Thursday, April 10, 2008

Answer: About a year

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.


coffeemom said...

That is exactly how we started our too: "waiting for God to close doors" if we weren't supposed to move forward! Wow. How cool and wonderful that now you are heading out to gather up these two beautiful new kiddos. Can't wait to see you there!
Michele G

The Roberts Family said...

Great post. :) Right now it all seems a blur ... all those titles and numbers to documents! How are your kiddos at home doing with all the changes? .... what is their reaction thus far to trecking to Ethiopia with you guys? Another great theme for a post! :) ~Shelly

Andrea said...

Wow, reading that brings back memories over the last year. It's been quite a ride, yet such a great feeling to know, as you said, chapter 1 is almost closed. To think in just 2 more days we'll be opening chapter 2! It is such an amazing feeling! And I think it is so awesome that you are able to have your children join in with you on your new chapter! God is Great!

Denise said...

Have a GREAT trip!!

the albertsons said...

Wow... what a fun post! That's pretty much how it went for us, too :).
Can't wait to meet you in person!

Rebecca said...

Safe travel! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Can't wait to see pictures and hear about the amazing start to this new beginning!

emily said...

Great post!! Praying for you, your trip and the transition. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back--

Soak it all in my friend. You are headed to Ethiopia!!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

I gave Natalie a hug tonight for you! Have a safe trip! I'll be praying for your family and I'll see you all soon when you make it back to Dulles! I can't wait to meet you all! :-)