With LOA, comes updated pictures. Yea!!! Is she not the cutest little munchkin ever? I can see her personality in each photo. This is the "Yea...I'm cute" photo....
Monday, March 3, 2014
Ahhhh!!!! We got to send my girl her first care package! Now things are really real. Not just paperwork real, but super duper crazy real. Like...she's going to know she has a family coming for her real. She is 8 years old, so this is a big deal. She gets it, you know? She fully understands it all at this age. Anyways, she is getting a backpack filled with pj's, a stuffed animal, a pretty necklace, a picture frame of our family, lollipops, and a letter that Ann from Red Thread is translating. To say I'm excited is an understatement. :)
Monday, February 10, 2014
We were going on 2 months for our LOA wait, which is right around normal when things started breaking around the house. Yesterday, the pump on our well broke. Immediately, I knew our adoption was going to start moving. My van started shaking and is making funny noises. Yes, it could be due to the horribly cold winter, but the timing was just right. I knew, without a doubt, we would be getting our LOA soon. My hubby handed me the bill for the new well pump ($600) and immediately, I sat down to check my email. BOOM! An email from my agency saying we have soft LOA. How did I know? Because I've been going at this for over 2 years..... Crap always breaks when the adoption starts moving. I don't care though! I'm jumping on an airplane in approximately 2 months to get my girl. We are excited!!!
Monday, December 30, 2013
This month is almost over. Praise the Lord. It's been a tough one too. I was smart and bought most of our Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving, but then agreed to make 5 penguin costumes for my daughters school Christmas program. Being that I've only sewed one pair of pj pants in the last 20 years, this was a big endeavor. I also thought I'd be crafty and make a few blankets as gifts. I don't regret any of it, however, it made for a crazy December. I do, however, feel blessed beyond belief at what joy these kids bring me and my hubby. Crazy, hectic joy is still joy. Just with a few gray hairs thrown in. Tonight, all four of my kids dressed up in their fanciest clothes, they did their hair, and the girls even put on a little make up. They turned on some ballroom music and held a Christmas prom in the living room. The lights from the tree sparkled and they just laughed and danced. It really was magic. I can't wait for my sweet girl to be home in a few short months to enjoy all this craziness. I've got a few blonde hairs left on my head that are just waiting for her shenanigans to turn them gray. And since we're talking about Christmas magic, I would love to see a miracle happen and have Russia open back up their doors. Joshua should have been here this year to enjoy Christmas. Miracles happen every day, so I will just keep on praying. For now, I'm going to enjoy the calm of Christmas break. Well....if you want to call it that. The kids are home from school, which is enough to put me on my knees and beg God for my sanity back. But I also have nothing to do except play with these little cherubs. Merry Christmas to everyone reading this and I hope your holidays are special!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We got it!!! Our I800-A has finally been approved! That means the US has approved us to adopt. Now we need to send all our paperwork to my girls country. I can't be certain, but I'm pretty sure a few things happened when I opened up my mail.
The sky opened up and angels began to sing.
People everywhere jumped in celebration.
Even the animals got excited.
Yep....kind of like that.
Goodness....if getting USCIS approval is this exciting, I wonder what getting clearance from my girls' country will feel like......
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I believe it's been six weeks since we received our Request for Evidence letter from USCIS. I've gone through a few phases since then. The first was the "It's ok because people make mistakes" phase. In my previous life, I prepared taxes. Even the smartest and most experienced person (not me) can make a mistake. It's cool. But after 3 weeks of waiting for the missing information to show up, I moved into the "My jaw hurts like heck because of tension" phase. After my social worker received the clearance and I still didn't receive the addendum for another week, I moved on to the "Don't talk to me. I'm bitter and angry" phase. I decided it would be best that I talk to no one. Only negativity came out of my mouth. God worked on me during that phase. I turned to Him and just tried to keep my mouth shut. This is why I'm a God fan. He is there to keep me from going off the deep end. But now, I'm just in the "I'm completely dumbfounded" phase. The USCIS officer has had my changes for a week and she's not returning my phone calls. I'm not a drinker.....well...not much of a drinker....but this whole situation has me googling sangria recipes. Why be dumbfounded, bitter, or angry on Thanksgiving? Instead, I'm going to take my stress out on a sangria and a whole lot of turkey. Poor turkey.....
Sunday, November 3, 2013
On October 17th, we received a Request for Evidence from the USCIS office (otherwise known as a pink-slip). There was an item missing from our home study. Over two weeks later and we're still waiting to get that cleared up. To top it off, I found a new picture of my little dude on the internet. My heart just aches right now. I hate this feeling of helplessness. On the other hand, I feel so blessed to see my boy again. But it hurts. All the memories have come flooding back of our visits with him. The feel of his hair on my nose as I kissed his head. His sweet smile. The smell of his little neck. And I am also frightened that something will get in the way of getting our sweet girl home. God tells us not to worry, so I am truly trying hard to just relax. But I am praying continuously that things clear up soon and God provides comfort to get through this ugly bump in the road.