Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We got our I-171H!

Guess what came in the mail today from the USCIS (Immigration)???!

This means that NEXT WEEK our dossier will be sent to Ethiopia via special courier, and we will officially be "DTE."

~Tonight I pray for the government in Ethiopia, that they will make wise choices in their effort to help those affected by the current famine. I'm also praying that the hearts of other nations will be softened and all possible relief and help can be provided.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

USCIS Finger Printing = done

Today Ben and I had to go to the USCIS processing center in Portland, OR for our biometrics appointment (aka = to be fingerprinted).

Is it strange that I was so excited about it last night that I had a hard time falling asleep?

Thankfully the USCIS actually took notice of my coverletter for my 600-A in which I asked that we could go to Portland, OR (which is right across the river from us) rather than having to drive 3.5 hours to Yakima (which is where the WA State processing center is).

Except for having to brave downtown Portland traffic (including construction, detours and lots of one-way streets) the whole thing took about 20 minutes and was very undramatic.

I didn't even get to take a picture of our inked fingers because they do an ink-less scan now - we just had to hold each finger onto a scanning device with the help of a USCIS person.

Now we wait with baited breath for the I-171H to show up in our mailbox. Yay! Another step closer to our baby girl!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011


As I wait, I find myself wondering who in the world the little stranger will be who will become my daughter. I love looking at pictures of Ethiopian children... and of Ethiopian adults, too. I see the faces of grown women and wonder if my daughter will look like them some day.

~Little Stranger, wherever and whoever you are, I yearn to be your Momma, and to hold you safely in my arms!