As of Feb 8th our Home Study is officially complete! A notarized copy was sent to me and I sent it to the courthouse in Atlanta to get certified by the Superior Clerk of Court. When it returns I will send it to the Secretary of State to get certified, then to the courier in Houston for authentication. Besides that, we are waiting for USCIS (Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to issue Alexis and I a fingerprint appointment. Hopefully it will come in the next few weeks! After the fingerprints are complete USCIS will issue us an approval letter. We will have to get that approval letter notarized, certified and authenticated. Then I will mail it to our agency and we should be finally ready to be DTC! (Documents to China) I will wait for China to issue me a LID (log in date) and for a referral (matched with a child).
I think my next blog should be about all the acronyms in Chinese adoptions!! haha
Raising funds for an adoption is scary. At first I mentioned to Sam that we might want to start saving money and THEN put our application in. He said "No way. We are doing this. If we save, then something will always come up to take that money. God is leading us to adopt so we are going to trust in Him and jump! He will provided." I can never thank Sam enough for pushing us forward. Not only have we started this long journey of the adoption process but it has shone me how God works many wonders and blessings when you choose to let go, and let Him! He has this!! As my title states, borrowing, begging and being blessed- is what's going on. *Borrowing: Thank you USAA for allowing us to take out a low interest loan! Thank you Discover card for giving us NO interest for a year checks! *Begging: Thank you to everyone who has bought anything from a fund-raiser, ticket sale, yard sale, etc... *Being Blessed: Thank you to all the family and friends who just said "HERE. Take this for your adoption." I have came across some of the biggest hearts. I simply cannot wait to pay it forward! Thank you God for putting this on our hearts and showing us to not be afraid. Especially of something as trivial as finances. YOU got this! <3