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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 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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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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