Today marks 8 months since our dossier went to Ethiopia. Based on trends over the past 5 months, I estimate we're due for a referral in the next 3-9 days. In fact, since referrals started rolling in back in June, there has only been one month that our agency didn't dole out a handful of referrals. And based on where we sit on the list, there's a good chance we'll be in the February group.
If you happen to be on the waiting list for a referral, on the verge of being on the waiting list, or in some other adoption wait mode (I-171H, court, travel, etc.), I'm confident you're following my logic. Because I'm not the only one who checks the waiting list every day, counts the days between referral waves, tests the ringer volume on my cell, and sends my SW a dozen roses just to gauge (and perhaps influence) the probability of some referral action.
One thing I haven't tried is a rally cry. So will you please join me in rallying for a Valentine's Day referral.
And if that doesn't happen, I'll be hiring an actuary to further analyze statistics, evaluate trends, crunch numbers, and put an end to the eternal question: when?
Edited to add: Happy birthday Allis. Lunch Tuesday!