Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Joyful but Busy Week!



On Thursday May 24, 2011 we received our "Official Referral" via Fex Ex. It contained original documents on "Ning Xing Yao", our little Madeline. Some of her medical reports had limited English translations, so we are still awaiting some more translated documents from our agency. But we did receive a full translated version of her general report via email, which includes her daily eating schedule, more details about her, when & where she was found, what she likes to do, etc. It is so awesome to read, & I cant wait to share some more of those details here on the blog as soon as I get it all sorted out and "Officially Accept" her referral. Basically, before we can officially accept her referral, theres a bit more we still need to do. First of all, as soon as we receive a few more translated medicals on her, we will get a pediatrician to review them & God willing everything will be ok and we will soon sign off on her paperwork & mail it off to our agency. Also this week, we will finish filling out the I800A forms ( which are forms required under the new Hague Treaty Regulations to bring an orphan into the US )  as well as the I800 forms ( which basically finalizes the immigration process of an adopted child from another country ). We have to send these forms together with our latest Homestudy report which was just updated. Normally we would of filed one set of forms first, waited for an approval by USCIS then after receiving our referral we would have filed the second set. But since we just updated our Homestudy & were pleasantly surprised with our referral earlier than we thought, we have to do everything at once. And on top of having to do this, we can't forget that we still have a home business to run ( which btw we are happy to have a few good projects in the works that will help us to pay for the rest of our adoption process ). We need any extra work we can get in order to finalize all of this, as you can imagine it has been really expensive mostly because of our long wait which has pretty much forced us to pay extra money to the US for re-filing fees. BUT....we know it will be all worth it in the end. 

 I will also admit though, that last week while it was one of our most JOYFUL weeks, was also very very busy and challenging for us. It was a challenge to get our work done, while trying to get our adoption paperwork organized, additional calls and visits, and making time to run off to 4 graduations, meetings, and dinners with families & friends that we had previously rsvpd. to. But, it was really fun sharing our wonderful news & showing off our treasured little photos we have of Madeline. In fact, I've been wearing a little locket around my neck with her photo on it & any chance I get to share with friends I am thrilled to do so! She's so darn cute I can't stand it! Will share pics soon, promise!  Hopefully this week "Baba" Kris will update our main site ( journeytomadi.com ). 

Thanks again for following along!

Here's a few pics of our week.


Here we are with our beautiful neighbor Marisa who graduated from High School. We've seen her grow up since she was about 4 years old & we are so proud of her. ( this pic was taken on Sunday, the day before receiving our referral ). 




And here we are with Hayat ( on Wednesday ), one of our God-daughter's Ivi's friends. This graduation ceremony was especially bitter-sweet for us as it was at the Jr.High School that Ivi would have graduated from had she not moved to Nebraska. We miss her so much, and wished we could of been there for her also as she graduates from 8th grade. Sadly though, for reasons out of our control, her family has no communication with us. Our only wish is that perhaps through this blog she may get to see & get to know her new cousin Madeline. 




Here we are with Iliana, another beautiful High School graduate who also grew up in our neighborhood. What an honor to be invited to share this special day with her. 





Here we are again with Marisa & her twin sisters who will be graduating in a few more years. Where does the time go?




Here I am with lovely Katura, our front neighbor, also graduated from High School.




Here I am with Monica, our very smart & pretty next door neighbor who still has 2 more years until she graduates but we took her to one of the ceremonies as she wanted to support some of her graduating friends. 




Here's a cute pic of all of our neighborhood girls ( except the one on the bottom right, who's a family friend ) taken about 7 years ago at a birthday party I hosted for my God-Daughter pictured on the bottom left. They have all turned out to be the sweetest & smartest girls. We are so honored that they still want to include us in some of their special days such as their graduation. 




Then on Friday, we were invited to a special birthday dinner of one our friends, parents of our God-Son "Alex" who's 8 and pictured above in the middle. His brother Ryan is 12. Both really great boys. Half Chinese, Half Mexican! So Madeline will fit perfectly! 



And here we are celebrating the beautiful dinner evening that my college friend Brenda prepared for her husband Mike. We had a wonderful time with 10 other couples, & from you can see in our faces, we are thrilled to finally be on our way to parenthood. We both love children, & we have always joked that we are so tired of just the two of us! Finally....we can enjoy morning cartoons, a messy kitchen, sleepless nights, outings to the zoo, dirty diapers lol! Well....everything except the dirty diapers. 





109 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! We were in your 9-11-06 travel group, but adopted our daughter Maya from the special needs program 4 years ago today! You are going on a wonderful journey to bring your daughter home! We wish you all the best.

Love ~ Amy & Anthony Pallazola

http://www.facebook.com/#!/amy.carlsonpallazola

Marsi said...

Hello Pallazola Family! I do remember you. It is only us & the Hernandez family who were left in our original group. I can't believe we finally made it through this wait, but it will finally be our time! Thank You for the well wishes.

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