Submission Date

We were very pleased to receive news a couple days ago that we have a submission appointment with the SDA!  Our documents will be brought to the SDA by the facilitator on February 23, the day after my birthday and our 14th wedding anniversary!  So we are excited and nervous all at the same time.  We are closely following in the footsteps of another family who hosted our boy’s good friend last summer. Their documents were submitted on February 8th, so we’ll see what their referral appointment date ends up being.  We should be able to come up with a pretty good travel prediction from there.

We need to start getting serious about plans of what to bring and what not to bring.  I’ve been reading the adoption forum and writing down advice and ideas that I think are helpful.  I’m trying to figure out how I will do laundry for 6 without a clothes dryer. : (  Do you suppose I will have a 100 foot clothesline available to me?  We have plans to get together with a family of 8 who adopted 3 children from our orphanage last year.  We also hope to make plans to get together with another family who adopted last year who has already shared lots of helpful things with us, but would like to chat with them again now that we are in this stage of the process.  I’m also very concerned about keeping up with our kids’ schooling while we are over there.  I also need to figure out what to bring and what to leave home in terms of school supplies.  I want to have along what we need, but I don’t want to overpack.

On Wednesday night, Bruce and I attended an open house for the school Ilya will be attending.  We had a wonderful conversation with the ELL coordinator and the principal.  They have a very focused mission with their ESL program as they have seen a 40% increase in their ELL student population in the last 3 years.  We were very pleased to hear what they have in place and the flexibility that is offered in meeting the individual academic needs of each child.  We were very encouraged by talking with them and have a good picture of what to expect once we enroll Ilya in school.  We also look forward to sharing with him what we learned and feel confident in reassuring him that he will be well cared for.  We have a school tour scheduled next week and look forward to seeing their facility.  Our next step will be to contact the principal and set up a meeting once we are all back home.

Our prayer concerns at the moment lie in making all the appropriate and necessary preparations to travel.  We both have some anxiety at this point and we don’t want to become overwhelmed and paralyzed.  We would appreciate prayers for clarity as we think through many details and wisdom from God for many decisions that we need to make.  We need some time together where we can just talk and plan and think.  Thank you again for all those who have committed to praying for us.  Our pathway would not be the same without you and we appreciate you so much!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The McEacherns
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 09:53:53

    We’re just a little bit behind you… getting submitted March 2nd. For our first adoption, we packed a light rope that we tied up in the apartment as a clothesline and took some clothespins as well. We also took some Italian seasoning and a can of Parmesan, which made for a cheap and easy Italian dinner when we added some canned tomatoes and pasta. Peanut butter & granola bars were helpful, too.


  2. motorcyclemama5
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 11:29:39

    Thanks, McEachern family, for your comment! Sounds like we may be over there at about the same time. We have a rope we use for a clothesline while camping, so I did think of that. I wondered about clothespins, so thanks for the tip! It’s the volume of laundry (without my handy laundry room) that scares me the most. I have read the peanut butter suggestion and have that written on my bring list. Granola bars is good too, but we can’t possibly pack enough for 6 people for 3 weeks. So it will be short-lived, but will be a good snack item.


  3. The McEacherns
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 14:00:54

    Yeah, the granola bars are especially good for the days when you’re paper-chasing or traveling, since a lot of facilitators don’t stop for food (or potty!) breaks! The washers are small, so plan to wash daily most likely!


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