Saturday, September 17, 2011

A little lax, but I'll make up for it I PROMISE!

So, I've been a little lax on updating our blog as of what have we been up to since the last July 2nd post?

Summer vacation in Colorado with Eric's entire family:

Half of our vacation crew on the amazing Arkansas River! What a trip!

Teaching summer school (yea for the adoption fund!) :) and starting the regular school year back up! Busy, busy, busy!

So here's what you missed in the way of waitlist numbers: (remember this number loosely stands for the number of people that are waiting ahead of us within our agency for a referral of the same gender/type)

In July:
for a girl,

for a boy,

for siblings!

In August:
for a girl,

for a boy,

for siblings!

So you may be thinking, as I did, "Well, that's great! You've been moving every month!" 
... "but I thought you mentioned that you were going to make it up to us by not telling us sooner???"

Okay! Don't rush me! :) Here are our numbers for the month of

Are you ready for it????

Are you sure?????

Well, okay then...

for a girl, for a boy, for siblings!!!!!!!!

Yep, that's right! Zero! We are off the list! Almost two weeks ago we unexpectedly (somewhat) received a referral for a handsome older boy! I say somewhat, because since we were open to an older child of up to 7 years old, we always knew the likelihood that we would jump to the front of the line sooner than others was pretty high. This is mostly due to the fact that we were one of the only families on our agency's waitlist who were open to a child above the age of 5. 

So it has happened, and we have been in an excited and overwhelming tailspin ever since! We don't know a lot of details yet, and some we can't share just specifically for the safety of our "little E". But our timeline has just dramatically shortened, and so we are definitely needing to step things up a bit so that we can pool together all of the needed funds left to bring our son home! Nothing like going from an 18 month deadline to a 3 month deadline! Be on the lookout here for more to come in terms of fundraisers in the near future! But for now, we have another round of paperwork to complete! Happy Saturday everyone!

About this blog

Welcome to our blog! Thanks for dropping by and visiting us! This blog was created for those of you who wish to follow along with us in our journey as we answer God's call to adoption. Ultimately it is our opportunity to rise up and do what we can to fulfill and make known to others the mandate of James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep onself from being polluted by the world."

About Us

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We are a mid-west married couple of 9 years, striving to care for the 147 million orphans around the world!

Our Adoption Timeline

11/28/11 - We are back to waiting for a new referral
11/22/11 - We receive word from our caseworker that we have lost our referral
9/21/11 - Referral paperwork and international ped review completed and sent!
9/4/11 - We receive our referral! A precious 6 yr old boy!
6/27/11 - We have finally arrived to the waitlist!
6/17/11 - re-doing some documents for the dossier
6/8/11 - Sent dossier off to our agency for review
6/4/11 - Our FDL FINALLY ARRIVES! Yahoo!
5/24/11 - We get word from our Case Manager that we may submit our dossier without our FDL! Yea!
3/30/11 - USCIS fingerprint appointments for Dept. of Homeland Security

2/9/11 - Notarized homestudy rec'd and re-mailed to AGCI!
1/7/11 - We close on the sale of our house in NW Iowa
11/30/10 - 3rd and final homestudy visit, dossier paperwork completed
11/24/10 - house back in NW Iowa finally goes on the market for sale
10/26/10 - 2nd homestudy visit
10/15/10 - Eric is finally able to secure his company transfer and relocate himself as well
9/30/10 - After securing living arrangements post-relocation, we have our first homestudy visit
8/17/10 - We receive notification that some paperwork families will be transferring caseworkers...we are transferred to Toni!
8/17/10 - Nic relocates to central Iowa to begin new teaching position the following day...a move is in the works...adoption paperwork, education and homestudy arrangements put on hold
8/13/10 - Nic rec'd call from a friend to interview for a last-minute teacher opening in central Iowa
6/7/10 - First paperwork call with our caseworker, Brandi; we begin the adoption education and dossier paperwork process
5/15/10 - Mailed orientation packet documents and first payment
4/13/10 - AGCI adoption orientation packet rec'd in mail
4/8/10 - AGCI international adoption application as part of the Ethiopia program approved!
3/16/10 - Official adoption application submitted to AGCI with initial fee
11/01/09 - Pre-application submitted to AGCI
10/27/09 - Request for more information on international adoption received by our (now) agency, All God's Children International

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