Tuesday, September 28, 2010

POA Received by Agency....

I spoke to African Cradle today, and they confirmed that they received my new POA yesterday. They said they expect my dossier to be FedEx'd to Ghana this week. I'm not sure why it wouldn't be, so that's what I'm hoping for! (Although I wanted it sent today!!!) I'm not sure why I pay to express mail anything, it never actually speeds anything up! But hey- I tried!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finally Moving Again.....

Things seem to finally be falling into place! First, we get the 171H, and this evening we got all of the info we need to change our Power of Attorney! Naturally, I've already printed & filled out the whole things (3 copies for each kid)!

Tomorrow, we will have it notarized and mailed! African Cradle will have it on Monday. (That's right, I'm impatient. I overnight EVERYTHING! It's going from SC to CA. No time to wait for regular mail!)

The plan is for African Cradle to FedEx it to Ghana once they get it. I think that takes about 3 days, or so I've heard! And hopefully, court will follow soon after!

Also, we mailed off our visa applications today! Hope to get those back soon!

Starting to feel like this might actually happen!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Not Really An Update......

African Cradle said today that they have the name of the person we need to change our Power Of Attorney to! But now they are waiting to get his address. (The last POA we filled out had the person's name & address. I guess we have to have the name & address for it to be legit.) But anyways, she said they'll hopefully have that info tomorrow! Not holding my breath! But praying!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010


We got it today!!!! I had been sitting on the front porch waiting for our mail lady since 2pm. This would be the day that her truck broke down! She got there a little after 4pm. As I was running up the driveway I saw one of those big white envelopes in her hand. I knew that had to be it! And it was!!! I'm not even sure what I did with the rest of the mail pile, so I hope there was nothing else important in there!

Now- the only remaining issue: getting my dossier to Ghana. I know most people don't understand that since their dossiers went to Ghana the day after it was completed. which is how it should go. But I just can't get that lucky. On Friday, our agency said they definately have a new rep to work with. I was told that on Monday they would email me the name of the new Power of Attorney.

That hasn't happened yet. They said their phone conversations kept getting cut off because the power was out. Now I thought that most people in Ghana used cell phones. So not sure how that adds up, but whatever. The agency is going to try to call again tomorrow to get the info.

Hoping this won't be another month-long attempt to get in touch with someone!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


A WONDERFUL lady from the NBC called me today! (If for no other reason, she's wonderful just because she actually called me back!) But, on top of that, she said she was looking at my I600A as she spoke! It's no longer in the box!

And to make it better, she said she stamped and mailed the approval today! Not just the receipt letter with the new SIM#, stating that they were reviewing the file. But the APPROVAL!!!

I am just so happy. I know there's lots more to do, but this is the very first news I've gotten from anywhere since March 9th, when my homestudy and dossier were complete!

So, now we will hope that our agency finds an ethical rep to work with soon. (Things didn't work out with the old rep, so they are looking for a new one. That process has also taken ALOT longer than I ever imagined.) But hey- I'll think about that tomorrow. Today I am celebrating our I600A being approved!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Double Digits....

My little girl is 10 years old! Not sure how that happened so fast. I just hate that she is growing up so quickly! She is such a great kid, though. She is so polite and well behaved, plus she has a heart of gold.

So, for her 10th birthday, here are 10 things I love about my little girl (in no particular order):

1- I love that she begs me to go home and get her wallet when someone on the street asks for money.

2- I love that she cries every time we pass the homeless people downtown.

3- I love that she has made her future brother & sister a chart with pictures to help them learn our alphabet.

4- I love how she draws me pictures every week, & I'm a princess in half of them.

5- I love how she tells me 5 times a day how pretty I am, even when I look hideous.

6- I love that she doesn't know what "black people" and "white people" are. She has light skin. Her mom has kinda dark skin. Her dad has darkish reddish skin. Her future siblings have really dark skin. That's all.

7- I love when she puts those fake eyeballs on her fingers, puts her hand around the corner, and sings that song on the Geico commercial.

8- I love how she sticks her head out the car window like a dog and sings Michael Jackson at the top of her lungs.

9- I love that she is always singing. Especially at the beach. I can never hear her over the ocean, but I know she is singing because her mouth moving.

10- I love how, when I say "good night honey bun", she replies "good night mommy bun".