July 25, 2010

Paperwork, paperwork

On saturday I finally got my birth certificate after the usps lost my request in the mail. After almost $50 and an additional week, it came. Needless to say I zipped to the PO and mailed it priority to the state to get their certification done. I am mailing other last two documents (other than the I 797 which will be last) to the embassy's tomorrow. Then we wait for our SW to finish our homestudy. Hoping he will have all our background checks in by then, if so he should have it done the first week of August. Keep praying! I would like to have it before I head to Florida for my first Grandchilds entry into the world:)

For those of you who know me, I hate waiting:) Everything always takes longer than I think it should. Seems like if you are adopting a child who is close to aging out of the system things would move quicker..ugh.. I just keep reminding myself that God is bigger than the paperwork system!

I ordered a gift through Ladybug carepackage people. I want to make sure to keep sending him things to remind him we love him and are working hard to get there. We took our kids to our friends house to play in the river that runs down from the mountain. I kept thinking about how much fun Ty and his soon to be virtual twin would have had..guess we will just have to go again once he is home.

July 21, 2010


We received and update today of Ty...no pictures:( BUT what a great one page update on him. He sounds like a great kid. He is studious, caring and helpful. It also sounds like he really wants a family of his own -I cannot imagine how hard it has been for him to watch his mates leave to families, while he continues to wait. I can't wait until the day he knows we are waiting for him (hopefully he already knows this since we sent him a care package) and that he knows he is loved and already part of our family.
It really is amazing how much we can love him when we have never met him in person, but we do! From the oldest married kids to the youngest, they have all remarked at how much he is loved and anticipated. He will even be an Uncle before he arrives:) (my oldest daughter is due with the first grandbaby in Aug)
Now if the paperwork would hurry up we could get moving:) The last birth certificate should be here today, all other documents are already in transit either at the state or embassy level. Our social worker says he should have our homestudy done the first week of August (providing all the background checks are in by then). Once that is done, we wait for fingerprinting. I would like to sayour dossier will be done and turned in to our agency by Sep or Oct at the latest.... but only time will tell. Then hopefully we wait less that 5 months to travel! How I would love to have him home by Christmas or at least late winter. Keep praying!
My daughter and I are suppose to go to China in May 2011 to work at our son's (who we adopted 2 yrs ago) foster home. I would love to already be back before we head over again, or at least not have the two trips clash. Again time will tell.
Keep praying for quick paperwork so Ty can be home with us ASAP! we are grateful to anyone who reads this and prays. God will bless your prayers!

July 14, 2010


I sit here today pondering our son who sits in China waiting for a family. I wonder if he received our box for his birthday this week, I wonder if he knows of us yet- hoping if he does he knows he is loved by us.

It's so hard to sit here just waiting for paperwork to come and go, for clearances to be completed, for our homestudy to be written, for immigrations to send appts for fingerprints, for well, just everything we are at the mercy of other people to do. Knowing this wonderful young man is waiting.

I know Ty is in a place he is familiar and will have adjustments to do when he comes home. He will have to adjust to a new language, new smells, new foods, new home surroundings. And although I know he desires a family to have as his own, I also know he will grieve over the loss of his nannys, his friends, his familiar surroundings in his orphanage. BUT I want it to happen quickly so he can begin to make the adjustments to his new life. A new life of opportunity, love and family - something he has dreamt about for years.

Pray with us while we wait, that the wait will be short and Ty will be where he belongs....with his family - us!

July 7, 2010

Picture of our son

Ok girls you can look but he isn't allowed to have a girlfriend until his Mom approves:)

Our son

I thought I would share a little about our son in China. He will be thirteen very soon, is a handsome, smart, and kind young man! He has albinism, but it obviously does not affect him, it actually makes him even more handsome as far as I am concerned:) We will be referring to him as Ty or Titus in our blog. I will share photos when we are allowed to.
Continue to pray for us as we try to get all the dossier together over the next couple months. With all the places we have lived during our military duty we have a lot of background checks to do. Thanks for following and feel free to leave comments of encouragement:)

July 5, 2010

We have PA!

We received our PA on Monday the 28th of June and now begin our paperwork journey!