8/9/13 Received our Certificate of Non Appeal (CONA) for all 3 kids!
7/8/13 Pass court for all 3 kiddos!!!
4/4 Offically accepted referrals for the twins!!!
3/29 received updated i600a, USCIS approval to adopt 3 children!
3/21 Offical referral of 3 year old twin siblings!!!
3/20 Homestudy update complete and USCIS ammendment request submitted
3/11 Requested updated homestudy to account for our sons age and approval of 3 children
3/7 Learned about our sons 3 year old siblings
2/27 Officially accepted referral of our little boy and adjusted his age to an approximated 4 years old
2/4/13 Referral day of our little 3 year old son!!!
11/5 Received notice our request to Show Hope for assistance had been denied
8/28 Submitted application to Show Hope requesting a grant
8/20 Received notice our request to Lifesong for assistance had been denied
8/16 Officially on the waiting list!
8/10 Received our I171h (USCIS approval to classify an orphan as a family member), notarized and submitted to OWAS... Dossier is COMPLETE!
8/6/12 Biometrics done! Waiting on I171h form
8/1 Biometrics (fingerprint) appointment scheduled for August 6th
7/10 Dossier submitted! Application submitted to Lifesong requesting a matching grant and a Both Hands Project
6/28 Homestudy Complete!!! I600a submitted, waiting on "invitation" to be fingerprinted!!!
6/15 Received our 1st homestudy draft for review
5/31 Homestudy "home visit". Now we wait for completion of homestudy.
5/21 Completed the required 10 hours adoption education
5/16 2nd Homestudy visit: individual interviews and submitted all required homestudy documents! Scheduled our final homestudy visit for 5/31
4/13 1st appointment with Catholic Charities (our local homestudy agency) to begin homestudy. We came home with a stack of papers to be completed so we can schedule our 2nd visit with them.
3/30 accepted into Congo program with OWAS
3/27 mailed application to OWAS and Catholic Charities
3/25/12 submitted online application to OWAS
3/23 after 3 months of intense research of agencies and countries decide to apply to One World Adoption Services (OWAS) Congo program for our adoption and Catholic Charities of TN for our homestudy
July 2011-Feb 2012 lots of praying for God's guidance and the more we prayed about international adoption the more signs He gave us that we were following His plan. Decide that if we do adopt internationally it will be from Africa
7/2011 attend informational meeting at local adoption agency and begin to really think more seriously about adoption.
It's a bedtime tradition that began with Little Nutbrown Hare, and each night we try to outdo the last...I love you to the moon and back...to the beach and back...to the mountians...and one of my favorites, "to Jesus and the angels" and back...We never imagined we would be saying, I love you to Africa and back...it seems like the furthest imaginable place, but yet in God's perfect timing, we plan to go.... to Africa and back!!! And when we get back, we will have another little cheek to kiss goodnight...please keep us in your prayers and enjoy this journey with us!