Friday, August 31, 2007

The Paper Chase Officially Begins!

Today we received an email from AWAA with all the info we need to begin gathering our dossier! This is very exciting, and now the paperchase officially begins! There are probably around 30 different documents that we will have to collect, most will have to be notarized, others certified, others....who knows! So, just keep us in your prayers as we enter this new leg of our journey! After looking over all the documents we will have to request, this part seems kind of overwhelming, but when you think about the end result, it is all worth it! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The First Packet has Arrived!!

Well, yesterday was a pretty exciting day!!! This past weekend, we received our first packet of info from America World. It included our agreement, more specific details about the Ethiopia program, and details on how to submit the first form to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (from here on out, USCIS!). It was so exciting! So yesterday, we mailed off lots of documents to AWAA, and our petition for an orphan to USCIS.

Next steps: we should be contacted by USCIS regarding our fingerprinting appointment, and AWAA will be sending us another packet of info regarding collecting documents for our dossier. And, we should be getting started on our homestudy soon!

It is starting to seem "real" now! Tomorrow I will be going to Frankfort to take our birth certificates and marriage certificate to the Secretary of State's office. They have to have a special authorization (or something like that!) It is part of the dossier, so I am just trying to get a head start.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

We Have Been Accepted!!

A little before noon today I got a call from AWAA......they have officially accepted our application! So, we're in! Praise God! Now we begin the homestudy process, along with collecting all the documents for our dossier, which will be sent to Ethiopia. This whole process should take 3-4 months, if everything goes smoothly. Thanks for all your prayers, and keep them coming!