OUR TIMELINE FOR JUDE
8-31 I wake up with a verse on my heart: "Trust in the
Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own
understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will
direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
9-9 After prayerful consideration Chris and I decide to
move forward with another adoption. We contact Families
First to get our homestudy started!
9-25 After completing initial paperwork for Families First
we are contacted by our social worker and set up our homestudy appointments.
9-26 Surprise call from Kelly de Rosier at CHSFS! She says
she has a little boy's file who she thinks would be
perfect for our family!
9-29 After having JiaMing's file reviewed by our
pediatrician (agency policy) we officially accept the
10-1 We excitedly FedEx our application to CHSFS!
10-2 We write out our "Rehabilitation and Nurture Plan"
for the LOI and a short summary of ourselves that will be
submitted to the CCAA.
10-6 Our marriage certificate arrives from VitalChek.
10-9 Our LOI is on its way to China! Jude is 8 months old
10-10 Receive both of our birth certificates.
10-12 Stefanie has all her labs drawn and her physical
10-15 Chris' physical completed today. Also our first homestudy meeting with Families First!
10-24 Police clearance letters completed today.
10-25 Second homestudy visit.
10-30 Final homestudy visit! Yea!
11-1 CHSFS calls to say that things are looking
encouraging for us receiving the family size waiver we
11-9 Our homestudy is complete and is forwarded to our
agency for approval! Jude turns 9 months old today!
11-15 We receive 'verbal PA' from our agency! Now we just
have to wait on the paper PA to arrive from China for it
to be official!!
11-27 Receive our fingerprint notice from the Atlanta USCIS office.
12-1 Pick up last doctor's letter to include with our homestudy requesting expedition of our I171H due to Jude's
12-7 Our homestudy is on its way to the USCIS office in
12-9 Jude turns 10 months old today!
12-17 We drive to Atlanta to have our fingerprints taken.
Thank goodness it went off without a hitch!
12-18 Completed Adoption Application, Financial Statement
and receive Chris' completed physical today.
1-3 Today is the day! We get a call from Sarah at CHSFS...our
PA is finally here!!
1-6 Jude's first care package is officially on it's way!
Soon he'll get his first glimpse of his new family!
1-9 Jude turns 11 months old today! We receive our TX and
DE documents back, now we just need that darned 171! I
receive a reply from the email I sent to the Atlanta USCIS
office, but it doesn't offer much hope. I am reminded that
all of this will happen in His timing and His timing IS
1-11 Right before heading out to the Atlanta SoS office, I
receive an email from the USCIS. The orphan officer wrote
to tell me that our application has been approved! Praise
1-13 We received some new pictures of Jude from a family
that was traveling to adopt their daughter from GuTian SWI.
They said he is being very well cared for...an answer to
1-17 It's HERE! Our 171 arrives as promised :) Chris heads
off to Atlanta to have it and all our other docs processed
but hits a snag with my birth certificate and has to
return home without finishing.
1-18 We head back to Atlanta, undaunted, and are able to
get me a new BC and finish processing all our docs. Now
everything is on its way to the Assistant Stork to go
through the Chinese Consulate!
1-19 Today I mailed our final dossier 'stuff' to CHSFS,
family pictures, passport pics, CCAA dossier fees etc.
This is getting so exciting!
1-23 Received some new pictures of our boy opening his
care package! He is SO beautiful! Love seeing him holding
onto the family photo album we sent!
1-25 Because of an ice storm in Virginia, our docs are
delayed by a few days :( Thankfully they DO arrive safely
today at CHSFS...now we're just waiting to hear were
1-27 Second care package is on its way, this one is for
Jude's first birthday. He will turn one on February 9th.
Wish we could be with you, sweet boy!
2-1 We get the email that we are officially DTC today! God
is so good!!