Love Makes Families

Love Makes Families
A family of 7 due to the blessing of adoption!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Leaving in 2 weeks!!!

I was told by my agency yesterday (Wednesday) that we would not be getting travel dates this week because our Lawyer in Country was still collecting all of our paperwork.
Well I decided to just accept that we were going to be waiting through another weekend.

I woke up this morning (Thursday... so technically yesterday) without an email from my agency. About a half hour later, I checked again because I just could not help myself. I think I literally gasped when I saw an email from my agency titled Mitchell Travel dates..... EEEKKKKK!!
We leave in just 2 weeks to bring our boys home.
We fly out on August 2nd and return home on the 10th :)

Matthias will walk out of his group home FOREVER on August 4th 
Adam will walk (well be carried) out of his orphanage FOREVER on August 5th!

I thought it would never happen and here were are just 2 weeks away!!!!

For all those anxiously waiting for your children, here is our timeline.
July 28, 2012 Saw this blog post
and fell in love with Adam!!
July 30, 2012 Got Adam and Hamilton's files from CHI
see Hamilton here.....
August 3, 2012 Kevin agreed to adopt Adam so the fundraising began!!
August 19, 2012 Found out that Adam would be having shunt surgery
August 21, 2012 Contacted Carla with AAC to commit to Adam
August 27, 2012 Our AAC application was approved!
August 27, 2012 officially started the homestudy process
August 29, 2012 sent in commitment docs to Carla
September 3, 2012 Adam was admitted to the hospital
September 4, 2012 Adam has a VP shunt installed
September 13, 2012 We were officially matched to Adam
September 13, 2012 Sent in $1500.00 to AAC
October 2, 2012 Homestudy visit
October 10, 2012 Sent in $2000.00 to AAC
October 15, 2012 Home study sent to Carla at AAC for review
October 24, 2012 Received our home study in the mail
October 24, 2012 Applied for a FSP from Reeces Rainbow
October 30, 2012 Mailed in I-800a
November 1, 2012 We got a RR FSP
November 18, 2012 Got biometrics appt of December 5, 2012
November 19, 2012 went in 16 days early to get our fingerprints done
December 3, 2012 Paid $500 to AAC for hague over sight
December 14, 2012 Received USCIS approval
December 28, 2012 Paid $5500 to AAC
January 3, 2013 dossier mailed
January 9, 2013 Posted "Alvin" on my wall saying I would adopt him if I could bring home 2
January 13, 2013 Showed "Alvin" from RR to Kevin and we decided he was meant to be our son!
January 16, 2013 Signed commitment docs for Mathias
January 16, 2013 got home study addendum
January 16, 2013 got docs notarized and apostilled
January 16, 2013 Send in USCIS supp 3 to add a 2nd child
January 25, 2013 We were officially matched with "Alvin" (Mathias)
January 27, 2013 Mathias was added to our FSP
February 1, 2013 Got USCIS approval for 2
February 1, 2013 sent remaining Dossier docs to B
February 14, 2013 Our dossier was submitted to the MOJ
February 27, 2013 We received our Verbal referral
February 28, 2013 FNA received our written referral
March 2, 2013 Received a travel date We will leave either the 21st or 22nd of March
March 21, 2013 Left for the boys' Country
March 22, 2013 arrived in Country
March 25, 2013 Met Adam
March 29, 2013 Final visit with Adam and First visit with Matthias
April 2, 2013 Final visit with Matthias
April 4, 2013 Flew home
April 8, 2013 Mailed I800
April 20, 2013 Final docs from our agency arrived after being lost by USPS for 10+ days
April 20, 2013 Received notice of receipt for our I800
April 22, 2013 Mailed final docs to Boys' Country.... nothing left to do but fundraise and wait
April 22, 2013 Received I800 receipt for the 2nd child
April 25, 2013 Got a request for evidence from USCIS
April 25, 2013 Sent the missing paperwork to USCIS
April 29, 2013 All of our final docs arrived in our boys' Country
May 4, 2013 I800 approval came in the mail
May 9, 2013 Article 5 interview scheduled for May 14th
May 14, 2013 Article 5 interview
May 15, 2013 Article 5 letter received
May 15, 2013 Agency needed another doc, so I mailed it to Country
May 24, 2013 Submitted for signature
July 4, 2013 Received signature and submitted to court
July 8, 2013 Had court and passed. We officially have 5 kids :)
July 18, 2013 We got travel dates. We leave on August 2nd. Gotcha day for Matthias is August 4th and Gotcha day for Adam is August 5th :)

1 comment:

  1. Woo hooooooo!!!!! I remember you saying August 2nd or 9th, and because I've been mentally doing everything to prepare myself for longer rather than shorter wait, I had 9th or 16th in mind for you. This is awesome!!!!!!!! So excited!!!!

    (By the way, maybe when you're there in Sofia you can stop through the MOJ and ask if they'd get a signature on K's documents!!!) ;) We're S T I L L waiting. Really hoping we're one of those cases where we'll wake up one morning hoping for an email saying we've got our MOJ sig and find instead that we've passed court!

    We'll see what happens.