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!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
- Judge decided to grant our petition!!!
- We start working on our USCIS I-800 application, and all the documentation that goes with it. Lino has to get copies of the kids' birth certificates, so we asked him to get more photos and info about clothes/shoe sizes while is at their home.
- CEJA creates a document called an acordo, which is an agreement between the Judge, CEJA, and the US Department of State
- Until very recently (a couple weeks ago) no one knew who, from the US Department of State would sign the acordo, since the Hague Treaty changed all the rules. Seems like it's almost all sorted out (thanks to another AWAA family getting their acordo before us) now and we should be able to be one of the first families to creep through the new channel.
- When the acordo is all signed, a Letter of Invitation (LOI) is generated
- A copy of that letter comes to us so we can get visas, a quick 2-day process
- The letter itself goes to the US consulate in Rio because they will be the ones to issue visas to our children. (Visas that make them automatically US citizens when we arrive home.)
- USCIS approves our I-800 application which ensures visas for each of the children
- Meanwhile, Lino makes our court appointments and we make our travel arrangements
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 1:00:54 PM
Subject: Sibling Group from Brazil Needs Family!
Dear El Salvador Families,
We were contacted by LIMIAR as they have a sibling group of four girls, who are in need of a family. Let me share with you the information we have at this time on the girls:
Ana Maria (9.4 years old).
Luana (8 years old).
Giovana (5 years old).
Vanessa (2.6 years old).
The court in Brazil wants to keep the girls together.
We thank you for prayerfully considering this request and covet your prayers for these girls.
We met these girls this weekend. With their parents, Stephan and Beth. They were an America World/Limiar family just like us and we were so pleased to be able to tell the girls that we found out about them at the same time their parents did, and that not only did God find them a family, he used them to help us find our family. Such a beautiful connection and a beautiful family! We are looking forward to seeing them at next year's Limiar reunion with all of our children together.