YES, WE GOT OUR REFERRAL!!!!!! And I got permission to share the news with all of you! We cannot post any pictures or identifying info until after we pass court, but I am so happy to be able to publicly share the news of our referral!
On Monday, October 19th, Radu told us we had been matched but that he was missing some paperwork that he needed to officially give us the referral. He told us it would take 1-3 weeks to get that paperwork.
Just a few hours later, Dell called and said she was in labor. That night (well, actually, in the early morning hours of the 20th) I saw her beautiful baby girl enter this world. It meant the world to me that I was able to see her daughter being born on the day I learned of our own daughter. It was as if, on some cosmic level, it symbolized the birth of our daughter, which I was obviously unable to witness. What a blessing that was to me!!! I will always treasure it.
I emailed Radu thanking him for telling us, mentioning that Dell had her baby less than 12 hours after he gave us the news. The next day (Wednesday, the 21st) Radu called. I was outside pushing my kids on the swings. He asked, "How was your friend's labor?" Of course, me, being the talker that I am was happy to elaborate on how lovely it was. Then he said, "Well, how was your labor?" I was like, "Huh?!" He said, "Go check your email." And there she was -- so perfect and so beautiful. I just cried.
As cliche as it sounds, in that moment everything disappeared. The frustration of the paperwork, the fears about how I may feel - it all evaporated and the only thing I felt was "This is our daughter." It was like, "So this is why we had all of the various twists and turns -- to lead us to her!"
Now comes the hard part -- waiting. Waiting for our court date, waiting to travel, waiting to hold her, waiting to integrate her into our family. Please pray that we will be able to do all of this as soon as possible.
We are overjoyed. I am so happy to be able to share our joy with all of you! Thank you.