Those who think this is a simple feat obviously aren't currently parenting toddlers. Our little guy's country requires family photographs wearing business or semi-formal clothing. Seeing it was Sunday, we decided to dress-up a bit more than our usual church attire. Running tight on time, a last minute "accident", and a crabby boy prevented a pre-church photo shoot.
Thankfully, after lunch, naps, and a quick touch-up of hair and makeup we were able to get a few acceptable photos. However, there were many more with the deer-in-the-headlights look, someone not looking at the camera, and just plain silly ones.
This morning I had my physical. I hope to get in to do my drug screen in the next few days. After 2 pregnancies, the whole peeing in a cup thing is really a non-event. We'll wait until after our first set of documents is registered 'in country' before having our bloodwork since that is time-sensitive and has to occur within a few months of our court date.
Right now we're finishing up our Home Study (physicals and drug tests needed for this as well as background checks and references) then our first set of documents will be signed, notorized, and apostilled. Apostilled is a fancy word meaning "certified" or "authenticated". Our documents will be sent to our state capital where they will certify that the Notary (or whatever other signature required) is correct. At a later date, this will also be done with the licenses of the physicians performing our physicals, etc. It is one additional step of guaranteeing the information provided to our little guy's country is legit.
Is all of this worth it? You bet. Jump over to the Reece's Rainbow waiting children page if you don't believe me. Take a look at the kids and read their stories before you try to tell me otherwise. While you're at it, check out some of the blogs of families working to bring home their children.
Here is a Bible verse that I seemed to see everywhere as soon as I first saw our little guy's photo:
"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act."
And so act we must. Hang on little buddy, we're coming to get you!