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.

3 comments:

  1. You must be absolutely thrilled. Congratulations.

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  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!

    KimN

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  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!

    Congratulations!

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