Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's Official!

Connie is officially our daughter! 

China has issued our Letter of Approval, which fully matches us as Connie's family. The only steps left include filing for Connie's immigration visa, signing and notarizing the official approval, waiting for the Chinese consulate to issue our travel approval, and being assigned an exact date to go pick up Connie. We will also have to get our travel visas and a few other things, but none of it pertains to our actual adoption. It's just travel related. Yay! 

Our agency estimates we will travel in May. We are so excited! I have a feeling the next weeks will fly by as we prepare to bring her home. 

We received updated pictures of Connie several weeks ago. She is so talented and beautiful.

I cannot wait to take her in my arms and tell her how much I love her and how proud I am to call her my daughter. 

Even though we still have weeks ahead of us in this journey, I want to take a moment to thank all our friends and family and even people we do not know personally who have loved on us, supported us, and encouraged us during this process. It has been a difficult year but God has been SO faithful. He has provided for our needs. He healed our son Grant of  terrible stomach and esophageal damage caused by a bacteria that took almost 1 1/2 years to eradicate. He preserved our lives when in a horrific interstate accident caused by a semi truck last May which totaled our car.  He has provided the money for each step of the adoption so far, which is truly miraculous considering the huge medical expenses and accident loss that hit us at the same time we began this adoption. We fully trust He will provide for the final expenses. Our family has never experienced the love of God as we have this year. So many of you have been His instruments of love toward us and for each of you we are so thankful. 

Please continue to pray for Connie and for our family. Thank you for sharing in our joy!! 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Third Trimester

I like to tell people we are in the "third trimester" of this adoption. We  finished our paperwork and submitted everything to China in December and are logged into their data base. The next step is for them to send us a Letter of Approval (LOA) and Travel Approval (TA).  We expect to get both very soon. 

Meanwhile, we found out that another family is adopting a baby girl with Down syndrome from Connie's orphanage. (You can follow the Rhame's adoption journey here:
We were told that Connie is very nurturing with the younger children and the agency sent us this picture of her holding little "Makinly". 

We are so happy these girls will both be home this year and we can keep them connected! 

I'm excited to share another story with you too! Our adoption of James has opened doors we never could have imagined.  Please follow the link to read about Peter. His surgery is scheduled for tomorrow (February 21st)!

We appreciate all your prayers and support as we continue to wait for God's timing in bringing Connie home. We think about her all the time and it is very hard to be patient. Thankfully, we know it won't be much longer!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Confections for Connie

We have a need. Our adoption expenses are rolling in and we are struggling to keep up.  So we have come up with a little fundraiser and it's a yummy one. 

Homemade Peppermint Bark. 

This is not your average confection.  I have researched, sampled, and melted many different chocolates...and finally came up with something that I am truly proud to sell for this fundraiser. 

Two layers of velvety Guittard premium chocolate, infused with all-natural peppermint oil and topped with crushed peppermint bits.  Not only does Guittard chocolate taste amazing, it is all natural (no preservatives or additives) and is processed in a peanut and gluten-free facility*. Another huge plus in my book: Guittard chocolate is Fair Trade Certified.  The crushed peppermint candies are all-natural as well (from Trader Joe's).  Each box contains approximately 12 oz. of bark.

The bark will come sealed and inside a box with the "Confections for Connie" label (and a little thank-you note from our family).  I think it will make a great gift for the holidays and the proceeds will all go to help bring our daughter home.  We have an immediate need of $5,200 (for agency fees), which equals about 500 boxes of bark.  Chocolate and I are good friends, so I'm ready for the challenge! 

*Guittard Allergen Statement

1 box:  $20.00
2 or more boxes: $15.00 each
Shipping charge: $5.00 (per order)

Payment Instructions:

Via Paypal:  Please leave instructions for how many boxes you are ordering.  Click on the link below and use my e-mail for transfer:

Paypal Link

Local friends:  I will deliver! (Which saves you from the $5 shipping charge). Please send me an e-mail with your request and address.  I will collect your payment upon delivery.