“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
Y’all…this could be *the* week.
One of the weeks we’ve been looking forward to for two years.
In a nutshell: we entered IBESR (Haiti’s adoption system) on November 25, 2013, and there’s a *chance* we could exit IBESR this week.
Feels a little freaky to type it out loud (because this very well may not be *the* week), but we were told (on Friday) that all of our babe’s paperwork is signed and ready to go, which means we could be released any day now! When our paperwork is released from IBESR, we’ll move on to the next phase of our adoption process, which is called Parquet Court. Parquet Court is 12 or so steps in total (you can read about them here if you’re curious), and when they’re all completed, Sweet P’s last name will be Palmer!!!
Based on a bunch of other adoptive families timelines, it looks like the Parquet Court phase has been taking between 2 and 6 months to complete. (which honestly sounds lightning fast, at this point!) And although it’s unlikely, just knowing there’s a *chance* our boy could legally be our boy by the time we visit him at the end of November is absolutely thrilling!
We’ve heard that homecoming happens about 10-12 months after IBESR exit, so exiting this week would give us a better idea how to answer the “how much longer?” question we get asked a lot. Here’s hoping I have another fun adoption update to share later this week!
On the home front, Brian the Carpenter whipped up a matching pair of sofa tables for me last week. Nothing elaborate- just four reclaimed white oak planks, some leftover pine from the fireplace project, and eight chippy old spindles. I haven’t really started to decorate the tops of them yet, and we’re out of town til Thursday, but I’m excited to “Fall-ify” them (and the mantel) a little when we get back. How about you? Are you ready to break out the “Fall stuff” yet?