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Tax-deductible donations can be made directly to our agency! Just indicate “STALEY FAMILY ADOPTION” in the memo and mail to:

Wasatch Adoptions
1140 36th Street #204
Ogden, UT 84403

Thank you for helping to bring our little angels HOME!

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We are looking to adopt two little girls who are special needs from China. Please help us raise money to cover the expensive costs or donate to support us to do various things. Keep up to date here: Are you thinking why so much??!! More information here.


I heard about Pinterest and thought I’ll never use that, what in the heck do I need that for? Famous last words right?  I didn’t try it or even peek at it for the longest time… did I mention Pintrest now my newest obsession. Pinterest where have you been all of my life?  What a super idea. I visit the site every day.

Since Paul is going to be deploying I have been looking up all sorts of craft projects to try… I’ve got a board for that. After spending days on Pinterest I now have a bunch of boards and a ton of craft projects, recipes to try and new blogs to read with even more ideas.

I found a pink dune buggy, an amazing deep pink velvet chair, and the best ideas for holiday themed displays. The list goes on and on. Inspiration for all sorts of things, room decor, weddings, parties, clothes.. you name it.  I am trying to eat more of a Paleo diet and there are a ton of recipes, on the downside my friends post the most incredible, fabulous recipes (not even close to Paleo)… some are waayy to tempting to ignore.

Paul’s start date for his deployment was delayed (for a MONTH) so he was able to partake in the joy of shopping for craft materials at craft stores, the goodwill and thrift shops.  He also bought a gentlemen’s chest I found on craigslist for me to refinish. I found it for $65.00 and it is super cute. It will be my first furniture project.  Paul is trying to keep me off of craigslist .. to no avail.  I want a really long older dresser next… and/or a farmhouse style hutch because I am so desperate for storage. So I hunt there daily as well.

Now if I can get past the mind numbing fatigue I will get a few of these projects done. I’ll post my progress.

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Oct 10 Saw "Elsa's" profile for the first time

Dec 1 Saw Paisley's little face and asked for her file

Dec 15th Got files for Paisley and another girl from agency

Dec 16th Read files and called to find IA doctor

Dec 17th I spent all day on e-mail and the phone with IA doctor

Dec 19th we sent a check for $600 and official application to the Agency

Dec 22nd we got an e-mail we had been approved by the Agency

Dec 22nd I wrote a Letter of Intent for the CCCWA that we intend to adopt Zou Bing Jie

Dec 23 we finished the Agency contracts and paid $140 to have 14 signatures notarized (OMG!)

Dec 26 Sent contracts and $3500 International program fee to Agency - Lucky for us Zou Bing Jie has already been locked to us

Dec 27-Jan 5 CCCWA will be closed so NOTHING will happen.

Jan 4 H.S Agency Suspended

Jan 8 Received P.A. from China

Jan 19 Found Fu Chen You on Shared File

Jan 21 Wrote LOI for Fu Chen You

Jan 31 Home Study Visit and Paid $1550

Feb 2 Received P.A. for Fu Chen You

Feb 4 Home Study Visit

Feb 22 Home Study Finished by SW

Feb 25 Home Study Approved by Agency

Mar 6 Picked up Home Study

Mar 6 Sent I800A

Mar 9 USCIS Received i-800a via Fed Ex

Mar 11 Official USCIS notice I-800a Received

Mar 24 Finally have all Fingerprint cards

Mar 25 Did a walk in at USCIS Biometrics

Mar 25 USCIS approved our Expedite

Mar 25 Received USCIS RFE

Apr 3 I800A Approved

Apr 3 I797 Received Via E-mai

Apr 4 I797's Notarized

Apr 6 I797's State Authenticated

Apr 8 Dossier to Embassy

Apr 23 Dossier to China

Apr 27 Dossier arrived at CCCWA

May 4 I-800 Sent

May 6 Found out about input issue & incorrect name on PA

May 8 Input issue supposedly corrected

May 13 LID (Log In Date)

May 26 Soft LOA

May 28 Hard LOA

June 1 USCIS sends Pkt to NVC

June 5 Receive PDF with GUZ and Invoice #'s

June 8 Article 5 Drop Off

June 9 Article 5 Pick Up and mailed to CCCWA

June 19 Soft Travel Approval

June 19 Recieved Consulate Appointment

June 24 TRAVEL to Beijing

June 28 Fly to Nanjing

June 29 Isabella Gotcha

June 30 Sign for Izzy

June 30 Fly to Chengdu

July 1 Gabriella Gotcha

July 2 Sign for Gabby

July 3 Fly to Guangzhou

July 7 Consulate Appointment

July 9 Van to Hong Kong

July 10 Fly Home