Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fun with Google Earth

I created this image in Google Earth and then edited it in Picasa to crop out the Google Earth verbiage and add my own. It is sort of amazing to see just how far these girls are going to have to travel to get to Montana. As the crow flies, it is more than 8000 miles. Talk about some disorientation. I made several maps including this one. I thought it would be good to show them where we all are geographically. It was sort of fun to make the images of the US and Europe and part of Africa (since it is so big). I am sure there is a better way of doing this and if you know it, please tell me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fingerprints approved

It doesn't look like much, but this is a VERY important piece of paper. It says that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS formerly INS) has approved my fingerprints. The actual language is below.
I have faxed this to the adoption agency and now I wait. I found out today that the second medicals have been done; they are just having trouble transmitting them from Ethiopia to North Carolina so the agency can send them to me. Once I have those, I will pass them on to a pediatrician-friend to review (figured I needed an unbiased bare of eyes). Once I approve those, everything will be submitted for a court date. I could have a court date sometime in January. AAAACK!!! Am I really ready for that? I guess I will have to be. :-) I just pray that God will work things out so that I don't have to work much while taking time off to help the girls adjust. Well, as I have said before I will keep you posted as things progress.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dossier Sent

This is my dossier. It is a collection of documents required by the Ethiopian government for me to adopt from their country. It includes a home study, photos of me and my family, statements from my bank, employer, and local sheriff. I am also required to submit 3 years of tax statements, 3 letters of reference, a letter requesting adoption and a couple of other pieces of paper from my agency. The first two pages had to be authenticated by the State of Montana. Now the whole thing has been sent to a courier (The Assistant Stork) in Washington DC so that it can all be authenticated by the US Secretary of State's office and the Ethiopian embassy.
I am nearing the end of the paperwork portion of the adoption. On Friday I go to get by fingerprints taken as soon as I am cleared by USCIS (immigration) to adopt, I send another piece of paper to my agency and then I sit and wait. My adoption agency will send everything to Ethiopia where it will all get translated and submitted to court. I am also waiting to get the second (more detailed) medical reports. A court date won't be issued until after all of my paperwork is accepted, I accept the second medicals, and all of the paperwork done on the Ethiopian side is submitted. Sort of nerve-wracking to have all of this out of my hands. But Someone much stronger and wiser is taking care of it all for me. I am trusting that God will take care of everything so that the timing all works out perfectly. I will continue to keep you posted as to my progress.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Meet Buttercup

I finally got my new truck this past Wednesday. This evening with some help from my dad and stepmom, I came up with a name. It is so luxurious that I thought it would have to be called "The Princess Mobile." Then I realized its name had to be Buttercup. You need to watch The Princess Bride if you don't know the significance of the name Buttercup.

Here's Buttercup in the garage. Thanks to the back-up camera, I can tell when I am in far enough and still have enough room to get around the front.

Interior from the driver's side.

Photo of the FABULOUS navigation system/radio/bluetooth.
Wouldn't be my truck without this sticker. It is a little smaller than the old one.
Front grill. Very intimidating.
Once I have a couple of Ethiopian princesses and a prissy standard poodle in the back seat, this will really be a PRINCESS-mobile.