Saturday, January 30, 2010
I'm thinking I've heard NOT to change your fingerprinting appointment. Is that true?
We have an appointment for Feb 16th. I guess we'll have to change it though. Ryan is solo at the vet clinic that week. He can't exactly close the clinic for an entire day. With a 3 1/2 hour drive one way, it would be an all day deal.
I'm really bummed about having to change this appointment. I'm not sure how well received my request for changing it would be be. Obviously my prayer for smooth sailing here on out was not in God's plan. We have had a little snag in every piece of paperwork so far.
Here's hoping for another quick appointment from USCIS!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Along the lines of DHS, I heard from Ms. Amy at our local DHS office. I emailed her to ask if my i600a ap was okay after she emailed me a week ago to say she'd received it and would look it over. Amy replied today saying:
On 01/25/10, I requested that you and your spouse be scheduled for the first available fingerprint appointments. You should receive your notices within several business days.
This is why I, and so many others working on adoptions in Iowa, love Amy at Department of Homeland Security :)
Friday, January 22, 2010
- Gained 2.2 pounds. Now weighs over 25 pounds.
- Grew 3.5 inches. Is said to be 31.9" tall. I have a hard time believing he grew 3.5 inches in two months but that's what his paperwork says.
- His head and chest are basically the same.
His health report also mentions that he is healthy now. His last report said he was healthy so he must have caught a little bug in between reports.
The other bit of fun info from his report says: "he walks and runs well. Speaks in known speach which is understandable, plays with other peers. Laughing and smiley face!" Sounds like he'll fit right in with his siblings!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I also got an email update today. No pictures came with the medical update but at least we got something. His medical update was Jan 9th and from what I could read, he has grown 9 cm tall and weighs a kilogram more. I might be wrong on the details but it was obvious the pdf I was reading had been scanned/faxed multiple times and wasn't real clear.
Things can only move forward right???
Until today. I have no HUGE news or anything though. Just regular 'ol news on the adoption front.
Last Friday I got a letter from USCIS (that's Customs and Immigration). It confirmed that they had received my i600a (petition to adopt) application in their local office. But, I would need to send in the homestudy. I had sent the homestudy about 2 days after the i600a. Lucky me, that was Friday and since we federal employees enjoyed a holiday on Monday (thank you MLK), I would have to wait 4 days to contact the office. Tuesday rolls around and during lunch I decided to call. Only the letter that I'd placed in my purse was no longer there so I jumped on the net to find the info. Nothing has been super smooth sailing in this process. All the info for my local office in Des Moines is there but not the phone number. So I call the national # and get put on hold. So I set my phone to speaker phone, set it down and grab lunch. Some time later I talk to a woman who tells me I have to email my local office. Okay. Go back to my desk quick and send the email.
Today I get a reply. They did in fact receive my homestudy TODAY and lovely Amy would be checking it over to see if I needed to fix or add anything.
Here's to hoping and praying that it will go smoothly from here on out.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Now, I'm praying that our only hiccups were the ones I've already experienced. That our dossier will have smooth sailing to Ethiopia!
I'm guessing Holt will let me know when they receive it...
updated to say: Thank you Julie for being patient with me while I got all the papers in the priority mail folder. The dossier is in the mail! I will email Holt today since I didn't even put a cover letter or note in the envelope. I thought about it after I got to the post office. I considered some scrap paper or the back of the label for the note but decided against it. I guess it would have just told my busy mom story by writing on the back of a label :)
Woo hoo. Little brother, we're one step closer to bringing you home!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
[we did put them ALL back in for the drawing]
[and the winner is...]
- Be very clear and concise about the details when asking friends to help sell tickets.
- Know that it does take lots of time to administer the whole deal.
- Raffles are fun when you're the winner. Not so fun when you know just about everyone who bought tickets and wish they could all win!
And a few other thoughts of appreciation:
- I want to express a HUGE thank you to our dear anonymous friends who donated the vacation. You guys offerred us the package and we tried to say no but you were sure that you wanted to share your vacation. I'm so glad that I had just learned to let people participate, to not take away the gift that God gives. Thanks for journeying with us friends!
- Also a big thanks to all those who sold tickets. You guys rock.
- All in all we sold 723 tickets which greatly helps us in our journey to adopt our little guy!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
On another note, I've been not-so-patiently waiting to get the state certification paperwork for our notary signatures in the mail. I called them before Christmas and they said it would go out the next day. I still haven't received them. Since we'll be gone today when the mail arrives, I just might call our mail carrier (ah the benefits of living in a small town and having your friend be the mail carrier) and ask her if she can look when she puts my mail in the box. If I don't get the papers this weekend, I will be calling them on Monday! (side note: I get stuff from my state office which is in the same federal building all the time the NEXT day... certainly the holidays aren't slowing it down that much?!?!)
The kids are talking more about their brother, and about Ethiopia. Just a few minutes ago Scott said "mommy, I missed you when you were in Ethiopia". I shared with him that I've not gone to Et yet, but that he will miss me when I do go. I love my son!
We also had the opportunity to share pictures with a few friends and family the past week. It's fun for them to put a face with the name and the child that I hope they're praying for!