So much has happened in the last two weeks. We got our last paper for our dossier notarized, went in to apply for/pay for our passports, got fingerprinted for USCIS (immigration), AND had a very successful garage sale last Friday and Saturday to raise support for our adoption. It has been a very blessed two weeks in our lives. BUSY but Blessed. There were so many who have donated time, money, and their 'things' to our cause! We feel so supported and overwhelmed with the generosity of others. I never imagined our adoption process would be so encouraging, and change MY life so much. I went into this adoption journey thinking we would be changed, but I didn't imagine it would be in the ways God has touched/changed us. We are becoming different people daily, THANK GOD for that! We are now waiting for USCIS to give us the final paperwork to bring our future son into the US. We will include that with the dossier papers. From what I have heard from other people, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to get that paperwork. SOOO hopefully by the end of August?? We will see:) I am sharing some pictures of our garage sale, and getting our immigration fingerprints!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yesterday Tom and I went to Walmart. We were looking at chips and a woman with her two girls came down the isle. She had two kids with her, both girls. Tom was on the phone and for some reason I felt a little connection to her. We struck up a conversation about Mae..who was taking bags of chips and handing them to her three year old daughter in her cart:) Anyway, I mentioned we are adopting, and she said she also adopted the older daughter with her. She went through domestic adoption, and shared about the difficulties she has had with that, and also the blessing of a daughter. It was great to chat about adoption. She gave me her number...her brother is a Barber, and I thought it might be a good connection when we need to take our little guy to get his hair cut:) I was feeling like things are going sooooo slowly right now. On the verge of being done with our dossier, but just not quite there. So it was a wonderful little encouragement for me. Adoption is everywhere and touches so many. Thank you Lord for reminding me of that! We are gearing up for our garage sale next Friday and Saturday. Keep us in your prayers! We will put all of the proceeds towards our adoption. I am also excited about sharing our adoption with our neighborhood. There is so much to be thankful for!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Last weekend we finally recieved our finger print date for our I600a form!! Yay! I sent the paperwork in month ago, but did not send all of the fees...oops! So that means it has taken two extra weeks to get a date...so I was so happy to see that envelope from the Dept of Homeland Sec. in our mail box! For those that don't know what this means, in order for us to adpot a little boy from another country we have to apply with our government to get a visa for him before we go to get him. Even before we know who he is:) So we need to get our fngerprints done at the fedral level. We already did them for the state, but just to make sure we are ok to adopt we need to go through this process. Anyway this is the last part of the dossier we need to get, and then we can send it off. That will be an awesome day!