Isn't that cool? I didn't show the whole thing, because I don't know if that is kosher or not, but it is really neat. I have 10 documents notarized and ready for certification, so I will send those to Austin Monday morning. It takes about 2 weeks to get them back. Once they are back, I'll drive them to Houston to take them to the Chinese Consulate in person. Since we are waiting on the approval from immigration still, I probably have time to do that one by mail too, but I have been wanting to visit my brother who lives in Houston anyway. It will be a good excuse to stay with him for a few days. Then all of that will go, along with photos and other misc. items for the dossier, to our adoption agency in Colorado. They will go ahead and review everything and have it approved, or make us change things we missed, before they get the one last coveted document. That way, when we get our immigration approval, I can drive it to Austin for certification, overnight it to Houston to have my brother take it for authentication, and he can overnight it to the agency. This way, they can get the whole dossier out faster than normal since they will have the majority of the review and translation done. Whew! Doesn't it make you tired just reading about it? But God is good. God is faithful. He has worked out every detail from the beginning, starting with putting it in Jerry's heart to move forward with the whole thing to begin with. This is obviously His adoption, His special little girl, and His plan for our family. I am enjoying the ride!
In other non-adoption news, Ethan started preschool (at home) three weeks ago. He LOVES being in "school" just like his big brother. The program I had that I planned to use for him didn't work. After the first week, it was obvious that although some of it was perfect for him, parts of it were way over his head. Fortunately, I had just heard of a program available for free online called Hubbard's Cupboard. The link is to their 3's program, which I am using. We just finished week two today and it is amazing. Ethan just loves it and Aaron is really enjoying it, too. It is Bible based, which I love, and really covers all the basics. We can do a whole day's lessons in 20-30 minutes, so it is perfect for the active three year old. I usually break that up into 2 or 3 segments between Aaron's school. They have a 2 and a 4 year old program too, but I haven't really looked at those. I may continue to use it along side of Aaron's program until Ethan is completely ready to combine most subjects with his brother. Here's a picture of both the boys with the suns they made when we studied day 4 of creation this past week.
Can't you see the pride on Ethan's face? He couldn't be happier with being in school!