Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Day of Emotions and SNOW!

Yesterday was an emotional day for me. I was REALLY missing my little girl. I am amazed at how deeply you can love somebody you have never met. When I look at her picture I seem to fall more in love with her everyday. Oh, how I long for her to be home so I can hold her and tell her that I love her!

After a tearful morning I decided to take lunch over to my mom's house. She has been taking care of my grandma who has bronchitis and my boys and I thought she could use the company. When I arrived with lunch my mom had set the table for our yearly "snowman" lunch. We all love the snow and snowmen and since we don't get much snow in our part of Oregon we decided we would celebrate snow just for fun every year between Christmas and New Years. I started feeling better as the lunch went on. From there I left to take the boys skating at the local roller skating rink. Right when we were about to open the front door, I look out the window and I saw the smallest snow flakes falling from the sky! My boys were jumping out of their skin with excitement!!!! A "snowman" lunch to celebrate snow (which we didn't have when we arrived) and now snow is falling from the sky! As we drove to the skate rink the snow poured down. By the time we left the skating rink 2 hours later there was about 2 1/2 inches of snow on my car. We had a VERY slow drive home, because everybody FREAKS out when we get snow and don't know how to drive in it. After a 45 minute drive, which should only take 15 minutes we arrived home safe and sound. My boys then raced as fast as they could to change into their snow clothes and head outside to start building something before it all disappeared.

As I walked around outside I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. All the trees covered with snow and everything blanketed in white. To me snow has such a peaceful and calming feeling. It makes me happy. The boys were busy for the next hour and a half building castles, snowmen, and enjoying the long awaited snow for the year. It was already dark by the time they got outside so my pics are not that great, but you get the idea. This is the first year I was able to get a picture of our Christmas lights with snow on the ground. It was a mini display this year as the strands for the house were half dead and I didn't take the time to replace them.....maybe next year.

My day ended with two very happy boys and a heart still longing for my Alesha. I am excited to think that next year she will be home for Christmas and hopefully it will snow for her, too.

I have the most creative boy. Luke built his snowman SO HUGE that he couldn't lift the second or third ball on top of the bottom one. He decides if I get the ladder that went to the tree house, I can roll it up and it won't be so heavy. His brother helped him roll the 2nd ball and I helped with the last one, because they were not tall enough to reach the final stretch. I was blow away at how they worked together and conquered the objective!
Luke, filling in the gaps so it wouldn't roll off. Check out the size of that thing!!
Finished snowman! He is dirty because he rolled it in the bark dust...oops.

Our mini light display.
Martin's snow display and snowman

Martin's snow fort. He was throwing snowballs at me while I was taking his picture.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Hey everybody my mommy and daddy got their I-800A extension and I-800 approval this morning. This means they are one step closer to bringing me home. Can you tell I am excited!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Miracles DO happen!

Today my husband and I went to our local USCIS immigration office. My husband took time off work in hopes of us being able to get our fingerprints done today. Here is where the miracle comes in....our scheduled appt. is for December 21, 2009. This was WAY too long to wait to have these prints done, because at this point our adoption is on hold, because our previous fingerprints have expired and they need current prints to continue the approval process of our next step.......the beloved I-800.

We showed up at 1:00 p.m. with our official USCIS fingerprint appt. paper and ID in hand. My husband explained our situation to a very nice man behind the desk. He said "Please fill out this form and I will see what I can do. It probably won't be until after 3 p.m. and can't make ANY guarantees." We said "Thank you SO much. We totally understand that the people waiting had an appt. on THIS day and we would be happy to wait." We sat down and began our wait. I am glad I brought an adoption book to read (still working on all that education). I began to get a bit worried as more and more people began showing up. I wondered if they would be able to fit us in, but I was confident that THIS was the day we were going to get this prints.

At 2:20 p.m. he announced that we could proceed to the next station. At this point we had about 13 minutes left on our parking meter (the meter only took 90 minutes at a time). The lady said we should be out before it expired. I was happy to hear this, because getting a parking ticket just didn't sound like fun. The men were able to fingerprint us in no time at all and we were at our car with 2 minutes to spare!

I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I am that we were able to get our prints done today. This will allow us to continue with our I-800 and not fall behind 2 weeks. Thank you God for answering our prayers. I appreciate everybody who prayed along with us. God is good ALL the time, ALL the time God is good!

I will leave you with a current photo we received of our precious Alesha. Every time I look at this photo I start laughing. Her feet all propped up on the crib. She looks so easy going. Can't wait to have her home! Until then I will gaze at her beautiful face and pray that she stays strong, healthy, and safe. We love you baby girl!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Adoption Update

I haven't received any recent pictures of Alesha so I thought I would post a few other that I received with the referral. The first is her referral photo and the other one was the first picture we received along with our referral information. I absolutely love the sweet smile she has on her face. I can't wait to see her smiling face while in am holding her in my arms......soon this will be a reality!

We have sent all our acceptance paperwork to our agency on November 23, 2009. Here is a photo of us at the shipping place. I told the lady who helped me that this was paperwork for our baby girl we are adopting from India. She was very excited for us and thought Alesha was beautiful...I couldn't agree more. I asked her to take a photo of us for our scrapbook....she honored my request. Here we are holding a priceless package of VERY important paperwork.

We didn't send the photo on the was just for the photo :-)

At this point in the process our acceptance paperwork has arrived at our agency. We have a bit of a hiccup in the process right now. Our original I-800A (which took like 6 months to get) expired on Nov. 29, 2009. I had put in for an extension on November 10th to make sure it didn't expire since we hadn't received a referral. I am SO happy that I filed for the extension, because we would have had to start back at square one with the entire process if our original I-800A expired without the extension.

We worked very hard with our agency to get our I-800 in and have it logged into USCIS systems before my I-800A expired. If this happened we wouldn't have to worry about the extension and just move onto the I-800 portion of the process. Wouldn't you know it that USCIS logged our I-800 paperwork on NOVEMBER 30TH just ONE day after our I-800A expired, which included our fingerprints not being valid after the 29th. This delay was due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since this happened they cannot process our I-800 without having valid fingerprints. Our fingerprint appt. isn't until Dec. 21st. At this point we are delayed in our entire process until we get our fingerprints redone. With valid fingerprints USCIS can process the I-800A extension FIRST AND THEN the I-800.

I am praying that we might be able to walk into the fingerprinting office with our paperwork on Monday or Tuesday of this week and they will fingerprint us without an appointment. If this happens we can continue without a 3 week delay. I am documenting this as it will be a move of God if this happens. I will just do everything that I can do to help move this process along and then wait on God for His perfect timing.

I'll keep you posted on what happens next. The journey of adoption is full of twists, turns, miracles, and surprises.