We sent in the adoption package in January. I said it felt like when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, like "this is really happening!" We went through the "pain" of getting the paperwork together, finding people to be references, finding somebody to be our alternate caregiver, etc.
Next, we went through the "knowledge" section of this process. We took lots of classes to help prepare us for whatever child gets placed with us (although I don't think you can ever fully be prepared until it actually happens).
Now, we are in the final phase. It really feels like the third trimester of pregnancy to me. We are getting the house ready - painting the room, organizing, putting latches on cabinets, etc. I am definitely nesting and trying super hard not to be too nagging to my husband to get things completed.
The lady from the agency is coming to our house this Saturday to do our home study! It is very exciting and a little surreal to think we are finally at the end. I'm sure after the home study when Lord willing they say we are able to open our home for children then it will be the waiting game, just like waiting and not knowing when your baby will be born. We will be waiting to get a placement - unsure of when it will be or what gift God has in store for us. Will our child be healthy or have medical concerns? What will our child's personality be? Will Lilly and the new child get along? There are so many unknowns but I know God has it all under control.