Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Random Photos From the last Few Months

EP Approved

Just about a week ago we got the crazy news that Violet's EP was approved after only 15 short days!  It is normal for this to take 4 to 8 weeks so we were blown away when we got the email from our Korean Adoption specialist that Violet had been approved.  If you look at the timeline on the right, you will see Jae's EP approval took basically 3 months.  Not 3 weeks, 3 months.  Blown away that she was approved (as well as the rest of the group) in only 15 days!

From what happens here on out is new to us.  The laws in Korea changed right after Jae came home.  So again looking at the timeline on the right, the only step for Jae after EP approval was a quick US Visa appointment and then the travel call.  Well the new law states we must appear in Korean court to finalize the adoption.  Which is exactly what we are waiting for now, a court date.  Violet's paper work should be submitted to Court any day now (which really means her file is basically being handed over to the judicial system) and then we will be assigned a court date.  Once we have the court date we can start making travel plans for our first trip.  But we are at the mercy judge that is assigned our case or more specifically, his or her schedule.  What else he or she has scheduled, vacation, etc. 

In the meantime we stay busy with project with our new (old) house.  Painting touch ups, fixing/winterizing the pool, replacing light fixtures and fans, etc.  As well as doing our best to spend good quality one on one time with Jae. 

Jae and Violet's Mom

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Begining of the End

Time to hop back on the blog!  Thing are rolling for the our little Miss Violet over in Korea so it is time to keep everyone informed of what is going on.

One week ago today Violet's paperwork was submitted to the Korean Foreign Ministry for the purpose of Emigration Permission (AKA - permission to leave the country).  This is a huge step and basically the bottleneck of the adoption process.  We were over the moon to get this news last week!  Big, huge, gigantic step forward!  Now we wait for the approval of her Emigration Permission (EP) which can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. There is a chance that we are on the lower end of that spectrum because it appears to be a small group that was submitted to the government.   Without going into a lot of details, you go into the government as a group and you leave as a group.  So once you know you made the cut, you want it (for purely selfish reasons) to be as small of a group as possible in hopes they can process things faster.  Time will tell.

Once we have EP approval we will be assigned a court date and will travel!  It really is the beginning of the end.  But unlike Jae's adoption, we will take 2 different trips due to some Korean law changes.  The first being the court appearance that I just mentioned, and then the next trip will be anywhere from 3-6 weeks later to go get Violet and bring her home.

I will try and post weekly and get some updated pictures up here.  And the times we actually do travel, I will try and post daily. 

Excited to finally become a family of four!!

Jae and Violet's Mom