Fall is my favorite time of year. It is not very hot, but not yet snowing. The colors are beautiful in the trees, although this year they leave just seem to be dying instead of changing to bright pretty colors. Apple cider, donuts, homemade baked goods all add to some of the favorite things in fall. The smell of bonfires, football and leaves. I just love everything about fall. We got engaged in the fall and we got married in the fall. In fact, yesterday marked 8 years since we got married. Here is one of our favorite pictures from this day.
The best anniversary present yesterday was the fact that we put our Dossier packet in the mail to AWAA yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, a dossier is the packet of paperwork, we have went crazy for the last 4 months gathering. We have all our documents in the mail and everything is now out of our hands. Let the waiting begin. This is to me the hardest part of the adoption process, waiting with no control over time frame or when things are processed. Especially for someone who likes to have control over everything. But we did it once, and in God's perfect timing we will receive a picture of a baby boy (who Daniel has now named "Baby monkey brother") who God hand picked to be part of our family. Sometimes it is just hard to remember that God's timing is better than our timing, even though we don't see the light at the end of the tunnel all the time.
So what is the next step: AWAA reviews and translates our documents and within 1-2 weeks we will be DTE (Dossier to Ethiopia), then the real wait begins. The wait time currently for a referral for a boy is 10-16 months. Praying that it is a shorter wait, but experience tells me that it will not be.
We also rented a cabin for the weekend and spent some much needed family time. Daniel was so excited to go to the cabin and cook hot dogs. I think he told everyone he was doing that for a week. It was so fun, the cabin was in Hocking Hills in a "secluded" area. When we pulled up I was not so sure. There was a house close to the cabin but once we got back there was a tree line so we were secluded. Daniels favorite part I think was the fact that he could eat dinner and watch Mickey Mouse club house at the same time since the table was in the living room. It was so nice to just relax like a family of three and enjoy each others company. No cell phones, computers or distractions.
The picture to the left of Daniel on the drive way was at our cabin. Sunday we spent the morning at Old Man's Cave. Daniel liked the big rocks and water. We had bought him a football at OU and he insisted on carrying it while we hiked through the cave. Which made me quite nervous since one slip and he drops it, it was gone. Luckily he did not drop it and the football made it home.
It was a wonderful weekend of family, friends and fall fun. Weekends like this are what the fall is all about, bonfires, parades, football and family.