07 May 2008

Thank You Ace

Welcome AceofSpadesHQ readers and thank you Ace for everything.  Ace and Patterico are the two biggest reasons I started blogging.  This has been a long, frustrating process and I was starting to get burned out.  When doubleplusundead and others emailed and suggested asking for help, it was very difficult to do.  The prayers, advice, and donations have all been overwhelming (in a good way).

We still have several months worth of paperwork to get processed and the attorneys we have now are (mostly) very good.  Pursuing any redress from the original attorney is going to wait until DHS and ICE are happy.   So far, they have been very understanding with extensions to our daughter's visas, but if that were to change our daughters might end up deported.  Doing anything right now to complicate their applications would be unwise.

For those who are interested, the adoption is complete and has been for a long time.  We have an adoption decree by the court.  What we didn't know was that the first attorney had arranged for the girls to come here on a student visa and never prepared anything to get that status changed.  This eventually caught the attention of the IRS because the girls were unable to get Social Security Numbers and we couldn't understand why.  Trying to get all this sorted out since then has been nerve-wracking at times and we needed to go much farther into our financial reserves than we ever expected would happen.

Thank you all for taking the time to listen... your kind words and any donations will be passed forward when our own situation is stable again.  I promise you that.


Posted by: Stashiu3 at 17:46:17 | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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What state?

I know a family lawyer in TX.

Posted by: jb at 07 May 2008@19:14:26 (HrVHr)

2 Hang in there.  It sounds like you are handling everything the best way possible.

Posted by: DRJ at 07 May 2008@20:44:29 (wE7Og)

3 jb, The attorneys we have now are immigration lawyers and they're doing ok... better now that I shared my concerns with them about losing the birth certificate.  We will probably look into getting another attorney after everything is complete to try and make sure that this doesn't happen to someone else.

DRJ, thanks as always.  Your advice was particularly helpful (and timely).

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 07 May 2008@21:16:43 (Q5ggV)

4 Well, I'm just as slow as molasses!  I juuuuuust read about this at Ace's place, hope the bit Fatwa and I can do will be of some assistance.

Normally, I elect to donate as an anony-mouse, but I wanted for you to know your friends are solidly behind you.

Posted by: BrendaK at 08 May 2008@10:46:42 (vmv+h)

5 Thanks BK!  You and Fatwa are good gerbils and I'm very happy you like your new job so much.  When's that Yankee sunovagun gonna make his move?  (Location of course, he apparently has little problem with the other kind towards his BrendalambiepieK.)

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 08 May 2008@16:40:03 (Q5ggV)

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