Monday, March 31, 2008

The final documents for our Shaohannah's Hope grant applicaton went out today. Please pray along with us as these documents are processed. Trey prayed over them for us before they went to the post office. I should have video taped it.

Trying to get in touch with Diana. She's been out of the country, but should be back in the States now. I can't seem to locate her. I still have my I-171H at my house. I was hoping it would have already found it's way to Acres of Hope.

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's been a really good day, and it just got even better. I have had an amazing day with my family. Eric and I took the boys to the Franklin Park Conservatory and it was so relaxing and fun. Then we came home and colored our Easter eggs. Then the mail came, and guess what was inside my mailbox? MY I-171H APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was supposed to take at least 3 weeks, and I have heard of it taking up to 6 months. The Columbus office is on top of things! It's only been 10 days! If you can't tell, I'm extremely excited. This is the very last document needed to make us referral ready with Acres of Hope. Only a tiny bit of that excitement left when I called Diana to share the news and find out where to fax this to, and I received a voicemail that she was out of the country until the 27th. Oh well--at least I have the paper in my hands.

Other adoption news. We have completed the on-line portion of our grant application for Shaohannah's Hope. I have to get busy quickly on the rest of the documents they need mailed to them this week.

Finally, keep your calendars clear for April 26th. Our amazing friends are planning a benefit for the adoption. More details to come.

And it's March Madness time, a day really doesn't get much better than this.

Added later*************Okay, it can get a little better. Cowboy won $150 in the lottery today. That's a lot of money for an old homeless man. He was so excited!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Eric and I have now been officially fingerprinted by the Department of Homeland Security. So weird.

Please pray that our fingerprints are processed quickly. It is supposed to take 3 to 6 weeks for us to get our approval. I have no idea why it would take that long. It was all done on this extremely high tech computer. It seems to me that it shouldn't take long for the computer to tell them if we are criminals or terrorists. Anyway, we are really at a stand still until we hear back from them.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Due to the Blizzard of 2008, our fingerprinting will now be on Wednesday at 8:00am.

I talked with Diana from Lighthouse on the phone this weekend. She has not mailed our dossier to Acres yet, and may not be able to until our I-171H approval. We talked about finances as well. We owe a fee right now, again, it is the EXACT amount that we have in our adoption savings account. We will not owe any more money until we receive the referral of our children. At that time we will owe a tremendous amount of money. I told Eric yesterday that I believe that when the time comes for us to pay for the completion of this adoption, the money will be there again.

I continue to prepare myself for a long referral wait. Who knows, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. But, it seems very likely to me that this will be another time to learn more about waiting on God's timing.

That's all the adoption news I have for now...

Monday, March 3, 2008

Fingerprinting this Saturday at 11:00am. The Columbus CIS office seems to be extremely quick and efficient based on our interaction with them over the last two weeks. That isn't always the case from what I've heard. So, I'm hopeful that we will finish all this up soon and have our I-171H approval quickly. We'll see. I don't know why I'm so anxious to finish up immigration, then we'll have nothing to do but wait some more!

It's 8:00 and I'm going to bed. I've decided I need the sleep.