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Monday, February 28, 2011

Y'all Are Gonna Get Sick of This Word

NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT!

I've been chanting it ALL weekend, y'all. I can't seem to help myself. All sane thoughts have pretty much flown from my head and I am no longer interested in anything else. Because we! are! NEXT!

(And I so appreciate y'all sharing our joy with your many emails and comments and hope you don't get sick of me shouting the word NEXT from the rooftops.)

For those of y'all who are not familiar with the China-adoption process, here's a brief description. When you apply to adopt from China, you receive what's called a log-in date, or LID, from the China Center for Adoption Affairs, or CCAA, when a CCAA employee officially records the receipt of your formal application to adopt, also called a dossier. Then you wait. When we adopted the Tongginator, we waited less than six months for an adoption referral. And the day we received our referral, every other family who received an LID of June 23, 2004 also received a referral.

This time? We've been waiting over 56 months. In fact, everyone with a June 13, 2006 LID (unless they dropped out or switched to the special needs program) is waiting alongside us. And sometime in the next six weeks we will ALL receive referrals. Although ALL implies a large group. After 56 months, I'm sure y'all understand when I say there aren't many of us left. Heh.

But our small little group? Is NEXT!

We know that we are next because last week China issued referrals through June 9, 2oo6. Just four! measly! little! days before our LID of June 13th. Especially since two of those four measly days fall on a weekend. Which means we are NEXT!

NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT! NEXT!


(Told y'all you would get sick of hearing it.)

Three years ago, I confessed that I have a Wait Jar. I haven't posted about it all that often because... well... because it was depressing, y'all. It contained I don't even know how many stones, with each stone representing an LID that proceeds our own. This was my wait jar almost three years ago:


And this is my wait jar NOW:


Because WE are NEXT!!!!!

(And to all y'all still waiting... huge hugs to you. I'm still thinking of you and praying for you and hoping that this gives y'all hope that it WILL happen.)

50 comments:

Mireille said...

NEXT is the greatest word!! Congratulations, hope next is SOON!!

Anonymous said...

i'm happy for you! And I know that you can't think right now anything else, because I feel the same way!
lid 6/12/2006

Keating Mom said...

SO happy for you to be NEXT!!!!

Kim K. said...

Congratulations!! It's about darn time!!

Liz said...

Congratulations!

epin said...

Congrats on being next! I remember that special time, wondering throughout the month whether CCAA was matching me with my child at that very moment. It was the longest month, but oh-so-wonderful. I cannot wait for your referral!

Aus said...

Can't wait to see that referral!

hugs - aus and co.

Megan said...

Woop! Woop!!!!!! Can't wait to see that little one that God has chosen to be yours!

Tonggu Grammy said...

Next, Next, Next!!!! I am so excited! And you may all be jealous now because I will be traveling with them to China. Can't wait for that referral to get here!

Laurie said...

Nope, never gonna get tired of that word. Never!! The first time around I didn't even really grasp what "next" meant. A measly 8 month wait it was... and I thought that was forever!! :) LOVE your wait jar- love being able to count those 4 little stones! Our LID (before we switched) was July '07. I'm wondering if we'd be referred before Allison goes to college. Hmmmm. I cannot WAIT for this next batch- TOO exciting!!

Claudia said...

NEXT!!!! How AMAZING!!!

Briana's Mom said...

You are almost at the finished line! Woohoo!!! NEXT!!!

Sharie said...

Not possible to get tired of hearing it:)

Elouise82 said...

I am so, so happy for you. Good news has been flooding my ears regarding adoptions lately ... such a joyful end to this bleak winter!

The only time I'll be ready to stop hearing "next" is when you start saying "now."

Wendy said...

Shout it from the roof tops...loud and proud and as many times as you like! We've all been there(or will get there). So excited for you!!

lmgnyc said...

I love the way that jar looks.

Laura L. said...

You are NEXT?! That is awesome, Tonggu Mama! I mean that is just AWESOME. As I look at your log in date, I see you were logged in just after we brought our Jadyn home. That is a super long wait, and my mind really can't fathom it.

Know that I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

sara said...

Next is an awesome word...I love it!! Plus June 13 is my birthday, so that makes it an extra fantastic day :D

gabe said...

so excited for your family!! What a long wait you have had!

I found it so funny that you didn't even know until someone told you. . .after all your waiting, God kept you busy right up to the end!

the meaklims said...

Listen, you can say 'next' as many times as you like, because you have waited 56 months to say it.

And THAT! Is HUGE!

So go ahead, shout it, sing it, whisper it, sy it however you like. And get that new diaper bag on the ready! YOU are going to CHINA!

And I couldn't be more happy for you!

I'm desperate to know what the Tongginator's reaction was, to 'We are next'!

Jill

Dawn said...

Woohoo! NEXT is a great word. Probably only second to the word NOW. I can't confess to even coming close to knowing what this long wait has felt like to you but I can certainly rejoice with you in the SOON-NESS of these upcoming days!!!

