Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JinCi Temple




Sorry for the quick post but we are on our way out to a park and shopping on our last full day in Taiyuan. Yesterday we visited the JinCi Temple and loved it. We all decided it was much better than the Forbidden City! It was very COLD! and windy but it was so nice to be outside. Caleb continues to do well and we continue to eat way more fast food than we ever have. I will try to post again tonight with more pictures!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Taiyuan Day 2

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Rollercoasters and Smiles

Today we experienced a first - an amusement park in China!  We didn't know that Summer was taking us to an amusement park instead of just a regular park.  It was a huge hit with the kids!  Jacob and Kendra even road a big roller coaster (I know what you're thinking - yes, it went against every protective mom bone in my body) that cost 40 RMB which is about $6! for the ride.  He loved it and Kendra survived.  Everywhere we went we had a crowd following us.  We decided that we were the amusment at the amusement park today!
Caleb ate non stop this evening, sucking down 2 cups of milk with Carnation Instant Breakfast, a serving of mashed potatoes from KFC,  sweet potato puffs and a few bites of cheese pizza from Pizza Hut (which was heavenly :) ).  He experienced his first bath  - lots of screams there!  But Jacob was able to get him belly laughing again and took the most awesome photos - we fell in love with the eyes but now that smile is ever so sweet.
Sorry for the confusion with the photobucket albums.  I can't view my blog so I have no idea where they are going, just that they are there.  I probably won't be able to fix it all until I get home.
I'm in process of adding more - someday I'll get them all going the same direction and write captions.  Until then, enjoy them as best you can!
 
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Gotcha Day!

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It's Official!

This is my third try to get this posted and I've had to resort to emailing it so hopefully it will go through!!
Caleb is officially a Weikel!  We've signed all the papers, put our fingerprint on our signatures and promised to take care of him forever.  We had a sweet time with the Asst. Director from the orphanage.  Her love for kids is apparent and we are grateful that Caleb was taken care of his first 2 years.  After a tearful goodbye, we headed back to the hotel and have been feeding Caleb and hanging out until our guide comes back to take us to a park this afternoon.  Caleb had a great night and is starting to eat today.  He LOVES milk, although I'm having to use the syringe to get it into him.  He doesn't like any of the bottles or cups I brought (and I brought 4) so this is going to have to work for now.  He is still so sweet and loves to watch everything go by when we are in the car.  It will be fun to get him out this afternoon and see how he reacts to it all.
I was able to get our Beijing photos uploaded and will try to back post about our time in Beijing tonight.  I guess I'll have to do through email...
I will also try to get the rest of our Taiyuan photos uploaded.  The connection is slow and I think some things are being blocked so it is a bit tricky and might take a little longer.  Sorry!
 
 
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Beijing

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Gotcha

"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders."Psalm 9:1 I have had many memorable days in my life and I have experienced God's amazing work over the years. I must say that today I have seen the hand of God. Caleb has handled today much better than we ever could have hoped and we can see glimpses of the little boy who is in this tiny little body. First, a word about our local guide. This is her first adoption. She also has her boss with her and hates to fly. The poor thing was in tears last night and Faith talked her through the whole 1 hour flight. She is trying hard to help us but it is a good thing we have done this before. But now, on to Caleb :) We pulled into the Civil Affairs office right behind the cab with the Assistant orphanage director and one of the nannies, a young girl who had grown up in the SWI. We were so excited to see him - there was no mistaking who he was :) We spoke to them and followed them up 5 flights up steps! since the electricity wasn't getting turned on till the afternoon. Once we got there we gradually made the switch from the nanny to me. He wimpered but never really cried that hard. I wanted to get a photo of Caleb, us and the ladies from Datong but he was not doing well with me walking to the same side of the room as they were so we video taped our interaction instead (sorry - not digital so we can't post it). We left the civil affairs office to take the picture we needed for the adoption decree. Luckily we dropped everyone else off - we walked all over Taiyuan trying to find a place that would take the photo we needed. Once we got back, it was time for McDonalds (Caleb isn't interested) and baby bananas for Caleb. We've gotten him to laugh and the kids have had fun playing with him. We've left him in the crib - I think that is where he spent most of his time and he seems most comfortable there. We're so amazed at the prayers - the Assitant Director kept telling our guide that Caleb is so weak and that he cries a lot. Yet he has not freaked out too badly yet - I'm sure it will happen eventually but he has been pretty peaceful today. We are so proud of our little guy - he has killer eye lashes! I'm in awe of God's handiwork and am anxious to see how Caleb's personality will emerge.
We are trying to upload more photos but the connection here is terribly slow - it has taken me 3 tries just to get these few things uploaded. I will try again tonight to get the rest of our Beijing photos and gotcha day photos uploaded.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Goodbye from Beijing

