Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time to go!

Flights are booked!!  I'm not packed but I have piles and lists everywhere. We leave early on June 1 and arrive back June 17.  June 5 is GOTCHA DAY!!  Our visas were taken into the Consulate in Houston on Friday and are expected back by the end of this week. What an adventure!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

So Close!

Our visa applications are now in Houston and Brad will NOT have to be finger-printed! We are set to have Article 5 pickup on Monday, May 15, so Travel Approval could come any time from 3 days later to 2 weeks later. In the meantime, we are getting doctor appointments done that we might not have time for later and finishing up with school around here. We also have sweet evidences everywhere that someone little is coming: a stool to reach the sink in the bathroom, a booster seat at the dining table and even a "Lottie potty". All we need now is our Lottie. Please pray that our time is used wisely as we wait and that it goes quickly and smoothly!

This was a timely read. We are thankful for our "tribe". <3 span="">
"You WILL need people to love you through this next year....You need people who are going to really pray for you around the clock. This is a battle for a child’s heart and you need support."Prayer

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

>12 hours later...JOY comes in the morning

See how good God is....look what came in my email this morning! (Our final update from the agency/orphanage with measurements, and all!) She's holding up how many months left until Mommy & Daddy come to get her! Thank you, Jesus!
32.5" tall
5.5" little foot
18 teeth
100% precious!

And before a post by an adopting friend....

"The waiting itself is beneficial to us; it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission and endears the blessing when it comes."- Charles Spurgeon "
"In trusting the Lord in the waiting we demonstrate a faith that proves his presence is sweeter than any gift. And in time the waiting will cease and we will find what we've wanted all along- more of God himself." -Journey devo
Waiting, trusting ~ in His Presence ~ no better place to be.

Thank you, God for answering a night of questions and frustrations with some sweet JOY.  Isn't He good?

Adoption FAQs

When will you travel?
It's still looking like we'll travel the first week of June.
Are you excited? 
It's not the first emotion I'm feeling. It's really hard having your baby all the way across the world. I'm not as much excited as really anxious and ready...and yes, I'll be patient and yes, I know it'll "go fast"...I'm just saying it's hard. When I was on the other side looking in on the adoption process, I never would have guessed there would be so many overwhelming emotions involved.
The best answer is: "I just want to be in China right now."
We've been blessed with so much, so when I'm asked if we need anything I literally cannot think of anything. Then late at night, when I can't sleep....I think of things toddlers might need that our house no longer has... 
Thanks for listening, friends. I'm so very blessed that you're sharing this journey with us. I hope to do a happier post soon, when the sun is shining and I've had some sleep. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Timeline Guesstimate

My Guess at the Timeline:
I realize these adoption terms are like a foreign language and if you're truly interested in what each means you can research it. I only know bits and pieces myself, but basically these are the steps we're waiting for until we travel to China and I've put approximate dates (total guesses based on others' dates and numbers right now) so you can see how close we are. I'll update with the actual dates as they come.

I800 approval on 4/19 *actual date 4/18
GUZ a week later on 4/26 *actual date 4/25
RTF on 4/28 *actual date 4/26
Art 5 drop off on 5/2 *actual date 4/27
Art 5 pick up on 5/16 - now maybe 5/12?
It's very possible that we could have TA as early as 5/19!
This is when we would apply for visas.

So... we could be leaving 6/1 with a *Family Day* of 6/5 (or 6/12) !!!

FYI: We stay 2 full weeks in China -near Hong Kong - and then bring home the USA's most adorable new citizen, who becomes so as soon as her precious little toes step foot on our soil.

*Family Day (also called Gotcha Day) is the day we meet her and she's put into our arms.  We will celebrate her Family Day every year as the day she became a part of our Forever Family.

Again, this is a completely hypothetical scenario but I am having fun watching the averages on other adoption pages and can't wait to see how close we get!  Yes I'm very excited and yes I'm kind of a nerd 🤓