Thursday, May 28, 2009

Adoption update

I haven't posted on the adoption in a while so I thought I would give an update.

We are in the process of collecting all of our paperwork. We have to main things to complete.

1. Our Homestudy : this involves multiple background checks, copies of birth and marriage certificates, financial info, physicals for all members of the family, references, and bios on each of Chris and I. A social worker then has to meet with us 4 times. We have already had one social work visit at our adoption agency (AWAA), the other 3 will be at our house.
Next week Chris and I are scheduled for our physicals - something Chris is not looking forward to, as they have to draw blood. I have to admit, even though I am a nurse, I don't like it either.

2. Our dossier : this is all the paperwork that has to be sent to China, this includes a copy of the homestudy, our immigration approval to adopt, and a few other forms.

We can't apply for our immigration approval until our homestudy is complete, it can take 1-2 months for approval, so our goal right now is to get the homestudy done.

We also need to complete the waiting child application with our adoption agency to be approved to adopt a child with special needs.

As you can see the paperwork is extensive, and with our busy lives it is sometimes hard to get it done, but I know it will all be completed in Gods timing. I remember stressing with Mia's adoption that things weren't happening fast enough, but like my sweet husband likes to remind me it all happened perfectly, and if things had been any different, Mia would not be our daughter. A reality I can not even think to comprehend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Catch up

Well life has been nathing but boring for the last month or so, actually, when is life ever boring. April though was busier than usual. Apart from the normal things of life - family, church, work, and friends, we also went out of town 3 times. First we went to Missouri for the weekend where we had a wonderful time staying with friends. Mia got to meet Haven - they became fast friends and were adorable together. Then we spent Easter away with our famly - some wonderful much needed down time - we also celebrated Mia's 3rd birthday while we were away. Four days after we returned we left for a week on a missions trip to Nicaragua.

Here are some pics of our adventures

Nicaragua was an amazing trip, I took about 300 pics, but here are just a few

Our trip to Missourie - Mia did great on the plane

She loved Haven

Easter weekend in Williamsburg

Mim and Papa

Mia's birthday