It's the phrase I've been saying throughout this adoption.
Well, this and this was supposed to happen, but God.....
It's been more than once that God showed up in big ways and in small ones.
Yesterday, I got word that our very last document was on it's way from the courier to our adoption agency. Our agency has the rest of our documents, so when this last document arrives our dossier will be complete and it will be immediately sent to China.
I was so excited yesterday when I heard it was on it's way because I had not expected that (even thought I kept saying that I wanted to be DTC- dossier to China- by Sawyer's birthday I realistically did not think that was possible.) So I was thrilled to hear the courier put it in the mail yesterday. In adoption world, everything gets overnighted. I asked him specifically to overnight it. However, yesterday when I got the tracking number I realized he had sent it two day mail. Meaning, it would arrive at 4:30pm tomorrow (Friday), and my agency is closed on Friday. I was bummed we were going to "lose a day", but then figured, ok....it will just go to China on Monday. Until I realized that Monday is a holiday (Memorial Day), so it would not go out till Tuesday.
Listen...I know that it's just a matter of 5 days, but to this mama, every. day. counts. Every day we move ahead means the possibility of Piper being united with her family one day sooner. You guys.....that's EVERYTHING. For her....and for us.
So, I had a small anxiety attack yesterday along with a little pity party, then I just came to terms with it. Tuesday it is.
Later yesterday I got the small, but encouraging news that we can put together another care package to send her in June. Which means I might have more pictures by the end of July. It was a little something to look forward to. Some good news on a disappointing day.
Today, I had a little party at my house (oh my WORD, Norwex.....why do I love you?!?!?) with just a few friends. It was so just what I needed today. However, my adoption agency called right in the middle of the party, and the agency emails. They don't call. We literally just swapped emails last night. I couldn't imagine what the bad news could be, but I called back ASAP trying not to let the anxiety creep in.
My social worker called to say that she literally had no idea why, and that it did not make one bit of sense but........our I-800A (our last document) had arrived in their 10:30am FedEx drop off.
One day EARLY.
It was due to arrive at 4:30 pm on Friday, but it came at 10:30am on Thursday. Less than 24 hours since it had been sent. AND...my social worker said the package said right on it "Two Day Express" and that it was due to arrive Friday at 4:30.......
I sent a message to a friend yesterday saying that thought I was tremendously disappointed, I was trusting completely in God's timing. I knew that He would not be early or late, but right on time.
Today, it felt like God gave us a small, but HUGE gift. The gift of 5 days. We are profoundly thankful.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we are officially, DOSSIER TO CHINA!
I was thankful my social worker says it was incredibly impressive that it only took me (there is not "us" on this one, it was all me) only 3.5 months to do what is supposed to take 6 months, because it certainly felt like 6 months crammed into 3.5 months.
But now, we can sit back and wait for the next thing. And to see what God will do next.
Meanwhile, we celebrate. Who wants Chinese?