Be blessed!

prechrswife said...

Go ahead and say it as much is you want! I am so excited for you!!!

thegypsymama said...

Man, this had me all choked up this morning. Amazing. I feel like there's this whole powerful metaphor you're living about how patiently Jesus waits for us.

I feel tongue tied to even express it - because your wait and your faithful love is so staggeringly beautiful.

Can NOT wait to live the "next" vicariously through you guys!

~Lisa-Jo

autumnesf said...

What a lovely word! Just keep throwin it at us because we all love hearing it.

Can't wait for the big NOW!!!!!!!

3D said...

It is never tiring to celebrate the imminent wonderful and life changing phone call! SO excited for you!!!

Keep smilin!

Leah said...

I don't comment much on your blog, but I read nearly every post! I am thrilled you are "NEXT"!!

I am also intrigued to know what you will name your daughter for the blog. :)

Also, kind of a novice question, but how does the CCAA match children with families? Is it random pairing of sorts or do they consider your family specifically? God is the ultimate orchastrator, but just wondered what the CCAA's official method is for matching.

Next! :)

Gail said...

You truly ARE NEXT TM!!!!!
And I'll never get tired of you saying that...say it every single post from now until then! You have waited so long.

So happy for you...will you be blogging in China?

Lindsay said...

I don't think I can even begin to comprehend the anticipation and excitement you're feeling. And your patience is truly amazing. So happy for you and your family.
We got our referral (SN) in November, and we're hoping to travel in early May. Maybe we'll see you in China?!

Anne said...

NEXT!! WOOO-HOOOO!!!!

Carla said...

I won't get tired of hearing NEXT at all!!!! So glad the CCAA surprised everyone with quick referral batch. :)

LucisMomma said...

Tonggu Grammy, not jealous at all. Just happy for you! Enjoy that trip with your family.

Keep yelling NEXT! all you want, it is like music!

When we got our referral, we were expecting a 3 year old...but got a photo of a darling 8 month old (9.5 at adoption). I was yelling We got a BABY! We got a BABY! just like you're yelling NEXT! :)

planetnomad said...

YAAY! You're NEXT!! I will not get sick of this word. You can post an entire page consisting of the word NEXT and I will just smile and be happy with you!
:)

Mamatini said...

First, WOOOOO HOOOOOOO! You're next!

Secondly, my challenge to you is to incorporate the word "next" into every blog title from now until the big day! Ha! Knowing your creativity, you'll pull it off.

So happy for you!

Myrnie said...

...and referral means matching up with a precious little child?? Woman, why is the word next not pink and sparkly??? Hoooooraaay!

Aunt LoLo said...

NEXT! NEXT! NEEEEEEEXT!!!!

So excited for you. :-)

The Byrd's Nest said...

You are next!!! You are really really next!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! I am over the moon excited for you and your family. I have already written down everything in my prayer journal so that I can be praying for all of her emotional needs...and yours;) Love you big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Drinkwaters said...

I love how the picture has "four" little heart stones left in it, representing the four days left. It seems symbolic - four hearts about to be joined together!

jeanette said...

oh my goodness! excited for you! I haven't followed where the CCAA was in dates for forever..well, since we came home. :) So glad they are finally getting to you. :)

Andrea said...

I'm so excited for you!! We were 6/19/06. I'm looking forward to seeing the referrals come for all our LID buddies!

Magi said...

Woo hoo! Very happy for you. A good friend is now waiting for TA. It's been such a long haul for all of you.

Alyson and Ford said...

So excited for you!! Yes, we remember "Next" too as we missed the cut off by two days.... so another month of waiting! You can make it! (it really pains me to know you waited that long - absolutely shameful of the China government!).

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Julie said...

So excited to follow along as someone is NEXT again, very exciting!!!

oneinchofgrace said...

Congratulations! I like the "wait jar" idea.

oneinchofgrace said...

Congratulations! I like the "wait jar" idea.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

WHOOOOHOOOOOO!!! It is finally YOUR TIME..... you are NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT!!! I could not be happier for you and cannot wait to see The Tongginator's Sister!! She must be beside herself with excitement right now!

Have a great week....only a few more to go and you will see her face:)

xoxo,

Lisa

Kristi said...

Those three little hearts say so much! Oh I'm so happy for you guys!!!

Johnny said...

So I was wondering if we'll see pictures of any of you folks in China? Why don't you have a weekend "art" project and make easy-to-slip-on-masks so pictures of you can be seen......but your actual faces can't?

Gotta see me some China pics.

The Gang's Momma! said...

Only better word(s) is "We got the call!" Keep yelling it for all you are worth - you deserve it!

Love to you all!

kitchu said...

!!!!!!!!

Wanda said...

I take a bloggy break and look what happens. Only the BEST NEWS ever. I'm so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!