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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

1st Home Study Visit

We had our first HS visit yesterday. We are so excited to see the process begin to pick up some speed. We have less than 2 months till we can submit our dossier, and 600 A application.
The next visit will be in early January, after we return from all our traveling the next few weeks. The HS itself was no big deal, and was actually fun! We are really beginning to feel like this process is real....

1st Home Study Visit

We had our first HS visit yesterday. We are so excited to see the process begin to pick up some speed. We have less than 2 months till we can submit our dossier, and 600 A application.
The next visit will be in early January, after we return from all our traveling the next few weeks. The HS itself was no big deal, and was actually fun! We are really beginning to feel like this process is real....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Homestudy

We just got the call last night, we have a social worker and should be starting the home study visits soon... Like in the next 2 weeks! We are so excited  and a little nervous to see things begin to move forward!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Long time.......


IT has been a long time since I have updated this one. But we have finally seen some movement! Last weekend we spent about 8 hours in some PIP classes, Parents In Process, and now that those are done we can schedule the home-study visits. We still have 3 months before we can submit our dossier but time is moving quickly....

The classes were interesting and the dealt with some of the issues our kids and family will face. Mainly dealing with kids of a different race, attachment issues and such. It was good!

This is on our fridge, just as a reminder.....

Friday, August 8, 2008

Now We Wait...

To those following this blog, it may seem like things are going slow, especially compared to some of the others adopting from Ethiopia. Well, the reason is we have reached a plateau, we cannot do anymore while we are still in China. As soon as we arrive back in Oregon in early October we will complete the home study, but until then we wait.......
We are so excited about this, and know beyond any shadow of doubt that this is the right time and the right country!                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                         

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Training

While this is not directly related to the adoption process, it is something interesting and fun! Tonight we will be having dinner with a couple we greatly admire-- for who they are, but also for their parenting skills. We plan to ask them a lot of questions, and learn a lot about how to raise a TCK-two culture kid- in China!  I'll tell you how it went!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Paperwork!

After sending off a big check, we received 16 pages of questions for our Home Study. Since neither one of us likes to procrastinate, we went right to work on them, and sent them off the next day! Now we wait..... Next month in Thailand we will get the physicals we need for the dossier and for the Home Study, but then we cannot do much until we are back in Oregon.
But still we are so excited, and are blessed by how fast this is moving!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Fingerprints

Today we stopped by the Consulate in Chengdu, for what we thought was a quick visit. Over 2 hours later we left with our finger print cards, and the coolest notary seal we have ever seen. 
Today we also sent off the money for out home study..exciting stuff.....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

moving forward

Things are beginning to progress a little faster now. We have been in touch with the Home study people, and as soon as we pay the bill we will get the paperwork! She also told us that if we get going with the interview portion as soon as we get back to the US, we can have the Home study and dossier done by December! We are so excited...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The 2nd Step-our trip to Beijing

After waiting for almost a week, we were emailed the contract with our adoption agency. In 3 hours we booked train tickets, planned our trip and got all the needed permission for a 36 hour trip to the US Embassy in Beijing.

We arrived in Beijing after 12 hours on the train (we can fly from California to Beijing in about the same amount of time) and went to the Tex-Mex Restaurant for cinnamon rolls! Then on the the Embassy, where we got the contract signed and notarized. After going to 2 different places, we were finally able to Fed Ex them off!

After another 12 hour train ride, we are back home and waiting again! Oh ya, our package was in Alaska before we got back.....the Beijing to Xi'an route really needs a bullet train!

The 1st Step

On Thursday June 5th, 2008 we officially began the process to adopt two children from Ethiopia. This is an amazing step for us, and we are so excited abut it. We believe that this is the time, and we cannot wait to meet our children.
We will be updating every time something happens, and we hope that you can join with us on our amazing journey.