Well, things seem to be progressing very nicely in Bulgaria. Without me there to push things along. Imagine that. On Monday, our court documents were finalized. Our lawyers then took those documents to the next-step-in-the-process locations. N.'s passport has been applied for, his birth certificate is being rewritten (to contain Chance and I's names!) and the process of receiving a visa has begun. Many of these things are being expedited, but N.'s homecoming timeframe has still not been established. Our agency has promised to give us a 1-2 week notice before he will land in Chicago. (This is a good thing, considering my parents are currently in Florida and will need a day or two to get back here!)
While we are waiting for N.'s arrival though, I thought it might be a great time to help educate our friends and family on adoption.
These next series of posts will be entitled "Adoption 101."
Now, I cannot offer college credit, but I can offer insight, knowledge, and resources (ok, so actually, most of this is from other people's experiences. We're not quite at the point of being able to offer information. We can't even seem to get our kid into our country in a timely manner!!!)
You may be interested in adoption in the future. You might know someone who has adopted. Or you might just be nosey about what the crazy Newinghams are up to... well, Adoption 101 is for you!
In a real college classroom, our first session would typically be an hour of going over the syllabus and my expectations for the coming semester. Considering this whole thing is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-skinny-jeans thing, there'll be no syllabus. There'll be no expectations...
Jumping right in:
Here is an article that I wrote (and then my husband tweaked to make it look like he wrote it. Jerk.) that was recently printed in our church's newsletter. We attempted to inform our church family about N.'s arrival while giving them our requests and expectations. We weren't sure how this article would be received (we didn't want to come across as bossy), but SO many members have thanked us for answering their unspoken questions.
Without further ado, here's the article (ghost-written by me):