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Exactly one week after our anniversary our family will now have a new anniversary, our family anniversary!  Introducing the fabulous and amazing latest addition to the Aguirre-Gildard family, Griselda Lea and Edgar Alan!! As a note, Edgar Alan had a different name when we met him and told us from the beginning that he wanted […]

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Good news first, we were able to visit our kids at the end of June and had a great time!  We played in the pool at our hotel, did some activities around Hermosillo and spent time bonding in our room doing crafts, reading books and learning English.  The kids are awesome and only bummed when […]

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We’re now in a phase of getting ready to get ready, a sort of pre-ready if you will.  Our dossier is now in Hermosillo which is great.  Our lawyer through our adoption agency has scheduled an appointment for us to meet the social workers at the local DIF (National System for the Full Development of […]

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Feliz 2013 and Happy New Year to all!  It’s a new year and hopefully the year we’re going to bring our kids home, woo hoo!  Here is a new picture to show the progress of our nopales. For our most recent adoption update, we were informed that our dossier (our big adoption file) was approved […]

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Nostalgic in Hermosillo

Sometimes you forget how much you miss a place until you visit.  Then you get nostalgic and want to stay.  That’s how our recent trip to Hermosillo, Mexico was, after a few days we wanted to stay.  Not forever, but for a little bit longer.  The trip solidified our good feelings about adopting from Mexico, […]

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Apostille and Gracias

We just completed something really important, drum roll please…. our first round of apostille!! Here’s how it works: You get a bunch of documents notarized.  We have found a great notary that’s willing to travel around with us and we had her notarize our doctor’s signatures, copies of passports, utility bills, employment verification letters, and […]

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This is the week that the adoption process started to break us.  All the forms, all the endless copies of things notarized and official this and that. When you go to a doctor’s office twice with a notary and then have to go back again for blood-work and then again for a drug test and […]

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Siana’s attempt to make things fun… This week we will be borrowing from the old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” and will be amending it to fit the world of adoption: It takes a village of organization, friends, adoption professionals, notaries, state apostille officials and the FBI to complete an international adoption […]

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Edgar’s thoughts on the recent presidential election in Mexico As a little boy, I remember growing up in a Mexico where the PRI (the Partido Revolucionario Institucional or Institutional Revolutionary Party in English) was not only THE political party, it was my dad’s family’s second religion.    I grew up with tales from my paternal […]

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We can now officially say that we are done with our home study, woo hoo! Our home study agency is sending us the completed copies (notarized, stamped, signed!) and we can now move on to the next step.  What is the next step you might ask?  The USCIS form! And not just any form, the […]

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