Friday, June 30, 2006

Wierd Coincidence!

Todd and I have run across a wierd coincidence. We were putting together a box of stuff to send to Meredith and we were going through the little sleepers we bought and low and behold we have the exact same one that she is wearing in this picture. What are the chances of that???

We won't have any other information on her or new pictures for 5-6 weeks so keep checking back.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

SHE'S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meredith Aryanna Seales born June 21st in Guatemala City, 5lbs 11oz, 17.3 inches long.

Sunday, June 18, 2006


Yep that's what we made this weekend with our Yard Sale.
Thanks a million to everyone that donated items and to Dianna and Holly for helping me run the yard sale, I couldn't have done it without you two.

As for the process:
On Wednesday we went to the FBI office and had our fingerprints done. Did you guys know they don't use the black ink and paper now, it's all on a computer scanner.... Anyway after that we met with our family advocates in Lexington, Philip and Maria. We turned in the last of our paperwork and Kristen was there also to turn in our homestudy. The only thing Todd and I are waiting for is our passports which should be here this week!!! Philip and Maria also said that as soon as we get those they will get the ball rolling. So hurry up mister postman!!!!!

This coming Saturday June 24th is the AHH reunion picnic in Lexington. After much debate I've decided to attend without Todd(Dew Action Sports Tour). Many of the families that I've been in contact with said they went before they had their little one too. So Rebecca and I will be heading over and then do some shopping afterward!!!!
The attorney from Guatemala will be there to meet us all and to bring updated pictures for all the families that are already paired up with their children. We did find out more about the foster care down there. The foster moms have to have a lot of training by out attorney's office before they can care for the children, they start out with one baby and work their way up to two. There is never more than two babies in a foster home. Once we've accepted our referral we can send clothing, blanket, toys, etc down to her and the foster mom. Apparently they love Oil of Olay and Aveeno lotions???

Todd and I went to the Build A Bear workshop on Saturday afternoon, they were introducing Hello Kitty to their store. Thanks Valerie and Rita for sending me the email alerts. OH and Todd really thanks you, he just loves build a bear, not.
But anyway Meredith has a Hello Kitty waiting for her that plays a lullaby, if I don't mail it down to here after she is born :).

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Happy Saturday

I have an update for everyone.

Todd and I are officially finished with the home study, it has been reviewed by the head social worker at the agency and it is ready to be signed off on. Todd and I will receive a final copy when we get there on Wendesday.

We are also finished with all of the Dossier documents. We received the last reference letter and our medical forms yesterday. They will be notarized before we go on Wednesday.
That will leave the passports which should be here in the next 10 days. Once those get here everything is ready to go to the secretary of State and then on to the Guatemalan Consulate for authentication (not sure what that is, probably another notary type stamp), but anyway there is nothing left for Todd and I to do. YAH!!!!!!

We have really flown through this paperwork stage. Everyone I've talked to say it took them 2-4 months to get their paper work ready. Todd and I are right at 6 weeks.

I've talked to Philip this week from the agency and we discussed the wait time and how long getting the paper work authenticated takes. He said that it takes about 3 weeks to get the paperwork back from the Secretary of State and the Consulate, and he said it goes to Guatemala within 24 hours of him getting it back from those agency's. He said that right now there is one other family on the list for a little girl and the time it is taking right now to get a referral (picture of our baby) is running 2-3 weeks from receipt of our paperwork in Guatemala. What that means is that 2-3 weeks after our paper work is received by our attorney in Guatemala our baby should be born and a picture sent up to us along with medical information. Once the picture and medical report gets here we have 5 working days to accept or decline the referral.

After we accept the adoption finalization process begins. The finalization process can take anywhere from 3-6 months. Our baby will live in a foster home during that time, with Todd and I getting regular updates on her. We could fly down to see her as often as we like, but I don't think I could go down for a few days and not bring her back, so we probaly won't visit.

Now this time frame is likely to change at anytime, and to be honest Todd and I thought the wait time to get a referral was 2-3 months not weeks. So we are keeping our fingers crossed and we will know more certain time frames after our paperwork is received in Guatemala.
But if it is 2-3 weeks Todd and I have to step things up a bit, like finishing the nursery and other planning that needs to be done.

We made our first trip to Babies R Us today to look at cribs and other items. SO it's time to get excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's all pray for good weather for the yard sale next Friday and Saturday. Also pray that we make some money to go towards the adoption fund.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

June 7th

Hey there everyone!!!!
Hope everyone is having a great week so far....

I've mentioned the yard sale on a couple of my post and no one seems to believe me when I say we have accumulated A LOT of great stuff. So I took some pictures to show everyone. This is only the items that have made it to our basement as of today, we have more coming tomorrow, Friday, and throughout the next week. The yard sale will be advertised next Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.
Thanks again to everyone that donated items and to those who are helping me next week.

Now who put that there??????? It could only be Todd. Gizzy you're worth a lot more than 25 cents!!!!!!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

June 1st update

Happy June everyone...I can't believe it's June again already, I guess that means that Todd and I will be celebrating the 1st anniversary of our 30th birthday next week. BLAH

As for the process we are still chugging along. We were informed yesterday by the agency that we have been moved to another family advocate. Due to the increase in the number of families wanting to adopt from Guatemala they had to hire someone new. So we are now with Philip, I spoke with him yesterday to review some of our documents and he's really nice and knowledgeable. As for the paperwork we are moving right along. There was only a couple of things that Denise notarized for us that need correction, these are the easy fixes. As for the reference letters we've learned that some things don't translate into Spanish as we mean them here in the US. Can you believe that Scrapbooking translates into collect of trash?!?!?!
So I've had the ladies work on their letters and now Philip says they are all ok.

Todd and I have to get our TB skin test on Tuesday and the medical portion is done. All back-ground checks have come back and no problems there.
The only thing we are waiting on is the return of our Passports and then everything will be ready for the Secretary of States office for authentication and then on the the Guatemalan Consulate for translation. Then we begin the wait, which we know will be tough, but probably easier than stressing about this paperwork.

We're still gathering stuff for the yard sale which is in 2 weeks, the basement is really filling up with lots of great items. Thanks to everyone that has donated items for us to sell. Other adoptive families I've talked to have said that Yard Sales are the best fundraisers.