Thursday, July 30, 2009

Home Away from Home

These are two signs I will be happy not to see for a long time! They have been my home away from home this past month. We are very much looking forward to our vacation to our real home town next week to visit with all our friends and family.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

So close yet so far away...

Getting closer to the infamous WAITLIST!
We are just waiting to complete our homestudy, then we can send all our paperwork off to get authenticated. Wait for the arrival of CIS approval, and we can be put on the waitlist!
Then the balls in someone elses court!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Well Wishes

Just wanted to wish all the families who have a court date tomorrow all the best! I know there is an entire crew of you out there, so Im keeping my fingers crossed for you all!!!

"I felt that the lights were turned on; like you know in The Wizard of Oz it's black and white and you don't realize it's black and white in the beginning and she lands in Oz and all of a sudden it's color? That's what happened to me, when he was in my arms. I really felt as though my life began from that moment." Rosie O'Donnell

Friday, July 17, 2009

Quote of the day

I was reading through this book on adoption that just has the most brilliant quotes: SO I have decided that I will post a quote from the book, every time I post. I will start a 'quote of the day'

"I don't believe that anyone who's been touched by adoption can find the words that fully describe it. How could one describe such marvel of humanity, such an improbable, incredible, complete miracle?
It's not that there's ambivalence. No its all good. Its always about love and always about a child.
Its more that adoption is so enormous and so amazing that it is almost incomprehensible. We may just be too small to talk about something so big.
And adoption does have its paradoxes, its ironies, its counter-intuitive, crazy logic: It can involve serpentine bureaucracies, but it brings about a perfect and sacred exchange. It is a promise, a vow, a contract even, but governed by love. It is a complete connection, often between very distant points. It transcends everything yet couldn't be more earthbound. It changes your life but starts with a phone call. It feels divine, but every participant is exceedingly human. It is profound but hilarious. Ridiculous, sublime."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The whole Shabang!

Many have asked about the whole process, so I'll do my best to explain. First you choose an adoption agency, and what country you would like to adopt from. You then request preliminary information after submitting a questionnaire. You then need to schedule a phone orientation. Once you have done the phone orientation, you can formally request the adoption application by submitting yet another form. Once you receive your application, which consists of everything under the sun, you are on a mad scramble to get everything completed. The dossier can also be started on at this time. The application piece goes to the adoption agency, the dossier documents go to the government, and Ethiopia, and need to be original notarized documents. These also all need to be authenticated.....(overwhelmed yet?)
So once the adoption agency receives your completed application, they can schedule your home study. A social worker comes to your home and checks it out and interviews us about... I'd say everything under the sun! She then types out her report. Once we have all our paperwork in and approvals from the agency, FBI, and immigration... And we send everything off to Washington D.C. And they send it to Ethiopia. We can then finally be put on the waitlist:). We then wait..and wait...and wait for a referral!!!!! Once we receive our referral, we then have to wait AGAIN for a court date. Once we pass court in ET, we are then officially and legally the parents!!!!
We then will travel to Ethiopia a few weeks after for about 7 days to pick up our baby!
I think that's everything... Well maybe... It is a lot, and overwhelming, so I'm sure I forgot something.
It will truly all be so worth it in the end;)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Slowly but surely...

We finally had our phone orientation with Gladney on the 30th. We couldn't be more excited to get moving on all the paperwork. After the phone orientation, and going over the "manual" they give you, we need to officially request the 'real' adoption application. So of course we did that right away! but....the lady we need to send it to has an auto response that she is out of the office until the 7th. So hopefully when she gets back we will get the whole application packet right away! We have our references all notified to be expecting the paper work sometime next week. We have our Dr.'s appointments all scheduled too. We are determined to get all our paperwork done on a fast track, especially since the Mr. is leaving for Afghanistan soon:( For now we will enjoy our anniversary today:) and a great 4th of July weekend.

This weekend is bitter sweet for us, as we celebrate our anniversary, we are also both bummed that we aren't in Mass celebrating at the annual fourth of July parties with our families. It is such a fun filled holiday that our family celebrates and we wish we were there with them. We'll have to settle for a crowded French Quarter and fireworks on the Mississippi.