Friday, February 29, 2008

Only in America

Only in America does it take a college education to send an envelope priority mail. Every time I go to the post office I feel so stupid. Today I finally got it right but needed to ask which way was best to get our contracts to AGCI by Monday. If only postal workers where more understanding of my lack of intellegance in the mailing field. No wonder they go postal. Anyways I got our contracts mailed today if you haven't already caught that. We also wrote our check for our agency fee and orphan care donation. I feel more at peace everytime we have completed a step that takes us closer to our next son or daughter. It will take AGCI 3 days to process our contracts and then they will send us our dossier packet. Also our homestudy got moved to March 20 instead of the 13th. This worked out perfectly because it gives us more time to finish up Matt's den.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Orientation Call

Last night we had our Orientation call with Kari from AGCI. She just went over the entire process and what will happen after each step is completed. She said that since we are asking for an infant that the we can expect to be on the waiting list for about 4-6 months if not a little longer and then about 3-5 months after that to travel. Matt and I are at peace with that because we know that it is all in Gods timing. Our next step it to get the contracts signed and mailed back.
Katelyn is getting very excited about her "baby sister"! She has no desire for a baby brother. The only tiny problem is she keeps saying that the baby is in mommys belly. (A couple of her friends in pre-school have mommy's that are pregnant.) We keep reminding her that our baby is in Ethiopia. Then she understands. (Well as much as a 3 year old can understand)
For now everything else is the same. Still working on finishing up Matt's den and patiently waiting for spring to come to Pennsylvania.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

First Fingerprints

Today Matt and I went and got fingerprinted. It is a new law in Pennsylvania that all teachers, childcare workers, foster parents and adoptive parents have to be fingerprinted for Pennsylvania clearance. They said it could take 6-12 weeks to get it back. Without this clearance we can't finish the homestudy process. (Make sense) Anyways, we have our home visit scheduled for March 13. This Tuesday we will be having our orientation call with AGCI. After this we can get our contracts signed and notarized and then mailed in with our first BIG check. Yippy!!! After that we can start on our dossier paperwork. Things are moving right along. Keep us in your prayers.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Febuary 15, 2008

We received our Orientation packet on Friday!! It was very exciting! After reading some of the contracts I realized that I soley have to rely on God to provide for us all that we need. (not that I didn't know this before) He tends to keep reminding me that without Him we can do nothing on our own. Continue to pray for Matt and I as we continue through this stage of paperwork.
Not much else is new in our world. Matt continues to be busy at work and I continue to be slow. We found out today that Dr. Kumar(the doctor I work for) is going to India for the next two weeks. This will allow for alot of free time at work. Sometimes the down time drives me crazy because the days sort of seem to drag. Anyways, we will soon be into spring which will help speed along our time.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Waiting for our Orientation Packet!

We got an email on Monday that my letter from Dr. Beerman was good and we are officially accepted into the Ethiopia Program with All Gods Children. Yippy!!!!! We should recieve our orientation packet tomorrow in the mail. I am so excited and can't wait to see how this journey is going to unfold.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Our first call!

Well it has been a day. I woke up this morning like any other Monday only to find that Katelyn was sick. After sitting at the doctors for 2 hours we learned that Katelyn has strep throat. We did get home in time to receive our first call from All Gods Children about our application. Everything was good except my letter that I had to get from Dr. Beerman about my heart. He needs to add in the letter what my life expectancy is and my prognosis for the future. I hope that this is something he can get back to them very quickly so that we can hopefully proceed to the next step. Please keep us in your prayers as we have this tiny hang-up.