Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Thinking and hoping.

Can you guess what I managed to fit in this envelope?

Does this bunch of paperwork look familiar to anyone?

Yep. That's our dossier. It's the group of documents needed for our adoption. All nicely notarized (Hallelujah!) and apostilled. An apostille is the paper with the gold star issued by the State of Kansas which is stapled to each and every document. It is something like notarizing the notary. Each one costs $7.50. More in some other states. No volume discount. If you know me you know that I asked about that. *sigh*
The papers were received in Eastern Europe on Thursday afternoon. There they will be translated and submitted to the national adoption authorities the second week of June. We think. We hope.
About two weeks later, we think, we hope, we will find out our travel date. Yes, they tell us when to come. It is an invitation.
We think, we hope, this date will be in mid-July. This reminds me of being pregnant and having everyone ask you what is the due date. We all know full well that babies come when babies are ready to come! Well, we will get our travel date when the adoption authorities are ready to give us a date.
This makes it difficult to ask for vacation days at work. If you remember to pray for my husband, please do. He does not want to displease his employer, but may have to ask for changes in his pre-approved vacation days.

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