Thursday, October 23, 2008

Born on Date

The agency that we signed on with has strict policies on birth order. We believe in these policies too. This is why we agreed to adopt nine months younger than our youngest child. The magic date is Oct 23, 2008. That happened this week.

So this means that our new daughter could have actually been born this week. Or at least she is probably in in the tummy of her birth mother. We have begun to pray for her safety and health. This little life is already alive and connecting with her surroundings!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Foot in the mouth or finger in the ink?

Wow, I just posted how long we would probably be waiting for our finger print appointment and the very next day we got our appointment notices. So tomorrow we are off to dip our fingers in the ink or would that be scan these days? We have been instructed to lotion up to help the prints. Did you ever wonder what the major parts of a print are? check out this image.

My agency says that submission of documents to USCIS to receipt of I-171H--that varies, but is generally between 2 - 3 months (has been known to go a bit beyond 3 months at times). So we can plan to still wait a little longer for our approval. Next step is to get that dossier finished!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Could it be true...didn't think so

Yesterday we received a letter from the Department of homeland security. Could it possibly be our fingerprint date? Would we set the record for fast turn around? That would be an amazing 3 week turn!


It was just a letter saying they would get to our application in the next three months and not to inquire on the status until that time had passed. These things always make me laugh. They have time to write the letter, but not process the form. We are still going to hope for better turn time than they are currently experiencing.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The big decision

Rich and I have always been passionate about helping children in poverty stricken areas. Prior to our daughter entering our lives, I have been able to volunteer abroad. I have witnessed first hand terrible living conditions and many orphans out there not getting loved. Now that I know what a strong love between a child and parents is like, it broke my heart even more imaging all the orphans in this world living their lives with out being loved by a parent. The fact that some Americans spend more money on a ring-tone for our phone than a child dying of starvation is allotted to save his life, just about makes me ill. Being angry about this still does nothing. We have made a decision to act on the orphan issues in a small way.

The issue is so big and we can't save the entire world, but we are going to try to save just one child. One rain drop in the flood. We feel called by God to do this regardless of general opinion. We have begun working on all the piles of paperwork to make the whole process legal and allow a child who’s current longevity is uncertain to become part of our family. We have no idea how we will pull it off logistically, but trust God that these things will work themselves out if it is meant to be. I know that it is hard to believe the success or failure is out of my control...not normally my comfort zone!

We want to adopt from a place where the need is among the greatest. The UN is saying by next year AIDS, drought, and extreme poverty will sky rocket the orphan crisis to 44 million orphans in Africa. So Africa is where we will be working with an orphanage bring home a child to the US. The process takes a long time.

Last month we had to attend a risk meeting and have a summery document notarized. The documents we had to sign said that the likely hood of the child dying of malnutrition between the time we adopt and the time we pick them up is more than just possible. We know of more than one family who had this happen just this summer. It is sad, but it is not the reason for Rich and I to give up. We figure that even in a short time and a photo on the fridge, a child will be loved and prayed for by many and we would have supported them and made their last days more pleasant if they were to pass.

Here are the top ten things we do know:
  1. The child will be from Ethiopia, Africa.
  2. They will be at least 9 months younger than Liviann to retain the birth order of our family.
  3. We will be adopting one little girl (or possibly twins or young siblings).
  4. We will be worn out with an enormous amount of paperwork to be completed and frustrated with the ridiculous things we have to do.
  5. The child will have been abandoned due to aids, parental death or poverty (or a combination).
  6. We will not actually be matched until all the paperwork is complete and our dossier approved in Ethiopia. This way there will not be a child waiting on red tape.
  7. Constantly going crazy waiting (possibly a year or two).
  8. We will spend most of our cash reserves (and then some) through the process.
  9. We will travel to pick them up.
  10. We will be obnoxiously in love with our new child!
Our wish would be that the process will be expeditious and their will be a higher power looking over the child until they arrive safely home to us.