Thursday, April 28, 2005

And we are rounding a bend

I got a very sweet email today. It read... Just wanted to introduce myself. I know you all are close to finishing up your homestudy with Cherry Hill, and that you have filed your I600A (I think). I am the person at the agency you will talk to the most once you begin your process in Guatemala, so I thought I would say hello. Give me a call when you get a chance so we can touch base. Thanks, Lisa Wow, what a nice lady! I spoke with her, at length, on the phone and she answered a ton of my questions. She said that after we get our referral it would be, approximately, 6 months to get the baby. She said that the quickest she did was 4 1/2 months and the longest was 11 months (had some issues on that one). She has never had someone not bring home a baby (let's not give us a kenohura please). She emailed me the dossier requirements and all I can say is... Yikes! Well, I know what we'll be working on this weekend. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have I mentioned that Marc made a smoked turkey breast for us to have for lunch during Passover? It's so easy I thought I'd share. Now, you don't need a smoker. You can either use your gas bbq grill or you can throw together a flower pot smoker (see Alton Brown's "Q" episode on Good Eats on the Food Network on 5/25 at 10:30 a.m. and 5/26 at 2:00 p.m. - tivo it people). If you have a gas grill with at least 3 burners - just take the grill off of one side. Flip the cover on the burner over and put a smoker box (you can get them at Home Depot) and fill with either mesquite or Hickory wood chips (again, Home Depot). If you google smoked turkey you can get a couple of different brines or just put some spices on the outside and you are good to go. A turkey breast took Marc about 2 hrs and 15 minutes. Just check the wood every 1/2 hr or so. If you use the mesquite wood the flavor is just incredible. We've also done brisket & ribs this way although they take much longer to cook.


  1. You must be absolutely thrilled. Congratulations.

  2. Alton Brown, "Good Eats" is my FAVORITE! I watched the smoker episode awhile ago and asked Ben, "Can we do that?". He gave me a long hard look and said in a very stern dad voice, "NO".

    That is awesome that your agency talked with you already. Having someone nice and responsive to work with makes everything 1000% easier. I'm so excited for you!

    Also, don't be intimidated by the dossier. Its really not as bad as it seems. I know at first its totally overwhelming, but its not. We picked a few docs each week to tackle and kept a check list of everything we needed to send in. Checking things off the list was incredibly satisfying! Only tackling a few things at a time and forcing myself not to worry about the others until it was their time was hard but worth it. Plus, I delegated some of the forms to Ben.

    Hooray, you are on your way!


  3. Ok, so how long til you get your referral?? I'm so excited for ya!! Kim is right..just knock it down one form at a time and get that baby home!

    And so glad she called you..she sounds great!