Sorry - no pics today. We are having to pack tonight to check out in the morning before we go to church and the Summer Palace. Repacking after a long day of sightseeing doesn't leave much energy for posting. Our next post will be from Taiyuan - hopefully I'll get a chance to upload our Forbidden City/Great Wall/Summer Palace photos Monday morning before we get Caleb.
The kids are having a great time. There is a big group of kids and they all are having a blast hanging out at the back of the bus and touring together. My kids will be sad to say goodbye for the week tomorrow I"m sure! It will be fun to meet up again with everyone in Guangzhou with all our new additions!
Keep the prayers coming - we will see Caleb in about 36 hours!!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Beijing

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Our Great Hutong Adventure!




After starting out our day hanging out at the local bank (our hotel does not exchange money :( ) we joined two other families on a grand adventure through Beijing. After hailing 3 cabs for the 13 of us, we played frogger with the rest of Beijing. We had asked to be dropped off to do the Hutong tour. Well we got dropped off in a spot, which at the time, seemed a bit nuts. After an hour or so walking detour through areas that were definitly NOT tourist spots, we finally found the area we were looking for. Kudos to our 2 great tour guides, Tom and Perry!! We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring this area on foot. I had originally wanted to rent a rickshaw but instead we hired a rickshaw drivier as a tour guide. We definitly saw stuff off the beaten path!! Very cool. It is sad that so many of these old homes are being demolished to make room for Beijing's olympics! We had a blast of a day exploring and getting to know the other two families. The kids did great! Jacob has made a friend with another Jacob who is his age. To two of them have had a great time together! We also toured the gardens of an old palace - lots of neat rock formations and LOTS of Chinese tourists!
Getting home was an adventure in and of itself - taxis did not want to take Americans in this area. Made for a very difficult drive back to the hotel! Perry, aka the Great Negotiator, got us a discount on our dinner back at the hotel (they have buffet and dance show each night but we didn't want the show and dinner wias pray expensive so they gave us 100 yuan off if dinner
All the kids are wiped and I'm trying not to fall asleep at the computer. Check out the extra photos to the left. Tomorrow is Tianneman Square and the Great Wall. We are praying for clearer weather. There has been a foggy haze in the air all day which has made things difficult to see. Prayin that it goes away!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

We're Back...

That was for you Nathan :) We've made it safe and somewhat sound. The girls are crashing here in the room with a dinner of granola bars and cheese crackers. The rest of the clan is attempting dinner at the hotel restaurant. There aren't really any other spots to eat here so we're going to have to do meals at the hotel or the gas station quick mart next door (yum, I know).
I've posted some quick photos of our flight. Sarah made a buddy on the plane - the two of them played off and on throughout the entire 13 hour flight. They had a great time! Anna was quite excited that we flew over the North Pole but was disappointed by the lack of a Santa sighting.
Wish I could type more but I'm working on about 6 hours of sleep in 2 days and am unsure if I can type anymore complete sentences. Here are a few photos...
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Starting Anna early with a Starbucks addiction...The black tea is yummy!

Jacob did great on the flight and slept more than anyone!

