“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Friday, July 17, 2015

Progress Update

Although we have done " this" before I am always stunned by the amount and complexity of paperwork, as well as by how quickly the fees and charges add up.

So...where are we? 

*****We have biometrics in Portland at 8 AM Monday. (Sounds simple but it is 230 miles round trip. We have to leave by 5 AM. We prefer not to try to bring kiddos which means we finding someone to spend the night as well as watch them for most of Monday, and both of us miss hours at work).

*****We have already submitted out dossier to our agency in Eastern Europe....which has been translated and is ready to go...we just need to send our approval from the U.S government (I800a) once we get it. 

****** We have submitted all the needed medical documents to our state Senator who will then submit to USCIS and begin the expedite.

***** Once everything is in Hope's country we will wait for approval for Trip 1 where we will spend five days visiting her in the orphanage  twice a day. Typical visits are 3 hours each. Our experience with Sophia was that she was too weak to handle that much time...we are very concerned that this will be too much for Hope as well.

****Once our week with her is over we return home and complete more paper work and pay more fees before we can complete the adoption and actually bring our daughter home.

Prayer requests:
*First and foremost for Hope's health; that God will keep her and sustain her.
*For no complications with paperwork and our ability to expedite.
* For wisdom and compassion for the medical team that will be treating her both in country and once she arrives home
*For funding.....we have about $596.55 in our Reece's Rainbow Account
...and $690 in our Pure Charity account. 
 We have a SIGNIFICANT amount of money still to raise.

We have an auction going until Monday, July 20th at 9 PM EST. 

We have a Pampered Chef party and a 31 Party that are benefitting Hope’s adoption, too.

Please pray, share, donate. We truly need "the village”.


  1. Wow, Hope's country must be a lot different than Abigail's! Process-wise, anyways. Praying for all that funding to arrive!

  2. Who do I contact to order pampered chef & 31 for the fundraiser?

  3. Who do I contact to order pampered chef & 31 for the fundraiser?

    1. Oops, answered your query below, not as a reply. One day I'll get this blogging thing figured out!

  4. Just click through the links in the post and you will be directed to the pages of the people running those parties. You can contact them from that page, I believe. I'll add the addresses here, but I'm not sure if Blogger will make them a link. LOL https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/bugaboo/guest-landing/8921108987035 and https://www.mythirtyone.com/cammieheflin/shop/party/parties?verify=true