November 30, 2010


While we wait for our LID..I sit in the Starbucks at Seattle Children's Hospital waiting for my 3 yr old son from China to have surgery. He has a cleft palate and has had many surgeries but each one in some ways becomes harder. For him and for us. For him because he knows its going to feel icky and he won't be able to enjoy food for a few weeks, and for us because it's so hard to see our precious child have to go through so much.
We knew adopting a child with special needs would put us through many trips to the hospital but we also knew it was the only way to give our child an easier stab at life. So here I sit, waiting and praying that one son comes out of surgery with flying colors and another sons paperwork moves quicker so he can have a family that is willing to sit and wait in the hospital - should that need ever arise (which of course we hope never does)
Being a parent brings the greatest joys and pains, but EVERY moment is worth it!

November 19, 2010

It's on it's way

Our dossier left today and should arrive in China in 3-5 days. We are told it will take 4 weeks for them to log it and up to 8 weeks to get our Log in Date. Keep praying for it to happen faster. I know with God anything is possible, even a 2 week log in date:)
Enjoy some pictures while we wait:

Our halloween costumes...yes I dressed up like my husband and he was dressed up like a monk...he was very disturbed about how much I looked like a man. My daughter in law actually ask "who is that man over there" when she saw me! I promise never to let Titus see this picture until he knows who I am and that I am a normal woman who loves him:)

Me and my beautiful granddaughter!

All our kids plus two of the best in law kids we could have...

And last but not least the two little boys holding hands walking on a path..The big boy was helping his little brother:)

November 17, 2010


Yay...I know I say that way to much, but YAY...we got ourI797 back today and its on its way to our agency...then we wait for LOA hopefully we will travel sooner than later!

November 15, 2010

Crashed Computer but still good news

It is so sad:( Our main computer crashed with all my pictures on it. Thankfully my husband backed it up on line but now the new computer isn't working right:( I am using my laptop but really wanted to start posting pictures and things we are doing while we wait for this paperwork etc to clear us to go to China. Ahhhhh!

Well the good news is our I797 is on it's way back from the Chinese consulate so it should be here by tomorrow - if express mail is what they say they are - and when it gets here its express again to our agency so our dossier can finally get to China. All I want is that LID so we can feel like we are moving forward. Had that one background check not taken 2 plus months we could have had everything done and in China in 3 1/2 months instead of 6 months. It made me so mad, but glad we are over that hump and moving forward.

Titus continues to get care packages from us and we keep getting unsolicited pictures through giftstochinawithlove...they are amazing! Our son continues to wait as patient as he can. Can you imagine dreaming of a forever family for 11 years and then knowing you have one now but have to wait many more months? Poor guy! We love you buddy!!

Guess I will go and see about getting some pictures taken and on this laptop:)

November 6, 2010

I 797 is here!!

The last document is finally here. Now to run it to get a true copy done, go to the state (which thankfully is only 40 min away), and then off to the Chinese consulate. My hope is to get it all done on Monday while fitting in a haircut and doctor appointment for my 6 year old (with a 3 and 1 year old in tow). BUT this is important!

My hopes are to have it all back no later than early next week so I can send it to our agency, CCAI. Thankfully they already went through our dossier documents so it shouldn't take them too long to send it off to China. Not sure how long it takes to get logged in and our letter of acceptance sent, but as always we are asking for prayer to cover us from any delays. Titus is excited to be coming and probably doesn't understand that it takes months to travel.

Yay....a good day!