I - 171 H Form In!!!
After one full week of calling Officer Honor in the Atlanta CIS, former BCIS, former INS, (once in the morning and
once in the afternoon on a daily basis) we finally got the return call we were waiting for!!! She called Friday afternoon
around 2:00 and stated that even though we were not the next in line to be reviewed, since she went a head and checked our
paperwork, we were approved on Thursday, Sept. 25th and the glorious I- 171 H was mailed out then!! We received the
beautiful envelope from her office on Saturday, Sept. 27th and will send off everything to the Secretary of State Monday first
If the timing holds true, we should have our Authentication completed by Friday, October 3rd and could be ready for the
turnaround trip to the Houston Chinese Consulate then!! We hope to be DTC (Documents to China) by my birthday, October
8th (or that week anyway! - our agency sends in every Friday). But most likely they will go in on October 17th!!
State Certification Complete!!
The lovely FedEx lady delivered our State Certification package this morning (Friday, Oct. 3rd) at 10:58 am!! Erin
Ellis, FHS Cheerleader Extrodinaire, will be coming by around 12:30 to sit with Ashley while she naps and I make all the copies,
etc. and get that envelope ready for a Houston Turn Around!! We are looking to have everything back by Tues, or Wed,
October 14th or 15th to get it to GWCA by Thursday am for China delivery on Friday. Here's to a few more prayers going
Houston Consulate Done in Record Time!!
Amazing!! We received our Authentication packet today!! 10/09/03! What a birthday present!! Just for those
who doubt - The packet was delivered to the Houston Consulate at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6th and sent out complete, Wednesday,
Oct. 8th to be received by us on Thursday, Oct. 9th!! We paid no expiditers or courriers!! I actually think that
they would have taken longer according to their published time-line! Thank you Houston Consulate!!!
I am planning on making the copies necessary Friday and it will be in the hands of GWCA by 10:00 a.m. Monday morning
for review and send off on Friday! We will make our deadline!!!
It is official!! We have a registered DTC date of October 22!!! Thanks to all at Great Wall who helped us
get this in so quickly! We are looking forward to watching the process SPEED along PLEASE!! and meeting our travel
One prayer concern. The Georgia High School Association has moved football season up to begin July 19th and first
games to start the first weekend in AUGUST!! For our family's sanity, we really need to be traveling in June!
I do not know what Robby will do if Rhett has to miss any football games. Keep this in your thoughts as we wish for
a stress free travel!! Thanks,
November 12, 2003
Well, time will tell what will happen. Ashley and I pray for baby Rhenay everynight when we say her prayers, but
I don't think she has any clue as to what a 'baby Rhenay' is. I have been showing her a clip off the internet about
a family that has set their adoption story to music. The mom used to work as a video producer. They have the first
and second adoptions to different songs and the first daughter is with them as they go to get her sister. It is
so moving and I cry and cry everytime we look at them. There really just isn't anything concrete out there that
I have found to help prepare her.
I have been spending my time focusing on the 'when' we travel to keep my mind off of the other intangibles, but I am
giving myself a stomach ache!! So I guess I will have to just find myself another project to work on.
I have started the koi pond in the back yard. I would like to replicate some of the garden that we saw in Kunming.
It was so beautiful and what a neat addition for an international family to add to a Victorian garden!
I have yet to finish or even begin honest work on the window treatments for the living and dining rooms and Ashley's
room still needs touch up paint. I have also been named the 'official' room mom for Ashley's preschool class.
I really do have enough to keep me occupied, if only our bank accounts will sustain all my ideas!!
Time on the computer is limited to early morning when Ashley feels quiet, so keeping up with the message boards has passed
to the way side. Football is going - that is all I will say on that subject. At least two more weeks - Friday
is our last regular season game and play-offs, which we have made, start the following week. Then it is win or go home.
I have already begun thinking about where we will stay for 'The Dome' this year - I hope it is not wishful thinking.
We should play North East Macon for the first round, then will have to travel to WACO (read exceptional team and tradition)
to make it to round 3 which will be back home. Then 'THE DOME' - and state championships.
March 11, 2004
Wow, it is amazing the things that have happenned since my last update! Well, we made it past the first round and
did play WACO in the 2nd. We went home afterwards - No Dome this year! and Robby (Rhett's brother and the head
coach) was fired the following Friday in order to bring back the coach that had left the previous year.
What a short run! We immediately started applying to other schools and we will be living in Macon when Rhenay get's
here - as long as we sell the house! Rhett got his 'official' you are not needed next year speech last Thursday from
Coach Robby Pruitt and was offered a position at Westside Macon the following Tuesday. Go Seminoles!!
And I thought our greatest worry would be having to travel during season!! We are facing 3 choices with the
adoption, either post pone it 3 months so that we would delay referral and be able to travel with the group we are referred
with; or post pone travel 2 - 3 months and go ahead and get our referral with the other October groups, but not be able to
travel until Dec. leaving Rhenay in the orphanage or foster care until we could go get her OR just let it go and let GOD handle
it, which is probably the safest thing to do!!
We were definately leaning towards postponement of travel, but the more I think about leaving her for another 3 months
and the continued attatchment and her expected age by the time we get her, I am waffling. We have until the end of this
month to make our decision. I do not want to pull the dossier from the matching room if possible. I have to keep
reminding myself about the 3rd option!!
We are currently 4 months from referral with dossiers spending approximately 3 months in each room. However, the
Chinese government did send out a double batch this past month - all of June and July through the 20th. If they continue
this trend, or speed up by one month, such as sending out July 20th through August 20th or all of August, we would then be
moved up to travel in August, which might get us in under the deadline for football.
I wonder if there is anything called expidited travel? I will have to call on that one!
Rhenay - WE LOVE YOU and we are waiting with bated breath to see your beautiful face!!
What a disapointment. We decided to officially postpone the adoption of Rhenay on March 20, 2004. It was a
heart wrenching decision, but one we felt like we really needed to make and as quickly as the referrals started coming, it
was the right one.
We reactivated the adoption on June 23, 2004 - exactly 2 years to the day of receiving Ashley - the timing just seems
perfect!! The only thing that the CCAA asked us to redo was our letters of employment and financial statement.
That completed, we re notarized, authenticated, and officiated everything and at 3:45 pm on Tuesday, August 17th we are officially
back on track!!
The 'package' should leave the GW offices this Friday for China and hopefully an October Referral!!
Ashley is now talking about her sister and that we are going to China for Christmas. I can't wait until we see
her picture! From our original group, Steve and Wai Cho returned from China towards the end of June with their second,
and in July, Dennis and Jerri Parker received their referral and expect to travel in October. Good things come to those
who wait - but I am sure ready to end this process!!
Well, they SAY that it should be today that we get the official word that the referrals have been mailed!! Surprise
of Surprise, we have been placed with a group that includes our friends from Metter, the Daughtry's AND another family from
our original adoption group, the Bedford's.
Ashley turned three on the 22nd of September and I turned 41 this past Friday. We hope to be able to post the picture
of our newest family member by next Friday the 22nd at the LATEST!! May be THIS Friday, the 15th!
Ashley is officially wearing her BIG GIRL panties and I have cleaned out all of her things from Rhenay's room so that
when we get the referral, we can start from scratch rebuilding it for BABY Rhenay. Ashley is talking more about her
role as a big sister and her new sister she is getting for Christmas.
I have resubmitted the paperwork to have our fingerprints redone by the FBI - ours should expire about 3 weeks before
we should travel - Everything looks like it is on go....
Just a few more days......
If you have any questions about international adoption, please feel free to email me!!
Great Wall China Adoption