Thursday, May 28, 2009

Approval and Kiddos

Our new documents have been approved at the US State Dept and are at the Rwandan Embassy.  Woo hoo!

While we are some pics of Kay and Can.  Lots of baseball the last few weeks!

Mr. Cool on First Base. Needs shades because his future's so bright.

Headed off after a great hit past the pitcher's mound.

Sliding into home! He loves to slide. Slides into every base but first. Every. Base. Look at the look of sheer joy on his sweet little face!

She is headed to camp next week.  We will miss her sweet little face!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's There

Our new documents arrived yesterday at the AWAA office. Our family coordinator confirmed their arrival and said she will be taking them to the US State Dept and the Rwandan Embassy tomorrow.  The State Dept will only take one day. Hopefully, the embassy will be quick as well since it is just 3 documents.  Then off to Rwanda to be matched with the rest of dossier (which has been there for 9 weeks).  Praying that God moves this little set back go quickly.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Off Once Again

The kids and I headed to the state capitol yesterday morning.  It was their first day of summer break! Here is a pic of them with a lady (I can't remember her name) but she was a human rights activist in the early 1900's.  
Here they are by the state seal under the dome. This was their first visit to the capit0l.  They were great and enjoyed seeing the interesting facts and art about our state.  

We were in and out in about 15 minutes and back on the road home (we live about an hour away).  Our set of documents are on their way to our agency then to the US State Department then the Rwandan Embassy.  Can't wait for them to arrive to their final destination!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It Is Not About Me

God is God and I am not.  All that happens in my life has nothing to do with me.  It is all about His plan, His future, His glory.  So it doesn't matter that new updated documents are needed. It doesn't matter that I am ready for my sweet little child to come home. It doesn't matter that He is not adhering to MY schedule.  It is not about me, so it just doesn't matter.  I need to surrender to His plan and see what He brings. He has THE plan. He knows what is best for our family. He, and only He, is control.  It is ALL because of HIM.

Another great song by Fee. Glad to hear it so that it puts me in my place.

Off to OKC tomorrow am to get the new documents authenticated. I will do it with a smile on my face and this song on my lips.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An Update

Tomorrow morning I will pick up our new notarized physicals then take our guardianship form to be notarized.  I plan to drive to OKC on Friday for the state authentication. Then I will Fedex our new forms to Virginia.  I spoke to our family coordinator today and we had a good conversation. 

She said:
1) our dossier is on hold until we get the new documents to Rwanda (so we have lost our place in "line" until they get the new forms)
2) as soon as she receives our documents, she will take them to the US State Dept to be authenticated (this could be done the same day since there are only 3 forms)
3) she then will take them to the Rwandan Embassy for approval (she said that this approval is only taking 3-4 days (instead of 2 weeks) because it is only the 3 documents (not the entire dossier)
4) the forms will then be fedexed to Rwanda and our dossier will be considered complete again

So realistically, if everything works like it should, our new forms could be on their way to Rwanda by next Friday (May 29).  Travel time for the forms is usually about a week so by the June 5 the forms should be on the Minister's desk.  So it looks like we will just be delayed about 2 weeks, instead of 4 weeks, which is good.

I was hoping to have an approval by the end of May instead of sending more documents, oh well.  I know that His timing is right for everything but it is hard for my heart to understand.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Possible Setback Turns Definite

Well, we finally received notification from our agency today that we DO have to redo our physicals and guardianship forms.  This is a set back of a least a few weeks (possible 4-6 weeks).  I am hoping to get all of the new documents completed by Thursday. Then I will head back to the capitol in OKC to have them authenticated.  We will then ship them via Fedex to our agency who will take then to the US State Department (2-3 day wait) for another authentication then to the Rwandan embassy for approval (2 week wait). From there, our agency will Fedex them to Rwanda (another week).

So, I am definitely disappointed today. I was really hoping that our dossier would be "grandfathered" in (not needing to do the new forms) since it has been at the Minister's office for over 2 MONTHS!   That is what I get for being optimistic...

Sunday, May 17, 2009


God's grace on me, on my family, on my waiting child....I am ready, I am ready, I am ready.

Adoption: finding children who have no mom or dad who could be folded into a family just like God planned from eternity to fold sinners like us through Christ into his everlasting family of joy.

