Question: How long did your adoption take?
Looking back on our timeline our first home study was April 10, 2007, one year to the day from today. Young Action would probably point out that this was a leap year so it's ~actually~ 366 days but for the rest of us, it's close enough.
What a ride this last year was. We started with nothing in mind, only looking for God to close doors if we were not to continue going forward. Haiti once came to mind. Then we talked through here, and there, them, and these, and those. We almost selected 2 unrelated children, TWICE off waiting child lists. Changed countries, changed agencies, got impatient, got surprised, got scared, made friends, saved money, paid money, found tax credits, lost paper work, scanned documents, watched notaries sign stuff, authenticated stuff, FedEx'd stuff, and found out my fingerprints were important enough to take, three times.
We found out there was such a thing as an I-600A and the all important I -600, quite different from an I-864 not to mention the I-864A, 1040's, DS-230's, and the precious I-171H. And everyone knows about the visa 37 cable, right??? Letters became places like the USCIS, NVC, FBI, MOWA and a Foreign Embassy suddenly seemed to care who I am.
On another note, we finally bought some new luggage yesterday. Yeah, we kinda do things that way. But I am thrilled to say we also got almost all our packing done last night.
And this, as we know, is just chapter one.