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Friday, February 29, 2008


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I received a call from the Adoption Agency this morning. Our Dossier was sent to China this morning so we are DTC 2-29-08. Now we wait for the Log In Date. I heard a rumor that China would stop all adoptions due to the Olympics begining after next months referrals and not resume them until 2009. At that time they are suppose to have a more efficiant referral process that may help get them out of this mess they've had going on for the last 2 years. We'll see? Pin It

Saturday, February 23, 2008

All Done!

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Over the past 3 months we have been doing what is called "The Paper Chase" What you collect through that time is called your Dossier. Yesterday our Dossier was sent off to Great Wall China Adoption Agency. They will translate it into Chinese and send it off to China. From there it will be logged in an we will have a LID or Log In Date. From there we can watch as referrals are sent out according to Log In Date. So what's in the "Dossier" your wondering? Well, we wrote a letter of intent to adopt telling all about ourselves and why we chose China, then we found a social worker and had a home study at our home for Bryan and I, then the kids individually, then Bryan alone at her office and then me alone at her office. Then we waited on 5 referrances to send the social worker their feelings on us and our parenting. Then our windows and doors, and gate had to be approved because of the pool and finally we had a completed home study. We sent out for TRUE copies of our Birth certificates and marriage liscense. We visited the doctors office for a full medical exam and then went to the lab for blood tests and so forth. We were fingerprinted and cleared by a US criminal background check and then we sent off our I600 and got fingerprinted again for immigration. Our accountant wrote up our income statements and financials and finally we recieved our I171-H saying we were cleared for international adoption. We took all these papers and had them notarized by a notary public, then we took them to the Secretary of State to be certified and then we sent them all to California to be Authenticated! We added our 10 lifestyle photos, pictures showing us, our family, our home and daily activities we enjoy. And THAT is our Dossier!
Heres a cute one for you.... The Chinese consulate will use those photos when we are in the "matching room". Yep they will look at the photos of Bryan and I and they will give us a child that looks like us :) Matching features and lifestyle. Now I guess I'll go for the lifestyle part, if your hobbies are reading and watching TV you get the sleepy not so active babies and if you enjoy hiking and skiing you get the active babies. But the looks one? That is just funny. Pin It

Our Dossier

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Thank you!!

Pin It Our paperwork is currently all in California!! It is being Authenticated and will be overnighted back to us as soon as tomorrow. Sooo.. this means Tuesday (since Monday is a holiday) we will be sending everything off to our adoption agency Great Wall China Adoption.
Thank you Kristina for your call today! I spoke to my friend Kristina on the phone today, she lives in Alaska, brrrrrrrr... Kristina it was so nice hearing from you and I can not thank you enough for the incredibly uplifiting words and support you offered today as you learned about our adoption. You have no idea how much you Made My Day! Love you and your family. Always, Mary Pin It

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Praise God!! Our I171-H is FINALLY here!

Pin It Well, after 3 months of waiting, it is finally here. This is the most important piece of the Dossier paperwork. There was a staff change some where in our paperworks journey and we were basically set aside and forgotten :( We do have it now, so we move forward in this journey to our Chinese Daughter. Thank you for coming along for the ride and Thank you again Scott Chasan, Natalie Flores, Suzy Navarro, Janice Ralston, Patrice Ricks, and Tammy Zollner for all of your precious kind words about our family. Nat, Nando's on me Sista'. Thank you to all our family and friends for supporting us, lifting us in prayer, and just being the incredible loved ones that you are as we begin this very long journey to Lexi. " I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palms of My Hands...." ~ Isaiah 49:15&16 Pin It

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