Tuesday, July 23, 2013

USCIS approval

We received our USCIS approval in the mail! Yippee! The final piece to our dossier puzzle. All of our paperwork is now in Burkina Faso and now we're waiting on translation. Once everything is translated it will go through numerous hands until it reaches the correct set and we'll get a court date. We don't have to be in BF for our court date, which is good because the hearings are often continued. About a month after the hearing we should have the Declaration of Adoption. After that there's more paperwork to be prepared. So much paperwork. We hope to travel in April or May of next year, Lord willing. Can't wait to see Geililu's face in person and get to know who he is.

Monday, May 20, 2013

We finished our home study and sent off our I-800A on Thursday, it was delivered on Friday in Texas. What a relief. One more step down, only 100 more to complete. :-) We received the next packet of info from our agency and now we're working on our dossier. I like having something to do, it helps to take my mind off of what's happening every second of every minute, of every hour, of every day in Burkina. How Geili is doing, what's he eating, how's he feeling, ahhhhhh..........I could go crazy (more crazy than normal). We're very blessed to be in contact with the orphanage director in Yako, Ruth, who's a wonderful lady and cares deeply about the kiddo's. I know she has the children's best interest's at heart so I rest slightly easier this time around. Still, it's difficult to be so far from your baby. I've been told he's quite the ham. Sounds like our family is the perfect fit for Geili!

I read this quote today, it says what my heart feels.

"Children born to another woman call me, "Mom". The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me today." - Jody Landers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Burkina Faso

We've started our next adoption journey. So excited. We're adopting from Burkina Faso this time around. We've just about finished our home study and can't wait to apply for our I-800a. We've already been matched with a 4 year old little boy, Geililu. Precious, adorable little boy. I can't wait to give him a big hug and kiss his chubby cheeks!!!!!