First of all....a big huge THANK YOU to whoever donated to our FSP recently!!! We are so humbled and grateful and amazingly blessed when people we don't know (or do know!) donate toward OUR ADOPTION!!!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!!! You guys rock!!
I thought I'd post a little adoption update and let everyone know where we are at this point.
We are getting SUPER close to traveling!!
Our Article 5 paperwork is due to be picked up on June 6th. That is next Wednesday!! It will be picked up by our agency's representative in C and then it will be mailed to the CCCWA. About 2 or 3 weeks from then, we will receive our travel approval notices!!
What that means is we will probably be traveling in early to mid July. Seriously...this is super exciting!!! I would really LOVE to be able to make it there in time for Hailey's birthday. She will turn 6 years old on July 7th!! Wouldn't it be so awesome if we were there to celebrate that day with her?! We would appreciate any prayers that we would have all funds needed and be ready to travel just in case we do get approvals that quickly! That actually really freaks me out because as of this point, I don't feel ready in the least to leave the country. :)
Anyway, things have been super busy. We are still doing lots of paperwork!!! Ugh... I sure thought that by this time in the process we'd be pretty much done with most of that.
We had to get 4 power of attorneys signed and notarized by Mark since he is not traveling with me. I just got them mailed off to the Secretary of State to be certified yesterday, and then I will send them to Wash DC to be authenticated. I got our Chinese visa applications filled out today. That was a bit of a stress, so I am relieved to have that done! When our paperwork arrives back from the Sec. of State, we will send it altogether with our visa applications to the Chinese Consulate in D.C. That will be about another $800 by the time it's all said and done, and more than I budgeted for the visa expenses, but oh well. Our sweet beautiful girlies are worth every single penny!! :) I also had to fill out an "older child action plan" (3 pages of questions for each girl) because we are adopting children older than 3 years. I got that done today and emailed it to our agency. I love our agency, but I don't like doing all this paperwork. I know it's a good thing though, as they are really thorough and want to make sure that adoptive families know what they are getting into. I guess that is what makes them such a great agency!!
Be looking for a post coming soon with our next (last) big fundraiser. We still need a large amount of money, but we know that God has this!! He has everything under control and we are just having faith that He will provide it when we need it. So be sure and keep your eyes peeled!! There are going to be some awesome prizes that you will want a chance to win!! :))
Get ready girls...we are coming soon!!
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