Whoever came up with this shirt design had obviously been where I’m at! I had my first (of many, per other adoptive mothers) emotional breakdown the other day. We had just received access to the family web portal for All God’s Children which basically has all of the dossier documents and directions to the documents listed out for us to print out. Yes, the dossier documents need DIRECTIONS to complete them. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill “check yes or now” and “sign and date here” documents. Most have to be not only notarized but also county certified AND State Apostille. I’m not going to bore you with the details but basically one person signs off on us, the next person signs off on them signing off on us, and the last person signs off just because they can. Ok, that is a bad way of explaining it but it’s literally what popped into my mind when I was reading about it. Really, though, All God’s Children does an amazing job of explaining everything and guiding us through the process. I’m very thankful we decided to go with a larger agency with lots of experience and stability. I would have been totally lost if we were doing this alone. Anywho, back to the freak out moment. I was supposed to attend a business meeting/training that night but the look on my face must have clued Nick in because he sent me home. I had chance to read through the overview of the dossier and started a list of questions to ask the All God’s Children staff. I felt much better after: 1. talking to my momma on the way home (it’s amazing how she can pick up on clues and pulls out how I’m REALLY feeling about the situation. Thanks for letting me freak out, Mom!) and 2. reading through the packet to familiarize myself with new concepts and words. Freak out over, time to move on.
Up until this point I had only been in contact with the program director but now that we were getting ready to start the dossier and immigration process, a different staff member took over. We were able to talk for about 45 minutes yesterday and she was so helpful. She answered all of my questions (45 minutes worth!) and we talked over what the next 6 months will look like. Our deadline for the dossier to be complete is April 30th. That may seem like plenty of time to get this done but you would be surprised. The FBI background check takes up to 12 weeks alone! Yikes! After I spoke with her, I called the agency that is doing our home study to find out how to start the background check process and ask questions regarding the medical physicals that Nick and I both need. So here is next on the to-do list for us: doctor’s appointments-complete with notarized medical statements and medical questionnaires, FBI finger printing, local criminal background check, letter’s of employment from each of our work, preparing a living will, and completing the home study.
Before I go, let me share the following verse with you: And He has said me,”My grace is sufficient for you,for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly I boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 There are going to be many weak moments for me the next 12-18 months, I already know that. But I serve a God who takes my weakness and uses it for His glory and that’s pretty cool.
Bebe, we love you and are even now dreaming about who you are and how we can best prepare for you to come join our family 🙂