Today marks 2 months waiting for our boys to come home.(1st Month Recap here) Much less has happened this month as we began the hurry up and wait phase of this process. We did though manage:
* PA FOR OUR LITTLE MAN * Decided to name him Joseph Samuel * Our 3rd and 4th and final Home Study visit * Our home study is now written and is being reviewed and edited as we speak...err type....err...read. * Requested LOCAL police clearances....probably should have done this sooner but silly me thought that the STATE wide police clearances our social worker obtained were good enough. How crazy that I should think that when an entire state clears us of any criminal activity that our local government should need to do the same. Really? Ugh. * Printed/copied/gathered/notarized and sent off for authenticating and certifying all of our needed documents for our dossier. * Made only 10 trips to Fed Ex this month. That line item on our budget decreased significantly this month! * Received an update on Joey which did this mama's heart good. * Did absolutely nothing over 2 days as I was too busy staring at the photos that came with the update of Joey. * Did a lot of laundry in an attempt to recover from my 2 days spent staring at the photos that came with the update of Joey. * Sent our birth and marriage certificates right back to the states that had just sent us them to get them 'state certified'. (Bureaucracy at it's finest!) Received those back very quickly! * Filled out our I-800A application and it's accompanying $830 money order so that it's ready when our dossier consultant says go! * Prayed...and is still praying that because we live in a state that requires our home study to be reviewed by the state first before it goes to the federal government that it will go quickly. We have been warned that the lady who handles last name M-Z files that she is slooowwww. -ugh- If you want to pray for us, please pray specifically for the lady who handles M-Z at DHR. I don't know her name but God does! * Became intimately familiar with nearly all government offices both in our city and on base that I needed signatures or forms from. If I am ever arrested, lose my drivers license, or need to meet with my parole officer I know where I need to go.
So that is that! Month 3 will prayerfully include having I-800A approval and be well on our way to getting our dossier to Ch*na! Finally. This will be a big, Big, BIG step for us as everything will be out of our hands and in the hands of the Ch*nese government. The ball will then be completely in their court. Gracious I've never been so excited about passing a ball to someone else's court my entire life!
I am a forgiven sinner madly in love with my Savior and mother to many somewhat smelly boys who recently returned from China with our two latest additions Jacob & Joseph. Orphanage mates from infancy, 7 months apart and teaching me daily what real love is. 3 months home with Jacob and Joey I found Joshua. Blue, sick, dying and needing a family. 4 months later he was home, healed and leaving me in awe of the healing hand of God. Glory. To. HIM.
May 25th-June 14th 2011 - New Home study June 14th, 2011PA June 16th, 2011 - I-800A sent July 1st, 2011 - I-800A APPROVAL! July 8th, 2011 - DTC! July 11th, 2011 - LID August 1, 2011 - LSC! August 12th, 2011 - I-800 Approval August 19th, 2011 - NVC Cable August 26th, 2011 - Article 5 September 6th, 2011 - TA September 19, 2011 - Gotcha Day!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Made the final decision to adopt after months of prayer
Friday, February 12, 2010 Signed contract with adoption agency and contract to begin home study
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Announced to friends and family that we were adopting through a really fun guessing game on Facebook. :)
Wednesday, February 28, 2010 Precious boy #1 File Locked! LOI sent in!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 First Home Study visit(though 99% of forms needed for HS completion are already done including requesting all state clearances....all 8 states....thank you Air Force!)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Second & Third Home Study visit
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 PA! (17 days from LOI)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Fourth and final Home Study visit and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate!
Thursday, April 16, 2010 All dossier docs county certified and Secretary of State authenticated! Just waiting on the home study!
Monday, April 19, 2010 Home study done! It's at our agency getting reviewed!
Friday, April 30, 2010 Fingerprints released from fingerprint purgatory(8 1/2 weeks for FP processing)
Monday, May 3, 2010 Final draft with prints sent to agency
Monday, May 10, 2010 Home study officially approved
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Drove to home study agency to pick up completed home study and overnight-ed I-800A to USCIS!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Found out Joey and another precious boy that we fell in love with months ago are in the same foster home and are best friends. Sent 8.2 million emails.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 All dossier docs except Home Study and Immigration clearance sent to Chinese Consulate for Authentication.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Agency #2 says yes, they will release kiddo #2's file!
Monday, May 31, 2010 Found out all of our dossier documents were rejected at the C.Consulate. They don't take Fed-Ex right now.
Wednesday, June 7, 2010 Our dossier documents finally return to us. We decide to use a courier for the Consulate this time. It worked, over $300 and a week later we had all of our dossier documents sans the home study and I797-C forms authenticated!
Monday, June 14, 2010 am Sent our dossier sans the home study and I-797C forms to our agency for review.
Monday, June 14, 2010 pm Found out that we received a request for evidence. Our dossier isn't going to China this week. This was a hard day.
Monday, June 21, 2010 Request for evidence resolved! Our I-797C is on it's way to us and we are trying to get our dossier to China this Friday!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Everything that could go wrong. Did go wrong. Our dossier is not going to China this week.
Monday, June 28, 2010 Home Study and immigration approval are with the courier! Our agency should receive it all on Thursday, dare I say we may be DTC Friday?!
Friday, July 2, 2010 DTC!
Thursday, July 8, 2010 LID!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:01pm Received a phone call that we have verbal permission from the CC*AA for the dual adoption. Cried like a baby.
Friday, July 30, 2010 After 9 days of both agencies working out the deets, we submitted the required paperwork to have his file officially transferred to our agency.
Monday, August 23, 2010 8:11am Received a phone call that the CCAA is skipping PA for Jacob and moving right into LSC "asap"!
Thursday, September 23, 2010 LSC X 2! (ASAP in Mandarin apparently means 4 weeks)
September 27th, 2010 I-800 mailed
October 27th, 2010 I-800 approved(adjudicator called to let me know, we haven't yet received it in the mail however)
Saturday, October 30th, 2010 I-800 approval arrived in the mail
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 Cabled!
Friday, November 5, 2010 NVC letter/DS-230 & LSC's back to China!