Our Paper Pregnancy

5/12/12 - HOME FOR GOOD
5/10/12- In-country package for 3 adults $2333 
5/10/12 - visa interview 
5/7/12 - Gotcha Day!
5/6/12 - travel back to pick up Olivia!   $1713
5/4/12 - cleared  by Nairobi
4/23/12 - confirmation by Nairobi of receival
4/16/12 - embassy decision 'not clearly approvable'
3/28/12 - paperwork submitted to embassy

3/8/12 - court date - passed!!  
3/4/12 - leave for Ethiopia! 
2/23/12 - In-country package for 3 adults/3 children $4455 
             cash spent for meals, souvenirs, transportation to from Awassa $1500
2/22/12 - Tony's second Hep A  $108.99
2/13/12 - Federal authentication of new i171h  $162.80 
2/4/12 - received new i171h
1/31/12 - received court date of March 8th!!
                Got in on last day for BOGO plane tickets!!!  $5445
1/17/12 - send in request for new i171h
1/10/12 - send in referral acceptance with $5635
1/9/12 - Receive referral of baby girl!! 

12/27/11 - Kids shots  $300 
12/2/11 - Homestudy Update  $600

11/18/11 - #1 on waiting list!
6/22/11 - 'On Deck' email.   est. 1-3 mos to referral (cough, cough) 
6/15/11 - new i171h issued with new fingerprints
4/6/11 - Kids passports & photos $350
3/15/11 - to Charleston for fingerprint updates
1/4/11 - Tony & Tracy shots $688
8/27/10 - Dossier to Ethiopia (DTE) date!!!!!! 

8/17/10 - send in dossier with $7700 FedEx $46
8/17/10 - receive hallowed i171h form from USCIS
8/12/10 - received email that i600a had been approved.
8/12/10 - Senator's office called again on our behalf.
8/3/10 - Senator DeMint's office called USCIS on our behalf.
5/25/10 - documents certified by SC State Department $6
5/6/10 - DSS sent recommendation / study to USCIS
4/20/10 - made copies in triplicate $26
4/15/10 - send homestudy to USCIS to get i600a approval $18
3/18/10 - New background checks (6mos=expired) - $16
3/11/10 - Remainder for homestudy/travel $1026
1/28/10 - Last homestudy visit
12/10/09 - 3rd homestudy visit
11/23/09 - CIS fingerprints in Charleston
11/17/09 - 2nd homestudy visit
11/12/09 - 1st homestudy visit. Appt. for fingerprints.
10/21/09 - sent off i600a to Citizenship & Imm. Services $830
10/13/09 - fingerprinted locally for home study $67
10/9/09 - application to AWAA to start dossier $1500
10/5/09- 8 hr. web training $175
10/5/09 - homestudy agency application to begin study $1000
10/4/09 - took "Conspicious Family" study $30
9/8/09 - Tracy's medical $30
8/28/09 - got acceptance from AWAA
8/14/09 - preapps to AWAA and home study agency $350
8/13/09 - Tony's medical $40
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Total for adoption to this point  $36,150
***and remember, we stepped out in faith to begin with $0!!  Go God!!*****

Length of time from acceptance to homestudy ready - 9 months
Length of time from homestudy ready to DTE - 4 months
Length of time from DTE to referral of 0-12 mos infant girl - 16 1/2 months
Length of time from referral to issue of court date - 3 weeks
Length of time from court date to passing court - passed day of
Length of time from passing court to embassy date -  3 weeks
Length of time from submission to embassy to decision to send to Nairobi - 2.5 weeks
Length of time from file in Nairobi to clearance notification from Nairobi - 2 weeks, 1 day






From this look in every pic --------- to this look in every pic.  So worth it!