As I lay in bed this morning at 2 a.m. wide awake I had this great idea for a post. I actually should have gotten up and written it. Because now that I am sitting in front of the computer I totally can't remember what I was going to write. I just have this problem with getting out of the bed in the middle of the night. I am a total insomniac, but I would rather lay in bed listening to D and the cats snore than get up and watch TV, use the computer or anything else. It sucks!
So since that whole adoption thing is moving forward I suppose I should really post about that. We are still in the throws of the paperwork nightmare. Our new concern is over the financial paperwork. One piece of paper gives an outline of your financial situation, another are employment letters from D's employer and one from our accountant for me. The last is the homestudy. All of the dollar amounts have to match. The problem is that D and I don't file our taxes until sometime in September. (we are procrastinators because we owe every year instead of get money back) Sooo, our original home study reflects earnings from 2003 & 2004. The employment letters and financial statement reflect earnings from 2004. It took us about a month to get it all figured out last July so it jived. Well now that we have to have the stinkin' home study update it won't match anymore. But our employment letters and financial form don't expire until July. And of course D was a straight commission sales person so our "salary" is never the same. In other words, he made less last year than the year before.
Now I have to go through all of our tax info to find out exactly how much we did make, let the coordinator know and find out what to do about the paperwork. The other issue is that D's employment letter has to come from Wisconsin. Of course then it has to be apostilled in the state of Wisconsin. Fortunately, in WI you don't send the original document to the Sec. of State., so the HR guy tells us who the notary is, we mail off the request and attach it to the document ourselves.
Doesn't this all sound so confusing? Trust me it is. If you or someone you love is considering an international adoption please asses your (or their) organizational skills. If all parties involved in the adoption are disorganized procrastinators please reconsider. I tell you this because I care. Really, this too is a public service.