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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
Saturday, May 26, 2012


If you are adopting or have adopted you know how sweet those words are. God has once again provided despite my own doubts and worries. He does that a lot. I love it when He shows His power and love. He used a lot of people to make this happen and I would like to take a few lines to acknowledge and thank them. I know for a fact some of the people could not afford to give what they did but did as they were led anyways.
Thank you:

Jon and Shawn Del as our first contributors and Jon and Jen close behind. It was pretty awesome to have people donate the very Sunday we announced to our church about adopting Vessy...Allie came later. :)

Grace Harbor Church of the Nazarene for hosting our yard sale fundraiser and those who donated to the tip jar...Mel, Rick and Linda, Lindy, Dave, the Gullicksons and the Williams...and to the ones we did not know who dropped some extra in the tip jar just to help our girls.

Vessy and Allie's Grandpa Bob and Grandma Pat who not only contributed generously throughout but also bought us an IPAD to take on the first trip, which gave us great pictures and movies and which Vessy just loved to use to look at herself and just wonder at how cute she is.

Reece's Rainbow for the older child grant and introducing us to our girls.

Lifesong for the interest free loan.

Kelley Jo Hayes for her Mary Kay fundraiser.

Charlotte Pritchett for her Scentsy fundraiser.

Sandy Kroese for her Tastefully Simple fundraiser.

Mandy, Chandres and the rest of "The Finishers". This particular fundraiser came at a time when Trish and I were really missing Vessy and Allie and was especially encouraging. A special thanks to those who donated and those who matched. :)

To all those who gave us cash donations or contributed to our FSP and donated to the puzzle fundraiser (puzzles are proudly displayed in our entryway) and to Jamie's airline ticket (she is SO excited to meet her sisters):
Michele, Olly Paw, Tyler, Mark, Kim and Shane, Jason, Black Sheep, Rain, Arie, Tammy, Kelly, Beth, Nancy, Courtney, Donna, Candy, Dawn, Cheri, Kevin and Annie, Carol, Keith and Steph, Moolyn, Jess, Nils and Jen, Kayla, Brian and Kate, Jamie, our friends from down under Mark and Nichol, Jessica, John and Val, Aunt Lora, Pastor Mark and Sarah, Paul, David, Jacob and Kate, Elizabeth, Paul, Jennifer, Leila, Trevor and Amanda, Lisa, Keith and Susan, Brenda, Lisa, Sandra, Weston and Jessica, Liz, Kourtney and Angie.

We also had a number of generous anonymous donors who we would like to thank. I hope they see this post and know they are appreciated. So many people we do not even know helping us get our girls home.

Thank you all. Now it's time to go get our girls. Come on court date!
Friday, May 11, 2012

The Avengers and The Finishers

Went to see The Avengers last night. Fun movie, Good versus Evil, Heroes vs Villains, the usual superhero movie but pretty well done (it was awesome actually).

I came home to find my own version of a superhero story playing out as we had been visited by "The Finishers", a secretive, small yet powerful group of heroes who bring adopting families across that all important finish line of "FULLY FUNDED".

In our case this could not have come at a more opportune time. Of course it will be fantastic to have the financial part of the adoption taken care of but also being lifted up like this as we reach 10 WEEKS since we have left our girls is such an encouragement. Trish has written about 10:00am our time when Bulgaria closes for business and how depressing that time is for us. I could also include Fridays in that as we know there are 2 days coming with no chance of hearing about a court date. Many of you have been through this and can appreciate then how sweet it is when people come up beside you and support you.

So "The Finishers" swoop in and offer an $800 matching grant for any funds donated to our FSP until midnight tonight. If we reach that goal and those funds are matched we will be fully funded. When our FSP reaches a total of $3032 the $800 match will have been met.Then all that will be standing between us and Vessy and Allie is a court date and a travel date. Thank you from all of us for any help you are led to give. :)   -Ron
Saturday, May 5, 2012

10:00 a.m. central time

About 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, I find myself getting anxious.  Checking my email, checking for texts.  Those of you who are in the process of adoption know what I am talking about.
Waiting for news.  You see, 10 a.m. is close of business day in Bulgaria.  And at this time, if there is no new email, no text, I know it will be at least another day before we hear news of our travel dates. 
It is so frustrating, waiting.  Waiting.  I kid Ron that he should never have prayed for patience because this is the answer to that prayer. 
And I love reading the RR blogs, cheering for these people I will probably never meet.  People that I have love in common with, love for little people half a world away.  Two families are in Bulgaria now, one to meet their child for the first time, the Lindquists to bring their son home.   And as much as I love seeing their pictures of Bulgaria, I have to admit being envious.  Sad, huh?  I am so happy for these happy families, and so sad for us.  I keep reminding myself that our girls have waited 7 and 8 years for a family, that they can wait a few more weeks.  Right?  I know it doesn't make sense, but my heart aches to be there.  To finally have our Gotcha Days. 
I have pictured so many aspects of our trip home with Vessy and Allie.  Nerves going through security with a blind child, security with a very busy runner with Ds.  Hoping Vessy doesn't use this time to make a break for it :).  I want to be the family on the plane that all the other people are thinking, "9 hr plane ride with these people!  Oh no!" 
And more than anything else I want to know that our girls haven't forgotten us.  Or think we forgot them.  Because we didn't.  Pray without ceasing has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
In the meantime, I will be joyful for friends I haven't met.  And particularly joyful for sweet little children who are gaining a family.  Hugs to you, Connie Clark Lindquist, and save some spices for me.  Ron and I should be there soon!!

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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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