Tomorrow morning our agency should receive all our paperwork and set the wheels in motion for us to FINALLY get registered in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Yep, we completed our paperwork! This Saturday, we received all those precious pieces of paper, apostilled by the Florida Department of State. They all have fancy gold seals on them, look very official, and most importantly, it means that we are done with the first part of the paperwork process.All these documents are at least one page, most 2-3, some even have more than 10 pages! This was a pretty hefty stack to send out.
I had gone to a baby shower that day and when I came home Sergi told me to close my eyes and led me to our office, where he had all the paperwork spread out. Wow! Kind of appropriate after returning from a baby shower, wouldn’t you say?
When we started the adoption last fall, I never imagined that the paperwork would turn out to be such a nightmare. I thought it would be the easiest part of the process, since we both are organized and pretty good with sorting thorough paperwork and documents. I seriously thought we would have it all completed by February.
Since we were so determined to get the paperwork done and be on our way to Russia, it was very frustrating to work with people who aren’t as motivated as we are and kept prolonging the process. Every piece of paper is worth it’s weight in gold, for the amount of work we had to do to finally get the signatures we needed. Some people would just shake theirs heads and say, “We don’t do this type of thing, or “we’ve never done this before.” Yes, adoption is not that common, but it’s not that difficult, since we provided every single piece of information that would be needed. All they needed to do was sign it. You don’t have a notary? We’ll bring our own. Just sign the paper:).
When we had gone to many different offices, collected signatures, stamps and notaries, we sent the paperwork to the Florida Department of State to get apostilled (national notary). A week later it was all returned, informing us that most of it was notarized incorrectly and we had to do it over again. You’ve got to be kidding me!
Apparently, we need to know the notary’s job too. They had to include a certain phrase in addition to the signature and stamp, which most of them hadn’t.
Now it’s all behind us. We made 2 sets of copies and sent it all to the agency today. Sergi spoke to our case manager and told her to expect it tomorrow morning. We were so excited to hear that she had already told the agency workers in Russia about us and they had “promised” that we should have a referral within 10 days! Of course, that’s if everything goes smoothly and there aren’t any hiccups on the way. We are going to take it though. We soak in any good news and are going to stay hopeful. We just might be flying to Russia very soon!
Please keep praying for us and our children. We will be meeting them soon. I can’t even imagine what it will be like to see them for the first time. Right now I am just reveling in the thought that the first part of the paperwork is behind us and we only have a few more to do to have the second part completed too. It is such a victory to us, I feel like throwing a huge party to celebrate. I would, but I’m too tired. I’ll just drop on the living room sofa and grin up into the ceiling.