Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My World Traveler


Our quiet-as-a-mouse, homebody, not-quite-17-year-old has left the country for a full year! She is going to be a foreign exchange student through a Rotary Club sponsorship. We never thought she'd go through with it! She is going to be living with a family of seven in northern Germany in a little town called Dulmen. The dad is an IT specialist, the mom is a stay-at-home mom, and there are five boys ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. The 17 year old is going to be a foreign exchange student in Mexico this year, so Logan gets his private room and bath. The next oldest boy is 13, so she also inherits the position of oldest child.

Logan left for Germany yesterday afternoon. Three hours later one of the kids tells us that Logan is on the phone. Uh, oh. That's not good news! Her 90-minute flight from Nashville to Washington, DC was nearly two hours late, so she missed her connection to Frankfurt. This was her first time to fly -- in fact to ever travel alone by any means. She had to take the next flight to Germany which left five hours later. She called to ask us to contact her host family because she couldn't figure out how to enter the access code the airline gave her plus the phone number to Dulmen. Well, it was currently 1 am in Germany, so they didn't answer. I emailed them hoping for the best. Fortunately they did check their email before leaving for the one-hour drive to the airport, so they were spared the early-morning commute since her original arrival time was 7 am. Today the host family was very nice and had Logan call us instead of emailing us to tell us she'd arrived safely.

We will certainly miss her! She doesn't return home until mid-July, just two weeks short of a full year. She also doesn't come home for Christmas break, and the Rotary Club has a two-week European tour set up for the exchange students during Easter break. If we can arrange babysitting, we may just have to fly to Germany around Christmas.

1 comment:

Dawn said...

WOW ~ What a brave and adventureous girl! What a wonderful experience it will be for her also. I hope you can visit her for the holidays.

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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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