July 2010 – Begin feeling the call to adopt from Costa Rica

September 2011 – Decide to pray about timing of adoption plans and what those plans look like

September 30, 2011 – start blog for adoption

October 3, 2011 – adoption story, decision to pursue adoption from Costa Rica

October 21, 2011 – Begin fundraising AKA selling everything we don’t use much or can live without

December 14, 2011 – Sent in application to Lifeline Children’s Services (international adoption agency)

December 20, 2011 – Begin contracts, paperwork, etc for agency to start home study process

January 5(ish), 2012 – First face-to-face via Skype with our agency social worker

January 20, 2012 – completely tear out a room of the house and remodel right before 1st meeting with social worker! hahahahha

January 24, 2012 – first Spanish lesson at church

January 26, 2012 – First home study appointment with local office social worker and home visit

February 14, 2012 – Second home study appointment at the Lifeline Louisville office


March 19, 2012 – Third and final home study appointment at the Lifeline Louisville office

April 18, 2012 – Receive approved home study

April 25, 2012 – Begin Dossier phase with immigration application

May 2012 – Purchase Rosetta Stone, Latin American Spanish, online version, pray this helps

June 7, 2012 – appear in Louisville at appointed time and place for immigration fingerprinting

June 8/9/10, 2012 – Crossings training in Birmingham, EXCELLENT TRAINING BTW

June 13, 2012 – Micah has Psyche eval

June 18, 2012 – Sara has psyche eval

August 1, 2012 – Meet Costa Rican lawyer and PANI Representative in Costa Rica during short term mission trip

October 9, 2012 – Receive electronic copy of Psyche eval report, report heads to Costa Rica for translation

October 12, 2012 – fed ex new employment letters (b/c they were no longer 6 months current as required by Costa Rica after finally getting psyche eval report) to social worker

October 15, 2012 – originals for Dossier are sent to Costa Rica

October 26, 2012 – hear that our dossier was submitted to Costa Rica on the 18

January 15, 2013 – Receive formal approval from Costa Rica to adopt 3 children

January 21, 2013 – Receive call from Lifeline that we are matched with kids, get off phone, decide it didn’t really happen, get confirmation email and lots of documents in Spanish matching us with OUR KIDS

translate many documents

February 4, 2013 – I-800 package overnighted to immigration

pray for our kids and our immigration officer and our paperwork pregnancy

February 28, 2013 – Receive numbers from lawyer to call our kids!!!

March 2, 2013 – Get immigration approval in the mail!!!!

schedule first skype call

March 4, 2013 – TALKED TO OUR KIDS, they did so good, so proud, will post an entry about this later

March 7, 2013 – paperwork is with the consulate in Costa Rica

March 8, 2013 – Confirm house to rent while in Costa Rica

March 9, 2013 – Talked to our kids again, so fun, so hard, running out of spanish!!!

March 12, 2013 – Call our daughter to wish her happy birthday and sing happy birthday to her in crazy english/spanish version 🙂  BUY PLANE TICKETS


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