Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Woo Hoo!!!

Today we received the news that our home study passed through court and we are now officially certified to adopt in the state of Arizona. Yahooooooooo!! Tomorrow morning I will be heading down to the state capitol to have our Home Study and Power of Attorney forms authenticated (ie - get the "official gold seal"). After that, I will head to the post office......... and after 6 months of paper-chasing........ will finally be able to submit our dossier for Ethiopia! Holt should receive everything Thursday or Friday, and once they do, we will find out what "number" we are on the wait list. Yippeee!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


I have really been struggling with patience the past few days. I was hoping to get the call saying "Your paperwork passed through court and your certified!" Unfortunately, that call hasn't come yet and I finally broke down yesterday and called the court myself to check on the "status" of things. It was a week ago that our social worker sent everything in, so I figured the process had begun. The bad news is that the lady who files that adoption paperwork in our county was out of the office until yesterday (when I called)! The good news is that she DID receive our home study and she was planning to file it by the end of the day. She told me she would really try to push it through in one week :) So hopefully by next week... Realistically though, this means we won't officially have everything submitted for our dossier until the beginning of April. That's what I was telling myself a couple months back so that I wouldn't become impatient, but I think in the back of my mind I thought things would move faster. It's amazing how much you are forced to rely on other people and their timeframes during this paper chasing process. Oh well, the bottom line is that God has a child chosen for us and every time our process speeds up or slows down we have to remember that it's part of the timing to bring us to that particular child. Definitely puts things into perspective.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Light At The End Of The Tunnel!

Quick update - Our social worker emailed today saying that Holt requested one minor revision to our home study, which she made, and the document is now finding its way through the AZ juvenile court system! YEAH! The estimated timeframe for court approval is 2-3 weeks... let's pray for a really nice person to get our paperwork and decide to expedite the processing :)

On another note, we got a "nice" letter from USCIS reminding us that they don't have our home study (duh...). They gave a "gentle" nudge saying that if they don't receive it within 12 weeks our i600-a will be rejected. Lovely. Don't worry immigration department, nobody wants that home study to be done quicker than I do... you'll get your copy soon enough... patience, patience, patience :)