Sarah and her new friend

The Arctic Circle!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dad Update

Dad was not able to come home today and they have called in a specialist. They are not happy with the progress (or lack there of) considering that he has been on IV antibiotics for 2 days. I know he and my mom are disappointed about not taking us to the airport or seeing the kids again before we leave and his spirits seemed low tonight. Please pray for his healing and for a sense of peace for both he and my mom.
Thanks to wonderful friends, we've been able to find folks to take us to the airport (no easy thing when you are a party of 7!), take care of Nathan and provide some support for my parents. Obviously this is not how we all wanted to leave for China and we're praying that he'll be raring to go by the time we get home. Last week we were questioning whether we should have taken the other kids considering Caleb's terror of strangers and new things. But now I can't imagine if we had left them at home and all of this had happened. Both my mom and I would have been a basket case (at least more than we are tonight!).
Keep the prayers coming - we are certainly in need of them right now!
Hopefully our next post will be from Beijing!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Almost there

One day left and we are almost ready to go. Dad seems to be doing better today but we won't know until tomorrow if they will let him come home or not. He is bored in his private room and I"m sure would love to have someone there to talk to. The kids and I visited for awhile and I was grateful for the large private room. Otherwise we probably would have gotten kicked out!
I'm sure all the last minute details will keep me busy tomorrow but I will do my best to post and update on my dad. Thanks for all those prayers - it is hard to believe that we are finally going to China!!!

Side note - when I checked to see if we still had open seats all around us, I noticed the prices had gone up again. Then I noticed the price for a 1st class ticket - $21,000+. For one ticket. One person. For 13.5 hours. That is over $1,000/hour. There is no way that it could be THAT good! Mind boggling....

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Adoption is Not Good for my Dad's Health!

Back in 2004, while we were getting closer to our referral for Sarah, my Dad ended up having open heart surgery just months before we left for China. We were grateful that his surgery had gone well and that he was recovered well enough to help my mom take care of the oldest 3 for part of that trip. Well tonight, my dad was admitted to the hospital for an infection in his leg. He'll be on antibiotic IV and will hopefully be home on Tuesday. We're glad that they figured out what the problem is and that it did not become too serious. We've been able to scramble to find someone else to help take us to the airport (thanks Cindy!!) and friends have been great to step up and let Nathan stay with them if necessary. So the prayer is that the antibiotic will work, that Dad will be a good patient and not go stir crazy and that all the details will work themselves out with limited stress for all involved (especially for my mom!).
We are also continuing to pray for Caleb. We have been told that he is terrified of strangers and loud noises (and do you know a louder or stranger family than ours?!). We are quite concerned about next week at this time and are praying for God's supernatural peace in our little boy.
So the next couple of days will be full of hospital visits, finalizing all those last minute details and continuing prayer for our trip and Caleb's transition to being a Weikel. Thank you to all of you who have already been praying - keep it coming :)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The difference a week makes...

*Airfare for our flight to China is now $800 more than when we bought it a week ago (glad we got it then - $800x6 is a lot of money!!)
*In a week, we will be in China, getting ready to get up and go to church.
*Last week I could say that we were married 14 years; now I can say we've been married 15 :)
*In a week I will be packing again but this time to fly to Taiyuan to get our little Caleb!
*In a week, Caleb will be spending his last night in the orphanage.

I'm sure during the next few weeks, a week will seem like a forever. Until then, we will try to get that always growing to do list done, prayerfully remembering why we are traveling to China in the first place - here we come Caleb!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Our Itinerary

Just wanted to post our itinerary so that you could follow along:
Wednesday, October 24 - depart for Beijing
Thursday, October 25 - arrive in Beijing
Friday, October 26 - free day in Beijing
Saturday, October 27 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall
Sunday, October 28 - Church and Summer Palace; Evening flight to Taiyuan
Monday, October 29 - MORNING, MEET CALEB FRANKLIN YOUMAN WEIKEL!
Tuesday, October 30 - Civil Affair Registration and Notarization
Wednesday, October 31 - Sight-seeing and Shopping in Taiyuan
Thursday, November 1 - Sight-seeing and Shopping in Taiyuan
Friday, November 2 - Pick up Caleb's passport and fly to Guangzhou
Saturday, November 3 - Medical Appointment and Filling out consulate forms
Sunday, November 4 - Church and Shopping
Monday, November 5 - Sightseeing and shopping
Tuesday, November 6 - Sightseeing and shopping
Wednesday, November 7 - Consulate Appointment
Thursday, November 8 - Pick up Caleb's visa
Friday, November 9 - Depart from Guangzhou for Beijing
Depart from Beijing and arrive at Dulles 7:21pm

The most important dates -
Gotcha day - will probably take place around 11pm your time on Sunday night. We are anticipating a tough transition for Caleb so you probably won't get an update until Monday morning. Please be in prayer for our little guy. His world is about to turn upside down yet again and we are praying that God will ease his fears and give us wisdom.

