On Monday, I submitted our dossier ("doss-e-a") paperwork to our agency. Here it is, folks:
To be fair, this is one set of the original documents (the one that have the state's gold seal on top) plus two copies. So for those of you considering adoption in the future, don't be afraid of this picture.
For that matter, don't be afraid of the time it's taken me to get my act together. Every country's requirements are different and every adoption story is different. This can be done quicker or slower. It is what it is. My point again - don't let our story keep you from adopting.
Our agency has reviewed our dossier, we paid what was remaining of the fees, and now our dossier will be mailed to the Chinese Embassy for authentication. We have been told this process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which our dossier will officially be mailed to China!
On a note about the fees, we are paid in full, debt-free for this adoption so far. That's more than $12,000 we have been able to pay in cash. God has provided abundantly for us. To be completely honest, we used a tax return to get this process started and the rest has come in through our saving, selling items, general donations, the instagram auction, the garage sale...it's just added up. Thank you again to all of you who have participated in some way.
And on that note, I do have another little fundraiser coming up, featuring the necklace below. Many of you might have seen me wearing necklaces from The Adopt Shoppe, of which this is one. The shop owner usually sells a batch of 100 or so necklaces in A MINUTE - no joke. I was lucky enough to snag one of these last week and plan to put together a very small fundraiser with the opportunity to win one of these. It too will be on instagram, so make sure you follow me at @chasingpaperairplanes for more info!
Again, thanks for all of your prayers and support thus far. Please keep it up!