Monday, February 14, 2011

I-171H Approval. Woo hoo!

Good news! We just received our I-171H in the mail from USCIS. It looks good except for one typo. It says that our fingerprints expire on the date that we were fingerprinted, not a year ahead, but the same year - 2010. Oops! I called and left a message with the officer at USCIS and hope to get a response soon so that we can get a corrected form.

The whole fingerprinting thing still blows me away, namely that fingerprints expire. I've never been fingerprinted as many times as when we did our last adoption. I think it was at least four times. I already know we'll have to be fingerprinted at least one more time for our FBI clearances when we get back from trip #1 and prepare for court. But we should have our little guy home before the I-171H expires.

Please keep Sabrina and Giorgio in your prayers as they are in Vlad getting ready for court and also Justin and Heather as their papers go to the judge tomorrow in Vlad. God bless you all!


Friday, February 11, 2011

A Nice Surprise!

So we received a nice surprise in our inbox this past Wednesday, as did a couple other families who are adopting through our agency from the same region. We received some unexpected pictures of our little guy. Here he is, at least as much of him as we can post on the blog! Hoping to go meet him soon, probably April. We just can't wait. All of our papers for registration have been turned in and should be on their way to Russia. We'll post when we're registered. Thanks for your prayers! Check out those cute little dimples!


Clarion and Joel

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Joys of Documents!

Hey, blogger friends! Well, I spoke too soon in my last post. We actually have had some similar document issues as the Overstreets had when they were working to get registered. Trying to get one document from DCFS Illinois with the correct wording about our home study agency proved to be somewhat difficult, but not horribly so. The letter with the correct wording finally arrived in our mailbox today. Our agency verified that it is indeed correct. However, I still need to get up to Springfield to have it apostilled. It's not going to happen today, so I'm hoping I can get there Monday and drop it in the mail to our agency immediately after. We'll see what the weather brings Sunday and Monday. Some snow is forecasted. The bulk of our documents are already on their way to Vlad, so the agency will send this letter along with a couple of other items and we should (fingers crossed!) have everything needed for registration. You all know how much fun documents can be. I must say, however, that we haven't redone as many documents during this adoption as we did during our last one.

Unfortunately, even if we are registered this month or next month, it still appears that we won't travel to meet our little guy until late April. That's when his legal paperwork is supposed to be ready. If you could, please pray that the Lord would allow us to go sooner that that. We've certainly learned how to be patient and wait, but you waiting families know how it goes. Once you've seen your little one's picture, received a medical report, etc. it's hard to wait and wait and wait. Thankfully, the Lord works good things in the midst of waiting, although not always easy to see that until later. God bless you all!

Joel & Clarion