Sunday, June 29, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
This past week (on Wednesday) we were very surprised to receive our I-171H Form from the Indianapolis CIS office. Talk about incredible! Usually this process takes 2-3 months and we received our paperwork in 3 weeks. This is when we LOVE Indiana! We have read several blogs from people who have adopted and this is the paper that most people wait by the mailbox hoping to receive it. God continues to amaze us each and everyday!
This past Friday we went to a Jack Johnson concert at Verizon Wireless. It was a lot of fun! We really enjoyed it. We have had the tickets for a long time and we thought it would be a great opportunity to be together and enjoy some good music. It was a great concert and we created some great memories!
On Saturday, we went to Indianapolis and set up a concession stand at a neighborhood garage sale. We were able to hang out with family and enjoy a beautiful day outside. We met some great people and I found that you can get some good deals at garage sales! We picked up quite a few books and a winter jacket and snow pants for our nephew.
Speaking of our nephew, I was talking to Nathan on the phone today. He is 3 and a half and I think he might be the funniest person I know. He is so inquisitive. He was telling me that he wants to go to China. I also love how he does not have the concept of distance. I told him that we have some new toys for him to play with and he said, “Aunt Sarah, you can just bring them over and I can play with them. That way we don’t have to wait for weeks.” After that, he was done talking to me and requested to talk to Uncle Chris. Chris was actually playing softball so he was unable to enjoy the conversation.
So, we are thinking that our dossier is in Ethiopia right now. Hopefully they (we really have no idea who) are in the process of translating it. It seems weird that nothing is in our hands…there is really nothing that we can do to speed up the process. We will continue to wait patiently.
Monday, June 9, 2008
• We sent a set of our home study documents to CIS, for our I600A. We will receive the response from CIS (most often identified as the I-171H form) after both our fingerprints and our home study have been completed and submitted to CIS. We need the I-171H in order to travel to Ethiopia. It is our approval from the US stating that we can adopt.
• Our dossier was sent to Ethiopia on June 4, 2008. It takes 1-2 weeks to arrive to Addis. When it arrives, it will need to be translated from English to Amharic.
• We are added to the waiting list for a referral upon shipment of your dossier to Ethiopia. At this time your case will also transfer over to the case managers who work with referral, court, and travel processes with all families.
Now, the waiting begins…Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hasteth toward the end, and shall not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.”
• Our child will have to be re-adopted in our local/state court after arriving home. It is state specific and the process varies widely by state. Our child will not be a U.S. citizen until the re-adoption process is completed.
The Referral process and timeframe to adoption - Please note, these timeframes are estimates only, and vary by individual case.
• On average, we will wait approximately 2-3 months for a referral. Depending upon the number of families already on the waiting list, the specific gender those families are requesting, and the number of children in the orphanages who need a family, our wait could be less or more than 2-3 months. Typically, more families are requesting a girl referral, so the waiting time for a girl will probably be longer.
• When we receive our referral, the child will be living in an orphanage. We will usually receive photographs, and a report of medical conditions. We will take this info to a pediatrician for an evaluation and consultation.
• If we accept the referral, the child will then be moved out of the orphanage to a care facility in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. This is a CWA care facility. Before the child can be moved to the care facility, we must have received our CIS approval.
• When the child arrives to the care facility in Addis, he/she will be taken to a medical clinic for a complete physical exam. This process can take up to two weeks, depending on our child’s age. The results of the medical exam and tests will be given to us, along with new pictures of the child. If necessary, we will share this info with your pediatrician again for additional consultation.
• If the medical results are acceptable our staff will then submit our case to the court to request a hearing date for our adoption. Typically the court dates are scheduled 3-5 weeks out.
• Sometimes the scheduled court date is postponed due to missing paperwork, or the inability to get a birth relative into the city to attend the court hearing. Hearings are rescheduled for as soon as possible.
• After our adoption has been approved in the Ethiopia court, we will travel approximately 3-6 weeks later to get our child.
We have been busy this past week. The main activity has been staining our pool and deck. This needed to be done last year and we finally got to it this year! It looks so nice. We also opened our pool. I give Chris the majority of the credit. I started staining while he hooked everything up.
My grandpa came over and helped us do some maintenance on lawn mower. Boy, are we thankful for the timing! I guess that we were close to burning up the engine because we hadn’t added any oil to it for a long time.
Our cousins, Greg and Cari, had a baby girl on Friday morning at 12:17a.m. Elliot Rose (Elli) is adorable and we are happy for them! We actually had the opportunity to see Elli this evening. She is adorable. She is so tiny. We are used to our nephews who weighed 8-9 pounds. Elli only weighed 6.
Please continue to pray for our adoption process. We have been so blessed by each of you and we continue to see God opening doors for us.
Monday, June 2, 2008
The weather has been so nice and we have been enjoying some time outside. We can now say that we have totally redone all of the landscaping at our house. On Saturday, we finished the west side of our house. When we started, we had to remove 3 huge bushes that had been there since my parents built our house. Of course, my dad’s response was “I paid good money for those bushes.” On Sunday, we started opening our pool. Due to the upcoming weather, we won't be able to finish it until next weekend.
On the adoption front, we received a call on Friday that our documents have been authenticated by the Department of State and the Ethiopian Embassy. We are still waiting for confirmation that the documents have been received in North Carolina. The next step is for our agency to send the dossier to Ethiopia for translation into Amharic. Please pray that everything continues to go smooth for us.
I was on our honeymoon! We were in Santa Barbara, CA. We had a great time; however, no one told us it was June gloom. The sun was not out very often and it was chilly. I’m glad we were married because I wore the same outfit everyday because I couldn’t wear what I brought because of the weather.
What are five things on your to-do list for today?
Open our Pool
What are five snacks you enjoy?
Sparkling Grape Juice
Anything Sweet – cookies, brownies, sugar cream pie, cheesecake
What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire? (in no particular order)
Adopt a lot of kids
Be a stay at home mother
Give to the poor – something in Ethiopia and something local
Pay off our mortgage
Help family, save and invest some of it
What are five of your bad habits?
Gagging – mainly when I brush my teeth
Washing the dishes right away
Cracking my toes
Leaving the lights on when I am not in the room
Repeatedly saying “you know what I mean”
What are five places you have lived?
North Manchester, IN
What are five jobs you’ve had?
International HR Rep
What five people do you want to tag?
Brandon & Natalie