baby steps

For those of you who have been through the international adoption process you know just how grueling it can be. It's an interesting mixture of precision and redundancy.

For example:

* Fill out these 8 identical pages by hand, in blue ink, no abbeviations, no mistakes.

* No you can't fill it out once and photo copy it, or type your answers in on the computer.

* If your 4 looks too much like a 9 you have to redo the entire page, don't bother trying to correct it.

*Some pages can be stapled together, others need to be clipped with a paperclip. No, clipping and stapling are not the same thing. Don't mix them up.

These are just a few of the mistakes that we've made in the last month. I think I could write a book on how to not fill out paperwork.

So it comes to stand that when you manage to submit 40 pages of correctly filled out paperwork you have a justified reason to REJOICE. And your beloved friends who are one step ahead of you in the process rejoice with you.

We have officially submitted all of our dossier paperwork for the Russian government. It arrived in Russia earlier this week. So far everything looks correct.


despite a little incident with a forgotten pocket knife, we have successfully been fingerprinted by Immigration Services. 2 fingerprinting sessions down, one to go. I'm not sure I want to look at the scary list of paperwork that still needs to be submitted, or think about the redundancy of some of these forms...

Today we are rejoicing.

Won't you join us?

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