Take a few minutes to watch this...

*seen on The Journey

Saturday, May 16, 2009

So not adoption related

So I walked in to the kitchen this mid-morning.  I look out the window and hanging on our bird feeder is this:

A squirrel, right in the middle of our large kitchen window.  Ryan and I strategically placed the bird feeder so that the squirrels couldn't get it. By the looks of it, he scaled down the brick then onto the chain that holds the feeder.  

So, I thought to myself.  I wonder how close he would let me get. I have never seen a squirrel up close. Usually they are either a) dead on the side of the road or b) running away from me. So here is my upclose and personal moment with said squirrel.

He let me get really close. This is taken without a zoom, so there was pretty much just a pane of 1960's glass between us.  He's kinda cute.  He stayed there until I banged on the window to get him off of the bird feeder.  He has his own feeder (full of corn) on the tree across the deck.  This he wouldn't let me get a picture of. I guess the banging scared him :).  

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

8 weeks...our dossier has been at the Minister's office for 8 weeks.  This could be translated into 2 months. The approximate time for Rwandan approval (according to our agency) is 2-5 months. S0 it could be any day (or a couple of months, but since I am an optimist, I am going with any day).  On a previous post, I explained that I had done a little research and it seemed that there were several approvals this spring that came through at 2.5 months. Hmmm...  

Still no word from our agency on if we need to redo our forms.  I am hoping that our family coordinator will let us know SOON if we need to redo them or not.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Angel of Grace

I love the Willow Tree figurines!  Something about the faceless figures really speak to me (crazy, I know).  I love the children and angel figures!  I have a little collection going :).  This morning, I received the above.  It is the Angel of Grace...and she is brown :).  A perfect addition to my collection. Thanks Ry and Kay for picking out a perfect mother's day gift!   I can't wait until next Mother's Day when I will have 3 little ones!

Friday, May 8, 2009

A funny

This made me laugh...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Possible Setback

Well, we got some news that possibly could be a "setback." Rwanda is requiring some new things:
1) that the physical (medical) forms be dated within 3 months, of arriving in Rwanda (ours were dated in November and arrived in Rwanda the end of March, so we are at 4 months)
2) that the guardianship form be more a form that could hold up in court. Right now it is just a form that the guardians sign, it doesn't have to be notarized, etc.  It is more used for the homestudy paperwork than for the dossier.

Our agency has presented the changes to all of the families who are in the Rwanda program. They have said that these are new required forms for those who are still in the home study and dossier process. They are working with the Rwandan government to see if families whose dossiers are already in Rwanda need to redo these forms.   So we wait and see...

This would not be as simple as just completing the forms.  We would complete the new forms, have them notarized, then authenticated by the state (which means a state capitol visit) then Fedex to Rwanda to meet up with all of our other paperwork. So at least a couple of weeks would be added to our wait.  Now, if this is a "setback" to allow more time for our child to become ready for us, then I am happy to do it.  If not, come on already and just approve us :).  

Another FAVORITE song of mine and very appropriate for my soul status:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Looking into the future...

Our dossier has been at the Minister's office for around 37 days! We are hoping for a short approval time of 60 days (2 months) so if that happens to be the case then we are half way done with our wait.  I am hoping and praying that this is the case :). 

The family of the Miles to Myles blog is in Kigali right now! They met their son, Myles, for the first time on Saturday.  Take a few minutes and visit their blog.   The pictures of Myles and his family are such an inspiration.  After seeing the pictures, my friend Denise said it best,  "just think how much his life is changing and the love he will experience as part of the family God found for him."   It truly is overwhelming to think of the love that they have for that little boy. You can see it in their faces.  You can read it in her previous posts. 

This mother's love is the same that I feel for our little one.  I think about them and pray for them several times every day.  All kinds of feelings overcome me when I think about our future together as a family, God's plan for us, and when this process will all be complete.  I look at other blogs of families who have their little ones home and imagine what ours will look like. What color will their skin be (I know brown but there are so many shades!)? Will they have any teeth yet? Will they have dimples? How old will they be? Will they be a boy or a girl?  I am so excited for God to reveal who he has for us.  I am ready.