I haven’t posted anything because I have been working like a maniac on our paperwork. When I haven’t been writing or organizing, I’ve been waiting for more paperwork to arrive from AAI. On Thursday we received the dossier instructions and fortunately for me, not much had changed since Dimple’s adoption. I already had nearly everything in my hands. On Friday I put all of the paperwork on the table and organized it. I made piles of papers that were complete, papers that still needed signatures but did not need to be notarized, and papers that needed to be signed and notarized.
At 2:30 we went to our credit union and notarized ALL of our paperwork. When we were done, we looked over everything and realized that the dossier was complete – with the exception of the homestudy. Rather than take it all home again, we went straight to FedEx and sent it off to AAI. We also sent the Secretary of State letters for authentication to the WA state Secretary of State office and to our state office.
Our homestudy is nearly complete and will be in AAI’s hands for their review on Monday. If it is all good, our agency will FedEx the completed homestudy to AAI by Wed. and overnight our copies to us. We hope to go to USCIS on Friday to submit our I600A and be fingerprinted. We are praying hard that this will happen because Sweet Pea and Mimi are on spring break next week and it is a perfect window of opportunity to get them fingerprinted when we don’t have to work around three class schedules (including Russ’ teaching schedule).
This weekend we are also completing our Adoption Training DVD course and the required paperwork for it, which we hope to submit to AAI by Monday.
I was thinking about why I don’t like the paperwork part of the process. For one thing, I am not a very patient person – it’s nearly painful for me to wait for documents to arrive in the mail. I am naturally fairly organized, so I do find it satisfying to pull papers from files and find what I need. But in the end, it is like labor. Once I am really ready to have my baby, I want labor to start, and I don’t want it to dilly-dally. I want it to kick in and just happen. I don’t like the pain, but I focus, I breathe, and I get to have the baby in my arms before I know it.
We still have a long way to go, homestudy completion, USCIS approval, actually signing paperwork committing to B., and more paperwork still. Then there is court, travel, embassy and more. That being said, the bulk of the paperwork is behind us and I feel good!
To make life even more wonderful, today I got a series of photos of B. from somebody who recently traveled to Ethiopia, AND yesterday Sweet Pea turned 21! She cooked most of her own birthday dinner while I was stuck at FedEx, but it was still a great evening. The night before she had a birthday party with her book group, so although it was a busy week, we had plenty of celebration. I’ll try to post a few photos soon.
I’ll keep you all posted on our progress. Thank your encouraging comments, I really appreciate them!
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