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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Biometric Barrage

It is hard to believe that we are entering the end of January already!  We were unexpectedly out of town for several days over the last two weeks, so I feel a bit like I "lost" some time.

In the butterfly house
We do not have our immigration approval back yet, however, on Friday we had our fingerprints taken (again) as part of that process.  Our appointment was at 8 a.m.. (I really wonder why no one checks to see how far away we live from the office that will be taking the prints before giving such an early time.)  :-)  It was a five hour round trip for an appointment that lasted about thirty minutes.  On the positive side, they were really prompt in getting all the 8 o'clock appointments (there were several) through the line and fingerprinted. We took the kiddos with us this time and made it a Field Trip day.  After our appointment, we went out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and then to the Life and Science Museum, an interactive science museum that also has some wildlife.  Because it was raining for most of our time there, we did not do all of the outdoor activities but still spent about four and a half hours in the museum. (The butterfly house was awesome!)  If you are ever in the area, it is a great place to take your kiddos and keep them entertained for hours (literally).  We arrived home around 5:45 p.m., and since we were all up by 4:30 a.m., we were exhausted and ready for bed early.

Just emerged from the cocoon (photo taken through glass)
The last time we had our fingerprints taken for USCIS, it took another four to six weeks for us to get the approval paper.  We hope it won't take that long this time, but that is out of our hands.  During the time that we were out of state, our agency sent our dossier to Poland to be translated. Yay!  Waiting on our immigration approval is not stopping things from moving forward.  :D  The translation of the dossier can take up to a month, and though we cannot get an official referral until we have the approval from immigration, we can have the dossier translated and ready to go when the approval comes.  

Once the dossier is completely translated, including the immigration approval, we wait for the dossier to go through an approval process through the Polish governent.  After the Polish government gives its approval, we will get the official referral for our daughter.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

One Year Closer

Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year to all our readers! I hope the last few weeks have been a happy time for you and your families.

We are looking forward to what this year holds for our family, while at the same time recognizing that there will be changes ahead.  We are one year closer to completing this part of our journey and beginning the next chapter and are excited about sharing this with you in the coming months.

Stay tuned for more updates!