Monday, April 30, 2012

A few more things done!

The big news of the week this past week is that our dossier is officially in the DRC. I'm hoping things will finally start happening soon! :) We also were able to get our fingerprints for our USCIS approval and I'm SOOO hoping we get our approval for that soon too and that they don't need any additional information.

I have found a few good homestudy provider options for when we get to Korea, so I feel good about that. I'm going to try and get our homestudy update scheduled now, so that when the kids and I arrive in Korea we can get our update done and sent to USCIS ASAP. 

This weekend I saw a little girl with dark skin cuddling with her mama. I asked the mom how old she was and she was only a few weeks older than our little girl. It made me SOOO sad to actually see a little girl the same age as our daughter. I wish I had her to cuddle NOW! 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Moving along!

Since my last post I've received a couple of pieces of good news about our adoption. First, our dossier coordinator called and said that we are getting back $500 due to some changes in paperwork needs in our region of the DRC only! I was super excited to hear that! I kept waiting to hear the "bad news" from her, but there wasn't any! Yippee! The second piece we heard yesterday is that our dossier is officially in the Congo! That means stuff can actually start happening, like getting court dates scheduled, etc. We are still hoping to go and get her sometime in the fall...maybe September October ish? 

Yesterday my husband and our youngest were walking outside. My baby kept stopping at random points in the walk to declare "I win!" where he would then get tickled by Papa. I am so so ready for our girl to be home and join in these moments! 
Friday, April 20, 2012

So much!

SOOO much has been happening since my last blog post...I really should just quit this blogging thing altogether, since it mainly consists of writing posts in my head and that's all. Today I'm feeling the need to vent to cyberspace though, so I guess it is good I have it!

Big news #1: We're adopting again! I'm so so so incredibly excited. This is a surprise to NO ONE considering how much I talk about and love adoption and advocating for orphans! :) We have been matched with the cutest little toddler girl from the DRC. We started the process in January and have been trucking along well ever since. Our dossier should be sent to the DRC within a week (I think!), and then fun things start happening, like court dates, visas, etc.

Big news #2: The U.S. is kicking us out once again (Not really)! After reveling for the past 10 months (we were in Japan for 2 years) in the glory that is T@rget, Chip0tle, grocery shopping past 7pm, being in the same general time zone as family and friends, being able to visit said family and friends more easily...we are being sent back overseas courtesy of the military. This summer we head to South Korea to begin adventures there.

So adoption=stressful, international move=stressful...combine the two= well, you can imagine! I've talked with our social worker for our agency and our move shouldn't cause TOO many changes in our adoption. We'll have to update our homestudy as soon as we can after moving so that US immigration will have a current copy and our current address. We may also have to figure out some sort of different visa for getting our daughter from the DRC into Korea...which may involve stopping for some time in the U.S. after picking her up in the Congo...but really I have NO idea. I'm still gathering info on how it is all going to work. I think once we find a social worker in Korea who can update our HS he or she will be able to provide us with more info. I think our adoption timeline should remain about the same...but it may delay picking up our daughter by a month or two which is a bummer to say the least.

The other big snafu regarding the move is that my husband is supposed to report to the ROK at the beginning of sister is getting married at the end of July. The current plan is for me and our 3 kiddos to stay with my inlaws for that extra month, go to my sis's wedding, and then for me to myself...with our 3 young Korea! Sigh. Needless to say I am already dreading the flight. I know there are TONS of military wives who have done the same thing, but that doesn't mean I want to do it! :) Start praying for me and the kids now, that they would be well behaved during the trip and that I would maintain my sanity between now and then! :) 

Those are the MAIN big things in our lives. Please say prayers for our family during these big transitions. I would much appreciate it!

About Me

I am a sinner who has been chosen by God and redeemed by the death and resurrection of his son Jesus. I am a full-time wife and mom, though I hope to someday return to my job as an SLP. I love photography, coffee, reading, and adoption. I hate to clean, but sometimes do it anyway!
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