See Sophie's face for the first time!
Receive her information and additional pictures from
Lifeline and fall more in love! Lifeline makes informal
request on our behalf to the CCAA to see if they will
grant us a family size waiver.
We hear back from Dustin at Lifeline. CCAA said it looks
good! After much prayer, we decide to go 'full steam
Our LOI (Letter of Intent) is sent to China today. Now we
hold our breath and see if CCAA officially grants us the
waiver we need!
We get word from our social worker that the Chicago USCIS
will allow our homestudy update to be completed without
Chris present. YEA!
Mailed off our I600A.
Social worker comes for our first home visit. She speaks
with Chris over the phone from Iraq and all goes well!
We tell the boys about Sophie, on videotape. Everyone is
Second home study visit.
Hospital in Baghdad has agreed to do Chris' physical so we
can keep plugging away on our dossier!
Receive local police clearances.
Receive last vital record, our marriage license. Mail them
all off to dossier expert, Pam Eidson. She's amazing!
We get word from a family traveling to Guilin that they
were able to see Sophie and take pictures of her!
Receive 16 pictures of our beautiful daughter, who is
obviously loved by her nanny. What an amazing gift!
We receive PA! This means that CCAA has granted us the
family size waiver we needed! Time to CELEBRATE!
Mail off Sophie's first (of many) care package. Included a
soft photo album, chocolates for the caregivers, and
Our homestudy is sent to the USCIS!
We get an update on our precious Sophie! She sounds like a
busy girl ;)
We receive a package from Half the Sky with reports and
pictures of Sophie from the time she entered the SWI. It
is an amazing gift to have these pictures and reports that
chronicle her childhood. We even know the day she got her
Second care package on it's way to China.
Chris comes home!
First stop, FINGERPRINTS! We are quickly and easily
fingerprinted at our local USCIS office. Now we wait for
Sophie turns 2! Happy birthday baby girl! We get word from
Adele at blessedkids.com that the cake we ordered for her
arrived on her big day :)
OUR 171 IS HERE! Last piece of our dossier is on it's way
to the Chicago courier.
Third care package on it's way to our sweet girl. Include
lots of Valentine's Day goodies.
Get word from our dossier prep that our 171 is done! Our
dossier is on it's way to our agency!
DTC! Our dossier is on it's way to China!