Arriving home - we will have to go through customs and immigration so that will probably take us awhile. I wouldn't anticipate seeing our dragging rears, I mean our smiling faces right away.

Thanks again for all your prayers. We covet them and cling to them!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

new photos



We got a couple of new photos today :) (he is in the brown jacket and green pants) He is once again not looking all that happy about the picture thing but the pictures help me get a good idea how big he is. Only a week left and we'll be on our way to China and Caleb!

Update: We found out that they had to wake him up from his nap again for pictures. I guess we know that his nap time is around 11am and that he does NOT like being woken up!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

15 Years



Tonight we celebrated our 15th anniversary with dinner at our favorite restaurant. Awaiting me at our table was the collection of 15 red roses, one for every year we've been married. At some point this tradition might get a little crazy but for right now, the rose bush is managable :) These great candy signs were on our dessert plates (along with some mighty fine desserts!). I thought that was such a nice touch! We have both been musing this past week that if we had known 15 years ago that we'd be getting ready to bring our 5th child home, homeschooling, running a successful business - well we might have high tailed it out of there :) Instead, God has given us each step as we needed it and the path behind us has been one of joy and fullfillment beyond what either of us could ever have hoped for. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband - I can't imagine being on this journey without him!
I love you Ken!!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Caleb's special place




We put the finishing touches on Caleb's spot in the room he and Jacob will be sharing. Mom made the great quilt :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My new found computer skills

Yes, I'm self taught and I am easily impressed with my new found skills. I know some of you are snickering but this is definitly not my forte! I think I've finally figured out how to use our photobucket account so that we can download lots of photos without having to put them in the body of our blog. I know all of you want to see ALL of our photos :) Check out the beginnings of our packing at the link to the left - Getting Ready under our photobucket account.

Our sweet boy!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Guy Time


This past weekend was our Boys' Night Out at Church. This is the guy version of a mother/daughter banquet. Instead of dresses and a seated meal served by the men, the guys get to tailgate on the church grounds on burgers/dogs and the fixins. They had a good time doing guy stuff (throwing footballs, eating on the ground, wearing their jerseys...) Next year there will be another Weikel boy to join the mayhem!!

Just makes me smile....

All my kids have snowmen stockings - had to make sure that Caleb had his :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

We have travel dates!!!

Well, it is official. We leave for China 10/24 and return home 11/9. We were unable to get the consulate appts that we wanted so we are going to have to stay 2 extra days in Guangzhou. Not exactly what we wanted but we are grateful just to have something final (and paid for!). We should know our in country itinerary by the end of the week.

Please pray for our family's health right now. Poor Ken has been battling a cold/sinus thing for over 2 weeks now and unfortunately it has spread to a couple of the kids and I. It is not a good thing when both Mom and Dad are sick! We are praying that it all gets out of our system before we leave in 2 weeks and that we can have a sick-free trip this time!!!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Update

Still no ca for us but our agency was going to put tickets on hold for us until Monday for us to leave on the 24th. Just waiting for the official ok from the US Consulate. Once we get our itinerary, I'll post it for you.

You Can Help With the Guatemalen Crisis!!!

If you've been looking for a tangible way to help in this situation, join with others to flood all those involved in this. Even if you are not one to normally participate in these kinds of things, really, when was the last time you had the opportunity to effect the lives of 5,000 children and their future families?
Take the time to help!
(some of you may be wondering why UNICEF is being mentioned and involved. Unfortunately, they have been a driving force in this initiative. While their claimed motives may be "for the children", the birth parents of those children who have already been referred have already legally relinquished their parental rights. So, in other words, these children will be the legal wards of a country who can not even house them, let alone feed them and take care of them. UNICEF has proposed a donation to the country to help take care of these kids. But what about permanent families? This goes against UNICEF's own statement on international adoption. (you can see it on their website) Anyone who studies the governments of Central America knows that the children will not see that money or very much of it. Sr. Berger is leaving office in January and I'm sure will be financially set, if you know what I mean. Personally, I can't believe how naive UNICEF is on this one. I know that their response to this crisis will determine any future support I might have given them!)


