On Wednesday we made a trip to Downtown LA to have some of our adoption paperwork apostilled. (Never heard of an apostille? Neither had I before we started researching the adoption process. Essentially, an apostille is a form of authentication that is done to a notarized document before it is sent overseas.) Almost every piece of paper we will send to the country we are adopting from has to be apostilled. Some states charge $5 per document. Some states even have a cap on the amount they will charge you. But not our wonderful home state! Lovely California charges $20-$26 per document with no cap.
EJ and I were happy to have Bethany join us for the trip downtown. Bethany and her husband are friends we met through our small group at church. Coincidentally, they are also in the middle of an international adoption. You can check their blog out here.
Here we are in front of the state building. Sadly, the smiles you see above are a bit misleading. We left empty handed as our paperwork was refused. Thankfully, we've figured out the problem now and it shouldn't be difficult to fix.
One highlight of the day was Justin unexpectedly joining us for lunch. Thanks again, Bethany, for being such a delightful partner in adventure!