Friday, October 31, 2008

Second Baby Gift!

A very sweet friend at work today gave us the nicest surprise- a very generous gift for Caitlin! She gave us 3 of the cutest little outfits and a beautiful red coat! Paul and I were overwhelmed at her generosity. She is an angel and we will never forget her kindness. Thank you, Elizabeth!

P.S.- You can see that Libby is already curious about her new baby sister!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Books for Caitlin

I know it's really early to be buying stuff for Caitlin, but there was a book sale today downtown at the library and we couldn't resist! We bought Caitlin 20 books, and we got a huge, beautiful National Geographic book about China for us. Although it is a bit outdated, it has beautiful pictures and looks very nice on our coffee table! Most of the books are in very good condition (although anyone who knows me knows that I have gone over them with a Clorox Wipe before I put them away!) and the price was too great to pass up! Now Caitlin has an excellent start to her library!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I-800A Is On the Way!

I mailed off our I-800A application today! We are FINALLY moving again! We went out to dinner to celebrate this milestone. This is a big stack of papers, which took a lot of work and effort to put together, and it really felt good to finally get it in the mail. Last night I held the stack up to Paul and I said "Do you know how important this pile of paper is?"

He replied "Yep, that's a baby!" :)

I've been hearing that there have been hold-ups with this part of the process and it can take as long as 3 months, but I'm praying hard that it will go smoothly (and quickly)! Once we get our approval we can have our Virginia documents notarized, then sent to be state certified, then the last of our documents will go to D.C. to be authenticated by the consulate. Once that's done our entire dossier is off to China!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Second Home Study

Our second home study arrived today, with the new physical dates. We are ready to proceed to the next step!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Physicals Are DONE!!

Paul got his third physical completed and notarized today. Philip approved it as well! PHEW!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Our First Baby Gift!

We got the biggest surprise in the mail today! In the mailbox I found a box addressed to "Baby S." from our friend Rochelle! I was going to wait for Paul to get home from work so we could open our first baby gift together, but I just couldn't- I ripped right into it! It was a Sonya Lee doll from the "Little People". I've been hearing all about Sonya Lee from all of the blogs I read but I didn't really know what a "Little People" was. Well, now I do! Rochelle knew about the bad week I had last week with all of the problems with our physicals, and she knew we needed a pick-me-up. She had the perfect one- her gift totally made my day! Thank you so much, Rochelle!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Physical #3

I got my third physical done today. I had to bribe the nurses with donuts to get them to help me, but my doctor was wonderful and helpful as usual! I forwarded it to Philip and it is APPROVED!!!