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!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Well, two of my good friends delivered their babies this week, and we did some delivering of our own.  

Here's James holding all three copies of our dossier on the train to NYC on December 19.  Notice the blizzard outside his window.  While beautiful snow was falling in CT, slush and slop were puddling up the streets of New York.  We covered and guarded our papers to keep our little family safe from the storm.

Here I am at Kinko's after photocopying the documents we picked up from the consulate.  We tucked them all into an overnight delivery box and mailed them off to AWAA.  The sweet clerk at Kinko's noticed the address on the box and wished us Happy Holidays and, "good luck with your adoption!"  

Now we're down to the last few hurdles before we can be a family!  The hurdles that remain are:
  1. AWAA reviews our dossier
  2. The translator translates everything to Portuguese (should take a week)
  3. The dossier goes to Brazil and we wait for Brazil to approve as prospective adoptive parents
  4. The Brazilian court matches us with waiting children
  5. We travel, co-habitate with our kids for 30 days in the state where they live, and finalize the adoption in a Brazilian court
  6. Then we come home and start figuring out what it looks like to be a family of 4!


Chris, Tammy and the gang! said...

How exciting for you are getting so close! I saw your comment about the quilt and I will do my best to get you fabric pieces! What a wonderful treasure for your children. can you email me your mailing address (

take care...glad to finally have the link to your blog!


Amber said...

WOO HOO! What exciting progress!