This weekend has been monumental to me but in reality not much has changed. This weekend a Fedex plane took off from the United States and landed in Beijing China carrying our dossier (adoption paperwork).
In a few weeks we should get an email saying that China has given us a Logged In Date (LID) which are the magic initials that allow us to start receiving referrals. Sadly, it won't happen overnight. We have been told that it could take up to 6 months to find our match. But out of the blue our cell phones will ring and it will be our family coordinator calling with a referral that she thinks we might be interested in reviewing. China releases a list every 3 to 4 weeks (so I've heard) with all the new children up for adoption from the special needs list. The night the list comes out all the adoption agencies around the world scramble to scan the lists trying to match children with their list of parents with LIDs. We have asked for a girl age 1-4. This is a fairly common request so this is why our wait may take some time.
In the meantime I'm just praying that Caroline is being taken care of and loved on. Someone in China who works in the orphanage where she is has the job of filling out all the paperwork required for Caroline to be adopted. To that person it is just a job. But I'm praying that they have a little ambition to get it all done quickly so that God can play matchmaker.
In the meantime I'm secretly glowing inside knowing that at least something (my signatures) are now in China. But I also know that this is the beginning of what people in the adoption world call "The Waiting Period".
The last of what I can track...now we just wait.