Last week we heard from our adoption social worker. It looks like the referral time has now lengthened to 8-9 months. To refresh your memory, the referral is when we receive the official paperwork from China with the name, age, history, of our precious daughter. Originally the referral time was around 6 months from our log-in date (May 24th). That put us at Thanksgiving. Then it moved to 6-7 months, and now we just heard it is 8-9 months. This means we may not get our referral until January or February, and then not travel until March or April. Evidently there is a huge backlog of applications of people wanting to adopt from China. This is a good thing for all of those little girls, but it's hard for us to be patient at times.
Well, at least we have more time to prepare. Kurt has come down with pneumonia this week, so this gives him more time to fully recover. We know God has everything under control, and so we pray for patience as we eagerly await our Lily.