Our next step right now is to head up to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul sometime in the next month (hopefully before Steve leaves for India the end of August) and submit our application to adopt to the USCIS, along with our fingerprints, a copy of our home study and $750 application fee. Basically, we are submitting all our information into the US Government and they need to deem us "eligible" to adopt a child. This process can take up to 12 weeks.
It was really exciting getting our home study back and reading it over. For some reason it made the adoption feel a lot more real. Similar, maybe, to when you first hear the heartbeat or see an ultrasound during a pregnancy. Something is actually really happening! It also felt like a big accomplishment, all the things we had written, requested, ordered and thought through were all compiled together, forming our home study. A big milestone in our adoption journey! Thank you for partnering with us and for your encouragement, thoughts, prayers, and financial support along the way! We can't wait to meet the little one the Lord has planned for our family through the miracle of adoption.