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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
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We Need Your Help

As we wait for word and prepare for our second trip to pick up Allie and Vessy we find ourselves somewhat short on funds for this final part of our adoption journey. I must admit I did not plan accurately for the price of airfare at this time of year, but even if I had known the true cost of this trip I am not sure I could have done much differently.

I do not ask for help easily or take the request lightly so in the interest of disclosure here is where we stand right now.

Paid out so far:
$14,000 country program fees for 2 children different locations
$3,700   first trip
$3,250   agency fees
$2,700   home study and associated fees
$1,600   USCIS
$800      visas
$500      postage
$250      apostilles
$200      dossier
$27,000 Total

Funds raised so far:
$10,000  2nd mortgage
$8,000    personal loan
$8,000    savings
$2150     FSP donations
$1350     Direct donations
$1,100    RR older child grant
$30,600 Total

I would guess right now we are about $4000 from being  fully funded. We will continue to cut corners and put away what we can but (hopefully) our Gotcha Day is coming fast so if you are led to help it would be so appreciated. Thank you and keep the prayers coming.

Can not wait to get these faces home. :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Missing My Girls

Well it has been about six weeks since we got back from our first trip. I have been missing Allie and Vessy a lot so I thought I would put together a couple of videos I can put on a flash drive to have with me. I would never have thought the waiting between the first trip and Gotcha Day would be the hardest part of this journey. I thought once we got to meet them and had a bunch of pictures and videos it would make it a lot easier but I think it actually makes it harder. Hopefully soon we can count the time in weeks instead of months. Anyways, here are my videos. I tried to capture the personality of each of these sweet girls and tried to show why I am so anxious to be their daddy.

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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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