Travis and I just got our Oct. update.
We get these monthly from our adoption agency.
Korea is getting ready to stop handing out EPs for this year. That means only a select few more families will get to travel this year to pick up a child, and we aren't on that list.
We didn't expect to travel, but still that puts us into 2012.
So, now all we can do is wait for Decemeber, and HOPE we get our baby referral.
The update also informed us that most children are now 9 months old when referred and 18-24 months when brought home from Korea. Also, not a surprise. But, ALSO, hard to accept at this point.
Best case, we will be referred an 8 month old and get to pick them up within the year. That would put our baby at 20 months old or younger.
We also now have our P.O. box for donations to help bring our babe home!!
Here it is:
Sarah Zopfi/Travis Hubbard
P.O. Box 22051
Louisville, KY 40222
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Monday, September 26, 2011
We know it's been a while since this blog had any attention -- almost two months to be exact. So, Sarah and I offer our apologies to those that may have been wondering or curious about updates.
But, to be honest, there really hasn't been much to update. That's the most frustrating part of the adoption process. You fill out a bunch of paperwork, write a few hefty checks, and wait. And then you wait some more.
Plus, the last couple of months have been extremely busy with plenty of Hubbard and Zopfi family joys to make us forget about some of that frustration.
My brother, Todd, and his wife gave birth to their first baby, Brody, on Aug. 5. And as of Oct. 16 you can all officially refer to me as The Godfather. You will be contractually obligated to do so.
Sarah and I also celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and 10th overall anniversary on Sept. 9 and 10.
Then, this past weekend we celebrated the wedding of Sarah's brother, Adam, to his long-time girlfriend Lindsay.
It's been a very fun and eventful two months, and we're so happy for Adam, Lindsay, Todd and Danielle. But, we still wait, and wait, and wait.
We did finish our USCIS application, which was approved. It grants our baby the ability to enter the country when we can finally have them escorted or pick them up. We also never pursued a domestic adoption after our first near match. We definitely considered it and haven't ruled it out should any other complications arise with Korea. But we feel we're so vested in this process and that ultimately it's still the most predictable and -- at this stage -- quickest path to adoption. We really don't like the prospect of starting over.
And we're still looking at probably December or late November, at the earliest, before we receive a referral. Then it could be another 9 months or a year before we are able to meet and bring home our baby unless the process speeds up.
But we finally do have some big news, and this is where the Rock 'n' Roll reference applies, and you can help.
On Nov. 10, a Thursday, in Lexington, we will be hosting a benefit concert as a fundraiser for the adoption at Cosmic Charlie's. For those familiar with Lexington but not Cosmic Charlie's, it's the old Lynagh's Club. Adam's and Wendell's cover bands will be performing, and a third local band from Lexington may also be performing. We'll have food and maybe some silent auction items, plus the club is providing everything but drinks for free, although those will be available. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 8 p.m. until ????
There will be a minimum cover charge of $10 per person, but if you would like to or can afford to donate more you can. We'll have a P.O. Box set up for those who can't attend but want to help.
If you can read this, then you're invited, and if you know someone else who would like to come, invite them. Every dollar helps, and we thank you all so much for your encouragement and support.
Here are details Sarah posted to her Facebook Events page: