Friday, June 28, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Phillip has been waiting for the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office to open at 8:45am this morning so he can be first in line for apostilles. Ukraine let us know at 2am this morning that our background clearances looked good to go :). Let's do this!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
I had a State Trooper (not from our state) contact me, offering to request that our clearances be expedited. This person reads my blog (hi!) and reached out asking if we needed help. I thought our agency had this. They said they had a contact after all... but as it turned out, we did need that extra push. We had our new forms notarized Tuesday then my husband dropped them off at the State Police building with the night guard, who was evidently working night shift alone for a reason. The person who was supposed to get them from the front desk first thing on Wednesday morning didn't show up for most of the morning, as I sat breathing into a brown paper bag.
To make a long story short, after several phone calls, someone picked up our forms and we were promised our clearances by today. At 2pm this afternoon, I hadn't heard a word. I got so full of nervous energy at one point that I decided to just go through the upstairs with a trash bag so I could take things to Goodwill. Because I mean there is NEVER a bad time to just randomly de-clutter, right? I don't even remember what's in the bag...
Anyways, our awesome new friend called the VA State Police and in less than an hour we got word that our clearances were being notarized! How.awesome.is.that?
Phillip immediately drove the hour and 20 minutes to pick them up and was told, "Your wife must have made some phone calls."
What can I say? Don't make a dossier prepping mama desperate enough to send personal info to strangers she meets on the internet.
The other plan I was formulating in my mind was to load my 3 babies into the van, stop at Krispy Kreme on the way down and park ourselves in the lobby for the day, eating donuts.
What? Who did you think they would be for??
So, yes the long and short of this convoluted story (sorry my brain is f.r.i.e.d.) is that we got our background clearances and tomorrow morning the remainder of our dossier will be apostilled.
Slava Bogu! Praise God. Thank you Jesus. Amen! Yes!
Goooooodbyeeeee paper hell!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ok. Whatever. I'd backflip over a wildfire at this point to just be done.
My husband works for the power company and after working a full day yesterday, he got called out around 9pm last night because of storms, and didn't come home until 3am. Then he took his morning off to carry most of our dossier an hour away to our state capitol for apostilles. As soon as he arrived home at 11:30am, he went right back to work.
He is still working right now, but as soon as he gets off he will be driving our freshly notarized background check forms an hour away to leave with the guy on guard duty at the State Police building. I was going to overnight the forms, but he said that he would feel better if he hand delivered them because we have had so many crazy things happen. Our home study agency has a contact at the building that is supposed to hand carry these forms to where they are processed and ask them to expedite them for us.
I have been so stressed out today not knowing until well after lunch what it was that we even needed to do. I appreciate my husband so much right now. He loves our little boys too, and just like me; he'd backflip over a wildfire to get them.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I sent the forms in on June 4th with our email address and our phone number and a letter explaining why we needed our requests expedited. I'm really disappointed that they never called or emailed us, or even sent the forms back to US, but all the way to California.
Now we have to wait until our agency in California can send the stuff back to our agency in VA before they can submit a new requests on our behalf.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
If everything gets the ok from our agency, our entire dossier (minus the State background clearances) is done and awaiting only apostilles! Yay!
Please join us in praying that our State background clearances would be quickly processed. I sent them Priority mail on June 4th with a letter explaining that we urgently needed them. The charges for the checks have not cleared our bank account yet so we're getting a little worried. These are the only things we are waiting on to complete our dossier.
The spiritual warfare has been raging around here. Things have broken, people have expressed opinions that were not helpful, and we have had issue after annoying issue with our paperwork. Our God IS greater though and we WILL prevail. We are feeling a bit weary though and are ready to have this part of the process behind us!
D arrives on June 29 which means I am also in the midst of preparing host family packets for all of the kids arriving on the East Coast this summer from Ukraine. We are so excited to see our big boy again and meet all of the other host families!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
After much running around and late night stressing (the home ownership letter took 3 tries to get right!), the other documents are finally done. Next we get to take every document that is not already notarized to the bank, sign it in front of a notary, then its on to Richmond for Apostilles!
We are so close and hoping to be submitted on July 4th. We had been aiming for June 27th but it just looks like that's not going to be possible. God's timing is perfect. I will remember that as I down another carton of Chunky Monkey...
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
In the mailbox today...
Was our I-171H. Our immigration approval. The Golden Ticket!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
So, given those factors, our agency decided that they want our dossier a month early. They want it by the end of this month --- eeeeeeeeeek!!!!
If you don't see updates for a little while, it will be because I am going to put this baby together in record time. They say jump, I say, "How high?"
A little side note is that right after I found out we needed to our dossier done a month before we had been planning on, Give1Save1-Europe's blog owner emailed me and said, "Hey we had a family cancel, and since you already have a video ready to go, would you like to be moved up a month to be next week's featured family?" Um...YES!
God has this :)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Phillip's passport arrived via UPS overnight delivery at 5:30pm on his 30th birthday. We had already checked the mail and it had not come. Imagine our surprise when the brown truck pulled up to our house and handed it to us!
Woot! Go God :)
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson