Well here is our adoption timeline to Estrella. This is house it started and ended.
8/14/13 Saw "Little" One on a waiting child page
8/15/13 Called Villa Hope to talk them about their Peru program
9/3/13 Mailed Application to Villa Hope
9/3/13-10/20/13 Gathering information for homestudy
9/13/13 First homestudy visit
10/20/13 Second homestudy visit
10/31//12 Homestudy Approved
11/1/13 Started gathering dossier documents
12/2/13 Mailed I800-A to USCIS
12/9/13 Lockbox Date
1/7/14 Biometric Fingerprint apts in Birmingham
1/8/14 Ben and I psychological evalution
1/10/14 Ben and I psychological testing
1/10/14 Ben and I labowork and chest xrays to check for diseases
1/17/14 Kids labwork and chest xrays to check for diseases
1/17/14 Kids psychological Evaluation
1/20/14Ben and I check ups
1/21/14 Kids Check up visits
2/14/14 I800-A approval
3/1/14 Psychiatrist appointment
3/7/14 Everything mailed off to Montgomery to be apostilled except Psyciatrist report that we are waiting on and will need to go to Nashville to be apostilled.
3/12/14 Got back everything from Montgomery that was Apostilled. Still waiting on reports to send to Nashville!
3/15/14 We got our reports we were waiting on from the psyciatrist in TN..
3/17/14 Took report from psychiatrist to Memphis to have the notary signature certified
3/17/14 Took reports to Nashville to be apostilled.
3/18/14 Went to pick up the kids corrected medicals. They had a mistake.Will pick up corrected ones later this week. We took everything else to Birmingham. Our agency is looking over everything to make sure there are no mistakes and waiting on the kids medicals before they send the whole dossier. They scanned and emailed a copy to Maria Elena (our lawyer)in Peru so they can start translations.
3/19//14 Went to pick up the kids medicals, Ben's chest xray results, and new birth certifcates for Anna and Nate. I think they are all correct and ok. Learned that Anna's and Noah's birth certificates are older than one year. Peru will not take them that old. I went to the Health Dept today to get them new ones. They still have to be taken to Montgomery to be apostilled. Also learned that Ben's medicals did not include his chest xray results, so I had to go go pick that up as well.
3/21/14Took Anna and Noah's new birth certificates to Montgomery to the Secretary of State to be apostilled.
3/21/14Took chest xray results, Anna and Noah's birth certificates and the kids medicals to Birmingham. Our agency agreed that they thought everything looked good. Our agency sent our dossier via Fedex to Peru. Scheduled to arrive 3/25/14
3/24/14 Our dossier is on tract to arrive to tomorrow in Peru. It is in Columbia right now.
3/25/14 Dossier arrived in Lima, Peru
4/13/14 dossier turned into the DGA of Peru.
5/15/14 Got the horrible call from our agency that Peru had denied us and we had 14 days to appeal.
5/15/14 to 5/22/14 work to get appeal together
5/28/14 Appeal turned in to the DGA. Now we wait. AGAIN!
6/25/14 We heard that we were denied again. Now the appeal goes to the Vice Minister.
7/21/14 Our adoption journey to Estrella ends here! We were denied again. Nothing else we can do. Please pray that she gets a Mommy and Daddy again soon.
Thankful that God knew what he was doing and although we are very, very sad about this, he was working in our hearts and was preparing us for the answer I truly believe. Most of you know the story of how God put a situation of a newborn boy in our lives around the same time we were denied. I truly believe that was all part of God's perfect plan as well!
I guess this page will not be our family blog and I will blog as I have time. I will not be able to post pics of the baby right away. We will have to wait until we are at home before we can post pics.
11/2015 Saw Sarah on a waiting child Facebook page/video
12/26/2014 Sent a letter of intent to adopt Sarah
1/20/2016 Heard that we were matched with her in the China system.
1/20/2016 Began the paper work chase.
4/4/2016 First home study visit
4/16/2016 Ben's home study visit
4/19/2016 Brandi's home study visit
4/23/2016 Home check and visit with the kids 5/12/2016 Proofed rough draft of home study
5/16/16 Homestudy approved by our agency
6/1/16 I800-a mailed to USCIS
6/9/16 reviewed receipt In the mail with a lockbox date of 6/2/16
6/16/16 Received fingerprint apts for 6/24/16
6/24/16 Fingerprint apt. Now we await USCIS approval and dossier authentication.
6/29/16 Documents mailed to Washington DC and Houston to be authenticated and certified.
6/30/16 I800A approval. Wait on approval letter.
6/5/16 Got approval letter in mail it had wrong date. Ben called on 6/6/16 to get a new letter sent.
6/13/16 Our agency received our new i800A letter with the correct date. All of our Alabama documents were sent to the Secretary of State in Montgomery and our AZ documents were sent to CA for certification.
6/26/16 Documents back from U.S. Consulate
6/27/16 DTC(documents to China to be translated) 10/10/16 We got our hard copy of our LSC and I800 in the mail. 10/10/16 Mailed I800 off to TX USCIS and our signed LSC back to our agency.
I am a 30 something yr old Christian, SAHM to A funny, loving, pretty Little Girl named Emma who is 12 and to a funny, sweet, handsome little Boy named Noah who is 7, Nate who is 4 and so funny and creative and Anna who is 3 and the little Mama and Levi who is just a doll and our blessing through adoption. I am married to Ben-The Love of My Life! I love hanging out with my family-Getting together with my Mama,Aunts, Uncles and cousins, sil and bil for cookouts and just hanging out.I enjoy hanging out with friends, which I do not get to do enough.We enjoy going to the beach and day trips to the zoo, parks and museums. We enjoy being outside and swimming and playing. I enjoy meal planning, coupon clipping, middle of the road parenting(I do some natural stuff but some modern day stuff too), waking up to a clean house,homeschooling, coffee, clean babies, the beach, apple cinnamon and fall!:)We have recently started the adoption journey and are so excited and anxious!! We may not have it all together but together we have it all:) I love my Life as a SAHM Mommy and Wife! Life is GREAT!:)