I haven’t updated in awhile about our adoption, so I thought I would share. The last trip when I went with my dad, where we visited the orphanage and started building the school in Hondzo was when I also filed some important paperwork at the US Embassy (aka the I600). The I600 is an application for adoption of specific children. It includes all the necessary paperwork (birth certificates, social welfare investigations, death certificates, etc) that will confirm our children are indeed adoptable.
It’s been 85 days, counting the Christmas and New Year holidays since I filed the paperwork and meanwhile we’ve seen other kids that were close to our timeline already come home.
Much of the adoption process is a waiting game and I assume that this waiting period so close to the finish line is God’s way of telling me I need to prepare my house (and my mind) for two additional five year olds. I can only imagine the added stress in those first few months with everyone adjusting and it would be better for everyone if I’m prepared.
I’ve got one room almost organized- the kid’s room- the only thing I still need to do is organize their closet and drawers. When we knew that we were going to adopt two children, space was an issue in our tiny house. TJ, my handyman husband, came home with his own plans to build a triple bunk bed complete with book shelves and storage underneath.
The triple bunk bed works better than I imagined for this small bedroom. The clever bookshelves and storage maximize the small space that we do have.
My aunt gifted us these beautiful prints that represent each of our children. They go perfectly in the room! Here is the artist’s etsy shop.
Hopefully we will receive approval within the next few weeks and if everything runs smoothly after that our children may be home in a month or a month and a half. For now, I’ll get to organizing!!