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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A brand new type of day 1...



Today we signed and mailed out our first adoption paperwork and sent in our first $1500 to Agency #1... the small agency 5 hours away. We are now working on all the homestudy paperwork and gathering all the financial records and all the other stuff that you have to do. My fingers are tired from typing up all the homestudy questions the last few days but I wanted to check in and let you know that we are officially in a line.

I am planning a longer post later this week... but I just wanted to check in and make a little "record" of our lovely morning.
On the way to work I stopped at the CVS for a pregnancy test... watch one line appear as I drove to the post office and mailed in this first step... and that was the very beginning.

29 Comments:

Blogger BethanyWD said...

Congratulations! You both look so happy!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Ms. J said...

GOOD FOR YOU!

Adoption is full of its own set of milestones, and you just had one of your most important "firsts". I'm so happy for you!

I will never forget 09/28/07 for us, in pursuit of our China adoption . . .

I got home from work about 20 minutes earlier than Dr. J, and grabbed the day's mail. And there it was. The letter we had been sweating and fretting over for so long. A piece of paper we have put lots of time, money, blood (literally), sweat, and tears (mine) into receiving -- or maybe "achieving" is a more accurate description.

A single sheet of paper.

The irony later hit me that earlier in the year I saw two lines and began to cry hard with big tears of joy. (We later m/c).

But this time, I saw two boxes checked and I cried. And it surprised me that I cried just as hard, and with just as much joy.

We had received our Form I-171H, which means our I-600A was finally approved by CIS!!! [This is a Big F'in Deal in international adoption talk].

It was hard to explain to non-adoptive people just what that meant, emotionally. But to us, it means the world was not flat after all. And that our ship is going to sail, instead of remaining docked.

It meant there was hope.

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW JOURNEY!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. KM said...

I am so excited for you, for this first step! Congratulations!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Lesley said...

What a way to begin a big journey. Congrats on the agency and all that is developing. I am excited for you..
Luv'N'Hugs,
Lesley

9:56 PM  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

Oh my, I'm really teary for you.
WHAT A GREAT MORNING,
what a great FIRST STEP!!!

Congratulations to both of you. I look forward to hearing all about this journey and walking beside you while it happens. You both look so good, so happy.

BIG HUGS!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Congratulations! What an exciting step in to your hopeful future.

6:28 AM  
Blogger alison said...

Congratulations! I know this probably isn't exactly the path you originally wanted to take, but it's an awesome first step! Hopefully it will be a quick path to receiving a child into your arms.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Congratulations! It's a HUGE step but I can't wait to see what awaits you in the future. This is going to be an amazing journey! XOXO

7:33 AM  
Blogger Janna said...

That's so exciting!!!! The smiles on your faces say it all!!! You ARE going to be parents!!!!

10:32 AM  
Blogger T said...

Your blog yesterday was so touching! Reading it makes me think that we should consider adoption too. So many exciting things to look forward to- the first photograph, choosing a name, decorating a room...

12:03 PM  
Blogger Frenchie said...

Congratulations! You're on your way!!

So much to look forward to.

3:59 PM  
Blogger greyladybg said...

Congratulations, that is most wonderful news. I'm so happy you have decided to keep including us in your journey!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Sporty said...

Congrats Jamie! You and Mr. D. look so happy in the pictures. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Amnesia said...

That is FANTASTIC news. I cannot wait to hear about your journey.

Reading about your day, about your plans - I was thinking that this is the happiest you have "sounded" in a long time. And I can see why.

Congratulations!!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Congrats...you look like you are at peace.

5:21 AM  
Blogger luna said...

congratulations! they say the first step of the long journey is always the hardest. but you took that long ago...

7:31 AM  
Blogger Mrs.X said...

Absolutely the best of luck to you both! There is nothing more exciting than a new beginning and I hope that it isn't too long before you are telling us all of the amazing things that your new baby is doing.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Congratulations!!!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Congratulations! You will find there is a special bond between adoptive parents and you have a new club to look forward to. You both look so happy in your picture, I hope you continue to blog this journey.

Oh yea, people will still tell you your child looks like you....even if they are of a different race and way more beautiful than you could ever hope to be (I am talking about myself and not you of course....lol).

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I'm SOOOO proud of you!! And even more happy for you!

7:05 AM  
Blogger RB said...

I am so happy for you. I stumbled on to your blog a few years back after the loss of our daughter. We had a difficult time having our son after that. That pregnancy was frought with stress and many ups and downs.
I will pray for you. As you know already, God has a plan for your baby...He is already working on this for you. You and Mr. D deserve so much happiness. We look forward to watching you collect and savor all the new firsts you will have with this baby. Your latest blog almost brought me to tears. Best wishes along the way

12:02 PM  
Blogger Heather W. said...

What an awesome day that must have been! How exciting, congrats!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Char said...

Hey! This is the third time I'm coming back to your blog to try to read it in the last couple of days (for some reason my server just wouldn't let me see your blog!) and then I come here today, and it opens, and I see SUCH AMAZING NEWS! I am soooooooo happy for you! SO SO SO SO happy. Aw, you so deserve to have your dreams come true. I am going to be lurking like mad over the next while as we wait to hear some more good news from you!

YAY! So exciting!
PS... loads going on on my side too. Crazy hectic stuff. I feel like a peanut in a tumble dryer right now!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

congratulations! I am so excited for you and wish you the very best!

5:18 PM  
Blogger pamela.ilovemcdreamy said...

Hi there,
I've been lurking around your blog for some time. Dealing with infertility and having been diagnosed with endometriosis has turned my life upside down.

But your blog has been very inspirational and i just wanted to say congratulations! and YAY!

ps I hope you don't mind, but i've tagged you on my blog so that it's easier for me to feel positive. I'm taking it day by day now.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Hope2morrow said...

How completely exciting! It must be a huge relief to have all the paperwork complete, as I know it is a ton of work!
I have been undergoing infertility treatments for a year and a half and have begun to do my own research on adoption. My husband is still routing for a baby of our own due to finances (my medical insurance is amazing), but I just want a baby. I have your link on my blog (I just very recently started blogging) to see how everything pans out for you all! Feel free to take a peak at our story- http://infertilityhope2morrow.blogspot.com/
Congratulations and best of luck!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Kenya said...

Congrats to both of you!!!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Delurking here. I wanted to wish you the best on your new journey!

3:15 AM  
Blogger Milenka said...

Congratulations on this new journey!

9:09 AM  

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