Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to you! Peter and I sent ALL of our final documents to our adoption agency (aka, the dossier), completely notarized, certified, and bonafied today. We also received our fingerprint appointment from the Department of Homeland Security and will be doing that on December 6th in Hartford, Conn. Now, unless they find any errors in our paperwork, we ARE DONE with everything that can be done. And we will begin the waiting period for a referral. Yea!! We celebrated by going out to some hoity-toity French restaurant this evening.

Tomorrow I'm making apple pie for friends, but otherwise hanging out quietly. Peter is working the holiday and this coming weekend, though he is off on Friday. We picked out our tree on Sunday and it is awaiting my careful adornment, so perhaps I'll conquer that tomorrow. Last year Peter put the tree up by himself because I was in Germany, so I'm looking forward to it this year.

One exciting bit of news is that our congressman gave us tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration in January! We are really excited to go, and have booked a trip from Jan 17-21. We'll be in DC for Martin Luther King Day and the next day for the inauguration. We couldn't believe we got tickets, although I did write our congressman for them on election night.

We have many things and many people to be thankful for this year. We are especially thankful to our very caring friends who have written us endless letters of evaluation for our adoption (that'd be you Sanjiv, Jen, Eric, and Suzi, thanks!!!!) We're also thankful for the support from other friends and family. I don't imagine we'll have our child home yet next Thanksgiving, but hopefully not too long after that.

Love and blessings to you all.....


  1. As long as you don't slowly add three or four pounds each month while waiting...

    But seriously, Michelle, do you mean that if your application is accepted you will definitely increase your family by adoption? Or is it a case that maybe it will happen, maybe it won't?

  2. Once our application is accepted (and that is a matter of making sure all the forms are correctly done), it is simply a matter of time until we bring home our child. So, unless Ethiopia closes it's international adoption program down, we will definitely be bringing home our child within the next one to two years. If Ethiopia's program shuts down (and there is no indication it will), we would switch to another country, most likely Korea. But one way or another, we will find our son/daughter in the next couple years! (Hopefully, within the next year...)