GUATEMALA 5000
Dear Friends,Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to suspend all intercountry adoption with American families on January 1 2008. The Joint Council on International Children's Services strongly opposes such a suspension and asks for your support in their efforts to ensure that all children retain the right to permanency through Intercountry Adoption.President Berger's plans also call for the suspension of adoptions currently in-process. Such a suspension would be extremely detrimental to the children referred to adoptive parents. If President Berger's plan is actually implemented, up to 5,000 will unnecessarily remain in foster care or orphanages indefinitely.This situation represents a pending crisis for the adoptive families who have lovingly chosen to provide permanency, safety and love to a child in need and most importantly a crisis for 5,000 children of Guatemala.
What can you do? Make six simple phone calls and one email.
1. Call your U.S. Senator.· You can find your Senators' phone numbers at www.senate.gov· Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or Chief of Staff
2. Call your second U.S. Senator.
3. Call your representative to the U.S. House of Representative.· You can find your representative at www.house.gov· Ask to speak with the Legislative Director or Chief of Staff
4. Call or fax UNICEF Headquarter· Ask to speak with Ann Veneman, Executive Director· Their number is 212-326-7000· Their fax number is 212-326-7758
5. Call or fax UNICEF Guatemala· Ask to speak with Manuel Manrique· Their number is 011-502-2327-6373· Their fax number is 011-502-2327.6366Please note that calls and faxes to Guatemala are international calls
6. Send and email supporting Intercountry Adoption tohttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/WaitingChildrenChina/post?postID=CiIXKhPh2de5MKxqR8PkS1D6_TQzQnT-knSfLkDsmDGwPf5H5RnoWJ_ZOaAF9XaYE45T71M71wWsMOhCNDSkTg· Write briefly or at length· Joint Council will use the cumulative email petition in our advocacy for Intercountry Adoption
When should you call? Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (October 9th,10th 11th For maximum affect, we are asking you to make these calls within a 72 hour window!
What should you say or write to member of the U.S. Congress? Speak from your heart and give them the following information.· Inform them that you are calling regarding Guatemala 5000· Ask them to sign the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) sponsored letter to President Oscar Berger· Ask them to sign the Joint Council on International Children's Services sponsored letter to UNICEF· Inform them that the Guatemalan government has announced that all intercountry adoptions with the U.S. will be suspended on January 1 2008.· Inform them that President Berger's announcement also indicated that there will be no `grandfathering' of adoptions already in process.· Inform them that if children referred to families are not allowed to be adopted, they will languish in institutions or foster care.· Ask that their office get involved and sign the sponsored letters to the President of Guatemala and UNICEF. These letters ask that all adoptions in-process as of January 1 2008 be allowed to process to completion under the existing notorial laws.
Sample Statement
Hello,We are calling/writing on behalf of the Guatemala 5000 Initiative.We, as your constituents, are asking that the Senator/Congressperson add their signature to two letters. First, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute sponsored letter to Guatemalan President Oscar Berger. Second, the Joint Council on International Children's Services sponsored letter to UNICEF.As you may be aware, the Guatemalan government has announced that all intercountry adoptions with the U.S. will be suspended on January 12008. Their announcement also indicated that there will be no `grandfathering' of adoptions already in process. If children referred to families are not allowed to be adopted, they will languish in institutions or foster care. Your office must get involved and sign the sponsored letters to the President of Guatemala and UNICEF. These letters ask that all adoptions in-process as of January 1 2008 be allowed to process to completion under the existing notorial laws.Sincerely,
What should you say or write to UNICEF? Speak from your heart and give them the following information.· Inform them that you are calling regarding the Guatemala5000· Ask them to support the rights of children and lend their considerable influence to ensuring that intercountry adoptions currently in-process be allowed to process to completion under the existing notorial laws.· Inform them that the Guatemalan government has announced that all adoptions with the U.S. will be suspended on January 1 2008.· Inform them that President Berger's announcement also indicated that there will be no `grandfathering' of adoptions already in process.· Inform them that if children referred to families are not allowed to be adopted, they will languish in institutions or foster care.· Ask them again for their support of the Guatemala 5000Initiative.
Sample Statement
Hello,We are calling/writing on behalf of the Guatemala 5000 Initiative.As financial supporters of UNICEF (through our tax dollars), we are asking that UNICEF lends its support and considerable influence to the Guatemala 5000 initiative.As you may be know, the Guatemalan government has announced that all intercountry adoptions with the U.S. will be suspended on January 12008. Their announcement also indicated that there will be no `grandfathering' of adoptions already in process. If children referred to families are not allowed to be adopted, they will languish in institutions or foster care. UNICEF must get involved and help ensure that all intercountry adoptions in-process as of January1 2008 be allowed to process to completion under the existing notorial laws.
Sincerely,
Can you explain the problem behind the pending crisis? Here is some additional information…· Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to effectively stop all adoptions into the United States including those children who have already been referred to adoptive parents· Over 5,000 children have been referred· The birthparents for these children have already relinquished their parental rights. As a result, they currently have no family and the Berger suspension will result in these children having no prospect for a permanent, safe and loving family· The government of Guatemala currently does not have the finances or facilities to even provide housing for these 5,000 children· The Berger plan is a crisis waiting to happen.
What else can you do? In addition to your primary calls to U.S.Congress and UNICEF, you can call the following.SOSEP (Guatemala)· Director Teresa Echeverría de Bastarrechea Office Phone- 011-502-2383-8400· Assistant Director- Edin Palma- Same office phone Office Phone- 011-502-2383-8400· Jaime Tecu Office Phone - 011-502-2239-0000 ext 2766Please note that calls and faxes to Guatemala are international calls
Guatemala Ministry of Foreign Affairs· Minister Gerth Rosenthal Office Phone 011-502-2410-0000, 2410-0010· Vice Minister- Marta Altoaguirre Office Phone 011-502-2410-0020Please note that calls and faxes to Guatemala are international calls
PGN (Guatemala)· Carlos Victor Hugo Barrios Barahona Office Phone 011-502-2248-3200 Ext. 207/208
Please note that calls and faxes to Guatemala are international calls
Procuraduria of Human Rights· Dr. Sergio Morales Office Phone 011-502-2424-1717Please note that calls and faxes to Guatemala are international calls
Embassy of Guatemala in the U.S.2220 R Street N.W.Washington, DC 20008Office Phone 1-202-745-4952Office Fax 1-202-745-1908Website: www.guatemala-embassy.org

