I feel like the notary at our bank just may come to be our best friend before this adoption process is finished. I am very excited and proud to say that in the last three days--with visits on two of the three days--we got not one but TEN documents notarized and ready to take to the capitol to be apostilled!! Yes, I am counting multiple copies of the same document to make myself feel good, but since they all have to get that stamp and that signature, I figure they count! We still have many more ahead of us, but it just feels so darn good to be checking a few things off the to-do list!
We will be getting nine more things notarized tomorrow, then all documents will be apostilled by the state and then we can send our first set of documents to Melissa's country! It all sounds so surreal.
In the meantime, we also got our rough draft back on our home study and have a few minor changes to make; mostly where we need to just be more specific. After we make those changes, we can submit our forms to the USCIS and get going on our I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. This is pretty much our form to the government, asking them to let us skip US soil to adopt an eligible child from a foreign country. Once that is complete, we get to find out miss Melissa's elusive city of current residence! I can't even hardly talk about that without getting over-excited, so we'll leave it at that for the night. =)