Thursday, March 17, 2011

It’s a girl… AGAIN!!

We have big news, HUGE news, exciting, thrilling and down right crazy awesome news… OKAY OKAY I'll tell you --- our baby GIRL is waiting in Seoul for us!!!!!!

As you know, we were planning on waiting 10-14 more months for a referral but, God obviously had other plans for our family!  Yippy! 

Here’s a quick look into what’s been going on behind the scenes: 

Thursday evening March 3rd: We received our weekly email from our agency updating us on any changes for the Korea program usually just filling us in on any families that traveled to S.Korea or if any families were matched with a child ("referral") and sometimes a little shout out for a child who hasn’t been matched with a family yet.  In this particular email there was a little bit of information on our Sweet Pea.  After we got the email we wrote an email back to the agency asking for more details about her.
Tuesday midday March 8: We are thrilled to finally hear back from the agency with the file of information and pictures – 8 pictures!!!  During Tuesday and Wednesday our minds were wheeling and our emotions were a little up and down but we prayed… talked… sought wisdom and direction and continued to feel the peace of the Lord through the situation and decision.
Thursday morning March 10: We decided to move forward with the next step!  We scheduled a pre-adoption consult with a pediatric adoption specialist at the University of Washington – usually the appointments aren’t available for 2-4 business days but they just “happen” to have one for Friday morning!
At this point, we felt very confident that this little girl had been hand picked for our family because many of our thoughts and feelings were in line with each other and we didn’t feel fearful over anything about HER (we were told  there was a 98% chance we were getting a boy - talk about a change of mindset, but you know we love girls!)!
Friday morning March 11: We spoke with the pediatrician and have a very encouraging conversation about Sweet Pea’s medical history and all the other information we have on her.  Following the call, we decide that yes (!!!!!!!!) we will tell the agency she belongs in our family.
Saturday and Sunday we fill our family in on the exciting news!
Monday afternoon March 14: We officially hear from Korea that they are thrilled to have a match and informed our daughter’s foster family and that they too were thrilled!

Basically, since this all happened so fast and so much sooner than we expected we have just needed a few days to let it all soak in.  It’s been a whirlwind and we have been so excited this whole time, but also a little overwhelmed with the thought of so many changes happening in our NEAR future.

Like I said, we really feel God’s hand in the timing of this and want to lean farther into that peace He offers when we feel anxious or afraid. 

Hopefully I can answer a few questions you might have:
How old is she?
She's eight months old, only 10 months younger than Norah!  It's going to be a beautiful relationship between them - that might mean some interesting teen years for mom and dad though :)
What's her name?
The social worker gave her a Korean name and we are considering a few English names and trying to decide on a simple but unique new first name. For now, we'll call her our Sweet Pea.
What are you waiting for, go get her!
We're waiting for Korean immigration mostly.  We know that the agency in Seoul has already filed for the next step in the process but nothing can proceed until our fingerprints are processed - we don't know the average time but we got fingerprinted about two weeks ago.  We are also waiting for the official referral package in the mail along with paperwork that we need to complete (yeah, more paperwork!).
So, when will she be home?
Lord willing soon but, typically between 3 and 6 months from referral time - that puts us between June and September.
Tell us her stats!
Birth date: July 14, 2010
Weight at birth: 6.5 lbs.
Weight recently: 16.5 lbs.
She's got lot of beautiful black hair, and stunning almond shaped eyes - oh and how could I forget, those chubby cheeks!!
Where's her picture?!
Since things are not final we are not allowed to post pictures, so sorry!  Now you get to have a lesson on patience :)

32 comments:

ckm. said...

This was the most exciting news to start my day with(I guess that's the beauty of being hours ahead of most people)! Congratulations, I can't wait till you get to post pictures!!

Melissa said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congratulations, Blomgrens! How exciting to have 2 close girls. I am so excited for you!!! Thanks for sharing the news :)
MP

Sandy said...

Already looking forward to meeting our grand-niece. So happy for your budding family!

korr said...

Yahoo!! I am so excited to hear your news, and love little sweet pea already :-) Aubrey was born July 13, so they are exactly the same age! I can't wait til you can hold your precious baby too. . .and Norah and her will have such a wonderful relationship. As you know, God brought our family quicker and closer than we imagined,but His grace is sufficient- enjoy!!

MicheleH said...

PRAISE GOD!!! What awesome news! Congratulations to you all! Can't wait to see photos of your beautiful Sweet Pea!

Mary Beth said...

WHAT EXCITING NEWS!!! Ahhhhhhhh I am so pumped for your family!! Praise God for the little girl He's hand-picked and is delivering to you! I'll be praying for your family! Love to the Blomgrens!!!

