Happy birthday we love you so much Masha. I pray you're safe and we are reunited very soon.
Monday, March 3, 2014
It's Mashas birthday tomorrow, she's turning 15. I don't know what else to say right now, I'm to emotional over everything. I hate not being able to see her on her birthday, I hate her not being here for her birthday. That's all I've got today.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Yup you read that correctly!!! We are USCIS approved!!! Just awaiting a letter to go renew our fingerprints so it can be official!!! Once those are done and they mail us the results we should be ready to ship the last remaining documents to the girls country to complete our dossier!!!
Only things missing now is the USCIS approval, Jared's letter from a DR ( the one he went to a few weeks ago did the forms wrong) and a document from our mortgage co showing we are the owners of our home.
Getting so close!!!!! Hopefully it will all be there by mid March and then we start the countdown of waiting for travel dates. Which could be anywhere from the end of March (highly unlikely) to sometime in May. I'm praying for fast travel but we'll have to see. Please pray for the girls country as it's experiencing political unrest and turmoil right now.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We found out our total today from the shoe and clothing fundraiser we did with 3 other local families. It was pretty disappointing, yes there are positives in it. We talked to a lot of people about adoption and hopefully increased awareness but it would have been nice to have made a big chunk of money to use for our adoptions.
We spent months collecting and sorting through clothing and shoes, lots of hours rubber banding pairs of shoes together and bagging clothing. Driving all around to get donations and begging our friends and family to do the same.
Yes I'm disappointed but I'm trying to see the good in it.......the other 3 families feel the same. We tried and now we know that this type of fundraiser is super hard.
So here's the breakdown of our total that we collected, what they charged us for freight and our "profit" that's split between all 4 families......
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We are currently awaiting USCIS approval. We mailed in our request to update our file and sent them our new Home Study last week, I spoke to our officer this morning (since we still had an approval we get the same one from last year) and she hasn't received anything yet so hoping that it will make it to her desk in the next day or two.
Once we get that approval we can send everything overseas and be submitted to the kids government to await a travel date!!!! Still need 2 documents besides our USCIS approval to have a complete dossier but we should have them by the time we get USCIS back. I'm so ready to be there.....
Things around the house are pretty hectic right now, we started construction and remodeling of our laundry room and half bath so we can have a big handicap bathroom instead of that teeny tiny half bath. This is a must since Pasha has gained about 10 lbs since coming home it's getting really hard to carry him up and down the stairs and lift him out of the tub. With the new bathroom he can just scoot right in and when he's bigger we'll have a bath chair in there for him to use so he can shower independently!!! He's learned how to get out of his wheelchair unassisted and safely and they're working on him getting into it from the floor unassisted!!!
Callen is doing great at school also he rarely has a tantrum there now and is usually the class helper. His speech is improving a lot too. In fact they plan on both boys being in regular education classrooms by kindergarten! For a Pasha that means next year....I get a little teary at that. I want him to grow up but it's hard not to think of him as my baby! At least Callen still has another year of pre k!!!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Today we hauled our stash of donated clothing and shoes up to the 28 foot trailer that's going to haul them to CA. We took our van and my parents stock trailer to haul them. We brought 155 bags of clothing and 18 bags of shoes. We are guessing the total amount loaded today from us and what the other 3 families had was 400 bags of clothes and 200 of shoes. Back in Dec Jared and I took another trailer full of stuff we collected up there of about 100 bags of clothes and 30 of shoes so needless to say I'm DONE with shoes and clothes (for now) lol
A friend on Facebook offered some garage sale leftovers today to us from their high schools fundraiser sale so one of the families that live closer will be getting those today. We hope to have the check from this in about 2 weeks. We already know we were nowhere near our goal but we tried our hardest......thank you to everyone who gave us stuff:) we appreciate it very much :)
Friday, February 14, 2014
Today my super sweet hubby gave me candy and a candle and our kiddos each a small stuffed animal and candy. We are going to be celebrating tonight by loading hundreds of bags of clothes and shoes into my parents horse trailer so we can haul it up to Spring tomorrow! Sounds fun and romantic huh?!?! That's how we roll around here when trying to rescue our kids from being orphans:)