Got all my documents back from the sect'y of state, all nicely apostilled in record time! Spent the last couple days copying, collating, numbering, sorting, making sure one last time that all my t's are crossed and my i's dotted. So now my 3 dozen or so documents, with their notary seals and apostille pages, along with 4 copies of each are in their FedEx mailer ready to be dropped in the box tomorrow morning! Now my part of it is done, and the waiting begins.
I was close to tears yesterday morning with the frustration of not getting the last form I needed to complete my dossier, and then guess what came in the mail yesterday afternoon? I finally have my approval from USCIS! I am going today to get the last of my documents notarized, then send everything to the state to get apostilled (like a notary for the notary). Then I can finally send my dossier to my agency. Then the waiting REALLY begins!
I need one last form to complete my dossier, and I can't seem to get an answer on where it is, if there are any problems I need to fix prior to approval, anything. No one returns my calls, and it seems there is nothing that can be done. Pretty soon my other documents will expire, and then it'll be like starting from scratch. Why must things be so difficult? Grrrr ....
Like Mr. Rogers used to say (paraphrased), Won't - you be - my Followers?
A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
Cast of Characters
Meet the fambly:
Our Family in 2009
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