Categotry Archives: Adoption

The big question?

I mentioned before that watching The Little Couple got us thinking.  Add to that this book I’m reading, Carried in Our Hearts and by golly if I don’t wanna just hop the next train to orphanville and get me a new kid to love! To adopt again or not?  That’s the BIG question.  HUGE question! When we started the process to adopt Macey we asked to be approved to adopt 2 children.  We got the approval but between the approval [...]

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Settling into our new normal

It’s hard to believe we have only been home almost 2 weeks!  We battled jet lag for almost a week.  I was being the schedule warrior and trying to get everyone back on track as quickly as possible. Then mama hit a wall 4 days later which also happened to be Macey’s birthday. I sat down in the living room for the big present opening craziness and I literally couldn’t get up for the next hour and a half. Crashed! [...]

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The home stretch

We are into our final wait of the adoption process.  The wait for TA.  I’m not as stressed about this wait as I was for the others.  I know we’ll get our TA soon. Maybe late next week, and if not, then by Labor Day weekend for sure. Then we confirm our consulate appointment and get ready to go! The last few weeks have torn me up a good deal.  My stress and anxiety level is on a constant simmer [...]

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So much going on that I don’t even know where to start!

I don’t even recall where I left off with my updates. I feel like I’ve been neglecting to fill everyone in.  My own mother got all attitudy with me when we talked last week and I tell her everything.  The problem is that I’ve been so busy for the last month that I can barely keep up with what’s going on in our process, let alone filling anyone in along the way. It’s funny that just 6-8 weeks ago I [...]

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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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What made you want to adopt?

Well, folks, we’ve heard it all.  Well intentioned, or not, and everything in between. Real Question #1:  ”So what made you want to adopt?  Did you just want to do something nice that you felt good about?” Real Comment #1:  ”Oh, you’re adopting?  That’s so honorable.” Real Comment #2:  ”Well that’s a perfect way to get a little girl since you have 2 boys!” Perhaps these types of questions and comments aren’t meant to be as off-putting as they seem [...]

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