Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As 2013 Ends

It is hard to believe that 2013 is just about over.  It was so exciting to officially add Angie to our family in 2013.  Now I am excited for 2014 to finally get our sweet girl over the sea home.  We had a wonderful 2013.
On the adoption front......earlier in December we were notified that we passed our Article 5 interview.  I am not exactly sure what that means, but we were assured that it was good news .-)  Once that was completed our dossier was resubmitted to the government of the country of our daughters birth.  There is one judge out of six who is now requiring a new FBI background check in between trips one and two.  Since we don't want to be delayed once we get a court date, we went ahead and got new prints done. So this added more fees.  We sent those out to the FBI channeler last week.  However, because of the holidays they are taking a while to get back.  I am hoping that they come today.  Once we get those back we will send them to Washington DC to be authenticated.  When that step is completed we will send them over to join the rest of our dossier in country.

  So now the wait in for a court date.  That will be so exciting because it means she is legally a Mayr.  What an amazing day that will be.  Typically, you travel about a month after court.  So we are really hoping that court happens soon.  We hope to travel to pick her up by the end of February, but it may be the beginning of March.  Either way, it is hard to believe that after 18 months on this journey.......we are only 8-10 weeks away from the end!!

  We sent our sweet girl a box for Christmas.  We know it made it to her country and we really hope that it was given to her.  We sent her a book called "Guess How Much I Miss You."  This book we recorded reading it to her.  We also sent her a teddy bear that we recorded "I Love You" in her language.  We also through in some Christmas candy.  I just wanted her to know that we miss her and can't wait to get back to her.  I am sure she thinks we were some crazy people that went out to visit her for a week and then disappeared.  I am sure it is hard for her to imagine that we are still coming back for her.  6 months is such a long time for an 8 year old.  I am so glad that the wait is almost over! 

Everyone have a wonderful New Year!!!