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

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!


Tami said...

Hang in there! The process stinks, but the rewards are soooo worth it! ;)

MamaPoRuski said...

The US Embassy reports that new dossiers will be accepted after February 4, 2008. There is a new SDA director with the political changes and supposedly the quota system is being revamped or removed, etc. Hang in there! The unknown and waiting is the hardest! God Bless!

DoveFamily said...

Hoping and praying that you guys get submitted very soon. Just know that it will TOTALLY be worth the wait. Our son has been in America one month today, and all the frustrations, delays, headaches, etc. are starting to fade away now. Just try not to get too discouraged with the rumors and reports. They are certainly enough to make you crazy, but know that it is all in God's hands!!


Kathy & Matt said...

We can completely understand your frustration. This is an emotional roller coaster. Like all the others have said - hang in there!
We spent 18 months trying to adopt from Russia, then waited 4 months for our Ukraine dossier to be submitted. We're finally traveling in 12 days and based on all we've seen and heard in the past 9 months, I think we're lucky to be going now.
Praying that you hear good news soon!

adoptedthree said...

Hi Staci
Happy New Year! Hopefully this year will hold many firsts, including seeing the smiling face of the child you have so longed for!

Let's get together and talk!


Susan & Truman Cox said...

Thanks for posting on our blog! It will be your turn soon - hang in there and try to keep busy! Hoping you hear something soon!

jsullivan said...

Good luck Staci and Damon. We got back from Ukraine eight weeks ago with a wonderful little boy named Maxim. please let me know if you need any advice or just want to talk. Also, our facilitator there was great. i could send you her email in case you wanted to touch base.

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