Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vietnam in Nashville


I was missing the delicious Vietnamese food we ate the entire time we were in Vietnam, so I did a search for a local Vietnamese restaurant. I found three different restaurants in the same block just off Charlotte Avenue! When we got there, we discovered an entire section of the city we didn't even know existed! There was a shopping center with adjacent stores which were all Vietnamese run. There were two Vietnamese video stores, a nail supply store, a Vietnamese doctor, a Vietnamese dentist, three restaurants, a small grocery and a huge international grocery store! We ate at one of the restaurants, Miss Saigon, which was wonderful, and then we did a bit of shopping at the grocery store. Each aisle was devoted to a different country, but the vast majority of the store was devoted to Asian food, also divided by aisle into differient Asian countries. The fresh produce selection was vast, fresh, and reasonably priced, and the meat section was an adventure! The kids got a kick out of the live eel tank. We bought a half cart of fresh produce for $35.00. Later we went back with an empty van and bought an overflowing cart of groceries (mostly fresh fruits and vegetables) for under $75.00. Since Turrentine's, our only local salvage grocery store, and the international market across the street from the farmer's market both closed in the same week, I've been at a loss for an inexpensive place to buy good, fresh produce. I've found my replacement, as a bonus it's just a few blocks from my favorite Salvation Army furniture thrift store!

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Adoption Timeline

  • 2006
  • November 8 - Application Mailed
  • November 22 - Accepted
  • November 24 - I-600A Mailed
  • November 27 - Delivery Confirmed
  • November 28 - Receipt of I-600A
  • November 30 - Fingerprint Notice
  • December 15 - Home Study Update
  • December 21 - Stacey Fingerprinted
  • December 28 - Added to List (#116)
  • 2007
  • January 24 - Home Study Mailed
  • January 25 - Ben Fingerprinted
  • February 8 - Waiting List (#111)
  • February 20 - Waiting List (#109)
  • February 27 - Waiting List (#105)
  • March 8 - Waiting List (#101)
  • March 22 - Waiting List (#99)
  • April 19 - Waiting List (#98)
  • April 25 - Dossier Authentication
  • May 2 - Delivery Confirmed
  • May 2 - Added to SN Wait List
  • May 3 - Waiting List (#97)
  • June 7 - Waiting List (#86)
  • June 25 - Dossier Translated
  • June 28 - On Waiting List Six months
  • July 9 - Waiting List (#81)
  • August 6 - Waiting List (#4 SN)
  • August 8 - Waiting List (#76)
  • September 7 - Waiting List (#70)
  • October 8 - Waiting List (#67)
  • October 22 - Waiting child -- OURS!!
  • October 23 - Official Referral Date
  • October 25 - Letter #1 Submitted
  • October 29 - Referral Receipt - CHI
  • 2008
  • February 5 - Fingerprint Request
  • February 7 - Proof of Delivery
  • March 1 - All Fingerprinted
  • March 3 - I-600 Application Mailed
  • March 5 - I-600 Acknowledgement
  • April 17 - I-600 Approval!
  • May 2 - Original G & R Date
  • May 3 - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
  • May 5 - MEET EPHRAIM!
  • May 6 - Drive to Kien Giang
  • May 7 - G & R Ceremony
  • May 8 - Medical, Apply for Passport
  • May 12 - Fly to Hanoi
  • May 13 - Visa appointment at USCIS
  • May 14 - Pick Up Visa, Fly Home
  • May 15 - Arrive in Nashville!
  • May 23 - Certificate of Citizenship
  • June 12 - Re-Adoption Filed by Court
  • July 3 - Tennessee Birth Certificate

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