That is the first of many initials we hope to be explaining in the days and weeks ahead. As each of you know, we began a paper pregnancy 6 months ago that recently culminated in the completion of our dossier (the "D" in the title prompt). We mutually agreed :) that since Marcie had pretty much handled the first two pregnancies, I would take care of this one. While it was at times labor intensive...I would have to say it really wasn't as bad as all the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" experts say. And I am extremely pleased to report that it was accomplished with no pain medication whatsoever...not even the smallest dose. OK, I'll stop being funny (by my definition of the term anyway) and get back to it. It was truly a team effort, as is the case with every aspect of our wonderful life together...and we are better spouses and parents today because of the process...and to God goes the glory for what we learned about each other, about our plans as parents and about our hopes and dreams as a family. I love and adore my wife, and I am a better person because she is here.
OK, back to DTC. The "T" and the "C" stand for two of our new favorite words these days...to China. Put it all together and our dossier was shipped to China TODAY (Friday 3/6/09)! Everything the Chinese Center of Adoption Affairs ever wanted to know about us (and believe me, that's a lot) is bound up in a DHL envelope and headed for some airport. Don't worry, we'll be tracking its every move via the internet and look forward to "seeing" it reach its final destination. Once there, we will anxiously await a LID...but I'll save that explanation for another day. Until then, we are happy to be one milestone closer to meeting our daughter. Don't worry baby girl...mommy and daddy are coming. And, by the way, your big brothers are turning two years old and seven years old as we speak...oh my sevens. Thank you God for this opportunity...help us to use it for Your purposes. Love to all and thanks for your continued prayers.