Our placement agency emailed us our next assignment, which will involve gathering, certifying, notarizing, and apostilling a whole lot of paperwork for our dossier.
The dossier will be the information that the Peruvian government receives about us, and they are very particular about a lot of the details. Even though, for instance, we already had medical exams, we will have to go through another set of them and have even more tests done to prove that we are in sound health. We will also have to have psychological exams, which I’m really not looking forward to.
Below are the documents that we will need to include in our dossier package (some of which, thankfully, we have already obtained as part of the homestudy):
This round of the paper trail feels more daunting to us than the original paper trial for the homestudy, but maybe I’m wrong. Does anyone out there have advice or wisdom for us?
Now that we have two yard sales and several months of online sales under our belts, Bee and I have definitely figured out some things that worked well for us (and that we wish we had thought of much sooner). If you’re thinking about having a yard sale to raise money, here are some tips that might help you through the process without wanting to tear your hair out:
Part two of our yard sale is happening bright and early tomorrow morning, so please think nice, profitable, sunny weather thoughts for us. We are definitely ready to move the rest of our product, make some more money, and have the ability to walk through our house without tripping over boxes and bags.
I’m hoping fervently that most of our items will be sold by the end of the day tomorrow, but we have some contingency plans in place for the items that don’t (I’m guessing clothes and books will be our main culprits).
As I’ve mentioned before, little hints of Peru have been cropping up around me ever since Bee and I made our adoption plans public. Suddenly there was a Peruvian chicken place near our house, a Peruvian Christmas concert and a Latin American Festival in DC, and lots of books about Peru getting checked out at the library where I work. Just as suddenly, three different people that I know took trips to Peru—two for vacation and one for work.
This week, two of my librarian friends (okay, one of them is my mom, but she’s pretty cool) came across books about Peruvian characters and shared them with me: Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match and Maria Had a Little Llama.
Today, the latest Peruvian coincidence has come in the form of a new exhibit that I stumbled across on the National Geographic Society website while looking for fun local things to do. Their museum in DC is about to open a new exhibit on pre-Incan gold, and we’ll definitely be going to check it out!
One of the things that Bee and I worry about the most with adoption is that we won’t have as many cultural resources available to us and our children as we would like, but I’m so heartened to find that our proximity to Washington, DC has placed us closer to Peruvian culture than we originally realized. I want our kiddos to be proud of their heritage and to have avenues to learn more about it and to celebrate the land they came from.
This Sunday is the day, and we are ready to rock this yard sale fundraiser! We’ve collected our items to sell and have sorted and priced everything, I have an army of friends sharing the info on Facebook, we made ads to post all over social media and Craigslist and our county pages and forums, we have friends who are going to help us run the sale, we made signs for the road, and we even have been lent some great big banquet tables to put everything on.
At this point, I think we’ve done all that we can do, and I’m hoping for great weather and great turn out. I would LOVE to not have anything left over, though of course we have contingency plans for everything remaining. Think nice thoughts for us and the bebes on Sunday!