Saturday, May 30, 2009

We have a clean record!

Yesterday afterenoon Amy & I went to the Sheriff's office and got our records check. Everyone will be happy to know that we both have a squeaky clean past. LOL We really didn't need these until the home study begins but we are trying to get all of our things gathered.

Amy & Justin are at Tae Kwon Doe summer camp so I am in cleaning mode here at the house.

More news to come.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Let the home studies begin!!

We are so pumped... We turned in our autobiographies this AM and we already have our date sent in for the first home study!!! Praise God! Hopefully we can continue to keep our assignments up to speed and be ahead of CHI.

Justin & Amy are headed off to Tae Kwon Doe Summer Camp at Cuiver River State Park this weekend. Which leaves me at home to get some work completed.

More news to come!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Autobiographies are complete!

We didn't know we knew so little about ourselves. For those of our new friends that don't know our back ground. Amy & I have been together for almost 20 years! So we have a lot of history that had to be put onto a combined 8 pages, (4 & 4). Our hope is to have everything turned into CHI tomorrow to get our home studying rolling or at least get approved for home study. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. We are also headed down to the St. Charles County Sheriffs office to get a letter showing we don't have a record.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I-600A Complete.

For those of you who have adopted know all about the paper work and the I-600A form. Well ours is finished and ready to send in. We are headed to the Sheriff's office Friday to get our letter from them; saying we are good people.. LOL

We got out our birth certificates, passports, & marriage liscense out of the safe to get those photo copies that need to be sent in.

Its 10pm, time for bed!!!

More news to come!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A thank you to all of our Veterans!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you and a Thank You to all who served!

Tomorrow AM, our list of "Items to be completed" begins again.

More news to come!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

We are on a roll..

Amy drove our first set of paper work over to CHI on Friday after she got finished at her office and today in the mail (Saturday) we recieved our next packet of paper work!! Thanks to God. We are so amazed & blessed. The first sentence of the letter reads: Congratulations, you are well on your way of this Journey of Love called adoption. Monday being the holiday, we will start on the next section of paper work on Tuesday.

More news to come soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Paper Pregnancy!!

CHI refers to all of the paper work as Paper Pregnancy. Well our's has begun. Karolyn from CHI emailed Amy and said that we were accepted and she would be mailing our first packet out. Amy & I quickly discussed, the next thing I was on my way to CHI's office to pick up the packet. No mail for us.. LOL
If you want to know what we are up to this weekend? Paperwork and anything else.
More news to come.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Great phone call!

Andre from CHI just called and told us that our "official" application packet will be sent out. We have been moved further into the program, our initial application has been accepted! Thank you Lord!

I told him that we are going to be the "couple" known for getting our paper work completed the fastest.. LOL

More news to come.

Our guardian angel is working overtime..

This week so far Amy & I have both been involved in traffic incidents that were not our fault, but could have been horrific accidents. I posted a pic of the two cars that hit my truck on the way to work. Luckily my truck came out without a scratch & so did I.

No news from CHI, we keep praying.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our blog is born..

This blog is being created so: family, old & new friends can follow The Fridley's on a journey to Russia to complete their family.

Where to begin...

I guess it started with a question one evening between Amy & I. For those keeping track, Mike was the one that asked the question, "Do you want a little girl?" It might have not been in those words, but you get the hint. After talking amongst ourselves we decided to share it with our Pastor. Pastor Jason thought it was a great idea and that he was happy that we had decided to open up our family to a little girl that needed one.

Deciding that to really understand our decision and make the most educated choices, we should make our decision public. Mother's Day weekend, we told our parents the great news; who were a bit shocked.. LOL Then we told other family members and close friends who we wanted to tell personally.

Our first meeting with an agency was the Lutheran Children & Family Services in St. Louis. This meeting was our first and basically told us anything thing we needed to know about domestic adoption. Our social worker was great and told us a lot of information and answered all of our questions. But, after much thought and prayer we decided that domestic adoption was not in our calling to find a little girl.

Fortunately we know a family that has just completed their journey of International Adoption with 3 beautiful children. After a little encouragement from Mike, Amy approached Eric Pitman at the weekly Rotary meeting. I'm not for sure how the conversation went, but it went! Eric was awesome, basically he put us on the track with what is now our agency. Children's Hope International. To show you how God works, that very weekend, Eric, Becky & their Children were actually speaking at an open house for CHI. Amy & I went, we needed to know if this was right for us.

We arrived early, got our composure and went into the facility to get our seat. The founder gave the opening address and then the ladies that headed the program from each different country that CHI represents. After each country was presented, two families that had recently adopted came in and gave their stories. Very powerful stuff! The stories and the pictures that were shared were amazing. After that formal presentations were over we broke up and were allowed to mingle with the case workers, families and others. We headed straight towards Anna the Russia program director. We talked her ear off, asked more questions than you can imagine. Then the question that "sealed the deal". What ages of little girls are most in need of adoption.? Anna said that most of the girls that are available are in the 1 to 3 year category.

Eric & Becky were so great, they stood and talked and answered out questions. The had brought one of their picture albums from the trips. Wow, it is amazing to see what is out there in the big world! We talked and talked, so much that we moved into the parking lot because the CHI employee's wanted to go home. LOL We actually stood in the parking lot, on the beautiful Sunday afternoon and continued to talk. Thanks again Eric & Becky!

We climbed in Amy's car to head home. We both new we were ready to commit to this. We talked and talked and couldn't believe how much at ease we were. God was really in control and we were ready to let him lead. We finished our paperwork that evening and took the pictures that were required to turn in with our initial application. Monday morning I called Anna and said, " We are ready, what do we need to do?" As of Tuesday morning our application has been received and being reviewed.

More to come!