Our Dossier is Done!

Much to our amazement, our dossier for K’s adoption is done. Even as I type these words I wonder if it can be true? Our dossier packet arrived from AAI on the weekend while we were gone. On Monday we looked it over and began to organize ourselves. Russ took charge of the employment letter, bank statement, and gathering our birth/marriage certificates and tax documents. I called two of our previous references, arranged for medical statements, wrote the “family letter to the Ethiopian government”, got our revised homestudy ready to go, FedEx’ed documents to both the Idaho and Washington Secretary of State. We both got our passport photos taken again. I also called the police department and requested two more police clearance letters.

Yesterday and today we began to gather things, going to the police department, credit union, clinic, Human Resources office, etc. Then today we took a stack of documents to our credit union where the nicest woman ever watched us sign them and notarized each one. We laid everything out on the dining room table, checked our dossier list, checked again and looked at each other in amazement. By 3:00 it was ready to go, but the FedEx pickup for the day was already gone, so tomorrow morning I’m sending it off.

God is so amazing! I am completely in awe of his goodness and his love for our little girl and for us. I will admit, I am completely sleep deprived and emotionally worn out, but we are blessed! Thank you to our friends who wrote letters, our credit union friend, our doctor, the kind woman in Human Resources, and our local police department!

Thank you for your prayers.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. PastorMac's Ann
    October 19, 2006


    That’s fantastic! God’s really speeding this process along. Won’t be too long and K will be in your arms! How wonderful!

  2. shells
    October 20, 2006


  3. Raskell Party of 8
    October 20, 2006

    OK, OK, you beat me. I thought I had the record with 5 days. I guess I am going to have to try to beat your 4 since we are both “old pros” at this. 🙂 Congrats! I think we are closer to starting ours. I will know more after a weekend of prayer away from the family for the retreat.

  4. Michael Plaza
    October 20, 2006

    Wow, that is a lot of things that you guys did and in such a short ammount of time. Congratulations on getting that finished!


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