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Accepting a referral! Hallelujah!

After three weeks of not hearing anything, we have gotten our answer -
We are to Go Ahead with our paperwork to adopt Little C!! 

Yes, his name is now "Little C". We must keep privacy until he is officially home, but his name does start with a "C" and since Caleb also starts with the same letter, our new little one for now will affectionately be called "Little C"!

I am thrilled! This an answer to prayer. Unfortunately though there is still some uncertainty. Our next step is to accept Little C's referral and then submit our dossier to the Philippines (which will take a couple months). Once they have our dossier, there is still a chance that we could be denied the adoption. The chances are small because they've already accepted our profile, but just knowing there is a chance, does make me nervous. 

But enough about nervous thoughts! When all goes smoothly and government things move fast and social workers are timely... ;)
We will bring home Little C in late spring, or summer. The latest should be fall. Our prayer is that it happens late spring so that I can spend a full summer with Little C (since I am a teacher with summer vacation) and work on bonding/attachment. Please pray for this, as this has been my hope since we started the process. It would be such a blessing for us all If the timing worked in this way. 

A little about our little guy - he is 4 years old, handsome, dark eyes and hair, and loves music! This is what drew him to us - I could not get over the fact that it was mentioned time and time again that he loved music and reacted positively to music. I believe we could supply a little of that for him in this household....! :)
He has had a cleft lip surgery and has some hearing loss, which will provide some obstacles for him growing up but we are ready to work hard to keepthese obstacles   minimal for him. Sounds like he is a normal, fun-loving, spunky four year old. 

And Caleb will have a brother. My heart is full of happiness and excitement. 

Yey!

Ok, I must get to work on our referral documents tonight. Can't start the dossier until these are done! Every day counts as one more day Little C sits in an orphanage. Please pray this process MOVES!

Thanks for all of your encouraging words and prayers. We are excited to have you all along with us on this journey!

In Christ,
Mara

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