$720: Adoption Update

Just when I think we’re close.  Passports, medical forms, letters of recommendation, new birth certificates, marriage certificate… are you bored yet?  I think I am too.  We have been walking through small hills of paperwork (see pic) and I was feeling like we were close!  Not to traveling to China, but with our first marathon of paperwork…

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Then, we read the fine print.  Yet another document needs to be sent in to some random office with of course, a $720 fee.  As I type, Brian keeps telling me about finger printing and some other requirements that we may or may not have.  I’m done.

I feel like the bummer spouse.  I had to get a special birth certificate because I was born overseas.  I have to “prove” I’m a US citizen.  I have a ‘history of counseling’ (10 years ago I went to therapy thank you very much) so I got to be tested and spend a few extra hundred dollars for a perfect stranger to tell me and strangers in China, MN and Michigan that I am sane and able to take in another child.  Even my passport cost more because my old one had my maiden name.

I imagine struggling with infertility or poverty, AIDS or earthquakes is much more serious and I should get over it.  I will in a minute.  After I type a few things out…

Soon, I trust I’ll snuggle with our Asker in China and forget these nights, I hope (although I’ve heard the paperwork after we receive said child doesn’t stop in the stupidity department).

Until then, a bowl of Life cereal, a banana and a cup of tea will suffice.  Oh yeah, and the fact that I have given up, headed to blogging while Brian calmly reads through the fine print.

Stay tuned!

 

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