Our Adoption Timeline

2005
April 16, 2005 - Got married!

Summer/Fall 2005 - Seizures # 2, 3, and 4 (first one was in 2000)
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2006
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2007
Mid to Late 2007 - I began to want to start our family.
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2008
July 2008 - Seizure #5

October 2008 - Quit BC.  

December 2008 - Seizure #6 
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2009
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2010
Summer 2010 - Made the very difficult decision to quit TTC mainly due to my epilepsy/epilepsy medications.    Hubby contacted AO ( Adoption Options ) for our first time.

August 14, 2010 - Told my parents & immediate family that we are planning to adopt, which went well.  Also told Hubby's parents, I believe the next day.

August 24, 2010 - Started switching me from my current medication to one that controls my seizures much better but is unsafe for an unborn baby.

September 8, 2010 – We attended AO's free information evening.
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2011
August 20, 2011 - Completed the switch of medications!
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2012
March 26, 2012 – I phoned AO to make an appointment to apply for adoption.  Appt. scheduled for April 12th!  We are FINALLY officially starting on the road to adoption!  We have also been registered for a Weekend Education Seminar from June 1st – 3rd but are unsure yet if we will be able to afford it; we may have to wait for the September one.

April 1, 2012 – We told Hubby’s parents that we are finally starting the adoption application process.  Got a very positive, excited response from them, which totally made my day.

April 6 & 7, 2012 - Told my immediate family & Hubby's brother that we are starting the adoption application process.  It was adorable seeing my 8-year-old niece C's reaction!  She clapped her hands & grinned.  My sister told me that every time C hears something about adoption, she says "I have to tell Auntie Rhonda that!"  Hubby's brother is also very supportive and happy for us.  

April 8, 2012 - Told Hubby's mom's side, whom we are close to, that we are adopting!  This was the first time any of them had heard about it and it was received well.  Hubby & I also each made announcements on Facebook!  Crazy that it is now out there in the open!  We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from friends.

April 11, 2012 - First post on this blog!

April 12, 2012 - We had our Initial Interview & Application appointment at AO.  It went really well!

June 1 - 3, 2012 - Attended AO's Education Seminar!

June 28, 2012 - Put our property that will soon be subdivided up for pre-sale.

July 3, 2012 - Our property pre-sold!

August 12, 2012 - I turned 30.  Once upon a time I had planned to have finished giving birth to all my children by this age!  God obviously has different plans and His plans are best.  

September 22, 2012 - Put our house up for sale!

End of Oct/Beginning of Nov 2012 - Property is officially subdivided after many difficult years of trying to do this.

December 17, 2012 - Had our adoption medicals done.

December 19, 2012 - Our house is officially SOLD!!   Possession date is February 3, 2013.

December 21, 2012 - Finally got paid for our subdivision sale.  Amazing feeling paying off debts and loans and having money for adoption and simply just for gas, groceries, bills, etc.  And just in time for Christmas, too!

December 27, 2012 - Got our criminal record checks and finger-printing done.
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2013
March 5, 2013 - File Submission meeting at AO.

April 20, 2013 - First homestudy interviews, at our house.

April 22, 2013 - Second homestudy interviews, at AO.

April 24, 2013 - First homestudy interviews, at AO.

May 4, 2013 - Second homestudy interviews, at our home.

May 14, 2013 - Officially APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!  It took us 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days to get to this point from the day that we actually started the adoption approval process.

November 14 & 15, 2013 - 6 months since we've been approved.  Contacted AO and found out we have not been shown to anyone yet.
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2014
March 24, 2014 - Received a letter in the mail from AO telling us it is time to do our Annual Update.  This includes meeting with an Adoption Counselor, doing Criminal Record Checks and Adoption Medicals, and redoing our Application for Adoption Part II because AO revised it (and made it much simpler, yay!)

March 25, 2014 - Scheduled doctor appointment for our medicals and made appointment with AO for the update meeting. 

March 28, 2014 - Had our criminal record checks & finger-printing done. 

April 7, 2014 - Criminal record checks/fingerprints came in the mail. 

April 29, 2014 - Update Meeting.  We had not been shown.  Approved for another year. 

May 14, 2014 - One year of waiting (since initial approval).

September 8, 2014 - Seizure #7 

November 14 & 18, 2014 - 1 1/2 years of waiting since approval.  Contacted AO and found out we have been shown 3 times since the end of April!
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2015
March 16, 2015 - Got the email from our agency letting us know it's time to do our annual update.  This includes meeting with an Adoption Counselor, doing Criminal Record Checks and Adoption Medicals, updating our PAPQ's, and getting updated reference letters.

March 28, 2015 - Seizure #8

April 28, 2015 - Our annual update at our agency.  We put our adoption on hold. 

April 30, 2015 - Seizure #9

May 1, 2015 - Went up on my seizure medication.

September 22, 2015 - After almost 5 months of being on hold, we are active again with our adoption agency!
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2016
March 9, 2016 - Got the email from our agency notifying us it is time to schedule yet another annual update.

March 16, 2016 - Did our criminal record checks (didn't have to do fingerprints this time - yay!).

April 6, 2016 - Had our medicals done.   

May 12, 2016 - Annual Update, in our home. 

May 24, 2016 - Annual Update, in our home.

May 25, 2016 - Annual Update, in our home. 

October 19, 2016 - Got The Call and said yes.

October 20, 2016Match failed.

November 1, 2016 - Adoption put on hold.
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