We've actually been working on this for some time. We updated our home study back in May, and when I traveled to Serbia and met with the Ministry on May 9th I had the rare opportunity to hand deliver my translated home study.
Then we waited to hear word about Ianna, and the word we heard was not good. We have known this will be our last adoption, (but if it happened that we learned Ianna ever became available, we would go get her in a heartbeat!)
In September we learned of the other children on the Serbian registry who fit our criteria, and we have sat with that information, slowly turning it over and over through many discussions. But there was one problem...my school! I have had several issues come up with school since it started in September, and it did NOT feel right to be where I was, but I really didn't know what I could do about it. Maybe I was just second-guessing myself? I kept plugging along, unsettled spirit and all.
All this time Dean and I were discussing kids, options, schedules, the logistics of it all, there was just no way it would work with me in school. Well God once again intervened and removed the obstacle. I am now officially out of school.
I know, I know, you just want to know who we're bringing home!!!! I will tell you this is Serbia's first TRUE "blind adoption" to the U.S. We know we are bringing home a 7 year old boy with DS who is currently in Belgrade. We know a bit about his motor skills, and that he communicates his wants and needs with gestures and that's IT! We don't even have a picture.
While some people think this has happened really fast, it really hasn't happened any faster than Axel's adoption. In fact, we're on the exact same timeline as Axel's adoption! (Axel's timeline is on the left sidebar) What IS different is the cost. This adoption will total around $8,000. Yes, you read that right.
There is only about $6,000 left to pay. (airfare and in-country expenses) We already have $4,000 set aside and a VERY short time to come up with an additional $2,000 which I am confident we can do.
So there we go....adopting again. We're so excited!