Friday, July 16, 2010

another update!

A few posts ago, I updated where we were in the dossier preparation.   Here is what we had left, and now what we have crossed out (yes, I added one...):

  • Get some documents notarized (we are doing that this afternoon!)
  • Get our power of attorney county and state certified
  • Application letter (telling Ethiopia why we want to adopt)
  • 2 more online classes for adoptive parent training
  • take pictures of our house
  • once it is reviewed....make 3 copies!  That is IT!
  • Get last letter of recommendation notarized

So...I am getting the power of attorney county certified today and sending it off to get state certified.  Maybe I will clean the house and take pictures tonight!

Our home study is being revised just a little right now, but is basically approved by our adoption agency.  That will also go into our dossier.

It really has been so much easier than I thought!  Thank you, Lord!  It just took walking through it for it all to make sense.  There are just certain things that were intimidating, I think.  I can remember when I was in high school going to a college, looking at how huge it was, and thinking, "How do they even know what to do or where to go.  This is huge! The professors expect so much out of you, you have to figure out how a meal plan works, what each professor wants, where to buy books without a car, etc, etc, etc."  I felt like that with this paperwork. When I first started, I didn't know really what a dossier was...I had heard it tossed around, and knew that is was a bunch of paperwork.  But, I didn't know the difference between that and the home study, and when you do what.  I didn't have a clue as to what I should do first, what took more time to get back, what to send where, etc. Walking through this process has been an honor.  I have loved learning more about adoption and not feeling on the "outskirts" trying to look in.  It has been an honor to "chase" after our child and trust God for His sovereign timing in our family.  What a HUGE blessing!  I praise the Lord for His hand in all of this, and giving us this amazing journey!  This is only the very beginning of it unfolding!


The Young Family said...

YAY! You are ALMOST there!!!!!! SO EXCITING!!!

becky@cup.of.joe said...

Oh, Erin! I am so impressed by your diligence and determination on behalf of your child. What a wonderful mommy you ALREADY are to this little one. Praying still...

Christy said...

I would feel so lost in the process too and am SO VERY thankful that you allow us to read and be a part of learning it with you. It's amazing how long you love your child from a distance, how hard you work to bring him/her home, and how much sacrifice and perseverance is involved. What a BEAUTIFUL picture of God's love for us and commitment to bring us into HIS family!!!

Jenny said...

you're movin' along now! wooo!

WendyLou said...

You're almost done!! I am kinda jealous, though, that your letter to Ethiopia is finished. I've been dragging my feet on that one. :0