Friday, November 20, 2009

November 20, 2009 - Moving Right Along

Moving Right Along

Today, we successfully:
• Got 2 certified Marriage Certificates
• Mailed our Criminal History Checks
• Got Fingerprinted
• Received our Banking Letter of Good Standing
• Sent References to our Home Study Provider
• Contacted our physician to get information on a reference letter from her
• Contacted the Police Department to get a letter from them.
** If you are reading this, don’t be surprised if we contact YOU for a reference letter!!! Hahaha….

The monstrous list isn't looking so bad, after all!

Next we will begin working on our immigration paperwork and continue to fill out paperwork for our home study provider.

We also received a UPS package yesterday with our training materials from the Agency. We have a 500 page (yes 500 page) book to read and then take a test on. We also have to complete an 8 hour training course and then take a test. Finally, we have to watch a training DVD specific to Ethiopian adoptions. We already started that… it’s really awesome to hear of others’ experiences and what to expect from our new little baby. Things are so different in Ethiopia.. I mean really different. But, it’s amazing to me, that among such poverty and famine, the people of Ethiopia are so proud and work so hard.

Sadly, most of the children are true orphans (both parents are dead). Others are given up by a parent, because one parent may already be deceased, and the other may be dying. It's probably the most loving thing a mother can do for her children -- is to make sure they are safe and secure before she dies. This has to be a terrible and difficult decision for any mother. And the children.. my heart aches for them. I can't even imagine.

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