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Yes, I drove to Topeka last Thursday. Andddd, I drove back again today. The Secretary of State’s Office, where I go for the apostilles, made a mistake. One of those “how-could-this-happen”, “I-didn’t-even-think-this-was-possible” mistakes. Not a huge deal. Just three more days and another trip to Topeka.

I hope our dossier is mistake free now. I hope I don’t have to go back to Topeka.

I have done my part, for now. Aaron has to fax it tomorrow to get our approval to mail it.


I think I might have to drive to Topeka tomorrow. Which would not be so exciting…. EXCEPT that it means that our dossier is done! And I’d be going over there to get everything apostilled.

Aaron’s employment letter finally came, so now we hopefully have all of the papers that we’ll need.

We just have to fax our entire dossier to have it checked, and if it’s good, we hand it over to FedEx.

This would put us right on track for a November travel date, like we’ve been hoping!

Almost There

We’re almost done. Paper chasing, that is.  I will feel tremendously relieved when our dossier is on its way to Eastern Europe. Our 171-H was NOT mailed yesterday. Because, we got it yesterday!!! Aaron was home from work a bit early, so we immediately headed over to our favorite notary. But, she was out on vacation. Big let down. And, it was 5:30, so no chance of going to the bank.

But, he came home a bit early again today, so we could go to the bank and get this document notarized. I get so nervous that they’ll make a mistake and we’ll have to do it all over again. But nope, everything was perfect. It did not take long. A huge relief.

We are still waiting on Aaron’s employment letter. This is maybe the third time we’ve had it done? 4th? 5th? Not sure. I hope it will come tomorrow. We need to fax these new documents to someone to check them before we have them apostilled. Then we need to fax ALL of our documents to be checked. Then we mail them.

We are slowly acquiring more things for Reed and Scarlett. Their room is slowly coming together. Last weekend we got their car seats, thanks to a lovely friend who gave us an old car seat for the Babies R Us Trade-in. Somehow I doubt that anyone will ever confuse whose is whose…

What is the 171-H?

I probably shouldn’t talk all in adoption-speak for you lovely people who read my blog who have never adopted internationally. US Immigration requires that you get pre-approved to bring orphans into the US. You file an application, the I-600A, go into to get your biometrics (fingerprints) done and then you hopefully get the 171-H in the mail. It seems like a lot of people get this piece of paper pretty quickly. Like a week or two after they get their fingerprints done. But, there are some people who get requests for more information or their fingerprints weren’t good enough and it is drawn out for months. I was afraid that would be us. I am just so excited that this is coming!

We still need a perfect employment letter from Aaron’s company. Which should be here any day now.

And I think I will need to get a couple more copies of our marriage license. Then, we’re done.

Then our dossier will be in the mail to Reed and Scarlett’s country. I am so excited!



Please approve our I-600A. And mail us our 171-H. Soon? I anxiously check my mailbox each day for some news from you.

I’d just like to remind you that we gave you a pass when you lost our marriage license and birth certificates. We just mailed you new ones and acted like nothing happened. I am kind of curious why the letter dated 8/14 was not post-marked ’til 8/28. But, you know what? I’ll give you a pass on that, too. If you’ll just send us the magical 171-H.

We’d really just like that last piece of paper. To complete our dossier. So we can travel this fall.



Busy, busy

We’re still alive. And mostly well. And chugging along over here. I have been buried under a big avalanche of napkins. Yes, this is wonderful. It is business. It is money. But, it is exhausting. And I have more to do than spend 2 hours on the computer designing, 12 hours printing and another hour running around each day. Like, um, finishing our adoption loan applications. Or those letters I told Bethany I’d email to her last week to be translated into Russian for Reed and Scarlett.

Tomorrow is our big USCIS fingerprinting day. A few of you said your local USCIS office let you go in early. I’ve heard through the grapevine that the Kansas City office does NOT allow this. That is why we just waited until our appointment date.

Christie blogged about this great series which Rachel is doing on HIV+ orphans & adoption. Really good stuff. Thank you so much, Rachel, for blogging about HIV and Christie for sharing the link.

Also, Angie blogged about this book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt, today. I was so excited. I instantly ordered it.