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Monday, March 21, 2011

It's DONE!

Our initial adoption paperwork, doctor's visits, autobiographies, fingerprints, and everything else we needed to do to start the process is finished and officially in the mail!  I was hoping it would not take so long, but when you have to stay up at night, after picking up the house and doing dishes, to write your autobiography, it takes a while.  And when you have a husband that hides funny things for you to find in his autobiography, just to see if you are really reading it, it takes a while.  Yes, David, I know I was no good at clarinet in 6th grade.  Thank you. 

In other news, our garage is filling up with goodies to sell at our big sale in April.  We have been SO blessed and so many people have given to us.  It is absolutely amazing and touching.  There is so much stuff, I know we will end up doing multiple sales.  I might actually do one the week before and one the week after.  I plan to save everything that does not sell and do another garage sale (or two or three) when it cools down in the fall, then a few more before we get to bring our child home, whichever child that may be.  We are still pursuing Manasa, the one year old in India, but I know she may not be the child God has for us, so we are trying to be open.  It is really sweet to hear David pray for her, though, and it's impressive that it is without any prompting.  I know she is on his heart, as she is on all of ours.

And now for some amazing news......  Our homestudy will be $1,250 to Oasis.  Then, if (I'm afraid to say when, I'm not sure why.  I feel like I will jinx it which is silly since I don't believe in that sort of thing) we pass our homestudy, we will immediately need $890 for Immigration fees, as well as $6,000 for Oasis fees.  Well.... our tax refund was pretty much exactly what we needed for these fees!!!!  We will still need plenty more, as the fees are around $22,000 and there is travel on top of that, but WOW, that is an amazing start!  If anyone wants to look at the fees, they can be viewed here though they do not include fees to Oasis, fees for a private lawyer to finalize everything, fees for doctor's visits and other things you need to get cleared, travel, and a few other things.

Thank you for sharing our journey with us.  Hopefully I will have updates soon!

I know I'm pretty, even when I'm covered with sauce!

Mom! You didn't tell me you were going to show this picture to my girlfriends when I'm older!

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Awesome! You're making great progress!