Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bittersweet Goodbye!!

Monday afternoon I took my first trip to the Secretary of State branch office in Springfield to get my 20 some documents authenticated. I got there at 2ish and by 4:30 they were complete. The good news was that all but one came back authenticated. The bad news, of course, was that one had an error on the notary section. The notary who notarized our I-171H put the current year as 2009, so I had to get it re-notarized with the correct year of 2008. I did this on Tuesday and then went back to Springfield to get it authenticated by the SOS. In the scheme of things that was a very minor hiccup. It could have been a lot worse!!!!!

Yesterday at around 4pm I said goodbye to our dossier at the FedEx store in Springfield. What a variety of emotions that I was feeling. I didn't want to let it go, but I certainly did not want to keep it either. It just seemed so weird to hand off almost 5 months of paperwork (not to mention the thousands of doallars that was required to compile them) to a complete stranger. Right now I am so glad to know they are almost in Virginia, and I am excited about what the future holds due to the perseverance and work that went into our dossier will produce. We are getting a CHILD!!!


vinceandalisa said...

Yeah!!! I completely understand the paper-work 'separation anxiety'! Thank goodness for over-night mail service!

Gibson Family said...


We are SOOOO proud of you....mailing off the dossier is an massive, amazing accomplishment!! You're officially pregnant! Congrats!!!! We are cheering for you!
Rog, Kari, Michael & Hannah

Andrea said...

Congratulations on sending your paper baby on it's way! Let us know when it reaches ET. Welcome to the amazing world of waiting. I have learned so much and grown even more during this time.


Zack & Rebecca Caldwell said...

It is a strange feeling! But it is a wonderful feeling! We will be praying for a safe journey for your dossier to Ethiopia!