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FIFTEEN is my new favorite number.

Why? You may ask. Because it means


I waited to post until we got this news, but our dossier went to DC and back in record time. Such an answer to prayer! It was all so unknown and SO out of our control–I told Trent I’d be happy to be on the wait list by Carson’s birthday (Sept 22). Our courier came through, the papers were back in my hands within 10 days, I overnighted them to the Holt offices to be received yesterday. They were super efficient and processed it all within a day and we were informed today that it is on it’s way to Thailand, and we are family #15 on the wait list to be matched with a child in the program. People. This is a HUGE step! HUGE. Getting that dossier out of my hair feels like I just lost 10 lbs. (If only!)

I will try to articulate my understanding of the wait/match process in a post very soon. (The wait is estimated to be 9-12 months, then another 9-10 months until we can travel.) But right now I don’t want to articulate, I just want to

PS: I had a fun post earlier that I took off and will repost in a couple days, b/c I wanted this news to take precedent.


  1. Congratulations! Doesn’t it feel great to get your end of the work done? (Just a tip – stay organized, because we just spent another 2 hours in the paperwork jungle doing immigration forms this weekend!)


  2. So exciting, Jen! Each time I think about how long you must wait for *Peanut*, I’ll thank God for faithfully leading you this far. And I’ll pray for that little life until he/she is safely in your arms.

  3. Jen… you guys are constantly in my thoughts these days. As I live vicariously through your journey, this is just one more confirmation of your path being right in line with God’s vision for your lives (including that precious little package who awaits your embrace). Congrats and make sure you guys do something to celebrate!

  4. WOW! Fifteen? I’m so used to seeing numbers like 46 for Ethiopian referrals that 15 seems soooo close!:) I love countdowns!:) Can’t wait for more updates!!

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