Actually it's from Ohio to Ukraine, back to Ohio, then to China

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dossier Submission Date - March 24

We just received word from our facilitator and translator that our dossier will be submitted on March 24th!!! That is two months, one week and four days - not that I am counting or anything :) We do have to update a few documents as the expire on March 10th, but I don't care at all!! So much stuff to get I am starting to get nervous (and excited of course). I just cannot stop smiling!!! YAY!! We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. This has been a hard road so far and it isn't going to get easier for us, but we know this is what we are supposed to be doing right now.
Love - Staci and Damon

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that Christmas is over, and we're already into January. We had a great Christmas - spent a lot of time with our families! My Grandparents were in from Florida, and I was happy to see them since we only see them twice a year. The weekend before Christmas, we went to Bowling Green, and we spent Christmas day with both of our families. It was also nice to be off work so much! But now we're back to work until Martin Luther King Jr. Day (you know how many holidays government workers get :).
I haven't written in a while, but the holidays as a whole bummed me out pretty bad and I have been battling a sinus problem (yuck!). I just really thought that we would travel and be home by Christmas, and when I realized that wasn't going to happen, I got depressed. I just didn't expect to be as upset about the delay as I was, so that hit hard.
I have been feeling better though. Word has it that the "quota system" for Ukraine has been abolished :) YAY!! We received an email in early December that said that only 32 American families could adopt children under six years old, and 92 families could adopt two or more children with one of the children under six years old. Apparently those limits are not going to be enforced for 2008, so that makes us very happy (for ourselves and all the children waiting for forever families)!!
I am not sure how things will be handled now regarding dossier submission since some people have been waiting "in line" for a while. We are hopeful that our adoption will be complete this year. If not, then we know God has a reason (but I'm just really hoping he doesn't have a reason).
Take care!
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