Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Picture!

So here is a picture taken in November! Our Agency just sent us a few new ones...boy is he handsome. I burst into tears looking at that face! We are moving right along with the paperwork. As far as the first round of prints that were going to take 3 agonizing months, we found a way around it...or through it. The FBI has a field office in Airway Heights (they are all over the place) that will sent your prints electronically to the FBI. It took three minutes and by the time I got back home,  I had clearance and was able to forward that to our SW. She was so excited we found out about this and is going to give her other families the option of doing this....hmmmm 30 minutes VS 3 months....not a tough choice!
 So, it looks like our HS will be complete by Mid-March instead of the end of April. One step closer. The next big item on our agenda is to complete Leah's adoption next Friday. We will go to court and by 3:30, she will be a US citizen. After we get the official adoption decree, she and Noah will apply for their passports.
We are still waiting for the PA so we can shout it from the mountaintops...You'll hear me screaming when it gets here!

Friday, February 10, 2012


Happy Friday! And it IS a happy day. There are two Fed Ex envelopes on the dining room table; one for the social worker and one for the adoption agency. They are the fruits of our labor these last four weeks. After I send them off in the morning, we have to sit and wait for the final HS visit and notarized copies. After that, we have to get fingerprinted again at the USCIS (?)...Immigration. The reason we are so frustrated is that the first set of fingerprints, for the FBI, are taking a long time. The HS needs those prints to be completed BEFORE allowing us to apply for I800A....and round 2 of fingerprinting. I am proud that we have done so much in such a small amount of time, but frustrated at the red tape. The good thing (I guess) is that as soon as I drop those envelopes off, it is out of my hands. I am trying not to let my heart wander to Chen Ping ( Pin Pin). He does not yet know he has a family who is adopting him and won't know until summer some time. I just have to pray he stays healthy and for the patience to deal with the wait.