I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:1-2

Baby Girl's Adoption

Baby Girl's Adoption Timeline:

Oct. 19, 2011   Found Baby Girl on Reece's Rainbow
Oct. 20, 2011   Wondering if this is not just for advocacy...maybe she is ours.  (See "Rosa")
Oct. 25, 2011   Turned in Application Part 1--approved the same day!!!
Nov. 18, 2011   Super T's adoption is finalized.
Nov. 21, 2011   Turned in Formal application and piles of supporting documents.
Dec. 6,  2011    Formal application approved!
Dec. 19, 2011   First home study visit (we had 3 more visits in late Dec. and early Jan.)
Dec. 29, 2011   Turned in Family Sponsorship Program forms to Reece's Rainbow.
Jan.  9,  2012    Home study rough draft turned in
Jan. 21, 2012    International Adoption Seminar (check out some lessons I learned)
Jan. 31, 2012    Home study final draft completed and notarized
Mar. 6,  2012     Finally received a copy of my DHS home study to complete my dossier.
Mar. 7, 2012      FedExed I-800A and my agency mailed my dossier to Baby Girl's country.
Apr. 3, 2012      Received questions from Baby Girl's agency in her country
Apr. 5, 2012      Fingerprinted for immigration pre-approval (I800A)
Apr. 10, 2012    I800A approval and Baby Girl turns 2 (a very significant date in our lives.)
Apr. 11, 2012    My agency emailed answers to Baby Girl's agency's questions from April 3.
Apr. 16, 2012    Dossier arrived at adoption unit in Baby Girl's country. I signed referral papers.
Apr. 23, 2012    Referral papers re-sent due to a small mistake.  Should arrive by 4/26.
May 31, 2012    Received a single question from Baby Girl's country.  Answered by the next day.
June 15, 2012    Received a list of questions from Baby Girl's country.  Answered by the next day.
July 26, 2012     Received Matching Approval!  Three months and ten days--super fast!!!
Aug. 8, 2012     Signed official acceptance papers and a pile of other paperwork for my agency.
Aug. 18, 2012   Mailed I800
Aug. 22, 2012   Received a new child study, pictures, and VIDEO of Baby Girl!  Fell in love!
Sept. 4, 2012    I800 provisional approval. (Got it in the mail on 9/10, but 9/4 was when it was approved)
Oct. 3, 2012     Article 5 issued.
Nov. 27, 2012   High Court Order received!!!  
Nov. 29, 2012   Received travel dates.
Dec.6, 2012     Leaving on a jet plane!  Posts about the trip are labeled "adoption trip.".
Dec. 12, 2012  Gotcha Day!
Dec. 14, 2012  HOME!


Here is the money post.  And a bit about how some of it came in here, here, and here.

Back in January, I wrote some confessions of a paper pregnant mom.

Many thanks to those of you who helped out, both financially and in other ways!  I really can't thank you enough!


anita said...

I'll be praying for you. Neat that we live in the same area and are at the same point!

Chelsea said...

I'm so glad you finally got that document! I've heard that the 1800A approvals have been going faster lately. I hope it stays that way! We will be a few weeks behind you. Dillon approved our formal application and we finished our social worker visits I think. We have had three and he wasn't sure if we'd need another. He said once he gets the packet from Dillon it will only take him a couple days to pull it all together, and then it's a matter of how long their agency and Dillon take to review it. Then we're in for the long wait! Let's hope the process speeds up a bit so all of our kiddos can come home soon!