We found out today that our international agency has a draft of our homestudy. They'll review it and submit it back to the homestudy agency for changes. When I read this news in an e-mail I'm grooving, "Oh yeah! We're movin' right along!" Then that brought back flashbacks from the first movie that dad ever took me to, The Muppet Movie (1979) . Thanks for drinking all those Cokes in collectible Muppet glasses, Dad!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Below is a photo of the DVD and the postcard the Jamar team sent. How sweet! Sedona says that she looks forward to watching the DVD this weekend, and hopes that mommy and daddy share movie time snacks with her during the stories.
Here's a list of the legends on the DVD: Amis people: Women's Land, Atayal people: Shooting The Sun, Bunun people: The Child Became A Bird, Tsou people: Huge Eel And Crab, Saisiyat people: The Legend of Daai, Puyuma people: Snake Husband, Paiwan people: Sun's Children, Rukai people: The Legend of A Clouded Leopard, Tao people: The Wrestling Stones, and Thao people: Finding Sun-Moon Lake.
If you are in Taiwan, the DVD is for sale several locations, including on the second floor of the Handicraft Mart in Taipei.
Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center
No.1 Hsu Chow Road Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Thanks once again to Simon, Gilbert, Mr. Yufu, and the rest of the Jamar team!
Here at home we're getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:
Thursday, February 15, 2007
When I got home from work today I got a letter from immigration that they are processing our documents, but want our social security numbers too. Someone told me that we should write it on the application, but there's not a line on the form that calls for that, so I didn't do it. Guess I know now why they told me to to that! So, we'll send them copies of our social security cards with a letter to be extra complete.
When I sat down to the computer to check my e-mail, I had a copy of the first draft of our homestudy in my inbox. YAY!!!! There's a few corrections to be made. My sister's birth date is 3 days off. According to the document, I graduated from high school when I was 8 years old, 10 years earlier than everyone else in my class. They left out the part about Kevin being raised with wild wolves, too. The rest of the corrections are just some fill in the blanks with missing information that we can easily provide. Once this is completed, the homestudy agency will make the corrections and send a copy to our adoption agency for them to look it over. I finally feel like we're getting somewhere!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Blizzard warning in effect until 7 AM est /6 AM cst/ Wednesday... Heavy snow can be expected through the evening hours...with visibilities dropping below one quarter mile at times. Total snow accumulations from this event will be range between 10 and 16 inches...with the highest amounts south of highway 30. The snow will Combine with gusty northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to near 40 mph. There will be substantial blowing and drifting snow...creating snow drifts in excess of 4 feet and causing treacherous driving conditions. Travel is not advised across the region. You are urged to stay off of roads to avoid being stranded.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
We're WAITING for our first draft of our homestudy. Our last visit was 18 days ago. We get a copy of the draft and so does our adoption agency, Families for Children. We look it over for errors (like if it said that I drive taxi cabs for a living and Kevin was raised in Alaska with wild wolves - that would be an error) and our coordinator at our adoption agency looks it over to make sure that it's in the format that the orphanages and courts in Taiwan want to see. Then all of these notarized copies are made of it. I get one, our adoption agency gets several, and USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) gets one so that little Hannah can get a visa (the kind that lets her come into the US, not the kind I use to buy fun stuff at Target).
After our homestudy is approved there's not much else for us to do except WAIT. We've already mailed our I600a application to USCIS. USCIS waits for a copy of our homestudy. Then we get appointments to be fingerprinted with some kind of electronic scanning device by USCIS in Indianapolis. All of this goes with our I600a application to get a I-171H - Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition. The I-171H allows us to get a visa at the American Institute in Taiwan so we can bring Hannah back into the US with us. Sigh. And we WAIT.
We're also WAITING to talk with our adoption agency coordinator as I have a whole bunch of questions for her. She's been busy, just back from Taiwan, so I'll try and be patient and WAIT my turn to talk with her.
Speaking of VISAs, I did go ahead and buy bedding for the nursery. Well, I've ordered it at least. and now have to WAIT 2-3 weeks for it to be shipped to our house. I read from multiple sources that preparing the nursery can keep pre-adoptive parents sane while they WAIT and WAIT and WAIT for a referral, well that's a good enough reason to justify this purchase to Kevin I think. Pink, brown, and cream scribbles are on the way!
Kevin and I went to Babies R Us a few weeks ago and picked out a crib for Hannah. We think it's really pretty, and practical as it will convert into a toddler bed and then into a full size bed when the time comes.
Sedona had a bath today and then a photo shoot to keep us busy while we WAIT. It was honestly hard to get her to sit still as she was much more interested that licking my forehead and mouthing my fingers. There were a lot of "sit" and "stay" commands during the photo shoot. She listened for a little while expecting a treat, but stopped listening after she figured out that I was busy taking pictures and didn't have any treats on hand. We invited my mom and dad over for dinner. Dad's been going through Sedona withdrawal and keeps talking about wanting to give her more gravy. Yuck. They brought over Valentines presents for Sedona and Hannah. Sedona got treats of course, and Hannah got a bunch of great books. Arf! Thanks, Grandma!