I HATE government bureaucracy. I am seriously, seriously p*ssed off and completely frustrated. I sent my documents to get the apostilles. I received the package today- with excitement bubbling over - until I opened it. All of my documents were inside, along with the check I sent, and my cover letter with a stamp stating, "Received April 4th 2012 Secretary of State" and nothing else. Really? What the heck? Not even a letter explaining why they returned everything. So I spent the next 20 minutes ON HOLD waiting to talk to a human at the capital. The Hunger Games are becoming more and more meaningful to me.
Finally Martha takes my call and very snippily explains to me that I SHOULD have taken ALL of my documents to the counties where the notary's signatures are on file, get a piece of paper for each signature that states, yes this notary is on file and not expired (ISN'T THAT WHAT THE NOTARY STAMP IS FOR??!!!) and THEN send all of the documents with their little slips of verification to the capital so they can put their big, shiny, gold star on the documents.
I asked Martha, what is the purpose of a notary if you once you have the document notarized, you have to go back and STILL get a verification stamp from each county? You know what she told me?
"Well, you would have saved yourself a lot of trouble by just getting the documents notarized by an attorney in the first place." I SERIOUSLY wanted to go all Katniss on her, but because I'm a good, Christian lady, I refrained. At least audibly because the conversation that was going on in my head was not pretty.
Note to future adoptive parents: When it comes time to have all of your documents notarized, make sure you have your own personal lawyer do all of that for you. For free.
Miss M. I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH and I will jump through these ridiculous hoops to make sure you come home. I'm sorry that I didn't know the ins and outs of this process and now it's added on more time before I can come to you. But I PROMISE you, when we finally meet it will ALL BE WORTH IT! Vale la pena mija!!
I have 4 county clerk of courts I have to visit. I hope it doesn't take longer than a week to get done. I have a problem with the county of my home study because it's hours away and I don't know how I can work that into my schedule since government hours are so flexible.
This mama needs your prayers!