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Guatemalan Adoption update

I got this from Dawn this morning.  Please continue to lift this entire situation up in prayer.  To the human eye, it doesn't look good but we know that God is much bigger than all of this!
 
"Yesterday, The Ortega Law was passed in Guatemala
Congress. This essentially means that unless
amendments are made next week allowing us to be
grandfathered in, (or unless we finish by Dec. 31) we
won't be bringing Nicholas home. NOt to mention all
of the other children and families waiting as well.

I am asking you my sisters, with a very humble heart,
to get on your knees and pray with me for these
children. God has a plan and I know that He does not
leave oprpahns to hang in limbo and because of
politics, that is what is happening. My heart is
breaking, not just for us, but for all of the families
and children in process. no one has answers for what
will happen to them at the first of the year.

I will leave it at this as I could go on for days
filling you in on all of the "issues" but in essence,
I would just really appreciate your prayers!!!!

Thank you so much for your friendships and support
through this,

Dawn

Isaiah 26:12
Lord you have established peace for us; All that we
have accomplished you have done for us. "

Monday, October 1, 2007

WE HAVE TA!!!!!!!!!!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Look out China, here we come! After almost 5.5 months, we have our ta!!!!!
We are waiting for the consulate to open back up on Thursday to get our ca but everything is looking good for us to leave on October 24/25.
It is hard to believe that this is actually happening - it has taken so long to get here. We are soooo ready to go. All of the kids are excited (Nathan is excited for us going and having my parents all to himself :) ) and I now have permission to kick it into high gear (I love to pack!). So here we come sweet Caleb!!!!!!

Your Vote is needed!

Jenny Bowen from Half the Sky Foundation is collecting votes to have the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch with 8 of the children from their orphanage! This organization does amazing work with the orphans of China - wouldn't it be awesome to see these children carry the Olympic torch- makes me tear up just thinking about it :)
So vote!!!
http://pub1.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/torch/memebers.shtml?mid=212