Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Here is the timeline of our adoption process to date.

September 7, 2010 - Contacted Bethany Christian Services for an information packet

September 21, 2010 - Attended Bethany's Information Meeting.  Walked away from the meeting knowing we were being lead to International adoption.  Still unclear what country, and also still unsure Bethany was the agency we would use.

February 15, 2011 - Contacted All God's Children International and requested their information packet.

Spent many months praying.

August 31, 2011 - Filled out a pre-application with All God's Children International.  Were advised that Bulgaria, China, and Ethiopia's programs would be a good match for us.

Prayed some more.

December 9, 2012 - Submitted formal application with AGCI to adopt through their China Special Needs program. ($300.00)

December 27, 2012 - Submitted personal statements to AGCI's social services department.

January 2, 2012 - Received call from AGCI that we have been approved to adopt from China.

January 9, 2012 - Orientation call with AGCI. This is also the day we started our adoption jar.

January 21, 2012 - Registered for our Hague adoption training ($179.00).  

January 27, 2012 - Completed AGCI's formal application for their China Special Needs Program and made our first big payment of $3,890.00.

February 27, 2012 -Completed application with Living Hope Adoption Agency for our Home Study. ($200.00)

March 8, 2012 - Officially contracted with AGCI.

 March 20, 2012 - Contracted with Living Hope for our Home Study ($1,500.00)

April 9, 2012 - Completed our 13 hours of Hague Accredited Training.

April 27, 2012 - Home Study #1, interviewed together.

May 4, 2012 - Home Study #2, interviewed together and individually.

May 4, 2012 - Held our Spaghetti Benefit Dinner with 240 people in attendance.  Raised a total of $7,350.71!

May 9, 2012 - Completed our Psychological Evaluations ($600.00)

May 14, 2012 - Final Home Study #3 in our home with the kids.

May 15, 2012 - Registered with the CHOPADOPT program.

June 22, 2012 - Our first draft of our home study was sent by Living Hope to AGCI.

June 25, 2012 - Day trip to Harrisburg to get our dossier state certified.  ($150.00)

July 2, 2012 - AGCI received our dossier (minus the home study) and mailed it off to Washington, DC. ($5,400.00)

July 10, 2012 - Home Study Revisions submitted to Living Hope as requested by AGCI.

July 20, 2012 - Our Home Study is officially approved and a letter of approval mailed to Living Hope!

July 24, 2012 - Our Dossier returned back to AGCI authenticated.

July 26, 2012 - Drove to Living Hope to pick up approved/notarized copies of Home Study.

July 27, 2012 - Scott and the boys mailed our Home Study and I800A form off to TX. ($800)

August 14, 2012 - USCIS Fingerprint appointment completed

August 20, 2012 - Referal phone call with Emily House

September 13, 2012 - Received Immigration approval letter in the maile (dated 9/7/12)

September 14, 2012 - Got I797 letter notarized

September 17, 2012 - I797 State Sealed and sent to AGCI

October 17, 2012 - DTC

November 21, 2012 - LID

November 26, 2012 - received REFERRAL!!! 

November 29, 2012 - Sent LOI (Letter of Intent)!!!

December 5, 2012 - PA (Pre-approval from Ch*na)

February 26, 2013 - LSC (Letter Seeking Confirmation)  (83 long days of waiting!)

March 1, 2013 - Fedex'd our signed LSC, I800, DS230 and Visa application 

March 14, 2013 - I800 Approved

March 18, 2013 - received I800 Approval letter and Visa's in the mail

March 26, 2013 - Received PDF of NVC Approval Letter (we were cabled on 3/21)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Move Over Vera Bradley

I have the most wonderful friends.  Today I get to boast about one (actually two).  My friend Becky has had a home-based business through Etsy selling handmade tote bags and journals.  Her work is top quality and absolutely beautiful.  Move over Vera Bradley!  I joke with her repeatedly that I am her #1 customer and fan. 

If you remember Becky made a matching tote bag and journal set for our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.  It was BEAUTIFUL!  Well, see for yourself...

Today Becky told me that she posted on her blog that if anyone orders one of these tote bag & journal sets she is donating 100% of the proceeds to our adoption.  Yes, I did say 100%!!!  You can custom order the bag in any fabric/color, it is the size and style that would be the same.  So please pop on over to Becky's blog Seasoned With Salt and take a look for yourself.  She has more pictures and the details to place your order there. 

If you are interested in checking out more of Becky's items, please head on over to her Etsy shop (Etsy, Seasoned With Salt) and see more of her beautiful creations.

On a side note, the tote bag that was auctioned at our dinner, well my friend Carolyn won it.  A few weeks later she gave it to me as a gift.  So if you see me sporting this bag at church or out in public it's because like I said at the beginning I HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL FRIENDS!!!