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A Family of 4 created through International Adoption and Domestic Adoption.
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Friday, December 3, 2010
Shock and Awe
Where do I begin? Probably with a tall glass of winePraising, God...that's where. I don't know why, but I always get this feeling of shock and some awe when my prayers are answered just in the way that I hoped they would be. I have to admit...I'm not the most selfless 'prayee' among the flock. Sometimes, I can't help it...I don't always pray that His will be done... I pray that MY will be done. I know, I know, *gasp*-- I'm working on it. Well, the "expect the unexpected" law in international adoption rules again! That mountain-moving, gasp-giving God has been at it again. Read the previous post to find out what the first half of this week was like...in short, lots of hold-ups for everyone that caused some tears and heartbreak, and forced this girl to re-evaluate and force myself to choose joy. Well, I prayed the selfish prayer...that things would move speedily. Seems my will matched up with HIS, because the delay is over! The licensure renewal has already been obtained by our agency. "Hopeful it will be resolved by the end of December," more like the end of the week! Wahoo!!!!!
Does this mean I get to go back to thinking that I know better? Kidding, God! I'll stop joking...no need to put me in my place. This girl is just, grateful and still choosing joy. The fact that the weekend is just starting, isn't bad either :) xoxo
2/26/10- Decide to Adopt from Ethiopia 3/1/20- Pick Agency and Request Application 3/6/10- Mail App. to Agency 3/10/10- Leave for Vegas 3/11/10- Officially accepted to Ethiopia program...huddle over phone in hotel room to ask questions 3/17/10- FBI and background checks mailed to agency 4/2/10- Decide Condo is too small for a growing family (and growing self-conscious about passing home study...dumb, we know!) Contact Wonderful Realtor 4/6/10- Meet with Wonderful Realtor 4/9/10- Condo officially on market (6 showings first weekend) 4/14/10- 2 Condo offers! Both fell through :( 4/16/10- Middle School Fun Night- Tired Me 4/19/10- K leaves for India 4/23-25/10- 7 condo showings, just L and the pup at home...car breaks down, other car runs out of gas, monsoon rains create major window leak...me in tears 4/25/10- 3rd Condo offer! 4/27/10- Sale Pending! HE provides for us in our tight timeline to avoid home study delays due to moving.. Find out we will be an Aunt and Uncle again...TWINS! 4/28/10- Kevin back from India-$1300 car repair...guess I shouldn't have ignored the funny smell for so long! 4/30/10- MS Career Day and Staff Grill Out. Yay! Tired me 5/1-2/10- House Hunting! 5/3/10- Put offer in on house...ACCEPTED! 5/7-8/10- Parenting in Process classes! 5/9/10- Mail in rest of homestudy forms 5/12/10- Find out need to do NoDak/MN child abuse checks...possible 6 week home study delay 5/15/10- In NoDak for AMO baby shower...tell girlfriends about adoption process. Yay! 5/17/10- Receive paperwork for additional child abuse checks 5/18/10- Mail in NoDak/MN forms...pray for speed (and our patience) 5/21/10- Receive home study invoice--Kevin exclaims, "Yay, a bill!" In all sincerity, it was the first bill he was ever excited to receive... 5/22/10- We mailed off the home study payment and invoice...we always kiss the envelope before sending them off in the mail. 6/2/2010- Home Study scheduled for 6/10 and 6/16--we move 6/15 6/9/2010- Part 1 of Home Study is rescheduled (Social Worker has bronchitis) 6/15/2010- MOVE! 6/16/2010- Home Study Part 1 complete- sweet social worker is still not feeling well, but she made the trip anyway! Poor thing! 6/17/2010- Home Study Part 2 complete--We are APPROVED. She even called us the dream couple--I bet she says that to everyone she works with, but it made us feel pretty great. Could barely get through the door our heads were so big and hearts were so full. 7/3/2010- Receive home study report to review and make revisions 7/6/2010- Home Study revisions are complete and the report is sent by Social Worker off to the agency for notarization 7/28/2010- Notarized home study report received (accidentally sent to the wrong address, had to pick it up from our old condo) 7/29/2010- Sent fax out for State Certification of our home study and power of attorney 8/3/2010- FedEx'd our USCIS (Immigration) paperwork and our Dossier paperwork (wait to hear if we are officially on wait list..technically will need immigration approval before the next steps will happen) 8/13/2010- #38 on the referral wait list! 9/3/2010- USCIS fingerprinting in DSM (Breley and Kailey V are born @ 24 weeks gestation) 9/4/2010- Meet our new nieces for the first time! 9/5/2010- Breley goes back to her LORD--love you sweet child! 9/11/2010- Funeral for sweet baby Breley 9/13/2010- Notice of Favorable determination from USCIS received! 10/1/2010- ALL paperwork is in ET! 10/21/2010- #21 on referral wait list! 1/20/2011- #6 on referral wait list! (Estimated as our agency stopped giving out official numbers) 2/11/2011- REFERRAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful, 4.5 month old, precious, little GIRL!!!!! 2/14/2011- Sent in official referral acceptance paperwork 3/8/2011- Case officially submitted to Federal First Instance Court of Ethiopia! 3/16/2011- Received court date! We meet our daughter 63 days from today! 5/17/2011-Meet Cupcake!!!!! 5/20/2011-Pass Court on the 1st try 6/21/2011-Submitted to US Embassy 6/28/2011-Cleared to travel to Ethiopia! 6/30/2011-It's official! We are leaving 7/14/2011 to pick up Cupcake, FOREVER! 7/9/2011- L diagnosed with Mono and Pneumonia. Strongly advised not to travel :( 7/10/2011- L sent to emergency room...definitely not traveling to Ethiopia :( 7/11/2011- L's big bro, T, agrees to go with K to pick up Cupcake 7/14/2011- K and T leave for Ethiopia 7/19/2011- K takes custody of Cupcake FOREVER! 7/21/2011- Embassy Interview Cleared! 7/23/2011- Cupcake becomes US Citizen in Chicago and is reunited with Momma! Family of 3...Together, Forever!!!!
I am a Middle School Counselor (with the best co-workers ever...like a 2nd family really!) My amazing husband is a Systems Engineering Mgr. Can you get more opposite than a counselor and engineer? We make it work :)-- We started this blog to update friends and family on our journey to adopt a sweet baby from Ethiopia. We are over the moon to be embarking on this journey! We've been married for 4.5 years. We have had some amazing times as a couple (we've been together for 10 years!)-- and we are blessed to be growing our lil family. We have the best family and friends 2 people could ask for, and we are excited for our baby to feel the LOVE! Thanks for following our journey. Feel free to become an official follower of the blog so you can leave comments. It's always nice to know someone is reading the craziness that spews out of my brain and onto the keyboard.
Natural Child: Any child who is not artificial. Real Parent: Any parent who is not imaginary. Your Own Child: Any child who is not someone else's child. Adopted Child: A natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own