finished, our dossier will be returned to our agency, processed in their office, and then sent on to their in-country coordinator. We will wait...and wait...and wait upon God's perfect timing...to be matched to our child(ren.)
In the meantime, what are we doing? We're living a full, wonderful, blessed life.
We're learning much about our future child's birth culture.
We're giving thanks for God's provision, while working on saving and stashing more green stuff. We've still got a long way to go where this is concerned. Good thing my Papa owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Always looking for creative ways to continue fundraising. I'm currently in the painting-cool shirts-business! These make great gifts, and are yours for a minimum donation of $15 (shameless plug.)
And, last but certainly not least, we're continuing to pray for and to dream about this little person across the world. Because, even though we've not yet met him or her or them, we miss them.