Thursday, April 29, 2010

Road Trip!!

I left home around 8:15 this morning and went to the Stumpfs' house to pick up Julie. She graciously offered to be my companion on the journey today. (we joked that we were Thelma & Louise) Then, with the guidance of Google Maps and Garmin, my GPS, we set out for Greensburg to pick up the signed, notarized copies of our home study and the notarized copies of our home study agencies' license.

Once we had the home studies in hand, we got back on the turnpike & started driving East to Harrisburg. At least, I think it was East...yes....definitely East! :-) (It's a good thing we had the GPS!) After a few hours and a few bathroom breaks - plus a REALLY, REALLY good cinnamon roll from Cinnabon - we reached the state capital. It was actually quite pretty despite the construction.




Unlike our male counterparts, we had no trouble asking the security guy at the door for directions to the appropriate building and found our destination fairly quickly. Within about 10 minutes, I had the all-important, state-certified documents in hand and we were on our way to find a restaurant for lunch (which proved to be the most difficult part of the whole trip! Don't people in Harrisburg eat?!)

Anyway, all went well. I was grateful for a friend to chat with along the way, the beautiful weather (until we reached Pittsburgh anyway - what's with that?!), and the ease of this final paperwork step. Next stop, FedEx!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

7,363 miles...

ONE WAY!!

I was just looking at an online mileage calculator. The distance from Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, PA to Washington Dulles in Washington, DC to Bole Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is 7,363 miles. That's a LONGGGGG flight. After our flight to France's effect on my back last year, this time, I will definitely remember to pack my muscle relaxers in my carry-on luggage, just in case...




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Home Study Approved!

Yay! One more step closer! We received an email today from our home study agency indicating that Holt had approved our Home study, and requesting that we review & approve the draft so they can have the copies printed and notarized for us tomorrow. I am waiting to hear back from them, but if I can work out the details with getting Daniel on the school bus & such, I am hoping to drive to Harrisburg on Thursday to have our home study and our power of attorney for Holt state-certified. Once that is complete, we will be ready to send our USCIS application to get orphan immigration approval from the Fed. gov't and we will be ready to send our dossier off to Holt. Once Holt approves our dossier, we will be "official" and will receive our referral waiting list # and officially start waiting for "the call"! Seems strange to be excited about waiting some more....but, we are! At least we'll be waiting for something different. :-)