Adoption journey number 2. Last year we adopted and brought home our third child, a boy from Ethiopia. We are starting the journey again! The purpose of the blog is to do my best to document the journey to our new family.
I learned a lot in Ethiopia, a lot about the world and a lot about myself. This journey will surely take us back to Africa to learn more about the beauty of her land and her people. And surely I will learn more about myself. Thanks for joining me on the journey!
March 19, 2010 - Forever Day (re-adoption complete)
August 10, 2009 - First day of school
August 3, 2007 - My family of 7 sleeps under one roof!
August 2, 2009 - My family is all on one continent
August 2, 2009 - Depart from Ghana to return to America (total of 6 travelers)
August 1, 2009 - Saying good-bye to our new Ghana family
July 31, 2009 - Naming ceremony for Baby Trent
July 29, 2009 - Depart from America- trip #2 to Ghana
July 27, 2009 - 1:24:12 on the phone with Delta!
July 24, 2009 visa printed
July 22, 2009 - Additional documentation presented for visa approval
July 21, 2009, visa appointment - additional documentation requested
July 15, 2009 Visa packet pick up
July 10, 2009 - Embassy in Ghana indicates I600a is recieved and 1600 is approved
July 9, 2009 - NVC indicates that i-600a was forwarded to Ghana on 7/8
July 9, 2009 - Finally, someone who can help
July 6-9, 2009 - Contact every gov't official I can
July 6, 2009 - NVC verifies they have never received paperwork for Ghana
July 6, 2009 - Notified that I600a has not arrived in Ghana - there was never a chance for I600 approval during my 30 days in Ghana
July 4, 2009 - 30 days since the I600 was filed. No word
June 28, 2009 - Depart from Ghana
June 25, 2009 - Still in Ghana
June 22, 2009 - Still in Ghana
June 15, 2009 - Still in Ghana
June 9, 2009 - Es Passport delivered
June 4, 2009 - I600 filed
June 2-3, 2009 Arrive at Eban House
June 2, 2009 - Arrive in Ghana
June 1, 2009 - Depart for Ghana
May 30, 2009 - Received copies of court decree!
May 29, 2009 - Assured that there is a court decree!
May 28, 2009 - Verbal notification that Court Decree is completed
May 26, 2009 - Visa in hand (weekend and holiday included)
May 22, 2009 - Hoping for court decree and EE passport next week!
May 20, 2009 - Visa paperwork arrives in DC
May 20, 2009 - Re-fingerprinted
May 19, 2009 - Flights are booked
May 18, 2009 - Decision to book flights without court decree
May 14, 2009 - One Ghana Passport received (TS)
May 7, 2009 - We pass court! I'm officially the momma of 5! Official notice of approval for Medical Missions is received.
May 6, 2009 - ADP Passport arrives
April 16, 2009 - Welcome packages arrive in Ghana. Girls are notified that they have a family waiting for them!
April 20, 2009 - ADP passport applied for
April 7, 2009 - Dossier is with agency staff in Ghana
March 30, 2009 - Dossier arrives in Ghana
March 23, 2009 - I-824 filed
March 20, 2009 - Dossier received by agency in WA - (I missed an authorization - ugh)
March 19, 2009 - Dossier is in the mail!
March 14, 2009 - Referral accepted
March 13, 2009 - Referral received
March 13, 2009 - Home study complete
March 10, 2009 - First home study
February 25, 2009 - Decision to pursue Ghana adoption
February 19, 2009 - First sighting
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. Maya Angelou
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man. Maya Angelou