Hopefully someday I will continue this journey and this blog, but for now I have created a new blog to document the happenings in our family. I do hope you will all follow me to my new blog as I have truly enjoyed being a part of your lives, as you have been a part of mine.
We had our sonogram yesterday to find out how far along we are: seven weeks, our due date is February 18. We also saw something we did not expect: two babies.
After praying for a child for over two years, suffering a miscarriage, traveling the road to Kyrgyzstan for five months, God gives us twins. We are completely shocked and we feel very blessed. But we are also extremely sad. Prior to the sonogram we prayed about and felt peace about having two babies. We simply thought we would travel to Kyrgyzstan to get one of them. We do not feel peace about having three infants at the same time. And so, as much as it grieves our hearts to do so, we feel that we need to delay the arrival of our Kyrgyzstan baby for a little while. We are experiencing many extreme emotions right now (especially with a double helping of pregnancy hormone) and we ask for your prayers as we learn more about what God has in store for our family. Please pray for a continued healthy pregnancy and two healthy babies.
We wish all of you still on the journey continued blessings and speedy Fedex packages. I still want to hear about all the goings on with international adoption and about each of your journeys. I will be very sad not to be traveling with you.
The other day Sydney was holding up her fingers and telling me she wanted two brothers and two sisters. Well, yesterday we took care of the two brothers part of her request. We adopted two little brothers. Two miniature dachshunds. We haven't figured out their names yet, maybe I will try to figure out the poll thingy that so many of you are utilizing on your blogs right now. If you have any suggestions, please post them. I will try to post some pics of them once we download some from the camera.
And we are working on the two sisters part of her request, as well. We are jumping through hoop after hoop trying to get to her baby sister in Kyrgyzstan. And just when we think we have cleared all the hoops, more appear. But the Lord is in control and He will get us through. He has already gotten us so far. This will get us to one of her sisters. The other sister will probably get here first.
We are pregnant. We found out the same day we got our letter from Homeland Security; boy was that a pretty exciting day for our family. We go for a sonogram on July 2nd to find out our due date. So far everything is going pretty well with the pregnancy aside from A LOT of morning sickness. I wasn't sick once with Sydney, so this is a big change for me. We did an early gender detection blood test this week and we found out that we are having a baby girl. Please keep both of our children in your prayers as the days we will meet them draw nearer.
We were both able to complete our third, and hopefully final, set of fingerprints yesterday. They are now on their way to FBI headquarters for our FBI clearance check. Hopefully they will be super speedy fast and this new requirement will not delay us too much in our dossier completion. I still haven't heard anything from Austin yet on the rest of our dossier being authenticated. Hopefully we will get that back before the end of the week.
July 3- Prayerfully decided to delay adoption until sometime after the twins are born
July 2- Had sonogram found out we are having twins
June 27- Received FBI clearance; Fedexed to Austin for authentication
June 17- Completed FBI fingerprints; FedExed them to FBI headquarters
June 13- Received some new requirements
June 8- Completed dossier sent to Austin for authentication; should be back in two weeks. Found out we are pregnant
June 7- Received our USCIS approval to adopt a foreign born orphan!
May 1-USCIS fingerprinting complete!!!
April 23- Received referral for fingerprinting appointment from USCIS! Have to redo some of dossier per our agency
April 22- Mailed completed dossier off to AA for approval for authentication in Austin; still waiting on USCIS for fingerprinting appointment for immigration approval
April 11- Mailed a copy of the home study report to USCIS
April 10- Home study report ready!
April 5- Received our State Police Clearance checks; we passed!!!
April 1- Home study interviews completed!!!
March 31- Amber completed doctor exam for the dossier
March 29- Began blog
March 28- Amber completed her fingerprinting for the criminal background check
March 24- Tony completed his fingerprinting for the criminal background check
March 19- Went to Denton and collected four certified copies of our marriage license for the dossier
March 17- Re-mailed our I 600 a form to Dallas Field Office; this time with correct fee amount!
March 15- Received first lesson from the government: Always triple check anything you send them because they will send it back if it's wrong
March 14- Continued working on the dossier; made doctor appointments and many, many phone calls regarding requirements
March 13- Received our dossier list from Ally; worked on it for eight hours, stayed up until 2 am
March 10- Mailed our I 600a form to the USCIS Dallas Field office; turned in completed paperwork for the home study to Little Miracles
March 7- Received first email from Ally, our case worker with Adoption Ark
March 4- Visited our social worker, Deborah, and collected all the paperwork to begin our homestudy
March 3- Mailed our application and contract to Adoption Ark in Illinois!
March 1- Realized our baby girl is in Kyrgyzstan; began seriously researching the agencies registered to facilitate adoptions there
February 27- Decided we couldn't spend four weeks in Khazsikstan, but did decide to use Little Miracles as our home study agency. Began researching Kyrgyzstan in depth
February 26- Talked with Little Miracles here in Amarillo; found out about Khazsikstan
February 25- Called several agencies to talk with their staff and research more countries; found out about Kyrgyzstan
February 24- Looked at different countries and agencies
February 23- AWAA seminar; realized she was not in China
February 10- Signed up for AWAA seminar
February 9- Started researching agencies and countries
February 5, 2008- Realized God's time for us to adopt was right now
February 2007- Began prayerfully considering adoption
Home Study- each state has its own requirements for completing a home study; most, if not all, require a series of interviews with a social worker licensed in your state, as well as, an overview of the actual home where the child will live. There are doctor letters and/or appointments where many blood tests are run. Police background clearance checks and some require a driving record check. Texas' requirements are relatively simple and as a result we have been able to completed it very quickly. Friends of mine in other states have been required to do much, much more. One had to have an actual fire marshall come to her house and complete an inspection. She also had to have an environmental officer collect 51 vials of water among other things to check for health regulations. We are very blessed to live in Texas for many reasons.
I 600a- This is the form we have to file with the USCIS (immigration dept.) in order to adopt a foreign born orphan. This is one of the last things we need to have in order to send our dossier to Washington for translation.
Dossier- This is what all of our paperwork is called when it is completed. There are many documents that make up the dossier, the petition to adopt, the home study, police clearances, doctor letters, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and on and on. And EVERYTHING has to be notarized. When we have this all together we will send it to the agency for approval, then to the Sec. of State in Austin for authentication, and then to Washington for translation. After that, it is off to Kyrgyzstan!