Sunday, August 3, 2008

An Update is Due!!

My sister in law (miss you already, DeeDee) reminded me this weekend that my blog has not been updated since April, so I thought it might be a good idea to give a tiny update. Referrals are coming right along at America World. A family who had their paperwork turned in a couple weeks ahead of us just received a referral (YEA, Caldwells), so we are hoping for a referral in the next couple of months. Kim and Alisa have also informed me that we are within the top 10 to 15 of families waiting. Courts will close next week for a couple of months, so if we get a referral soon, we still would not travel for another two or three months. Really I am clueless as I do not know what kind of effect the court's closing have on the whole process. We are content on waiting for whatever comes our way. I have to admit that when I found out the Caldwells got their referral, I have started to increasingly get more and more jittery. Like at any minute I could get the phone call. I told Kevin that I feel like I have done a pretty good job of being patient and keeping my emotions under control. This is really not in my nature. I was the kid who unwrapped all of her Christmas presents and wrapped them all back up before the big day. I think that knowing myself that if I don't keep myself under control, that I will not be able to real myself back in. What a mess that would be!! BUT, when we do get that phone call, Lord have mercy on the poor soul that is nearest me, as I have a feeling I will cause serious hearing damage from all my screaming!!! God has really done some awesome things in our adoption process. About the time we finished with our dossier, we were tempted to switch agencies as other agencies were apparently giving out referrals at a much quicker rate. Kevin and I prayed about it, and felt very strongly to stay with AW. At the time we couldn't understand it because we wouldn't have been "out" very much money. We assumed we would have gotten a referral (with the new agency they were telling families it would be a 2-3 month wait for referrals) in the Spring and traveled in the summer. It seemed perfect for two teachers. If we stayed with AW, then we were sure we wouldn't get a referral until the Fall or after; hence, I would have to take a lot of unpaid maternity leave by staying with AW. Since we did not feel at peace with switching, we have stayed with AW. Recently we have heard that the other agency we were thinking of using has been under investigation for child trafficking, so we thank God for not letting us have peace!!! Also, my dear friend, Jamie Jo, took my hand drawn sketch of a t shirt design and took care of all the details in getting them printed. JJ is a director of a camp in Colorado, and has been selling the shirts there. Evidently they have been selling like MAD!!! Every time they get a new order, they sell out within a couple of days. Isn't that crazy? Even more crazy is that one of their campers is Jordin Sparks, and she liked the shirt and wanted to help out AnNi so much that she is going to wear it to the Nickolodeon Teen Choice Awards tonight. She is nominated for three awards, so our shirt is going to be on TV. The show will air on Monday on Fox. Isn't that completely RIDICULOUS?


kristin said...

That is SOOOOOOO cool. I am glad they are selling So well!

When do we get to get one???

The Gillman Family said...


I am so excited for you to be getting closer to the top of the list for referrals!!!! I will be praying for you to continue to be cool calm and collected until the referral but when you get that referral you will have to let a big shout out!!!

Jori said...

Great that they are selling!! What a blessing!! I can not believe you went fron April til Aug. ~ You are really keeping things "under control"!! When (hopefully) ref. start this month you may have the "right" to be getting a little "out of control"! :):) Here we go!
DTE 02/19 either x2

vinceandalisa said...

Soooo cool!! Hey, I used to unwrap my Christmas presents, too...are we sickos, or what :)

Sherry said...

Kelly - We watched the TC Awards tonight just to see Jordin wearing your shirt. So cool! We were screaming "she's wearing it!" when we saw her. Of course my two teenage daughters have "got" to have one of those shirts now. LOL! We're looking forward to meeting you Wed nite and we'll talk shirt sizes then. :)

Sherry Semlow

Jori said...

HEy just had to say I JUST SAW JORDAN WEARING YOUR SHIRT!!!!! How very excitting!!! Are you selling them to us too or what? where?

Zack and Rebecca Caldwell said...

I am so happy for the update!!! And how cool is the whole shirt thing!! Awesome!!!!!!

Carpenters said...

I just checked your blog a few days ago and thought the same thing. Thank you for the update. It's good to hear how things are going. How exciting about your t-shirts. I am praying the call comes quickly.

With Love,