Friday, February 27, 2009

A little bit of progress

Our family coordinator emailed me today with an update of our dossier.  All of our paperwork has been approved by AWAA then authenticated by the US State Department.  Our dossier is currently at the Rwandan Embassy and will be picked up early next week.  Then it is off to Rwanda mid-late next week.  So a little bit of progress this week!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Getting Ready...

We have started to get the house ready for our new little arrival!  Texturing and painting are taking place.  Furniture swapping and planning are also on the done list. Cannon is so excited because he gets a bunk bed (made by his Daddy!). He has been asking for bunks for forever and it just makes sense now.  Since the "guest room" is now a child's room the guests may be checking out Ryan's handy work :).  

I love nesting.  It is one of my favorite things. I like to prepare and make lists.  I like to organize and figure out what we have and what we need.  I love my label maker (it is actually Ryan's label maker but I have highjacked it, shhh, don't tell him).  This part of my personality is giving me lots to think about instead of looking at the calendar for our child to come home.   During the quite times of painting/texturing/organizing/planning, I do daydream of who our child is, what they look like, what their personality is....  I know that this child is a perfect fit for our family.  I can't wait to meet this sweet little soul. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A sense of completion

Today was a great day!  I went to the city this morning and in just 15 minutes I had our last 2 documents authenticated.  I then headed back to Stillwater to start the coping process.   It took me a bit to get all 3 copies made of our dossier. That thing is thick!  Then I overnighted our precious little bundle of paperwork to AWAA.  I feel a sense of completion in sending in our completed dossier!

What is next on our timeline... according to our family coordinator:
1) AWAA will look through all of our documents and approve them 
2) Then they send it to the Rwandan Embassy there in D.C. (1-2 weeks for #1 & #2)
3) Once the embassy gives our paperwork the OK it is returned to AWAA
4) Then it is off to Rwanda for their approval
5) Once it is approved by the Rwandan government, AWAA works with several different approved orphanages to find a match for us (this process #4 & #5 could take at the longest 5 months)

That is all that I have for now.  If you have a second, go to the Greer's site. They were just approved by Rwanda to adopt (which is step #4 above). They are so close to bringing Myles home! Peter, of the Greer's, is the president of Hope International which is a wonderful organization helping the poor.

**if you click on the blue words, it will take you to that site

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tomorrow...

Tomorrow morning I am headed to OKC to get the last of our dossier forms authenticated.  I hope to be there by 9am when they open :).  I will then come back and make 3 copies of every form and fedex all of them off to AWAA in Virginia.     From there it could go relatively fast or relatively slow.....depending on how quickly we get our approval from the Rwandan government. From the research I have done the rest of the process could take 6-12 weeks.  

What has to be done now is:
1) the Prime Minister of Family Promotion (Rwandan Government) has to approve us
2) an agency in Rwanda matches us with our child
3) we wait for a court date to be set
4) then we travel

I am still in awe at how quickly our process has gone.  I am hoping that it continues to move quick as my heart aches for our new little one to come home.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

IT CAME! IT CAME!

OH MY GOSH!  

TWO WEEKS AGO, TWO WEEKS AGO FROM TODAY WE GOT OUR FINGERPRINTS DONE! TODAY WE RECEIVED OUR APPROVAL, I-171H. TODAY! TODAY!  

I AM SO EXCITED THAT I CAN HARDLY STAND IT (HENCE THE ALL CAPS!). I WILL BE HEADING BACK DOWN TO THE CITY NEXT WEEK TO GET THE REST OF OUR DOSSIER COMPLETE (WHICH IS JUST 2 FORMS).  THEN IT WILL BE OFF TO AWAA THEN RWANDA! I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE IT (THEY SAY 6-12 WEEKS FOR THE APPROVAL, OUR WAIT WAS 2 WEEKS). GOD IS GOOD!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Two Weeks Waiting....

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

We have 2 weeks down waiting for our approval from the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration.  "They" say in their paperwork that it takes 6-12 weeks for the approval. So we are either 1/3 or 1/6 of the way done waiting.  I go to the mailbox every day hoping that the desired envelope is there!  I know it is all in God's time and I do get peace from that little fact.  

Ryan and I were visiting with a friend tonight at church. We were talking about our adoption process and how we have both acted in ways that are not normal to us.  Regarding the sex of our child, Ryan and I both truly do not have a preference.  Regarding the age of our child, we don't have a specific age that we are wanting. Regarding the time frame, which is 2 to 6 months, we are both okay with the unknown.  For those that know Ryan and I, this is totally not us.  I am a very structured planner who likes to have lists. I like to know what my day will hold the night before. Ryan also likes to have a plan. This is how I know that God is right smack dab in the middle of this.  We are both at ease knowing that our child will come to us when it is time. We are relaxed because God has our child picked out for us.  It doesn't matter if we are specific with the sex or age.  God knows who will be ours.  God knows when we will go.  I delight in my ease with this process. I hope that I stay faithful and patient as the months tick on. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

All it took was some crackers

This is a video that I watched on several other adoption blogs. It is heart breaking. Just saying that, some of you will choose not to watch it.  But you need to watch it.  This story has haunted me since I watched it a few weeks ago. I do believe that God keeps reminding me of this so that I will share it with you.

This is the story of Sam, Esther & Jane. This short video is a reminder of why we need to help. Simple things like donating to organizations like Life Water, Mocha Club, World Vision, Blood Water Mission, Compassion International, Heifer International do make a difference.  Bigger things like going on mission trips to remote areas of the world to help, teach, and love.  

So I ask that you watch this short video (you need to watch it in it's entirety).  Watch it, pray about it, learn from it. We have to do something...   click here