Saturday, April 19, 2014

Adoption Fundraiser Necklaces

Our second order of adoption fundraiser necklaces and bracelets have arrived.  They are $24 with $12 going to our adoption.  Let me know if you would like one.  Thanks for supporting our adoption!

Friday, April 18, 2014

While we wait

We are now in the waiting phase.  Our dossier has been in the Ukraine for 1 week now.  It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive an invitation to travel to Ukraine.  Since we will be in the Ukraine for 60 days I am using this waiting period to strategize our packing.  We will most likely travel to multiple cities while in Ukraine by train or plane.  We will need to pack "light".  Light is probably a laughable word when you factor in all the extra food for the children, cochlear implant accessories, gait trainers, strollers, voltage adaptors, gifts for Ukrainian workers, etc.  I have started using Karis' room as a packing staging area.  I figure it is better to start this monumental task now than to be rushed at the end.

While we are gone we will need some help with the house: mail and lawn.  If you are interested in helping please click on the link and sign up.

Easter bunny and egg hunt at Nathan and Owen's school

Nathan and Owen received a visit from the Easter bunny today at school.

After the big visit they went on a hunt around the school looking for the Easter bunny again.  At that time Logan, who is off for Good Friday, and I got to hide the class Easters eggs for all the boys and girls to find.  We had so much fun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend with the Watts

This weekend we headed to Enterprise for a great weekend with the Watts Family.  We enjoyed playing together all day Saturday at their house.  After the three youngest woke up from their naps we had an Easter Egg Hunt in the backyard.  Each child was given a color of eggs to collect.  They did a great job.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dossier in Ukraine

Just 5 months and 3 days ago we submitted our application for adoption.  Initially we thought it would take us about 18 months so we were shooting for summer of 2015.  We really wanted to go over a summer (for the boys schooling and Preston's job) since we need to be there for 60 days.  At our first meeting with our social workers we learned that Ukraine can move more quickly since the matching process takes place in country and all the post matching paperwork will take place there.  They told us of a couple who just completed the process in 8 months...a little more quickly than normal.  We decided to hit the ground running and see if we could complete everything to send our dossier to Ukraine to travel by this summer.  We had several nights staying up really late working on tons of paperwork and going through the hours and hours of education.  I am excited to say that today  we sent our dossier to the Ukraine.  Now we just wait for the Ukraine to send us a travel date.  The date should be for some time this summer.  We are really excited!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bowling Adoption Fundraiser Pictures

Here are some pictures from the bowling adoption fundraiser!  We all had a great time.  Thanks so much to everyone who came out in support of our adoption.

Our dossier was apostilled today.  This means it was sent to the State of Alabama for their special seal.  The dossier will return to our adoption agency tomorrow and then will be sent to the Ukraine very soon!  We will definitely let you know when it is sent.  Our family is so excited to be so close to the end of our adoption process.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photography Fundraiser

My cousin, Daniel Frei, is an amazing landscape photographer.  He very graciously offered to have an adoption fundraiser for us.  By ordering one of his amazing photos, you can support us.  80% of the proceeds of each sale using the coupon code, "Hite" will go directly to support our adoption.  Check out his website,  You will not be disappointed.