An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
An Ancient Chinese Belief

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Blog

I think it's time I moved away from Blogspot and onto my own domain and Wordpress. So please follow me along to Sweet and Sour World. I actually semi-started it a few weeks ago, but have debated when to fully switch over to there. I think it's time.

It's a public blog. You just need to update your subscription or your bookmarks.

This blog will remain open and accessible for awhile, but I'll probably eventually close it down entirely.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nothing Good To Report

I'm still waiting for USCIS to get their act together and issue my renewal. They issued one and it had a mistake on it (that THEY made) and now they are fighting me and my social worker on fixing it. If they don't fix it, I don't go to China. Unfortunately, the adoption officer at my USCIS office has a major chip on her shoulder and will not admit that she's made a mistake. So she's making me and my social worker jump through hoops, beg, plead, cry, and basically grovel, and it's still not enough.

I don't know when this is going to be resolved. Or how. I am positively devastated right now.

What the USCIS worker says is wrong in my homestudy was copied word for word (well, personalized to my situation, but otherwise exactly the same) as the sample wording that the USCIS publishes on their web site. Word for word. And she is saying it is wrong. That it is not enough. We've submitted multiple revisions and none of them are good enough.

All because she cannot admit that she made a mistake.

My social worker has been doing these for over a decade. She owns her own agency. She has adopted 2 children herself (from China). She has NEVER been asked to do these things.

I don't know what to do. My social worker seems to think that if we jump through enough hoops that she will just suddenly do an about face and fix the "problem". But she has to make it appear that we are the ones making the mistakes in order to take the heat off of herself. Maybe. But why? Why does MY child have to suffer because she is an incompetent fool?

Monday, May 24, 2010

LOA!

My LOA (letter of acceptance) arrived today. Travel could happen in as soon as 6 to 8 weeks ONLY if I get my I-600A paperwork back.

I am so ANGRY! I drove the 4+ hours up to Washington DC 11 days ago because they lost my paperwork twice. They promised me they would expedite the renewal. But nothing. They haven't done a thing. Or, I haven't received anything yet.

Please, if you pray, pray that my renewal comes in the next day or two. If USCIS causes me yet another delay, I am going to have to be restrained or something. I just don't think I can handle anymore of their incompetence!!!!!!!!!!! What should be a happy day today is ruined because of them. I need that renewal and I need it NOW!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thank you! And an update...

Thank you for all of the sweet and loving comments you've left me here on the blog and in my email. I'm still both in shock and absolutely thrilled! And I'm sure there are some of you that may have wanted a reply. I'm still working through everything. If I missed you, please feel free to send me another email. I'm not intentionally ignoring anyone. :)

It's amazing. This blog rarely got any visitors before the referral. I think I had around 10 visitors a day. Then once I got my referral, I had a couple of days of 1500+ visitors and am still getting a few hundred each day. So fun!

The last couple of weeks have been a total whirlwind. Despite having 3 years of waiting behind me, I have basically done nothing to prepare for a baby. I know, I know! It's so ridiculous. But I kept thinking that if I bought too many things or did too much preparation that somehow I would jinx myself. This whole process has been so unpredictable that I really had many days where I felt that it wasn't going to ever happen, and that fear prevented me from doing too much preparation. I think I was trying to protect myself.

But, now I have a LOT to do. I have managed to buy a stroller and car seat this past week. I am getting her care package ready this weekend. And I think I'm going to finally get around to painting the nursery this weekend as well.

Here's a picture of the care package (only I haven't bought the disposable cameras or the candy for the nannies yet).

I spent Thursday driving up to Washington DC (a 4+ hour drive from here) to hand deliver my I-600A paperwork for my renewal. Get this... I sent it to them TWICE in the last 2+ months and they LOST BOTH SETS! So I had to drive the third copy up there and hand it to them in order to make sure this one didn't get lost. And yes, both packages were sent FedEx and were signed for. Don't get me started on how I feel about these lost packages. Furious wouldn't even begin to describe me. Anyway, they let me go ahead and get fingerprinted that day as well. And they promised me a very quick turnaround. Hopefully I will have it in my hot little hands within a week.

After that comes, I hope LOA is quick to follow! I'm ready to go to China!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

REFERRAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally received PA for my baby girl, so I can make the announcement!

Sophie Eloise QiuHong

(currently named Wan QiuHong)

Born: February 2, 2009

Location: Chongqing, China, currently living in the Wanzhou Social Welfare Institute.

Name Meaning: "Wan" is her last name. It was taken from the SWI that she is living in which is called "Wanzhou". All of the babies in her orphanage have that last name. "QiuHong" means "leaves in autumn" (which is my FAVORITE season). It is pronounced "Cho-Hong".

Referral Photos


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Miracles Happen

I cannot divulge much more than that. Yet. But suffice it to say, I am OVER THE MOON!

More details to come. :)