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Hello all family and friends!

With great excitement, we started our adoption journey in August 2008. We are now first time parents through adoption of an 8-year-old son from Thailand. We have chosen to build our family through the adoption of a son from Thailand because this is where we feel God is leading us right now.

It took 1 year and 9 months to bring Ray home and it was totally worth it!

We appreciate all of your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Ann & Bryan

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Busier the Better

We had a whirlwind trip to Green Bay and Milwaukee today.  A few weeks ago we set up today's appointment with the Bellin Travel Clinic to discuss our travel plans and what to be cautious with, health-wise, while in Bangkok.  She also hooked us up with prescription antibiotics in case of emergency while abroad and some pills (thankfully not a shot) for Typhoid that is recommended for Thailand travelers by the CDC.  We got some good info and are realizing that this trip really is going to happen soon!

Then, we headed to the USCIS building in Milwaukee to update our fingerprints.  This was actually quite the accomplishment on our end since we took the initiative to contact the Hague adoption document processing immigration officer who was assigned our case.  Through email we discovered that she had received our paperwork on Friday, March 26th but was not able to process it until we got our fingerprint updates.  She then told us that the fingerprinting was scheduled for April 20th (which we didn't know yet since we hadn't gotten the notices in the mail at that point).  Monday night the notices appeared in our mailbox and we contacted our immigration officer again via email to see if there was any chance we could get in early this week or next week so we could move our paperwork along.  She was very helpful and so was the lady at the office in Milwaukee.  With about 6-7 emails back and forth, we were able to schedule an early fingerprinting today at 1:45pm.  So immediately after our travel clinic appointment ended at 11:20am, we dropped in quickly at Subway and sped our way down to Milwaukee.  We got there with only 5 minutes to spare.  Whew!
So, after all that, we hope now that our paperwork will continue through USCIS and on to the Thai consulate so we can get our actual travel date.  Keep us in your prayers for a speedy process and we'll keep proactively contacting those in charge (politely) to help the process along.

Ann & Bryan
Why are we adopting internationally and not domestically?
While we think adopting domestically is extremely important, our hearts are drawn to the waiting children in other countries. Some of our closest friends and relatives have adopted, are adopted themselves, or are planning to adopt internationally. This has been a wonderful experience for them, as I am confident our adoption will be for us.

Why are we adopting from Thailand?
The number one reason is simply...that's where our son is living right now. Also, the Thai people are extremely laid back and friendly and the adoption process is very straight forward in Thailand and has been around for decades so there should be no surprises or corruption. After researching our other options, the requirements to adopt from Thailand fit our requirements. If we decide to adopt again, we will reevaluate the different countries and domestic programs.