Why So Complicated?

So as time goes by and the adoption progresses, I’ve been getting more and more excited. It feels like a pregnancy, minus the physical uncomforts (yay!!). And since we’re going to try and get a girl, my mind turns pink…pink ruffles, dresses, shoes, dolls, books….etc. Oh, dolls….*sigh* I decided to get this girl a doll. A little black dolly she can carry around and...

April 27, 2010

Home Study Pt 2 & Ethiopian Names

We got a call from our home study agency that all our paperwork made it safely…the last 2 documents needed to be sent by other people, and those ones took the longest. So, next week we have our first appointment and phase 2 begins!! We have an office visit, just Paul & I. I’m a little nervous, but it’s more a nervous-exictement. I don’t...

April 22, 2010


I got an interesting e-mail yesterday. Our adoption agency asked how far along I was in our dossier…I told her we only need a couple more things (which I hope to get this week) and then the home study interviews. She said great, is there a way we could finish within 2 weeks…2 WEEKS!?! It normally takes 3 months! The reason she’s asking is...

April 21, 2010

DONE with Home Study Paperwork!!

Yay!!! Tomorrow morning I’m going to the post office to mail off our paperwork for the home study. I’m so excited to be done with that! The stack of paper ended up being 2 inches thick πŸ˜€ “On to the next!”

April 16, 2010

Dossier Guide

We decided to send for our dossier guide…the paperwork that goes to Ethiopia for the government’s approval. Wanna see how fun it is? Surprisingly enough, it’s less than we had for the home study. We are accepting volunteers to do this for us πŸ™‚ letter indicating why we want to adopt (done) birth certificates for both parents (done) marriage certificate (done) “good conduct” clearance...

April 12, 2010

New Adoption Tax Credit/Refund!!!

Yesterday, Paul and I read wonderful news.It’s spreading like wildfire through the adoption community. “Specifically, the provisions contained in the health care bill include: The current adoption tax credit has been extended until the end of 2011; The value of the adoption tax credit has been increased from $12,170 to $13,170. The increase is β€œretroactive,” meaning that any adoption occurring after January 1, 2010...

April 9, 2010

Added a New Page!

Please check out my new page, ” Fundraiser FHE Chart”….and even better, order one πŸ˜€ (yes, I know that was shameless, but I had to!)

April 4, 2010

Fingerprinting…last of the big Home Study stuff.

So tomorrow Paul & I are going to go get our FBI & state fingerprinting done. We have to clear the background check, which won’t be any problem at all. Paul’s had so many security clearances done and they’ve checked me out, being his wife. Plus there’s nothing terribly interesting anyway πŸ˜‰ This is the last of the home study big stuff…all we have...

March 31, 2010

Adoption Update!

Sooooo….we finally heard back from the adoption agency! They accepted our application…exciting and nerve-wracking. Our home study agency is great, too…lots of paperwork, but they’ve been very gracious about all my questions πŸ˜€ We’re almost done with the home study paperwork…we’re waiting on a doctor’s appointment and some birth certificates to come back, driving records & marriage license to come back. And we have...

March 25, 2010

Yard Sale!!

So to raise money for the adoption, one of the things we’re going to do is hold a yard sale. Paul said I can sell what I want (Yay!!) so the baby boy clothes and all the baby stuff is going. We told the agency we want a girl under 2, but are a little flexible, so I’m pretty sure we’ll get a baby...

March 17, 2010