Sew a seed of love

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope ~ Maya Angelou

Moving right along


It's been a full but sweet summer!  It's hard to believe that school is right around the corner.  We've  started to get back into our routine and doing some school work a couple of days a week to get us ALL (me included ;) geared up and excited.  I'm aiming for it to be a fun, full year.  In the back of my mind is the thought of how things will look very different with the addition of a new little one sometime in 2016/17.  I know the adjustment time will shift how we do things around here and shake things up a bit.  Lord willing, we could have our peanut with us in tow on our annual beach trip next year!  Here are just few moments from this years trip.  We are a fishin family and this year, we caught a different kind of fish each time we brought one in!  It was like a bag of multi-color jelly beans.  When we put our line in, we never knew what we'd pull out!
Little man caught a flounder!
 And a snapper!
 Dinner on the water

On the adoption front...a quick update of what's happened since I shared last.  We had our final home study visit about 2 weeks ago.  We completed our FBI fingerprinting which was a breath of fresh air this time around!  Now that they do fingerprints electronically, they are not only much easier to do but they know if there are any errors in how the prints are taken while you are still there.  As a result, the finals were in to our agency within just a couple of days.  Sounds minor but I was amazed!  In the past...You got your fingerprints done downtown via an appointment you scheduled well in advance.  They did them with ink (back then ;) and then they notified you after they were evaluated to let you know if you needed to redo them due to error.  So this was such a treat! Easy peasy!  It's the little things ;)

Right now we are amidst waiting for our home study to be written.  We are anticipating about 20-30-ish more days until that is complete.  After our home study is approved by our agency, we can file for our 800 with USCIS.  I'm all about getting things done I have our 800 paperwork complete and awaiting our approved home study to pair with it and send off to USCIS!  

Right now I'm trying to get a gauge on how the timeline may continue to flow.  China has a tendency to be fairly predictable regarding timing so when I get a better idea, I'll let you know.  

So, I've had friends ask..."When will you know who your child is?"  Great question!!  We could know Monday or we could know 12 months from now.  We are open to varying medical needs and so that means that if any of those needs in conjunction with the age range we are hoping for, come up with our agency...We could theoretically get a match.  There are other families in line in front of us, however, since everyone is open to varying ages and needs, that can change how a child is matched to a family.  Clear as mud, right? ;-)  It's so hard to tell how this will flow, so we just keep on praying and wait.  Will keep y'all posted!

Hugs and love!

One foot in front of the other


It's been almost a year.  A year since we shared that we plan to go back to China.  It's been a year of one foot in front of the other toward the completion of our paperwork.  Does slow and steady win the race?  If so...we are on the right track.
We had a couple of delays along the way.  A man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.

Moving at a quicker pace since spring and things are seeming more real.  I'm revisiting many memories.  Replaying them in my mind.  Thinking through processes and of course the nerves and all that goes along with this journey.  We are getting closer.  More than half of our dossier was sent off and apostilled at the Chinese consulate and safely returned to us on June 30th!  A victory! Yee-haw!  A merciful gift from God in having an approved document that kept our fingers crossed as we awaited it's return back to us.

Next round of documents to be sent off in the next couple of weeks, followed by FBI fingerprints (my personal favorite ;) and then waiting for our homestudy document to be written.  When those steps are complete we will send off our packet, which will make it's way to China until we receive our LID (login date).  There are a whole LOTTA acronyms in this process.  All significant.  All milestones for a family.  We'll celebrate each one with you as they come.  For now...Back to slow (hopefully not really slow ;) and steady wins this race.  Enjoying all of the moments today and in between.

Love and hugs to all!

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31