Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finalized

Today's the day we've been waiting for. T's adoption was finalized. It was as easy a process as we expected. It started with a wait, because the court was running behind schedule. But as you can see, we kept ourselves entertained. Robin's family came for the occasion.
The judge asked us a few questions about how T has been since we arrived home and making sure we knew "what we were getting ourselves into". T made the case for us by desperately trying to explore the courtroom while the judge was asking us questions.
After signing a paper and writing a check for his new birth certificates, we were on our way.
We celebrated with a visit to a local Thai restaurant for lunch and sticky rice at home. T also had a few gifts to open.

I'm grateful we didn't hire an attorney for this process. This is possibly the most simple step of this entire adoption. We had been quoted a price of $1900 from one attorney for assisting us. Yikes.

For being THE moment that makes all of this official, it's amazing how anti-climatic it is.

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With the adoption stuff subsiding somewhat, feel free to pop on over to Punkin's blog. She'll be covering our goings-on beyond adoption issues.

-Kyle

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I remember being here before

I can't say that going through the adoption process could ever be called routine, but I have to admit, going through the hoops I went through today were much easier the second time around...or at least, less stressful.

Today I spent the morning running around: Getting some final papers we've been waiting on from our social worker, spending some time with a talkative gentleman at a local copy store, making copies of our dossier, getting the dossier certified by the Secretary of State for Wisconsin, going to a different copy store to copy the state certificate, and promptly FedExing the whole pile of papers to Washington D.C. There they will hopefully get the blessings needed to be sent to Thailand. By this time next week, the dossier may very well be in the mail.

Today's exercise was nearly identical to the one I did two years ago to get T's adoption dossier finalized. I was still daunted by the checklist Robin provided me...making sure it got done right...but having done it before, I had some more confidence.

It's funny how getting all the paperwork together always seem so daunting, but only in hindsight do you realize it really isn't all that bad.

-Kyle

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Many thanks

Thanks so much for all the comments of support and understanding. I struggled with whether or not to write my last post, but I am glad I did.

We're grateful for everyone's support throughout the entire last year, actually. We recently made a book using the blog posts from our trip to Thailand, including all the wonderful comments you shared with us along the way. While putting the book together, I was moved by all the encouragement we received, and I remember well how much that support meant to us while we were on the emotional roller coaster that was last June.

We're making this blog public again, now that T will be officially here to stay (as of next Tuesday). When we began this blog, one of our purposes was to share our story with other adoptive families. We're happy to be public again, and this time around, we'll be smarter and leave out Critter #2's pictures and name.

-Robin