Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Fed Ex has lost our agency's dossiers from last week. 15 families are involved. For those of you who don't right away understand the severity of this situation, let me tell you what goes into a dossier. It takes several months to put together the documents needed, several hundred dollars for document authentication and lots of time, sweat, tears and prayers. Most of the documents involved would have to start all over from the beginning if they are not recovered. Our agency is working round the clock as is Fed Ex to resolve this and find this missing package. For those of us who have done this before or are in process, this is one of our deepest, darkest fears. I can only imagine what they are feeling right now. But we know that God knows where that package is and our prayer is that He would give Fed Ex the eyes to see it, our agency the perserverance to see it through and GRACE to all the families involved.
On a personal note, we could have very easily been in that batch. Our homestudy took longer than I thought it should and I was irritated that our process was taking longer than it should have. Well, I have been humbled and have now given close friends permission to deck me if I complain at the timing of this process.
I will keep you posted as we learn more. Thanks ahead of time for lifting this situation up in prayer!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Our homestudy was sent off on Friday so we're hoping that the great alignment happens on Monday morning and that they get all the pieces together in one spot. A quick review (a girl can dream) and then they send us our 171! That is the document that allows us to bring home our child. Can't do it without that magic piece of paper. It is kind of like the holy grail in the international adoption community. It is always the last piece of paperwork that you need and without it, the whole thing is a no go. It is at this stage that people have been known to start stalking their mail person and camping out by the mailbox. Of course I've never done that, I've only read about it in books....
The record right now from the Baltimore office is a week - we're blown away that it could be that quick since it took us 6 weeks last time. Other offices have a wait time right now of up to 3 months so we are very blessed! Since we live here in the DC area, we can do all the authentication and hand deliver our dossier (all the documents that go to China) in 2 days. Yeah!!!! I'll be thrilled when that happens - the end to the paperwork (for now...)!
If all goes well, we should be dtc (dossier to China) by the end of March. Three years ago our dtc date was the last week of March. How cool is that? Now let's see if we can make it to China by the end of the year...
Monday, March 5, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Ok, so you'll have to "suffer" through more photos of my kids while I figure out this blog thing. It continues to amaze me that despite the normal sibling squables, my girls really are good friends. They normally play so well together. Ken and I love to watch them at night when we say prayers together as they cuddle and giggle and, in general, act like silly little girls. Our prayer is that they will continue to stay close as the grow older. That kind of relationship is such a gift. Sweet sisters!
This is Jacob. Nothing more needs to be said (except that he is probably wearing a pink shirt underneath - no problem with expressing himself!)
Friday, March 2, 2007
Ok, so this isn't the most current photo of all of them but it isn't easy to find one that has all of them in it. I'm still trying to figure out the uploading photo thing...
They do look so sweet Christmas morning, even if they are half awake :)
Of course we know that someone is missing - hoping that we might have our newest kiddo in the picture this coming Christmas!
We've started this blog to journal our journey for the newest addition to our chaotic but happy family. We can't wait to head back to China and meet our newest addition, whoever he/she is!