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Our Journey So Far

May 28 Waiting for court date
May 21 Waiting for court date
May 17 Dossier signed by MOJ and forwarded to court
May 14 Waiting for court date
May 7 Waiting for court date
April 30 Waiting for court date
April 23 Waiting for court date
April 16 Waiting for court date
April 11 Article 5 paperwork out for translation and authentication
April 10 Article 5 meeting
April 9 Waiting for Article 5 meeting
April 2 Waiting for Article 5 meeting
March 26 Waiting for Article 5 meeting
March 19 Waiting for Article 5 meeting
March 12 Waiting for Article 5 meeting
March 12 Legal name change document sent to agency
March 5 I-800 submitted
March 3 Home again
February 27-March 2 With sweet Allie
February 20-24 With sassy Vessy
February 17 Off to meet our girls
February 10 Airline tickets purchased
February 10 Written referral signed and OK to travel given
January 31 Notified of verbal referral from MOJ
January 30 Waiting.....
January 23 Waiting.....
January 18 Dossier submitted and accepted by MOJ
January 16 Waiting.....
January 9 Waiting.....
January 2 Waiting.....
December 27 Dossier received in adoption country
December 23 Dossier mailed
December 22 Received apostilled documents
December 16 13 documents notarized and sent for apostille
December 15 I-800A approval received
December 12 Waiting.....
December 5 Waiting.....
November 28 Waiting.....
November 21 Waiting.....
November 17 Apostilled FBI clearance received
November 14 Biometric fingerprints done
November 3 FBI clearance sent for apostille
November 2 FBI clearance received
October 20 Fingerprint appt received for November 14
September 28 I-800A submitted
September 28 Home study received
September 27 Commitment documents for Allie sent to agency in adoption country.
September 25 All required adoption training complete
September 24 Ron completes Hague training
September 22 Apostilled marriage license received
September 21 Sent commitment papers for Allie to be apostilled
September 21 Notified home study is complete
September 20 Received new picture of Allie
September 18 Trish completes Hague training
September 17 Completed 6 hour training with Bethany
September 15 Applied for WI approval to adopt Allie
September 14 Received local police clearances for dossier
September 14 Allie joins Ella on RR family page
September 14 Registered for 8 hour Hague training with NCFA
September 6 Registered for 6 hour training with Bethany
September 5 Applied for WI approval to adopt Ella
September 5 Marriage license to MO for apostille
September 2 Trish medical complete
August 30 Final homestudy session
August 23 Ron medical complete
August 18 Ron passport received
August 17 Paperwork and fingerprints sent to FBI
August 16 2nd home study meeting
August 16 Fingerprints taken
August 16 Trish physical
August 12 Appt set for fingerprinting for FBI background check
August 12 Ron employment verification received for dossier
August 11 Ron physical
August 10 FSP established on RR
August 9 Commitment documents and disclosure sent to Reece’s Rainbow
August 8 Apostilled commitment documents sent to adoption country
August 5 Background check paperwork sent to homestudy agency
August 4 Background check forms to SC
August 4 Background check forms to MN
August 3 Introduced to Allie
August 3 Sent multiple documents to home study agency
August 2 Emailed Reece’s Rainbow application
August 1 Sent contract to home study agency
July 28 Sent commitment documents to be apostilled
July 28 Meeting for home study
July 25 Passport applied for
July 22 Ron passport photo taken
July 22 Service agreement sent to adoption agency
July 22 Ella moved to My Family Found Me page
July 21 application approved by adoption agency
July 14 sent application to home study agency
July 13 phone interview with adoption agency
July 12 phone interview with adoption agency
July 11 initiated home study
July 9 sent initial application to adoption agency
July 8 "introduced" to Ella
July 7 first contact with Reece’s Rainbow
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our Girls Room

Just a quick look at Ella and Allie's room. We are so anxious to fill those beds. I had such a vivid dream about Allie Friday night. Was kind of sad to wake up. I have had several dreams of Ella but that was the first time I have dreamt of Allie. It was sweet. Anyways, here is their room and hopefully soon we will have pictures of the girls sleeping in those beds.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Greatest Gift From God

Our Aunt Lora sent us a donation for Jamie's ticket along with the following poem. She added a note that if we didn't like it we could just toss it. I am pretty sure it is going to get tossed right up on the wall. Thank you Lora.

