You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Lena's (first) mission trip to
Haiti turned into our
Adoption Adventure!
Can't wait to see what God has in store next.....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Our Adoption Time Line

Grains in an HourglassImage by S Migol via Flickr
In an effort to clean up the blog a little bit, I am making our time line a post. Then I will add a link to click on in the side bar. Apparently, I'm still in a bit of an organizing mood and I want to clean up the blog a tad. (for those of you not on facebook-I have been on a closet cleaning rampage this weekend). No one got hurt though, so no worries there. ;-)

Alright, enough of that, back to the reason for this blog post:

Our Adoption Timeline: Haiti

Here is where we are, where we've been, and where we're going...

First trip to Haiti, Mama met the boys: July 2008
Applied to the creche to adopt: July 25, 2008
Rec'd approval from 3A's: August 6, 2008
Dossier and International Home Study preparation: August 2008-February 2009

Second trip to Haiti; first time officially as Mama December 2008
International Home Study approved: January 2009

Third trip to Haiti for Mama, first for Papa March 2009
Dossier to Haiti: March 9, 2009

Fourth trip to Haiti for Mama April 2009
I-600 filed in Haiti April 20, 2009

Birthparent interview May 20, 2009
USCIS made a "favorable determination" about the orphan status of the boys: June 5, 2009

First Legal: ??
Enter IBESR: September ?? 2009 (we were notified on September 18, 2009)
(time from dossier to Haiti to being notified that we entered IBESR = 193 days or 6 months and 9 days.)
Exit IBESR: November 18, 2009 (that is TWO months). God is GREAT!!
Parquet: ?
2nd Legal: ?
Enter MOI: ?
Exit MOI:?
Passport: ?
Earthquake: January 12, 2010
8 hours not knowing if the boys were okay or not. Lots of prayer.....lot of tears of relief when we got word that they were unharmed.

Visa: Humanitarian Parole issued January 18, 2010

Travel to bring the boys home: Boys arrived in Florida on January 18, 2010. We arrived in Florida on Tuesday January 19, 2010 and returned to Arizona on Weds. January 20, 2010

From and including:DTH Monday, March 9, 2009
To, but not including : Us getting to the boys in Florida Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It is 316 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 10 months, 10 days


  1. Wow, Lena! I just realized that it has almost been a year since we took that trip together in July and you first laid your eyes on the boys! It was an honor to be there and witness a family being formed right before my very eyes! We are praying for you guys. The road ahead is long and tough, but God will bring us through it all!

  2. Ha ha ha!!!
    I soooooooooo get this post! it's like our process timeline for Ellie.

    I am so glad I have wonderful company in it with you!

    Love ya girl!


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