Author Archives: Jennifer

Holy crap, we’re not ready, we’re not ready, we’re not ready!

Whoa!  We aren’t even close to being ready to travel, let alone ready for Macey to come home. I mean, we are in our hearts and in our best intentions, don’t get me wrong, but now that there’s a definite timeline involved, we are quickly realizing just how much we have to get done. First and foremost, the reason I’m freaking out is that we got our next level of approval, the I-797 which is the provisional approval for the [...]

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So much fun stuff to get done now

Things seem to be moving along swiftly at this point.  We are now waiting on our I-800 approval. We got the first document associated with it a few days ago.  It’s an I-797C and is the verification that our application was received at the lockbox.  It states that it will take 10-14 days  to reach the Hague Adoption Unit at the National Benefits Center in Missouri. I have no idea how long the processing takes, but I’m assuming since our [...]

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Macey’s middle name

I mentioned in my last post that Macey’s middle name was a bit of a sticking point.  We initially came up with Macey Aurora.  A very pretty, caucasian sounding name.  Aurora = one of the Disney princesses (don’t ask me which one… I only know this because some other, more informed, better mother to girls mother, told me this) and also = Parker’s hometown.  A hometown he’s both fond and proud of.  I have a love/hate relationship. I love it [...]

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Review Room

There’s been a little movement with our dossier.  We found out last week that we were out of translation and in process which means we are now in the review room.  Once our dossier is reviewed and approved it will be moved to the matching office which is where the LOA is issued.  LOA is a big deal!  It’s the official, official letter from the CCCWA approving us to adopt our child.  It’s also the official document (I’ll post a [...]

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Updates, updates and more updates!

Well, my new friend in the foster program promised and boy, did she ever deliver!  On Monday morning I received an 11 page, month-by-month update beginning in February of last year up to this month.  I am shocked that all of this information exists yet would never have been provided to us. Once again, the whole China adoption baffles me and makes me throw my hands in the air saying “What the?”  But at the same time, we did find [...]

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More pictures!

I should first mention that I’m working on my blog.  As if the appearance alone didn’t give it away.  No worries though. I am still the same over-sharing, run-on sentence writing, grammatical error making amateur I was on my old blog, but for many reasons am making a few upgrades.  It’s a work in progress; Please be patient. Last week brought a lot of good on the adoption front.  And the good things made up for the two bad things [...]

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First a twist, now a turn!

What a roller coaster the last few days have been.  Sheesh.  Little did I know the can of worms I would open simply by following a friend’s advice to check out this foster program’s website to see if Macey may have been part of the program.  Not only did we find out that she was indeed part of the program, but we got an even bigger piece of news last night.   Parker and I attended a school board meeting [...]

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SOS = UPDATE!

Well, if there is any good to come of last night’s panic attack, after finding new info on Macey on a foster home’s website, it’s that we got a really great update on her from our agency in the wee hours of the morning.  I had sent a distress signal to them by way of a total freaked out email.  I basically said hey, there are two big, BIG issues that weren’t disclosed in her paperwork, so we need further [...]

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Surprise – a new baby picture of Macey!

Gotta love technology and modern communication.  I’ve mentioned before that I have this whole new group of cyber friends who I’ve met through different adoption yahoo groups and forums.  In the last few days I’ve been emailing back and forth with a new friend who just brought her little girl home 6 weeks.  Her little one has been having night terrors.  We went through a 5 month spell of those with our little guy last year so I reached out [...]

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So what’s up with the adoption?

I have been getting lots of questions in person about what’s going on with Macey and the adoption process so I thought I would give a quick update on our adoption blog ..about the actual adoption.  Imagine that.  There really isn’t anything going on right now other than we’re just waiting on the next step, which is LOA.  Hence the reason my posts have been about all sorts of random topics and not specifically the adoption process or Macey.  Honestly, [...]

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