Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dossier is Off!!!

Woke up early this am to make sure we made it to the OSBI office (State Background check) first thing when they opened.  We had to get our background checks redone because when we had them done back in February they weren't certified & we had to have certified copies in order to get them apostilled.   So we had those redone ($38.)  Then wen't downtown to the State Capitol to drop all 28 documents off for apostilling ($280.)  They were finished in an hour and I picked them back up and went by Fedex to find out info on shipping.   Fedex said it would get there next Tuesday or could possibly get there Friday for $160 but the guy didn't sound so sure.  I thought maybe I'll have better like with UPS so I found a UPS Store, and they said the estimated delivery date would be Wednesday, June 9th (just 2 days away)!!  So in the hands of UPS our dossier goes ($135.)  So $500 later and  it is off~ headed to Mina's country!!!

I must say it was a little nerve racking handing over 3 1/2 months worth of paperwork gathering and lots of $ spent in documents.... but at the same time so exciting!!  Please pray it gets there quickly & without any problems.  Pray that it will be translated and submitted to the SDA extremely fast and that we will soon get our travel date!!



NachalaDenise said...

I understand we are in the same boat, all of the paperwork.. It will drive you crazy... send off I800A today... Oh I hope it all goes well here also, waiting the next 7 or so weeks and worry. I opened the envelope three times to make sure I did not forget anything.. what we do for love..

the Gower Fam said...

Lol... Yes I kept going back through all the papers making sure they were all in order & I wasn't forgetting anything! :) Good luck with yours as well! That is so exciting!

Michele Marie Mastroianni said...

Soooo exciting! I remember standing in our UPS store going over and over the papers and the order, and making the copies... i remember posting on my blog that I kept looking the dossier over and over thinking i was forgetting something... can't wait to hear when your dossier has been submitted and then travel date! I will be sending a small envelope with some pictures for Maria's groupa. you will be "travelling soon!"
Blessings, Michele in Raleigh NC