Happy 2013! We are so Happy to welcome the new year! We have had changes...good and bad in
2012. Stella is thriving! Her speech is coming along well. We have just been accepted into Texas
Childrens for once a week Speech Therapy. It seems like Stella drops constanants on a lot of words. She also can't say F or W. They are still just saying delay which makes me happy. Stella also attends St. Mary's preschool and has made a lot of friends, along with her Mommy! Great bunch of people and teachers too!
The downside of 2012 was loosing my precious, sweet Mom. She was so healthy and vibrant in 2011 and at the beginning of the 2012 her Kidney's failed and she just was never the same. Her little body just couldn't handle the dialysis. In six months time, I had to say goodbye to the most wonderful Mom a person could have. I will never get over this loss but I know that my Mom is where the sun always shines, the beach is always warm and she always has a smile on her face. Miss you so so much Mom. I was blessed to be able to spend most every morning and Wednesdays with Mom in those last 6 months.
The above picture is of Mom and her girls taken just a bit before she passed away. Below is a picture of Mom and Stella from November 2010. She loved Stella and all her grandkids and great grandkids so much! Stella was lucky 7.
Mom left us in May and I moved within the same town just a month later. Got my little white house with a white picket fence and I am able to walk Stella to school on most days. Downtown Bellville is just a short walk also. Oh and a park just across the street! We love it!
Here is just another picture of Stella (before we moved). Like I said...Thriving.... and is such a sweet, loving little girl. Such a character too. Still loves her clothes and shoes. Very tiny. Can wear a 12 mo waist but has just shot up height wise.
Thanks for reading after all this time away. I feel so blessed to have Stella. Kazakhstan closed their adoptions shortly after I brought Stella home in October 2010. I can't even imagine my life without this little toot!
June 16, 2007 CHI Meeting June 19, 2007 Sent in application to CHI June 29, 2007 Accepted by CHI October 22, 2007 Home Study Visit #1 October 27, 2007 Home Study Visit #2 December 19, 2007 Home Study report received December 20, 2007 USCIS form I-600A sent (Petition to Adopt an Orphan abroad) January 17, 2008 Received I-171H approval from USCIS February 14, 2008 Dossier complete, sent to translator February 22, 2008 Dossier to Embassy of Kazakhstan, NY April 28, 2008 Dossier at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kaz (MoFA)
January 30, 2009 Got the call, dossier came home for expired paperwork
February, 2009Applied to Kids to Adopt
March 8, 2009 Home Study Update visit
April 9, 2009 Fingerprint update at the USCIS
May 6, 2009 Received I-171H approval update
May 7, 2009 Received Home Study Report update
June 25, 2009 FBI clearence received
June 26, 2009 Submitted dossier!
July 3, 2009 Dossier to translation
July 23, 2009 Dossier translation complete
August 26, 2009 Dossier at DC Embassy
November 2, 2009 Dossier approval by the Ambassador
November 12, 2009 Dossier to MFA
Jan 18 to Feb 1, 2010 Dossier to MOE February 2, 2010 region assignment! Almaty!