Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Another Big Milestone!



We had our USCIS biometric fingerprints made today!

I've been really EXCITED about this day ever since we got our new appointment times a few weeks ago! You know, it's so strange to say this, but in some ways, I miss the "paperwork phase". Weird, huh? I don't really miss the paperwork itself...just that feeling of always "doing something" to get us closer to bringing Caroline Faith home. It was fun to check something off the list again! :)

It felt very "official" to be in the USCIS office! The appointment went pretty quickly. We didn't have to wait very long at all, which was good since we had a cute 3 year old with us! :) The lady who did our fingerprints was so precious! I asked her if she had been doing a lot of fingerprints lately for couples adopting internationally? She said, "Oh, yes, and we are seeing more and more families adopting from ETHIOPIA!" I LOVED hearing that!

It was neat because these fingerprints are made digitally...no messy ink! :) Now they will send them in to be processed, and we will just wait on our FDL (Favorable Determination Letter) to come in! This will be the official approval for our family to adopt internationally! Huge milestone!!


Caty and Daddy!! She had on her ballet outfit, her long coat, and her rain boots...love it!!


Caty and Mommy after the appointment! It was fun to have Caty with us...she did great!! And I love for the kids to be involved with any milestone to bring their little sister home!!

Praising God for another BIG step forward to our baby girl!!

14 comments:

Brandon and Kari + 1 said...

WOHOO...So excited for you guys!! Glad to hear that is completed and now you can continue on your journey to welcome Caroline Faith home!! Caty's outfit is toooo cutet!!

Jenny said...

yay! you can check that off the list :-)

Meredith said...

Woot woot!! Yay for checking things off the list!! We just started being able to check things off our list and it feels GREAT!!!!

Love that Caroline Faith is getting closer to home!

Lara said...

i just got our letter from them that they got our stuff and would schedule our prints soon. Yay!

Mike and Sarah Stiltner said...

Pretty easy, huh?? I think the term "biometric fingerprints" and the $800 price tag make it sound WAY cooler than it really is! So glad you got them done- now there is no more paperwork until REFERRAL!!!

Christy said...

yay! Congrats! :)

Abby said...

thats great!! I am so excited for you.

erica said...

Congrats! Now you're one step closer to your precious little girl!

Jill Funkhouser said...

Ysahoo! Climbing right on over all the steps! Have a good day!

Kelly said...

I agree with you, Alison, I liked "doing" paperwork to be active in the process. But the waiting phase is nice too--nothing to mess up!! :)

Maggie Ethridge said...

Yay- check!

Joshua and Hilary said...

I love checking things off the to do list too! Makes me feel like I'm getting one step closer at a time to our babe!

Darcee said...

...one step closer to being REFERRAL READY! :) Yippppppppeeeeeee! COOL Stuff Alison! It IS SOOOO awesome to get that FDL in the mail! :) ...Praying it's in your mailbox in no time. :)

Kelli said...

What a great day! So glad that's checked off your list!