We began our current adoption in mid-April. At the time of commitment we were already halfway through our homestudy update and since this was our third time putting together a Bulgarian dossier, we felt it was reasonable to assume that we would be able to submit our dossier by the end of the summer and make our first trip before the end of the year.
Obviously that didn't happen.
Two weeks ago we finally received the last two documents needed to complete our dossier. All that needed to be done were county certifications and apostilles. I could not wait to get this dossier in the mail.
Then we noticed that one of our documents would need to be updated.
The updated document arrived on Friday.
With everything finally in order, the kids and I piled into the van this morning and sent our dossier on its way!
It is scheduled to arrive in Bulgaria next Wednesday (where it will be translated, authenticated and submitted to the Ministry of Justice).
We are unsure of what our timeline will be like from here, but as I mailed our dossier today I remembered that we submitted our dossier for Alayna and Lily around the same time in 2009. Sure enough, we mailed our dossier on November 24, 2009 and it arrived in Bulgaria on November 30th (the same day our current dossier is scheduled to be delivered). We received our official referrals for the girls at the end of January 2010 and I arrived in Bulgaria for my first trip in February 2010. At this point, I expect that this adoption timeline will closely resemble that of Alayna and Lily's adoption.
While things are progressing much slower than I would like them to, we are moving forward and I know that our boys will come home exactly when our Heavenly Father intends them to.
For now, I am rejoicing in the knowledge that we are one step closer!