Archive for January, 2009


Another set back…

It wouldn’t be international adoption otherwise.  Nepal announced the following dossier documents are only valid for one year at which point they will have to be redone/renewed (cha-ching):

Home study

Police Clearance

Health Certificates

~Physical Assessment Letter and Examination form

~Psychological Assessment Letter

Consent letter from concerned Authority from the US (I-600 Approval)

Randy and I are just rolling with the punches.  So it’s going to take longer and cost more.  Who would have thought those would be the “unknowns” of a pioneer program.  haha!  As long as it all comes together in the end we probably won’t even remember all the bumps in the road.

Have a great weekend!


I-600A on its way…

I just dropped our I-600A form in the mail to USCIS.  The wait time is estimated at 3 months, but we will keep our fingers crossed is soars through there faster than 3 months.

Although we will probably not make the 2009 process, we have hopes of being first in line for 2010. 

I will put the final touches on our dossier this weekend so the minute our I-600A is approved we can send our dossier to our agency.  Then, the ball will be in their court to get our dossier sent to Nepal when appropriate.  Hopefully in 2009, but more likely the beginning of 2010.


Only 10 applications from each agency in 2009…

We were informed by our agency; Nepal will only accept 10 applications from each agency in 2009.  8 families have turned in their dossiers leaving only 2 places for 2009.  We were also informed the chance of us filling one of those places is slim to none. 

This is a little frustrating considering the agency (I feel) has know this for quite some time and withheld the information.  It would have been nice to know before we completed our home study a week ago. 

So, we will not even be able to send our dossier to Nepal until 2010.  Randy and I have gone over our options and have decided to stick it out and see how it goes.  If there are anymore “surprises” we may have to make some changes, but for now we will continue to ride it out.

Wish us luck!


January Book List…

Here are some books I have read recently or am currently reading:

Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker-A great book about Africa and adoption

A Society Without God:  What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman-Just starting this book.  It has a lot of stats so far and not much else, but I’ll keep reading.

The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Some-Just reading the introduction now.

The Four Noble Truths:  Fundamentals of the Buddhist Teachings by Bstan-‘dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV-Pretty boring, but I’m not all the way through it yet

Other books I have checked out and hope to make it to in the next couple of weeks:

14-Day Herbal Cleansing by Laurel Vukovic-This is a great book.  I check it out every so often as a reference.  Will probably have to break down and buy it at some point.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai-few books exist about Nepal.  I rarely read fiction books, but I thought maybe I could learn something about their culture from the book.

Insight Meditation:  The Practice of Freedom by Joseph Goldstein

The Renewable Energy Handbook:  A Guide to Rural Independence, Off-Grid and Sustainable Living by William H. Kemp

And of course my fun little yoga videos:

Yoga for Flexibility with Linda Arkin

Yoga, Mind & Body with Ali MacGraw

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