The Greatest Gift From God

You didn't know the day Jamie was born,
What the future held in store.
You had no idea that the Lord above,
Would bless you not once, but twice more!

The Lord knew you had tons of love,
And a home you wanted to share.
And working as only He can do,
He placed Ella and Allie in your care.

He placed them in your heart and souls,
You welcomed them both from the start
He placed them in your lives to love,
We're so thankful He did His part!

Because the greatest gift from the Lord,
Is a child to hold and love,
and He sent these two precious girls
with all His blessings from above.

Great week

Did you ever hear the old saying "May you live in interesting times"?  Well, it's been an interesting week here.  Our paperwork has been sitting on a desk for several weeks, waiting to be signed and passed on.  There's been talk of some issues in our adoptive country and frustration on the parts of many families waiting for permission to bring their children home. 
As of last Wednesday, the pile of paperwork on that particular desk has been given approval, and there are alot of relieved families!  Praise God for answered prayers! 
I pat the pictures of Ella and Allie several times a day (as I walk past the refrigerator, or the front entry to our house) and say "Mommy's coming!".  We are on the "Almost There" page now, and will be on the "Traveling Now" page  soooooo soon.  Thank you all for your prayers and various forms of support through this process. 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Power of God

I no longer believe in coincidence. We started out the day wondering what was going on in our adoption country, wondering if our adoption was going to be delayed or even if we would be bringing our girls home at all. We decided to do a 24 hour prayer and fast. Just "coincidentally" we got word today our dossier has been submitted and accepted by the MOJ. When does it stop being coincidence and start being the hand of God? As for me and my house, we choose the hand of God.
Monday, January 16, 2012

Our Last Fundraiser (I Promise)

Ever since she was little, our daughter Jamie (12 years old) has wanted to be a big sister. We always joked with her and said "Sorry honey, not unless God has a surprise for us." Clearly, Ella and Allie are part of God's plan for us! Jamie has worked so hard getting the girls' room ready, preparing to be a big sister, and helping to fundraise, that we think it's only fair that she gets to come with us on our second trip.

On our second trip, we plan on bringing Jamie with us to help us with the girls and begin bonding with them as their big sister. we will be doing some shopping in the capital city before coming back, and Jamie would love to bring back souvenirs for anyone who donates to her plane ticket. If you want to donate, please look at the fundraiser information on the right hand side of the blog.

Thanks again for your ongoing support in this journey. As we prepare to travel, please continue to pray for us and keep us in your thoughts.
Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Family

Thanks to all who are making this possible.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Puzzle is Complete

God and friends continue to amaze!  :)

Back of Ella's Puzzle

Back of Allie's Puzzle
Together Where They Belong


We got a phone call tonight from old friends who were going to stop by in a few minutes.  They sponsored the last pieces from the girls puzzles!  Very unexpected blessings from people who had been praying for our girls (and us) for a long time.  They asked not to be named, but your names are etched on my heart.  Thank you.  And thank you to everyone who either sponsored pieces, or just outright gave us some money for these precious little souls.  And thank you to all who have prayed and keep us in their prayers. 

It amazes me that these little girls have touched so many lives, and yet they still don't have a clue.  They don't know that half a world away there is a family anxiously waiting for them.  They have a daddy and sisters who have painted a princess room for them.  A big brother who is waiting to spoil them.  A mommy who tears up 10X a day praying for their safety.  A family who loves them already.  An extended family that can't wait to play with them, take them to the zoo, to love on them.  They have a God who keeps them in His sights, and who has made the (seemingly) impossible, possible.

We are so blessed.  Thank you all.

Watch It Grow 7

Only 12 more pieces to go for each of our sweet little girls!  :)
I can't wait to buy their tickets to come home!!

.....well, two girls actually. :)

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Ron and Trish
In July 2011, we started our adoption story. We are waiting to bring our newest daughter home, and we hope you'll join us in following along on our blog!
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