Starting the beginning of 2011, I began a marble countdown. Each marble represented one LID day between the date they had referred through until our date of 9/12/06. It was a nice visual to see the marble jar decrease, a sign that while it was moving slowly, we were indeed getting closer. Some months were fun, removing as many as 14 marbles one month, but most were less impressive, 4-6 at a time. But this past referral batch we went from 8 marbles to one, representing one LID left, our own.
8 marbles in the jar representing the 9/4/06 batch in April
Referrals came out yesterday and with a bit of a surprise, they went through 9/11! That means we are in the next batch! This is such a relief...rumor had it that the batch would go through 9/8, leaving us wondering if we will make it in the June batch or we'd have to wait another month but wonderful news came our way. It is hard to believe, to conceive that after more than 5 1/2 years, we will see our baby's face, in about 28 days. This is such an exciting time! Our Mia's file is making it into the matching room...our dossier is being dusted off. It is all so very surreal. How can I know this is coming, pray for it to be here, cry over disappointing batches then seemingly all of a sudden it is our turn...we are NEXT!