Sunday, February 20, 2011

Preparations

As I continue to think and plan (such the OCD in me!), it hit me that we COULD potentially have a picture and name of our newest treasure in hand by the end of MARCH! It just amazes me that this first "leg" of our adoption process is coming to a close as the next one is hopefully beginning.

Once I am fingerprinted, on TUESDAY!, it will be 2-4 weeks until I should have USCIS approval to adopt internationally. With that in hand, we could be matched with a little one at ANY time. Once matched, there will be anywhere from 5-9 months of waiting until all paperwork and legal processes have been taken care of before I can travel and bring our little one HOME. (Still some fundraising to do as well!) Oh I long for that day of seeing a face and knowing a name to go along with our prayers and thoughts, hopes and dreams. It's odd in a way to feel so much love already for a being, somewhere in the world, in need of a home, and not know those details. But I know that God knows, He is preparing us, and He is keeping her in the palm of His hand until the time we are together.

With all that being said, and knowing it could be any time now that we are matched, I've created a separate, private blog, to document some of the things needing to remain private as we move through those days. Not only will there be the 5-9 months prior to travel, but once we're home she will still not be completely, legally, ours until she has lived with us the requisite 6 months before finalization. I don't want this blog to have to go private for that length of time, so I created a separate one to hold those memories.

If I know you, please feel free to email me if you'd like an invitation to this new blog. I will only be able to give invites to those I know well, I apologize for that, and I will hope that those invited will respect the need to keep what is posted private and not copy or share anything there.

For an invite, email me at: anglsamngulb (at) hotmail (dot) com

6 comments:

i am so excited for you!

:)De said...

I too am excited for you and can't wait until we all can "meet" her.

Peace

Jamie said...

good luck! i totally understand your desire for privacy. thanks for sharing your stories with us, but please, keep this moments for yourself until it's time to share it with us!

Lora said...

How exciting! The way you described it is so much like being pregnant, emotionally (even though I am sure it is also very different). You know there is this little person, and you spend so much time imagining who they will be and what they will look like. Just goes to show a Mom is a Mom! I really enjoyed reading this.

Julie said...

It is so very exciting! I have been catching up on your blog- I just don't take time to blog much anymore- i am going to start again! I just ready all of Olivia's - LOVE that girl! I was trying to explain to G who Olivia was and she wants a playdate! LOL:) someday!

Lisa said...

Julie, LOL we'd LOVE a play date sometime! Are you anywhere near Mall of America? I keep thinking... someday I'll take them... :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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