Monday, March 17, 2014

I800 Approved

Who received their I800 approval today????  Yea - that would be us (insert happy dance here).  In case you don't have a clue what that means, I'm posting a flowchart.  Being an accountant by nature, I like to see the whole process to understand it.  Either that, or I'm just a dork.
We recently received LOA (step 8) which meant that China officially matched us with our girl.  That means she's ours.  I know - crazy.  SHE'S OURS, PEOPLE!!!  Next, we were waiting on I800 (step 10).  That means U.S. Immigration was issuing her a visa.  We received I800 today!  So now, U.S. Immigration is sending that to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (that's in China....for all of you who are still confused..or just can't focus).  Once the Consulate does their thing, we get to request travel dates (step 12).  I know some of my accountant friends are wondering why I'm skipping steps.  Just go back to preparing your tax returns and stop asking questions.  We are almost there.  So so so very close.  Painfully close.  COME ON!!!




Saturday, March 8, 2014

New Pics!

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....
This is the "You're taking too many pictures so I'm hiding from you" photo.....
"Oh fine!  I'll humor you and smile" photo....
"Obligatory chinese peace sign" photo.....  Does it mean "hello"?  Not sure....
"You've taken enough photos" picture...I can see the annoyance growing in her face....
"Ok....now you're ticking me off" photo.  I love this girl. 
I've taken enough pictures of my kids to know how she's feeling at this point.  This sweet pea has so much personality.  We are going to have so much fun!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Care Package

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

LOA

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

Christmas magic

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

USCIS Approval

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

Come on already!!

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.....