Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Yesterday, (oct. 4) I went out to the mailbox to see if we had gotten the financial paper from CAS. And, instead, I found an envelope from my grandpa! I opened it and found a check sticking out along with a beautiful card and note! It brought tears to my eyes! It was such an obvious answer to our need! It's so special that my grandpa got to have a part in bringing his great grand daughter home!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Gotcha Day: "We celebrate three Adoption Days a year to honor not only each child, but how we became a family. Each celebration is much like a birthday, complete with cake and the singing of "Happy Adoption Day to You." But we have party bags for all of our kids rather than larger gifts for the celebrant alone. I also take the opportunity to share cake at school, and to teach the child's classmates about adoption through an interactive presentation. The teachers are always warm to this idea, and the kids are receptive." -Cindy Roberts
|Tania Griasnow, |
Program Coordinator for Russia,
Ukraine, and sometimes Moldova
Won't she speak another language? Yes, she will probably speak Moldovan (which is basically like Romanian). She may have some language delays from being in an orphanage situation, but most young children easily pick up another language. She will have plenty of practice with the girls talking to and playing with her. :)
Why Moldova? Romania is closed to adoptions right now, and I wanted to choose a place close to that country. Moldova is a very poor country that has a VERY high sex trafficking rate. We would love to have the chance to help one little girl escape probable prostitution, trafficking, or life on the streets. We would also like her to have the chance to become a follower of Jesus and live in a loving home. :)
How much does it cost? It's about $40,000-$45,000. We hope to get help from some grants and will get a $13,000 (?) tax refund after the adoption is complete. But, yes, we will probably have to take out a loan. BUT, it's soooooo worth it!!!!!!!! :)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Then, we had Bill and Janet over to tell them that they were going to be Grandparents again!!! Janet was sooo excited... After a couple minutes, I think it sunk in and she said, "I'm going to be a Grandma again!!!!" They both hugged me and asked about it! Bill was totally suprised. It's nice to be able to tell everyone now!!!!! :) She asked if she could tell some people... :)
On Tuesday (sept. 14), we met with Sandy (our social worker)!!! She interviewed Jas and I about our family and lives. She also talked to the girls and went on a tour of our house to do the safety audit. We filled out 2 other papers with her too.
-I typed a paper for the references to let them know what to include in their letters and addressed / stamped envelopes for them...
-Jas sent my Child Abuse paper to PA.
-Jas sent our request for a certified marriage licence.
-I called to set up an appointment for next Thursday for our Fire Inspection.
-Called our HR person to find out how much life insurance we have (for the financial paper)
-Kylie's physical + paper
-Jason's physical + paper
Funny how much we do in a day... It just seems like a bunch of little things and nothing really is finished, but it does seem like a lot when I write it out! :)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here's what we've done so far:
*filled out application for Cherub (7 pages) and Jason found out his salary for me to finish CAS's application (3 pages)
*got approval from the rest of the people we will use for references (and their addresses/ phone #s)
*called the police department who sent me to the sheriff's department to find out about FBI and state background checks and fingerprinting
*called the fire department to find out what we needed to do to get ready for the fire inspection
*Jas checked on getting a 5lb. fire extinguisher that we have to mount on the wall for that
*emailed both agencies with questions
*kept track of all spending and bills and got ready to pay the bills online (Jas has been doing it for several years for us.)
*called the pediatrician and family doctors to see if we needed physicals to fill out the health check papers (and set up appointments for Jas, Kylie, and I who haven't had one recently)
*filled out our part of the health papers
*got the neighbor to take a couple family pictures and sent them to Walmart to print (for our applications)
*got batteries for the smoke detectors
*went to the bank with Jas to get my name on our checking, to order checks and get temporary ones for the two applications
*thanked God that our income tax check came at EXACTLY the right time so that we could put almost 1/2 of it in the saving's account that we're using for the adoption
*requested adoption books from the library to fulfill part of the 12 hours of education that we need to do for the homestudy
*got some extra stamps and envelopes
On 9/1/10 Cherub emailed to say that we were accepted and to be getting some of the checklist done. Today, Ellen will call me to let me know some more details. Sandy will also call us soon! :)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday: I realized that I had three stacks of papers for our three girls all on the table at the same time! I was calling about the adoption while filling out all the school papers for Kylie and Ari! It was such a cool thing that I had to take a picture! :)
Wednesday: Today, was Kylie's first day of 3rd grade, and it went well! :) She has the same teacher that I taught 3rd grade with! Hard to believe my girl is that old! When Ari and I got home, I got a call from Jill who has adopted 5 times and was very encouraging! She recommended Ellen Rice as well! After I picked Kylie up, I got a call back from Ellen. I was so excited to talk to her! She explained all the paper work was like having 3 buckets (and I literally was drawing them on a paper as she talked)... There is the Ohio part, the US Government Immigration Part, and the Moldova Government part... We have to satisfy all 3 to bring our little girl home...
#1 Bucket = homestudy done by Cherub International Adoption Agency
#2 Bucket= homestudy approved by US Immigration
#3 Bucket= documents from CAS (Carolina Adoption Services Agency), dossier, and homestudy
Our application fee for Cherub is $1,150, and $300 for Application to CAS... YIKES!
Ellen told me that she thought that Sandy would be a good fit for us! So, we have a social worker!!!! This means that we can finish the application to CAS and after we get the packet for Cherub, we can apply there too... and we are on our way up the mountain of paperwork!!!
***I felt like I had just gotten a positive pregnancy test after I got off the phone with Ellen!!! I was on cloud 9!!!!! ***
Then, just like when I found out I was pregnant with Kylie, Jas and I followed the good news up with a big old fight! This time it was about money instead of telling our parents! So, no matter whether they grow in your heart or your belly, I guess there are a lot of emotions that come with each child!!
P.S. I got an email that my shirt that we are going to use to tell our parents is being shipped! :)
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Oh, and the other night, Cyndi texted me to say that Solana had prayed for our little girl at supper time! It's so neat that now they are praying for our girl like we prayed for Chloe!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
First, the girls said they wanted to adopt because they need another person to play duck, duck goose. Well, now that's the best reasoning ever... lol!!
And, once maybe a year or more ago I said, "Just think of it like getting a car." For some reason, this hit home with Jason; it was do-able. And, from then on, he was open to the idea of international adoption. So, thank God that He had me say that just like he had me say, "I'll try just about anything once," back when we were dating (which led to our first kiss ;)
Last night, Jason watched part of our first adoption video together (an informational one from CAS)... He didn't get the whole way through it, but it was a start for his part of the research... He also had me send the links for the agencies to his work email so he could look at them... I'm excited to get his opinion on the best one...
And, the Yahoo Group that we joined is amazing! They are all so helpful and encouraging!