Tis the Season…

T’is the season for: Christmas music (this begins on Nov. 1 for me), decorating, long underwear, cozy mittens, Ugg boots, hockey games, planning for gift giving, and DRY SKIN.

Yesterday, Scott and I had our appointment at the local USCIS office for our FBI fingerprinting. It’s located down on University Ave. in St. Paul-not one of our most prideful areas of the Twin Cities- in a bit of a seedy strip mall- think licensing center but not as nice as suburban ones.  I pulled up next to Scott and got out of my car (a Honda- highly targeted by thieves), backpack in hand- loaded with my laptop, cell phone & ipad- as even carefree me wasn’t about to leave that load in the car for any length of time in that neck of the woods.

Scott began yelling at me from the front seat of his car, “ANN! ANN! You can’t bring that in there! It says right there: ‘No cell phones, no video cameras or other recording devices…”  I said, “I don’t have a video camera and it’s all turned off. I don’t want to leave this in my car.”  He was like, “this is a big deal- if we get kicked out and have to come back another time that would be a big bummer.  There’s a camera on your laptop, too.”  And he was very adamant.  I had a “who are you?!” moment.  So, I acted like the submissive wife that I always am and went and put my backpack in the car.  Then, I met him inside the doorway and we started up again.  Scott: “Do you have your cell phone in your pocket? You CANNOT bring that in here.  This is a big deal…this is Homeland Security. They do not mess around.”  (at this point I’m thinking too much Vince Flynn for him) Meanwhile, people are walking in front of us to the head of the line… Me: “Wow. The things you choose to get fired up over strikes me funny.” And, off I went again- back to the car- to put my turned off cell phone in the stockpile for whomever might steal my car.  I got back inside, smiled at Scott, and he said, “sorry, it’s the rule follower in me coming out.”  Up to the front of the line we went.  Spoke with the nice man who took our driver’s licenses and he kindly said, “if you have a cell phone in your pocket just make sure it’s turned off.”  Again, just a little smile at my rule follower- too soon to have a good chuckle.  Had he not been so worked up at me 2 minutes earlier, he may have smiled, too.

Anyway… took us about 5 minutes to get to the fingerprinting ladies. Mine was older and not having a good day, in my opinion.  She immediately felt my hands, scoffed a bit, and said, “Your hands are way too dry. Here- I’m squirting this water on them, rub it in.” Then, we started on the machine… she was having some trouble getting it to read some of my fingers- so, another LOUD sigh and comment about my dry skin (which didn’t even look bad from outward appearance- no skin peeling or whiteness to them)..so, I cheerfully said, “Yep! Tis the season!”  No response. Just a comment that I needed to loosen up and I was too rigid so she couldn’t roll my hand the right way.  I wonder if her demeanor played a part in my rigidness? I was really trying hard to be helpful.  Meanwhile- Mitch Rapp is behind me sailing right along with his silky smooth hands chit chattin away with his nice girl.

So- we move along in the adoption process.  Another step completed. Now we do some more waiting. Waiting to hear back from the USCIS saying we’ve been approved by our government (will take approx 2 weeks) and waiting to hear from Haiti where our dossier has either landed or is en route!

Hope you all are enjoying this most wonderful time of the year!  btw- I got clearance from the top brass to declassify Operation Fingerprints.

On a very exciting note- our Senior Pastor and our Youth Pastor are heading to Haiti a week from Monday on a scouting mission for World Wide Village and they are going to visit the boys at the orphanage sometime that week! They will be bringing some gifts down for all the kids- something for now and some things to hide until Christmas. A fun thing he will deliver specifically to Davensly (did I tell you we found out this is the correct spelling of his name?) is an ABC’s photo book I made for him.  It’s real fun- an A to Z look at things about our family and living in MN. Pray for their visit to go great! Thanks.  Until next time…


  1. Ha Ha funny stuff. I remember going to that place. It IS a seedy part of town. You have quite the imagination. Of course, my experience there was a little more straight forward. No drama.. There are a bunch of characters down there though…

    1. Thomas- there was no imagination involved except in Scott’s head where you would’ve thought we were gonna be strip searched, held at gunpoint, and flown to CIA headquarters if I flashed my cell phone. Good stuff 🙂

  2. I get sad when your article is ending. I want to read more!! How exciting for Davensly to receive something made by you.
    I am wondering why you were able to declassify Operation fingerprints? That all sounds so legal and a big rule to follow. 🙂
    Sure is an exciting time for you and us as the extended family. With love to you all, Trish

    1. I was able to share the story b/c your son gave me permission to poke some fun at him in this post 🙂 He was as riled up as I’ve seen him in quite some time. Hilarious stuff.

  3. LOL, I remember that place and getting fingerprinted. As a nurse, my fingerprints were hard to get because of all the gloves we use….??? if it rips off my skin or what?
    Love the ABC book idea and am so excited Davensly will be able to get something from you like that. How special for someone you know to be able to visit him! Love, Becky

  4. Very funny. I think I went to that place years ago for a new birth certificate or something. You are a great writer andwhen I read this I see how much I miss laughing with you!

  5. That was very funny!! You are funny even going thru all these serious, technical situations. I’ll get you some mosturizer for Christmas!!! Love you both. Mom

  6. “Wow. The things you choose to get fired up over strikes me funny.” It strikes me funny how you use “funny”. As Inigo Montoya would say, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” 🙂

    Very excited for Davensly/Dave/Sly (don’t hurt me!) to get his book. Such a powerful way to express to him long before you get him the love that you already have for him, the excitement you have for him to arrive, and hopefully allay some of his fears and get him excited about joining your family.


    1. Thanks, Tim! Montoya was partly right- my use of the word “funny” in that situation meant “mostly irritating and a tiny bit funny”.
      Sly (much preferred over your other options) will be blessed to have the Janes’ in his life!

      1. Love that he’s ‘Vinny’. I’ll occasionally sprinkle in ‘Sly’, but only if that seems right once I meet him. And my earlier reply will be the last reference to ‘Dave’ you’ll get. Just couldn’t help myself once his name spelling got corrected. 🙂 But I’m good now. Out of my system. I’ll just stick with ‘Dave’ for my 1 1/2 year old nephew.

  7. I reread these quite often……….so fun to ‘relive’ the moments. By any chance did you take photos of the album that you sent to Davensly? I suppose not everyone would want to see 27 pages of the alphabet and photos…….but I sure would. Your creativity is amazing to me. Love to you all on this THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

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