Thursday, October 23, 2008

Biometric Screening

Hello All,

Last week Jennifer and I had to head down to an immigration office in Detroit for Biometric Screening.

This screening is part of the USCIS I-600A process and sounds unbelievably intimidating. Jen and I were very curious as to what Biometrics our government was prepared to screen :)

As we entered, we quickly realized that what our government refers to as Biometric Screening (at least related to the adoption process) is just an extremely fancy word set for fingerprinting.

The process took all of 10 minutes and our Biometrics were screened.

Total Cost for all of this was $830. Yes, that's right, $83 per minute if you're counting. In essence, it cost us $41.50 per finger printed. (20 fingers).

Heck, some would argue that you can get this service done free of charge at your local precinct. All it would take is a nice ride in the back of a police car :-)

No wonder why our government has such a nice name for this process :-)

THANKS for Reading!

Watch your Biometrics or they may get screened!

Keith and Jennifer

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Friday, October 17, 2008

It's been a while!

Hello All,

I know, I know, it's been a while since our last post.

I also know all of you have been waiting on the edge of your seats with baited breath for the next post :-)

Here it is.

Jennifer and I started taking a Conversational Russian class on Tuesday evenings at the Trenton High School. What an awesome experience!

In the last 3 weeks, Jen and I have learned the Russian Alphabet (roughly 33 letters/sounds compared to our 26 letters), we have learned about 150 words, and we have learned about Russia in general (what to see, how the country's regions are divided up, the country's politics, where to eat, etc.)!

Our teacher, Elena (pronounced Yelena), was raised in Russia and moved to the US when she was in her twenties. She speaks five different languages fluently, holds a few different degrees, and has traveled the world. Talk about making us feel humble and thankful all at once. We leave class every Tuesday very appreciative for being able to learn from somebody as knowledgeable as Elena.

So class is awesome!

In other news...

Jennifer talked to our Adoption Agency last week and they stated that are wait for a Referral may take longer.

We were hoping to take our 1st trip to Russia around September 2009. Now, we're thinking that the trip may be pushed back by approx. 4 more months. Again, this is what we've been told.

As we have committed and admitted from the beginning. This whole process is a BIG step in FAITH for us and we have decided to leave everything surrounding our adoption process at God's feet. He is in control of this entire process and He has our Alexandra already picked out for us. He will lead us to each other in His time.

Please continue to pray for us, for our boys, and for little Alexandra!

THANKS for reading!

Keith and Jennifer

P.S. Click the link and turn up the volume on your computer. The vide0 is very creative and extremely cool!