In that same line of thinking, I feel like I recently made a small contribution to an El Salvador mission trip. (You're thinking how is this related to our adoption? ... well, here is the connection...) I was at the TN Secretary of States' office getting some adoption paperwork Apostilled. There was one person ahead of me. I could hear the clerk explaining to her that the document she wanted them to Apostille had not been notarized and did not have a County Certification. The clerk was really trying to explain the process to her as best as she could, but the girl was totally confused. I was not trying to eavesdrop on their conversation, but since I waiting in line about 2 feet away it was hard to not to hear.
The clerk instructed her to find a notary and then take the document to the County Clerk's office to get the County Cert and then bring it back to her for the Apostille. The girl had driven about an 1 1/2 from Bowling Green, KY and didn't have a clue where the Davidson County Clerk's office was located. It was taking forever for the clerk to give driving directions and this poor girl was clearly very frustrated.
Now, I usually stay out of other's people's business and, normally, I wouldn't dream of interrupting their conversation, but for some reason, this time was different. I leaned over and said, "Excuse me, I really didn't mean to eavesdrop, but I think I can help you. You see, my office is located right next door to the Davidson's County Clerk's office and I have a friend in the office who is a notary. Once I get the Apostille for my documents, you could just follow me there."
The clerk checked the clock and then informed her there was time to do all that and still get back before they closed. So I handed the clerk my paperwork and she started moving like the bionic women. She Apostilled 10+ documents in less than 2 minutes!
The girl followed me to work, got her document (and a few others) notarized and certified and was headed out the door to go back to the Secretary of State's office. When she stopped to thank me, I finally asked her what she was going to do in El Salvador. She explained that she had just received her nursing license (i.e. the document that needed an Apostille) and she was going to El Salvador on a medical mission trip with her home church. I just thought that was really cool!
You know I can't post without adding photos so here are a couple of neat ones:
Now, that initial excitement of the Wii is wearing off a tiny bit, the boys are discovering a few other gifts from Mom and Dad. One of my favorites is the Russian Architecture building blocks set. I just love toys that are powered by good ol' fashioned imagination!