Friday, September 28, 2007

This is a shot I took yesterday morning at the end of our street. Very Dutch. Canal, beat up bike...

Monday I start my new work schedule: 4 days per week- Mondays off! *sigh*

So it's been a great week to feel free from the stressful wait for the FBI to clear our prints. No, it's not that we were worried about whether or not they would clear, it was how long it would take, if they would get lost, weren't clear enough prints, etc. But I've had fun telling people that we aren't felons when they ask how our process is going. I say, 'We are so relieved! We weren't sure how that was going to pan out.'

Now we are waiting for the actual letter from CIS. Monday we head to Den Haag (the Hague) to have 3 of our Dutch documents authenticated. Next Wednesday we speak with our agency director via skype (so we can see each other) to check that everything is in order, then off it goes to the States. The only thing I see as being a minor headache is getting our CIS letter notarized. Completing an International adoption via an American agency while married to a non-US citizen and living in Europe spices stuff up to say the least. Ah well. I think the the worst of the paperwork is over.

If you read this, please put some prayers or good thoughts out to protect the monks and other peaceful people protesting in Burma (Myanmar).

Monday, September 24, 2007


The CIS office in Frankfurt called. My prints cleared on Friday and they are judicating our papers this week. We should get our letters soon! A weight of about a million-zillion tons has been lifted!!!!!!!

(not that there was any reason to worry by the way....)

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Thanks for the nice comments and private emails the past few days. I feel better- not so stupid :) I walked to the train station yesterday morning from home (about 25 minutes). It's a lovely walk and did me some good. Cycling is too, but there's a lot of construction around the station so it gets a bit hairy by the parking areas for the bikes. If you are familiar with Holland and the bike culture, then you know what I mean about morning parking areas!

So, here's a peaceful shot of the Oudegracht yesterday morning. Let's hope my mind stays peaceful as well.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Another adoptive-mommy-to-be and friend sent me this wonderful little message yesterday when I was so mad at myself:

Don't waste energy being mad at yourself...maybe this is because the time frame wasn't lining up with YOUR baby. Everyone who can help and support and push this through is on your side, and it's only a matter of time. Focus on that bracelet!

Big pink bubble of love :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Not my best moment

I called the CIS office today. Hans' fingerprints came back fine today but mine were rejected because I forgot to fill in my birthdate. Me, the compulsive check-everything-a-million-times-girl. How did I react? I burst into tears on the phone with CIS lady. She assured me that it wouldn't take 5 weeks again, that she already sent the card back with my birthdate and will see if she can forward my prints again via email with a high resolution copy to make it faster. Either way she promised it wouldn't be long.

I feel so incredibly stupid right now. All I want to do is cry but I can't because I'm at work.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Trying not to obsess

Another week and still no CIS letter. It's hard not to get down about it. I called on Wednesday and was told they were expecting our prints back any day now....

Something really cool: Our agency has started a yahoo group just for those of us adopting with them in the Viet Nam program. It's small, members at all stages (a few waiting for travel dates!!!) and backgrounds.

This shot was taken while cycling home from doing some errands this morning!