Application 2 arrived, February 2005! We were really on our way. We followed Dillon's suggestion of starting a 3-ring binder to keep track of all of our papers. We were shocked by how much paperwork there was to fill out. Tracking down birth certificates, wedding license, and writing an autobiography of ourselves...reminded us both of writing that "What I did Last Summer " essay in grade school. Plus, our secret was out; part of the application package required letters of recommendation from our friends. Naturally, everyone was thrilled about our good news!
Somewhere along the way, I read or heard that it was a good idea to request all the documents in triplicate. Boy! has that saved a lot of time along the way.
It was also during this time that we had to commit to our desires. We were truly set on India from the start. Patrick had strong feelings for wanting a girl. Both of us wanted an infant and I sort of reasoned Pat into circling the twins box! (Although we are told that twins are rare.)
We both realize that the whole adoption process can take years, but when each request for a form to fill out or a document to be supplied came, we felt this tremendous sense of urgency to get it completed immediately. Although it seems ridiculous, the faster we send in our application, the sooner we will meet our daughter and we hurried to save even just one second.
We sent in our Application 2 on February 15, 2005. Milestone number 2 is crossed. We celebrated with dinner and a movie...Gateway to India for dinner and then we rented "Monsoon Wedding". Funny, India is popping up EVERYWHERE!
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