Friday, November 14, 2008



We got our I171H today!


So, now we get to send 18 documents to Washington, and after that we have the option of going to Kyrgyzstan to meet the kids. Unfortunately, in Washington you pay by the document, so, if my mental math is correct, we need to sign a couple dozen checks for a grand total of $2,164.

Yep, that's for the "processing" and courier fees to send 18 pieces of paper--well, okay, to be fair some of the documents are many more than a single sheet--back to the government that just sent them to us.

It's a streamlined process going on here.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Heather said...

congrats on getting this shouldn't be long now, right? :)

Mrs. C said...


Now, you MUST still blog after the kids come! I need to see how this story turns out!!

Annemarie said...

That is so EXCITING!!!!! I am praying for a totally unexpected windfall of, oh let's say $5,000 just for fun.

I am so happy for you guys!


Wendy said...

Wonderful news! You're one step closer! It'll be SO worth it. Like Mrs. C, I can't wait to see how God works the whole story out. Congrats!

Kimmie said...

Great news, keep pluggin along with that paperwork...this is good movement Luke.

Praying that God meets you financial and beyond the end of bringing your children home!
Thanks for sharing your news.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

DyessFam said...

Great news! I'll bet you are sooo excited! Just remember, its all God's money anyway and He can move it all around to do as He wills. Awesome! Thank you for your prayers, I really do appreciate them!

Father God, I just thank you for Luke and his wife's hearts for these kiddos. I ask that you provide the money necessary to pay the fees and beyond. Father, I ask that this whole process work out for your glory and honor and that, if it is your perfect will, you would break down all the barriers from here on out and put these kids with their parents as soon as may be. Thank you, Lord, for your unfailing love and blessings! Praise you! In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Andrea said...

I would consider adhering that ultra-important piece of paper to a non-removable place on your body...

ya ur forehead.

(cuz we've thought about doing that same thing...that paper is GOLD baby!!!)

Enjoy the journey best you can....


Jennifer Sr. said...

I love this pic! You both look overjoyed. Congratulations!!!Thanks for sharing this w/ us. Sincerely, Jennifer

mary grace said...

I am so happy to see your news! Praying that God's provision for the $$ is in place, and that you and your wife are able to celebrate His plan for your family this upcoming Thanksgiving knowing that it won't be long until you're joined by the blessings He has planned in advance for you!

Brianna Heldt said...

Hi there, I'm the neurotic blogger who was wondering what was in the catalog picture. :) Anyway, I clicked over to your blog and am so excited that you're in the process of adopting! We have four kids, including twin sons from Ethiopia. So this is obviously something close to my heart. Congratulations!

mom said...

Just saw your prayer request over at Kimmie's and I'll be praying for wisdom as you go step by step in this decision making process! And for the finances to do so!

Tammy ~@~

Polly & Steve said...

I got your blog from Mrs. C and what a joy. 33 years ago we adopted a son he was almost 4. We were suppose to get his older brother and sister, but the abuse was so bad that one set of parents the State of Alabama came to the conclusion that one set wouldn't be the best interest of the child. We went through a lot of teaching words and other things, but it was a blessing because we wanted children so badly. I will be praying for you guys and I am sorry it is so involved and takes so long. God bless you and your future family.
Polly and Steve

KarenW said...

Oh the joy and expense of all that red tape. But I'm glad you've gotten good news!!

The Small Scribbler said...

Looking forward to this parenting adventure with you.


Henry Cate said...

Congratulations, and best wishes.

Scott said...

So what is the updated timeline now?!

deb said...

Hooray Luke! I will say a prayer that everything goes well for you and your lovely wife.

Kelly @ Wisdom Begun said...

How TOTALLY awesome!! yay!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! The adoption is getting closer. Great pic of you two.

Heather said...

I tagged you at my blog! Please play along :) said...

Isn't the process awwwwesome? Well worth it though, Im sure!

Anonymous said...


theheartofachild said...

Congratulations! I am hoping to be able to start filling out all these forms soon! Adoption is an exciting journey...also a GREAT "refining" process for me and my journey with the Lord:-)I will be praying for you, your wife and future children!

Polly & Steve said...

Any news yet? Still in our prayers.
Polly and Steve

Luke said...

Heather, we could get them in the next couple of months. Here's hoping and praying!

Mrs C, fear not. I'll be blogging. And posting lots o' pictures <smile>.

Annemarie, thanks for the prayers. They are very much appreciated.

Wendy, I want to know the whole story as well <laughing>.

Kimmie, thanks for your prayers!

Dyess, thank you for the prayer!

Andrea, you crack me up <smile>.

Jennifer, we were super excited. <smile>

Mary Grace, thank you for your prayers as well!

Brianna, I like neurotic bloggers <smile>. Glad to stopped by and I hope to see you around the blogosphere <smile>.

Tammy, thank you!

Polly and Steve, thank you as well! We are very blessed to have so many people praying who have walked this road before.

Karen, yes, this process is crazy <smile>.

Kate and Henry, thanks for your encouragement!

Scott, we could have them in a couple of months... at the earliest. But the timeline is totally out of anyone's control... which is maddening <smile>.

Deb, thank you so much!

Kelly, Lisa, Mandy, and Jessie, we are so excited too <smile>. Thanks for your support!

Mrs. Needham, thank you for your prayers!

Polly and Steve, there is still no new news. Still waiting.

We are so grateful for all your prayers and support. Thank you, thank you!


Kathy said...

I can't even say the name of that country!

We are adopting from Haiti. It takes 2-3 years!!

theheartofachild said...

I was praying for your family last night and the Lord gave me Isaiah 61:3:
"...and provide for those who grieve in Zion (insert Kyrgyzstan)-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."

WOW...what a great word for the Lord's plans for your children!

Bethany Hudson said...

Congratulations! How exciting. I hope the rest of the process goes smoothly.

Kim & Dave said...

Congrats!!! LOVE that paper!!!

SlushTurtle said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting!!!

SpejoryMama said...

Luke, thanks for visiting my blog and for your encouragement.

Congratulations on the progress on your adoption. I am praying that God will provide the financial support you need.

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

YEE HAW!!! So exciting! My sister adopted from Africa last year and we absolutely LOVE her! Congrats!

Luke said...

Thank you all for your continued encouragement and prayers.