Monday, February 25, 2013

USCIS approved!

I called the USCIS office this morning to let them know that we had walked in early last week to get our biometrics done.  I was surprised to find out that the approval was in the mail this morning.  I am so excited!  There has been alot going on in the Bulgarian government over the last week, so we would like to get thing there asap.

What that means for us is I have a lot to do this week.  We have several forms and pictures that I need to finish, have notorized, then drive to Austin to get appostilled.  It is all good. 

We will have a payment of $5500 due.  Praying.

We also have to know which child we are committing too.  We know that, right?  Yes,  we are doing this for Steven.  We already have 5 children, so it isn't about having another child.  It is about follow God.  With that in mind, we have been feeling like God is calling us to save another child from life in an orphanage (then would go to institution)  The thought of having 7 children scares me to death, but we are trying to remain open to that possibility.  We are trying to find out if there is another child who has needs that are "doable" by our family.

To adopt from Bulgaria, the cost is roughly $25000, but it ranges from about $3000-$7000 to add another child.  A very small cost to follow God's command of caring for the least of these.

Please pray!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Getting Closer

Thursday we were able to have our biometrics done for our I800.  This is basically an application to US immigration to adopt.  I tried to contact our officer to let her know the fingerprints were done, but there was a snowstorm and no one was in the office.  Hopefully tomorrow, Monday, I will be able to reach her.

My new short term goal is to have USCIS approval this week (please pray), then I will need to go to Austin early next week to have all our documents apostilled.  A family in Waco will be going to Bulgaria on March 7 and I would love to have them hand deliver them to our lawyer there.  Please pray.

This was another busy weekend at the Blackmon house.   Friday, two girls had sleepovers at friends.  Adelin had a youth conference at church and Troy helped with security there.  Colton, Aubryn and I had a fun time together.  Colton choose to go to the mall ( I questioned this, but he had an agenda).  He had some money from allowance and wanted to look for toys and clothes.  He was great, he knew exactly what he wanted to look and was a little picky about the toys when he found the prices.  He found 2 hats and a bowtie that he had to have.   I love that little guy!  He has his own style and ideas!

Saturday night we had the Gala for Providence Classical School.  It was fun to go with friends.  We didn't do any shopping this year since we are working hard to fund our adoption.  It was a great night for the school!  We have been blessed by Providence. 

Troy went to Florida today for a funeral.  Quick one day trip, I know he will be tired when he gets home in a few hours.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Still Waiting...and good news!

We really do not have alot of "new" news...We are still waiting.  We sent our I800 application in about 3 weeks ago and are waiting for our biometrics appointment.  We hope to be mailing our dossier in about a month.  

We still need to raise about $8,000 for the adoption.  I am going to add a detailed expense page to our blog incase anyone is interested. 

Our good news is that we have been offered a matching grant of $250 dollars!  What this means is that what is donated into our account will be matched up to $250 dollars.  Please consider giving, it is tax deductible and we could use your support right now!  Any amount will help $5, $ all adds up.  Our grant need to be at $3450 for us to receive this match!

What else has been going on with us? 

Caitlin has continued voice lessons.  She is singing at our schools gala this weekend. She will audition for Cyt's "the little mermaid" in a few weeks.

Adelin is getting big.  She will be 12 next month.  She is currently running track and just announced she has her first boyfriend.  I told her she wasn't allowed too!

Payton is playing basketball, her last game is this weekend.  She will also audition for "The Little Mermaid" in a few weeks.

Colton is in Tae Kwon Do.  He is doing well, still waiting on MRI results from a few weeks ago.
He loves duck dynasty, and got a neat gift of a duck call today!

Aubryn, my sweet little one, does not like to sleep anymore.  It makes me very sad because I really like to sleep.  She loves to take care of lots of babies and loves to put them to bed