Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A busy week so far
This week has already exhausted me... and it's only Tuesday!
So far this week we've compiled and notarized our commitment paperwork to send to our daughter's birth country. Yesterday I had to drive those documents to Austin to have them apostilled. For those who don't know... apostilling is basically having an official government seal placed on notarized documents. It's necessary for any documents that we have to send overseas. For state and local ones... we have the apostilled at our state capital. For others like our FBI background checks, they have to be sent to Washington DC to the Secretary of State's office to be apostilled.
So yes... lots of printing papers, filling them out, getting them notarized and then driving for hours to get them apostilled. ha ha.
We've also gotten fingerprinted and sent them off along with our request for an official FBI background check.
This morning... I took our apostilled commitment paperwork to the post office and sent it "next day" to a family who is also adopting from the same country that we are... and using the same adoption agency. They'll be hand delivering our papers to our adoption attorney when they arrive in that country to see their own child. I'm so very grateful to them for this. First... because this means our paperwork won't get "lost in the mail" and second because this will save us a lot of time. Because unless you want to pay a small fortune to FedEx... international mail is S-L-O-W.
These are all the things I've accomplished just on Monday and Tuesday! lol For the rest of the week... I get to start more paperwork, start compiling our letters of employment and reference, and start the online adoption classes that are required for our adoption. We each have to take a series of classes on topics like "attachment issues", "medical issues with internationally adopted children", and others. Lots to learn.
Although we're only required to take 10 hours of classes, I'm considering taking all of the classes offered. It can't hurt and can only help, right? More education is always a good thing and if it means I'll be better prepared to welcome her home... I'm all for it!
So that's it for the nuts and bolts post this week. It's been busy, but so rewarding.