Exciting news – our son’s emigration permission was submitted last week!
This is the news we’ve waited a year to hear. We’re actually one of the lucky ones; his file was moved up in line, presumably because of his age. Other families have waited 15 or 16 months from referral to EP submission.
So what happens next? It usually takes about a month for that paperwork to be processed. We will be notified when it is approved. After that, it’s in the neighborhood of 1 to 3 weeks until travel call!
It looks like we will travel to Korea in June. Very exciting news!
Except that we literally have no money whatsoever for travel.
I’m not sure if that’s funny or scary.
We still plan for all 4 of us to travel, and to use the Patriot Express flights. Call us crazy, or call us full of faith.
I have several grant applications out and am hoping to hear from them very, very soon. They say 4-6 weeks for processing, and this is the 6th week since the applications were sent.
We are planning to have a yard sale at the end of the month. Some friends raised $2300 at their yard sale last weekend! Hopefully ours will go that well! I have been cleaning out closets for days (with plenty more of that to come). After all, we will probably be moving in another 6-7 months, so now’s a great time to purge! (More on the moving stuff soon!) The point is, we have stuff to sell, and we are also looking for donations, hoping for a great, successful yard sale!
Our adoption did hit a little snag today. At least I hope it’s little. We found out that our ICPC file did not go through because our home study agency dropped the ball. (It has to do with paperwork in two states; our main agency is in Oklahoma and we’re in Georgia.) Our main agency – or “the good agency” as one could say – is working like crazy to fix it and even applied for a grant within the agency to pay the $300 to have the paperwork re-filed. The home study agency – aka “the bad agency” – is whining and blaming other people for their mistake. Pretty much par for the course. (They’d be the ones who wanted to charge us $90 to fill out a one-page recommendation.) Guess who’s NOT going to be hired for our post-placement visits? Anyway…it sounds like the good agency is taking care of things for us and all will be well shortly.