That is a HUGE relief to even type. Mailer one is in the mail! That just means the last two months of gathering documents, going to the sheriff's office for a background check, going to the doctor for a complete physical, calling and ordering new birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, getting all of these said documents notarized, dated & completely filled out to perfection is done! WHEW! That is one check that I will gladly mark off the list. There were 29 documents in this packet and our blood, sweat & tears were on each one. Thankfully not literally because China would reject it, but figuratively...most definitely!
Now this doesn't mean we are finished with our Dossier. It just means step one is done. We have 2 other "mailers" we will need to send out and those luckily aren't as extensive as the first. Mostly just our home study papers and some other Chinese forms that are needed. Still highly important documents needed...but not so much on the errand end. Which let's be honest, took up most of our time!
This is me...loading our first mailer into our local Fed Ex box...praying everything gets to it's intended destination! You should have seen my face. There's a reason I didn't take a picture of it, and it's not just because I was trying to do some cool photo op with one hand and actually taking the picture with the other. (Mostly) But my face had one thousand emotions on it. Excitement, worry, anxiety, thrill, joy, impatience and annoyance! Mostly the annoyance was because we have no local Fed Ex pick up place with an actual person...and there was no way I was waiting any longer to mail this very important packet than I had to and Jason taking it to Nashville on MONDAY wasn't cutting it. Also because daylight savings time is dumb. This was 5:30 in the evening, people, it looks like MIDNIGHT! Come on!
But nonetheless, it was sent and prayed over and I have fully trusted God with our little labor of love packet. God is in control of everything, our country, our states, our communities, our families and our little packet that I so want to arrive in one beautiful piece. God is in control.
Now on to mailer 2!