Friday, May 30, 2008
1. Don't forget to take change with you for parking meters when you go to get your dossier authenticated/apostilled.
2. Call your state capital to check on your notaries before you travel there. Make sure their stamp has the right expiration date, their name is spelled correctly, and if their middle inital is used. Then, they should sign like it is on their stamp.
3. Make sure you know ahead of time, what type of payments your state capital takes.
4. Make sure your notary is notarizing a signature. If you need a copy of a license, there should be some verbage on the page that says they certify this is a copy of an original and then someone signs it, probably the person whose license it is, and then the notary, notarizes that signature. Don't just have a copy of the license, the notary stamp, and the notary signature and date.
5. Don't expect things to go perfectly, because they won't no matter how thorough you are.
I feel like there are more things I should have to give you. But, either that is it, or I will remember them later. Feel free to ask any questions about the tips, I know they might not be completely clear.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I had my medical appointment yesterday and we got the rest of our papers notarized, also. Then, last night I was emailing back and forth with V to make sure everything looked right. At about 8 PM she asked me if she had sent me the Power of Attorney documents. Oh, no! Now I have 3 more documents to get notarized before I go to the capital in the morning! I should have read my instructions closer because it said I would get those documents closer to when I submitted my dossier. For some reason I was thinking we were suppose to fill those out closer to travel. Since our printer at home does not print legibly enough, I put the documents on my thumb drive and went to my favorite place, FedExKinkos.
Then this morning, I went and got the documents notarized before I left to get everything apostilled. It was a beautiful day for an hour drive. I got there fine and gave my documents to the nice lady. She came back and said she could apostille all my documents except for one! For the copy of my doctor's license, the notary had just signed/dated and stamped it. Usually there is verbage that says something like 'I certify that this is a copy of the original' and then someone signs it. So, the notary is notarizing the signature. I am going to do another post of tips I have learned putting 2 dossiers together. Well, I was able to write up a document saying that I certify that it is a copy of the original and then attach it to the copy of the license. Then, they notarized it there and then apostilled it. There is always something, no matter how thorough you are. So, then about 20 minutes later, I had all my documents. I got back to my car and there was 1 minute left on my parking meter, perfect! I drove to another FedExKinkos, made copies of the apostilles and then shipped off everything to V. Then, drove an hour home.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Our homestudy is also done and approved by our placing agency! So, tomorrow I go for my medical appointment and then Ryan and I will go and get the rest of our papers notarized and pick up our homestudy.
I saw Kiara get off the bus for the last time for this school year. The next 2 days a friend and my mom will be here because I will be doing adoption stuff. I don't know why, but I was kind of sad. And, not because I won't have my 3 hours by myself every morning, which I will also miss. She is just so cute getting on and off the bus and she loves school. She will get to ride the bus again next year, so I that will be good for her. I want to make a list of what I want to do this summer. It always goes by so fast and then you realize you didn't do the things you wanted to do. So, any good ideas of things to do this summer?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
It was nice that I actually got a good picture of Kiara and myself on Mother's Day. I also have a great picture of my sister in our pink spandex color guard outfit from high school. But, I should probably keep that as blackmail material.
Today Kiara officially got her first bike. It is actually on loan from a friend whose daughter out grew it. Ryan had to put a new tube in one of the tires and adjust the seat and then she was off. We were trying to tell her how to pedal backwards so she could brake. You don't realize what a 4 year old thinks. She thought we were saying her bike was going to break!
I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday was a big day. Kiara and I went and picked up a letter from my doctor that I needed and we went to FedExKinkos to make some copies. Then, C came for our home study update visit. So, she gave me some papers I needed and she should have our update done on May 28th. Then, all 3 of us headed over to the local police department to get our local police clearances.
Today, we went to my mom's office, she is a realtor. I had to get a form signed by a realtor that describes our home. I also had to get a copy of her license. I also picked up our police clearances and am happy to report that neither of us have a criminal background and 'to the best of the police department's knowledge, our conduct has always been commendable'.
Also, in the last couple of days I have been able to talk to V at my adoption agency more about the Russa process and I feel much better. It is wonderful to be working with someone that cares so much and is patient with me during my emotional times! We were told a week or so ago that the referrals, especially for girls, had slowed down a bit. So, we aren't expecting a referral as fast as we first thought. The earliest we would probably receive a referral would be in September. So, I am just ready to get this dossier done and enjoy one last summer having only one child. Kiara should be a lot of fun this summer.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Then on the other hand, so many of my adoption friends have been waiting and waiting and waiting to travel, that I feel so selfish when I feel like this. I am working on being content and it looks like I have a long way to go!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Next on the list is to meet with our social worker on Wednesday for our homestudy update. Hopefully, Thusday I will take care of our home ownership verification that needs to be done by a realtor.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Adoption update: I have spent my week working on my dossier and not much else. My weightloss efforts have gone out the window until I can get my dossier done. I have made great progress. Tomorrow I will be working on getting a copy of my house deed. I think I need to go to the county recorder's office for that, but I am still not sure. If anyone knows for sure, feel free to let me know. Hopefully, I am right and I will have that done tomorrow. I am waiting until late next week when my mom gets home from AZ to help me with a couple of things I need from a relator. Since she is one, I will be using one of her friends. Our social worker is coming this week to do the visit for our home study update. So, at the end of this week, all I should be waiting on is the home study write up and to get our medical exams and local police clearances done. I am hoping to make those medical appointments tomorrow, hopefully for the very end of May. It is hard with Russia because the police clearances and medical exams are only good for 3 months! So, you don't want to get them to early. Since my home study is suppose to be ready by March 30th. I am hoping to have those done around the same time. Then, I can take everything to the state capital to get authenticated.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Of those who are not adopted and leave the orphanage between the ages of 16 and 18:
50 percent of the girls become prostitutes
40 percent of the children become addicted to drugs or alcohol
40 percent commit crimes
10 percent commit suicide
Also...Just 1 in 10 former Russian orphans becomes a functional member of society.
132,500 children are abandoned to the state in Russia every year, up from roughly 67,000 in 1992.
Nearly 4,640 Russian orphans were adopted by Americans in 2005, down from a record 5,865 in 2004.
13 out of every 100 children adopted by Russians are eventually returned to the orphanage.
40 million children in the former Soviet Union are living in poverty.
Sources: Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Commission for Children at Risk, Human Rights Watch, European Children's Trust, Rosstat Agency
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I received a beautiful coaster made just for me by the proud girl above. I am very blessed to have such a sweet and loving daughter. I love you Kiara!
This is a horrible picture, but I just had to share our matching double chins!