David and Bethany said...

You're RIGHT! I am thrilled to read your blog. I love how close they're going to be in age! Isn't the peace God gives as we have to make these tough decisions AMAZING!?!? God is GOOD!

Sandy said...

That's so awesome!!! Congratulations!! Will be praying for God's continued guidance!

Monica said...

How exciting! How nice to have her so close to Norah! I bet you guys can't wait! It's so neat to see this all unfold. Surely God has better plans than we could ever make. Mon

Ginna said...

AWESOME news!!!!!! I was expecting something exciting and have been waiting eagerly to hear:). Praying for the FOUR of you!!

Stephen said...

What?! You two are adopting? Wow, we should catch up soon.

Amy... said...

Best post ever! I love how you've filled in all of the details. And....sweet pea...love it.

Chuck and karen said...

Dear David, Kelly and Norah,

We are thrilled to be the grandparents of little sweet pea. We love her so much already. God has blessed you abundantly and we are so excited for her to be part of our family. You have shown us how to trust God and patiently wait upon Him. Love, Grandpa Chuck and Grandma Karen

Jonathan Hook said...

Hip hip horrah. We are celebrating with you and cannot wait to hold that chubby cheeked girl!

Allie said...

Huzzah! I'm so happy for you guys, and it's a joy to see how God is working for you and through you in this process. I'll be praying and reading!

Allison said...

Congratulations! We are overjoyed for you and cannot wait to hear more about Sweet Pea! We will be praying for all the logistics to go smoothly and just think, by fall you could have another daughter in your home!

Dan and Shell said...

WOW!! Such great news!! All in God's PERFECT timing eh?! How wonderful that you had such a peace about it and just knew she was the one for your family! Amazing! I don't know how you held this news in at Bach on monday! So excited for you!!

abby said...

Tears of joy my friend...what a beautiul gift this Sweet Pea is! My heart rejoices with your family..know I will be praying for the continued provision of His perfect timing and grace! Love you

Ermine and Pearls said...

That's so amazing! I can't imagine how surreal it must feel to know that your daughter is waiting for you! God has had this planned out from the dawn of time, and she is going to be the best thing for your family. I'm so happy for you guys! I love reading about your heart for this child. Lots of love to you!

Don & Orla Malley said...

Orla and I are so thrilled for you as you undertake this new step in parenthood. If our count is correct soon we will have EIGHT great grandchildren.....and we are not that old! Be assured of our continued prayers.
Grandpa Don

Tiffany said...

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting, so happy for you guys :) Can't wait to see her at home with her new family!

Jenny said...

Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news!

margie overhauser said...

Congratulations!!

Jes said...

Oh dear - so I heard last week about your new daughter and was so happy!! But tonight I am weepy-happy. Such a great thing for you both to go through together. Your hearts are huge! Love you so much!!!!!

Jess
PS Ky and I want to know if you need name help (JOKE)

Avant Photography said...

So Excited for you guys!!! What a blessing it will be to have her join your family and for her to have you two as parents!! God's blessing to you!! Praise Jesus!!

Nanna said...

We also are smiling ear to ear!
Just think about another laughing little girl to add to Norah's great chuckles! Love you David, Kel and Norah (:

Julie said...

Hey! It was so good to meet you today at church. I get so excited when I hear other people's adoption journey. God is good and I love how he surprises us when we least expect it!!

While the Chinese adoption process is different...I'd still love to talk if you ever want to. I did keep an adoption blog and have it password protected now but would be happy to pass it along to you. I do have the the video of the day we first met Summer over in the side bar of my family blog. I always loved watching those when I was waiting!! ;)

Courtney Bryant said...

Oh my word!!!!! While we're waiting for our little peanut there is nothing sweeter than hearing yours is on her way! I am OVER THE MOON KELLY!!!!! Thank you for the update. We are praying, praying, praying for you. I'm not sure if you all will go to Seoul or if you have an escort but we'll be praying for the whole process. God bless you guys!

Courtney Bryant

carly said...

what?! how did i miss this post!!! well, you know how excited we are for you guys!! hooray!! :) i am calling you tonight to hear more. :)

Dena said...

Congratulations!!! So excited for you guys!

Misty+Mike+Chully said...

Congratulations Blomgren's! Can't wait to follow your journey!
Misty (Baby Steps) :)

Woven and Spun said...

yay!!!! ok not sure how I'm just reading this now! :) CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lets make a playdate (or a mommy date!) soon so I can catch up on everything!!!

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