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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

the I-800A is in the mail

You read that right...our form is in the mail asking US Citizenship and Immigration and the Department of Homeland Security to allow us to bring two children into the United States to become citizens!! I've been waiting to say that for months...literally. When we adopted Wesley, we had to fill out the I-600A. The I-800A (for Hague countries like Moldova) is a MUCH more detailed form than the I600A. We're talking more detailed like 15 pages more detail, but I am happy to do it :)

We can now begin assembling the dossier (the official paperwork we mail to Moldova). Being the detail-oriented person that I am, I think I can get this bad boy together in a week tops. The first dossier we did back in 2007 took a few months, but once you've done it once, you get the system down pat. The trouble is that I will have to wait on the I-800A fingerprinting and approval, so I am not going to rush too much. I plan on getting everything together after Christmas, unless of course I can't wait to get started and begin to feel like I am doing something instead of just waiting - again. (I just keep repeating "patience is a virtue, find it if you can" know the rest)

I am going to attempt to explain something that I know a few readers out there in blog-land I have never met this daughter of mine (she may not even be born yet), but she is just as much my child as Wesley is. I don't tuck her into bed at night or comfort her when she cries, but one day I pray that I will. I pray for her safety, her comfort, her health, her future, but mainly that she has a peace that she isn't going to spend her life without a family. Her mommy and daddy are working very hard to bring her home and we know it will happen in God's time, but it doesn't mean I'm not anxious for it to happen sooner rather than later. I had these same thoughts when we were adopting from Ukraine a few years ago, and I know some of you know exactly what I'm feeling.

here's a favorite Christmas tree ornament (can you tell why?)

I will address the eating issues from our home in the next post; I'm too tired to do it tonight. I worked all day, then I had a nice dinner with my old co-workers. (And by "old" I mean past co-workers not their age, even though they are older than me :)


MoserUpdates said...

Wahooo! So excited for you :) We're going to assemble our dossier after Christmas, too. Our SDA appointment (with Ukraine) is April 14th, so I don't want it to be done too soon. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

We already love her too...can't wait! Hugs, Doda and Papaw a.k.a Grandma and Grandpa

Chris and Celeste said...

yeah! Great news, so understand your prayers for your daughter. And I love your xmas tree ornament, where did you get it?

The McEacherns said...

Yay! We just got our I-171H. It only took a month from start to finish with USCIS for us this time!

Marvett Smith said...

I love your favorite Christmas Tree ornament! What excellent news. You sound like wonderful parents. That is one lucky little girl who will be joining your family!

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