We left the house at 9am and got home around 5pm. Long day...but very productive. We went to the county courthouse, Secretary of State's office and TECO. It was a ton of paperwork and running around. But everything went very smoothly. We breathed a sigh of relief every time our paperwork would get the approval of one more official government worker, and we were SO relieved to finally hand in the final stack of papers and know that they are out of our hands. We are FINISHED with paperwork! In about a week our papers should be sent to Taiwan to be entered into court. The next step of our process is to WAIT for approximately 4 months as our papers proceed through court in Taiwan.
It was a wonderful day...and unexpectedly fun too. We ate lunch in a neat food court in the building where the Secretary of State's office is. They had remodeled in December, and it was really fabulous...there was Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, Quizno's, as well as a salad bar, Mexican food area, etc. We each got a cookie for dessert. Then as we waited for copies of paperwork to be made, we walked the balcony area and had a fabulous view of the Capitol building across the street. And then top all of that off with the neat "tubes" we walked through to the buildings, the enclosed over-the-street walkways, the rotating doors, escalators and elevators...well, let's just say we had fun playing in the big city! :)
One of the pics is of our children in front of the window where we were looking at the Capitol. The other pic is of us after we submitted our paperwork at the TECO office (very neat place, by the way!). Did I mention we are FINISHED with paperwork??!! Whooo-hooooo!! Now, can we go get Grace???? :)