Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Look What I Won....And, I Use That Term Loosly!

I came across a great website that raises money for the Starfish Kids. I love reading the Starfish Blog and I hope one day to be able to travel and volunteer with the amazing staff and with the even more amazing little kids. In fact, I think most waiting parents hope to adopt a Starfish Baby because of all of the wonderful love and support these little ones receive. Other orphanages are also loving, but this is the only one where I can follow the blog. In the past, I have donated to Breanna's surgery. Breanna is a little heart baby who has really stolen my heart. Her parents are going to be very lucky because she is a cutie patootie!
So, back to the website....people donate items (usually clothing) and other people (like me) bid on them to raise money. This was my first attempt and I WON!!!! They are advertising this as a consulate outfit, but I am not sure I will use it for that. While I am incredibly patriotic (I think until I moved to Newnan I always had one "Americana" bedroom") and was a huge fan of the Limited clothing line with flags ( I know that I just dated myself), well anyway, while I consider myself patriotic, I am just not sure how I feel about dressing the little ones in US flags while in China or on the way home. I know that tons of people do this and I certainly don't want to offend anyone, but I just feel that for us when we are in China and bringing our little one home that I want to embrace her birth country and heritage. For the rest of her life she will be immersed in ours, so I am not 100% sure about dressing her in flag-wear while there or on the way home. I doubt that the Chinese would look kindly to me wearing a dress with a big Chinese flag on it, but I will figure something out. Of course, you never know and I may change my mind and you will see us wearing the US flag all around town!
Finally, not that I am counting (whatever!!!)....but, today is the 3 week mark that I was told would have led to a referral. Instead it has led to being placed on hold and ineligible for a referral. To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. The home study was completed last week on Tuesday, but still has not been submitted due to family issues with my social worker which I completely understand. I just wish now that I had not had that chat with my agency and been told the 3 week mark because its sticking in my head. Although I have been told we will not get a call, I secretly hoped that one would have come yesterday because the 4th marked 10 months since my mom died. I hate thinking of that day as an "anniversary" because my mom was 1000 times more amazing in life than what that day defines, so I am hoping that something more positive steals the 4th's thunder.


Jenny & Robert said...

They are a wonderful organization. It's amazing the things that can happen when we all contribute even just a little bit.
But yes that's a cutie patootie outfit!
Jenny G.

Sue said...

Oh phooey. (To your news about referral, not the cute outfit!!) Do you have to wait until you get the updated 171H? Or once your homestudy is turned in they'll put you AT THE TOP of the list?!!! So sorry to be reading about another delay. Blah.

The outfit is adorable!! I felt the exact same way as you for the consulate appt. It really is just an in-person visit so that they can issue the baby's visa. The child is not a US citizen, so I don't see the need to dress up in red, white and blue. I know Baby Sissy will look cute no matter what she wears that day. I've seen all her cool outfits!!!

Blogging2china said...

Hey Ashley!! I am so sorry you are having to wait, we narrowly missed that vortex you've been sucked into. Just so you know after our homestudy was complete and we had submitted our I-600A for the renewal, they told us we were ok with our immigartion status and we got a referral a few weeks later while still waiting for our I-171 H, it came a couple of weeks ago and everything has worked out fine. Ours expired in July so we were able to start the renewal process much earlier than you were.


Heather said...

Oh I love the outfit! Can't stand the bad news but LOVE the outfit! BS will be one cute girl! Hopefully you will be up and running again with the agency real soon- It seems you have started the process so I don't see why the delay should be that long. We have almost completed paperwork for immigration again too- waiting on homestudy. Ours does not expire until late November but we want to make sure there are NO delays!!! Hang in there-