This week, we received information on how to get our paper chase done. It seems pretty straight forward, and the documents seem easy. The hard part seems to be all of the sealing involved.
Next week, we will all be going to the doctor for physicals. Right now, Joey is ordering birth certificates and checking out the spelling on his. This could be an issue. All documents need to match each other exactly. Problem is, Joey's name is spelt two different ways on his documents. Hopefully this issue can be fixed soon, so we can gather the rest of the documents and start getting them verified and sealed.
Once we get the doctor appointments done, we can submit our paperwork for our homestudy and get that going. Once the homestudy is done, we can submit our 1800A. And we also need to apply for passports once the name issue with the documents has been fixed.
I am learning why it is called a paper chase. There are so many places you have to go to get these documents that are needed, and then you have to bring them to a whole bunch of places to get them authenticated. I guess the good news is that after this, there will be no mistaking who we are LOL
It's a learning process. And boy, are we learning! And it is just getting started!! In the end, it will be well worth it.
Ending on a bright note here...
Joey came home from work yesterday, and as usual, he asks me if there were any interesting news from the day. I didn't have any, so he began to share his. His face lit up, as he started to tell me about all of the people he told about the adoption at work that day and how EXCITED they were for us. I can't express how much a smile and encouraging words can do for a person. Especially a person who is going through the agonizing wait that is associated with adoption. We have waited for about 7 months now to be able to get started with the paperwork and it will be another 5 months before we will be able to submit this paperwork. Then we must wait another 3-6 months to go to China to pick up our child. That's 15-18 months of waiting, and we are just on month 7. And the reality of it all, is that it could take longer. So thank you to whoever it was that lifted mine and Joey's spirits yesterday. Thank you to all of you who continue to pray for us and lift us up in prayer, and especially to those of you who are praying for our little Wu.
We are grateful for each and every one of you who are supporting us. We are grateful to the wonderful God who has blessed us with this child. We are grateful for Wu, and for all of our children.
Feeling blessed and praying His blessings upon each of you,
Wu, Still thinking of and loving you from a distance. We are coming close to only 5 months away from seeing your face, and learning more about you. We continue to pray for God's love and work to surround you, our precious child. Loving you, Momma