Sunday, May 26, 2013

May Update!

When we began the process to adopt two unrelated children, we knew Moldova had to approve and our agency had to approve.  Moldova approved it early on, so we assumed our agency had as well.  I was called recently by our adoption worker and was informed that the agency's adoption committee would be meeting regarding our request of two unrelated children.  I was asked to write an appeal to the policy for the committee to consider.  I wasn't surprised about needing to do this but was surprised that it was so late in the process.  However, we both knew that God has plans for these two children to be part of our family, so we just left it in His hands.  He is faithful as always, and we were approved.
We do have to submit a second dossier but this mostly will be copies of the first but will just need new notarizations and another trip to the Sec. of States office to get them apostilled.  Paperwork I can do - this will be an easy fix.  We were told we will make our first trip in June but still do not know exact dates or for how long.

This past week we also celebrated Hope's 4th Gotcha Day.  We celebrate this day by releasing one balloon for each year she has been with us.  We also eat at Bonefish Grill where Hope loves the bread and drawing on the "tablecloths."  Hope has and continues to be such a blessing to our family.  I am so thankful to be her Mother.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

USCIS Approval!

We have been waiting on our USCIS/Homeland Security approval for adoption, and I just had a feeling that it would come in the mail on Friday.  Andy and I left for Haiti early Friday morning but had Dow and Beth checking the mail.  Guess what?  It came, and we got our approval letter.  Now we are just waiting on Moldova to say we can travel for our first trip.  We still do not know how long we will stay in Moldova - it could be up to 30 days.  Please pray that since we have successfully adopted once from Moldova that they will not require that long.

Our newest addition to the family - Hope's dog Max (short for Maximus)

He had been digging in the dirt.  Max is a Cavapoo (cross between Cavalier King Charles and a Poodle

Hope ready for her first gymnastic show
Telling Dow a secret