Monday, January 25, 2010

We're DTR!

Our dossier had arrived in Rwanda, been signed for, and been delivered to the Ministry... we're officially DTR as of today!  Our dossier travelled with the dossier of another family, and we're excited and hoping we'll be travelling with them (and hopefully catching up with some dossiers that have been in Rwanda for a while, right Alison?).

DTR means Dossier To Rwanda.  Yes, I know that is not an adverb; one cannot be "dossier to Rwanda."  But you can't really friend anyone either.  So there you go - we're DTR.

What this means: We have a three- to six-month waiting period, and then we'll (hopefully!) receive a letter of approval from the Ministry in Rwanda.  Two months after that, we'll get a referral!  That's when we get a picture of our daughter, along with her medical information, age, weight, etc.  Then we have a court date in Rwanda (we don't attend; we have a power of attorney standing in for us) about two weeks later.  That's when our daughter legally becomes ours.  Then within a few weeks after that, we travel to get her!  So we're looking at bringing her home between July and October of this year.  And while we fully believe that the timing in this belongs to the Lord, we're still praying for July!

In honour of being DTR, I started today on a baby blanket for our little one.  My mom got me this yarn for Christmas, and I've been holding off starting until we got this news.  A way to mark the day, and something to do for her while I wait.  


These aren't the colors our daughter's room is/will be, but I just thought they were so pretty and girlie and fun!  Here's the pattern I'm using (well, basing my blanket off of this pattern).

We're DTR!  Yay!!

15 comments:

Mrs said...

Reading through tears . .. can it really be happening this year? WOW.

I didn't see any pattern. Will look again.

Mrs said...

Oh! There was a link! (blush)

Raquel said...

Praise the Lord! I'm glad you'll have something to do while you wait!

Chase and Laura Bowers said...

Congratulations Allie!!! Welcome to the next phase of waiting. Lots of lessons to be learned here. Some easy, some hard, but all worth it :) Laura

Christina said...

YIPEE!!

Jessica Leigh said...

This is fantastic news! Waiting eagerly with you! :)

Alison McLennan said...

Wish I knew how to make a YouTube video...I'd record myself jumping for joy on your behalf! :) I hope you have better success than I've had not looking at the calendar and counting the weeks since DTR every day between now and approval!

Nona said...

Rejoicing with you, for you, and for us! :)

Shannon said...

YEAH baby girl - Mama and Daddy are coming for you soon! Praying for you wherever you are, that the Holy Spirit would comfort you, and keep you healthy and minister to your spirit and that Guardian Angels would surround you and protect you from any harm. We can't wait to meet you sweet long-awaited child!

Christopher Ryan said...

What wonderfully exciting news!!! We can hardly wait to meet our new niece! My contract finishes the 3rd of July and Sidonie's the end of July...hmm... :D We're praying for both you as you wait and for the new little Brannon out there waiting to meet Mommy and Daddy! Praise God that you're DTR! (Oh, and have fun crocheting that blanket - I'm sure lots of prayers will go into the making of that special blankie!) Tell Jeremy and he boys we say hi!

Mrs. R said...

Hallelujah!

MotherMotherOcean said...

super groovy. I shall live through you.

Courtney said...

yay! so excited for you!!

s i d. said...

Yaaaaaaaaay!

Phyllis said...

SO, so happy for you!