Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I know you are out there, Emma!


Yes, I know what I said about caps...these are caps of happiness!!

The marriage certificates were here when I got home and let me tell you, what a PAIN IN THE BUTT (caps of aggravation) to put all the copies together, after stapling all the little certifications on top of the notarizations and then putting the authentications on top of that! For my added fun and amusement, two different people certified the notarized copies, so I got to play "guess the certifier" when matching up the documents and the copy of the certification for our FOUR copies. That's Maryland for ya, though--gotta see what we can milk -- oh, wait, how about a step after the notary to say the notary is valid and before the authentication which will tell us the certification is valid? That'll be $36 bucks, please...and $110. And about $115 in copies. And don't forget the fun of falling off the desk!! (Okay, not Maryland's fault--purely mine--no, JOHN'S--because he has not finished the other bookshelf in our office and the printer is on top of the desk and not on a shelf. This poses big problems for me as the desk is a good foot taller than I am, so I have to climb in the rolling chair (YES, I KNOW that's not smart...) to climb on the desk to climb on the shelf that has the printer...that's easy. Getting down, not so much. I digress. And, no, nothing is broken, but thanks for caring...(that means you, John!)

Anyway, I am now exhausted but so happy to be sending that darned thing off! Even better, and more significant to me, when I woke up this morning (at 4:50 am, thank you very much) I was trying to rouse myself out of bed...and as I looked out the window, I got a feeling that I have not yet had--I felt like she was cooking somewhere! Up until this morning, I truthfully didn't think she was much more than a sparkle in someone's eye, but this morning, goosebumps and all, I just felt it. She is in somebody's tummy, growing and forming and I can't wait. So, Emma (still not decided on Emma Jane or Emma Grace something, but for sure Emma) know that mommy has finished the first big hurdle...it wasn't fun, I won't lie, but I don't mind. It is what I has to do to get you here, so...done!


  1. I'd do cartwheels, but it would have the same result as you standing on a ROLLING chair (what WERE you thinking?) so I'm just clapping and jumping for you. LARGE hurdle jumped (see my Olympic metaphors?)!!! You and she are coming closer to one another each day. I can't wait!!

  2. I'm still basking in the HUGE relief too that it is to get that thing done and SENT so I'm thrilled that you're here in this lovely spot with me too now! CONGRATS!!! Praying the rest of the journey will be EASIER than this first big hurdle.

  3. So glad to hear you got it all done! I loved your feeling that she's really out there now. I had the same feeling too! But mine didn't occur until our dossier was moving in country and to a region(Kaz). It helped me during the hard waiting to pick different aspects of her life to pray about daily. Things like her safety, health, growth, caregivers, warmth, food etc... It just all gets so real- finally! I'm truly happy for you- you're going to be a great Mommy!
    Can't wait to follow along as it progresses. Thanks for letting me!