This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
It has 2 official Consular Seals and an official stamp:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Can I talk about pregnancy for a while on my adoption blog? Of course, I can! Here is a true fact: all of my friends are pregnant. OK, it was an exaggeration, not a true fact, but it seems that my circle of friends is about to have a serious baby boom! I counted today: Kristy, Julia, Kusum, Colleen, Christina, Elizabeth, Pam, Jenette and Sara are all pregnant. That's 9. Am I missing someone? I feel like there's someone else. Hmmm. (As of 9/23, the count is up to 10!) (As of 11/1 we're up to a dozen!) (As of 12/1, we're at a dozen still, but 2 have already had their babies!)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- Since the CIS is still getting used to processing the new I-800 forms, about half of all adopting families in the US are being asked to have their social worker update parts of their homestudy. We're praying that we find favor with those who review our case so that we receive approval smoothly and swiftly.
- We've learned that the translation of our dossier will take place in the US, not Brazil as we had assumed. The woman who will translate all of our documents (wholelifeonpaper) has been working with Limiar for a long time, and we're told she's "very fast." In fact, there's a possibility that, depending on her schedule, she may be able to get started on our documents before we're 100% done gathering them. If that works out, she would be able to start in on what we have already and then finish up quickly once we have our USCIS approval ready to send her. We're praying that will work out smoothly too.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This weekend we went to The Big E (Eastern States Expo) with some friends. That means that we spent the whole day looking at farm animals, riding carnival rides, enjoying a prarade, admiring crafts and handiwork from all around New England, and eating fried food on a stick. I also couldn't shake the idea that next year we'll experience this annual outing in a whole new way--as parents. I don't know what the world will look like from that new perspective, but I can imagine how much fun it will be to show our kids new things and share new experiences together: like corn dogs!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
- A lifeless play-by-play of a process called adoption.
- A place to vent about our frustrations related to waiting for our children.
- A soapbox for our personal agendas.
- A preachy-preachy sermon.
- A commercial for our adoption agency.
- Document our adoption journey as part of our (and our children's) life story.
- Grow into a document that shows our children how deeply we loved them since long before we knew their names.
- Keep our friends and family posted about the details of the journey.
- Reflect the love of the Father toward each of His children.
- Testify to God's faithfulness from the minute to the cosmically grand.
We're moving right along. We received our Fingerprint Appointment Notice from USCIS today--September 16. My heart floods with joy every time there is evidence progress toward our beloveds. Getting fingerprinted is somewhat bothersome since we must both appear in Hartford, at 2pm, on a work day, when we know that the USCIS has our fingerprints on file since just over a year ago, and we've already paid the hefty fingerprinting fee once before. But the hassle doesn't even feel like a bother since it's what we must do to (someday soon) become mother and father to our precious children. Easy. In fact, the more of these little tasks we accomplish, the nearer we are and the more anticipation we feel. James mentioned the the other day how his arms and heart ache to hold our children. That reality is closer than it has ever been.