Friday, April 22, 2011

Officially Unofficially Accepted!

Posted by Angie at 7:30 AM
We are unofficially officially accepted!  After coming up with an excuse to e-mail our potential agency (do I sound like a true adopting mama yet or what?!), I casually slipped in a question about our application.  We received a response Wednesday night:

"Your application is complete and I see no reason for it not being approved although I am not on the approval committee.  We are running way behind in getting the approval board together.  Don't worry, it will happen and your position in the overall process will not change."

Does that sound like a yes to you?  Because it sounds like a yes to me!  Now, the Future Papa and I have had this evening planned out for awhile now.  We received a gift card to Chile's recently and had been saving it for our "THEY SAID YES" day.  At first we thought that we should celebrate at one of our town's many fine Asian restaurants (we are adopting from Taiwan after all), but then we decided...a free meal (via gift card) would be much more fitting to celebrate the official start to our adoption and the saving/fundraising ahead of us.

So, I called him the moment he got off work.
Future Mama: "Wanna go to Chile's tonight?"
Future Papa: Pause.  "Did you hear from the orphanage?"
Future Mama: "WE'RE HAVING A BABY!!"

Our first "We're Pregnant" picture!

Now, I have never been pregnant (read all about that in the our adoption tab), but I imagine this is what it is like to pee on a stick.  You try and try for months (researching agencies and countries, looking at applications, finally applying) and then finally, in one moment, it's official...you are having a baby!  Two little lines appear!  Or, in our case, an e-mail!!

And of course, once you know you are pregnant, you have to think of ways to tell everyone!  So, at dinner, we talked endlessly on how we are going to announce the news to our families and friends.  (Note: Our families know that we have an interest in adoption and that we are in an adoption ministry, so this won't come as a complete shock to them that we are adopting.  What might be shocking is that we are starting the process now!)

My announcement ideas tend to be a bit crazier than my darling husband's, who likes things plain and simple, ha!  My mother and younger brothers are going to be in town for Mother's Day weekend, so as much as I am itching to pick up the phone and call her RIGHT NOW, I love the idea of doing something special in person.  From gifts to jokes to videos to pictures, we have all sorts of ideas for all sorts of different people...more on this to come :-)

And now that you have read all this, are you ready to know who we are adopting with?!  We are thrilled to announce that we are officially an unofficial...

HIS HANDS TAIWAN FAMILY

I have so many wonderful things to say about this awesome ministry in later posts, but for now, check out their website, blog, or facebook page to hold you over.

May you all have wonderful Easter weekends.  I know we will!

Much love,
Future Mama

17 comments:

Rach@InHisHands said...

Congratulations!! What an exciting, amazing day.

Natalie on April 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM said...

Congratulations! :) And the initial excitement is a lot like peeing on a stick. :)

Sarah Habuda said...

Hurray!!!!! I am SO SO SO excited for you! I can't wait to walk this journey with you and see the precious little one that God has planned for your family!

Cindy on April 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM said...

Hey there - Congratulations! Just fyi, when telling your friends and family your adoption news, keep in mind your news may not be met with immediate joy. When we announced our adoption plans to family, it was LESS than enthusiastic - more along the lines of trying to talk us out of it and questioning why we would want to do this. We had expected a much different reaction. And when we announced our plans to adopt a second time, we once again expected a more enthusiastic reaction and we were disappointed again by the negative response from our parents. I hope your family will be enthusiastic and supportive as soon as you share your wonderful news, but don't despair - I know our parents are just concerned about all the unknowns of adoption and only have our best interests at heart. We had more time to process our news before sharing with others, and it may just take them a little longer.

Cindy

Kate Clayton on April 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM said...

WhooHoo! Welcome to the HH family!!!

SassyAgapi on April 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM said...

Unofficial/official congratulations!!

Dawn said...

CONGRATULATIONS of being unofficially - officially paper pregnant :)

Nicole@homeforhire said...

Soooo exciting! I look forward to hearing more about it :)

Christy said...

Congratulations!!! I like to come up with fun ways of telling our families about our referral (whenever it happens). ;) Can't wait to hear how you spill the beans!

Brooke said...

You guys sound so much like us! We would have done the same thing and enjoyed some yummy dinner at Chillis!

Brooke Annessa
www.theannessafamily.blogspot.com

Guest said...

Have you discussed visa denials by AIT with His Hands Taiwan?

keithsharinemcdougall said...

Congratulations!What fantastic news

Katie Lindsey on April 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM said...

Yay! Can't wait to continue to follow your journey. I hope you get official news soon!

Future Mama on April 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM said...

Cindy, I am so sorry to hear that!! I am hoping our families will be pretty supportive, but I do think we may get some lukewarm and possibly negative reactions from some friends/co-workers...will certainly keep it real and let you all know how it goes!

Future Mama on April 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM said...

We have...luckily because they are such a small orphanage, they have not had many problems with this :-) Thank you for looking out for us!

Joe and Jane on April 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM said...

Congrats!!!

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