Thursday, January 31, 2008
"Like many other places in Chenzhou, the orphanage lost electricity and tapwater forabout a week .Now ,the orphanage use coal and wood to make heat and carry waterbyhand .2)The orphanage bought some food ,clothes and other stuff before the most storesclosed.Now most stores are closed .Even if there are a few stores openoccasionally,the stuffwould be very expensive3)The orphanage is not able to receive anything or money from the outside sincethetransportation is blocked and post offices and banks are closed .4)Director said he can't think out what kind of help the orphanage need fromthefamilies now since they can't receive package or money from the outside and evenif theyhave money ,they don't have place to buy stuff.4)Director let me say thanks to all families who care about the orphanage.He said sofar the orphanage is doing good but he doens't know how much time it could lastif thesituation is getting worse ."
This is really a big deal. Babies, LOTS of babies and children, my heart just worries. My daughter is sitting in an orphanage right now. I have not been able to find out what is going on in her area of Jinhua, but I know it is cold. And I will assume, as most of the orphanges in china, they do not have heat.
Also, Chinese New Year is about to begin. That means that people all over china are trying to get home to their families. But they are not able. I have read blogs of adoptive families over there now who are stranded in airports w/ babies, or not even able to get to their babies province.
So I just ask you to please say a prayer tonight. That Mavery is warm. That she is healthy. For all the children there and families who are cold and trying to make their way home.
I know one thing, we are certainly thankful for the thought of traveling in a heat wave to china vs a blizzard!
Posted at 7:37 PM
Monday, January 28, 2008
Our Home study was already approved from our agency today and on to the next step! Our Social Worker told me to just wait about 10 days and apply for INS so that is GREAT news!
I started a "freezer supper club" with 9 other girls and we did a round last month. It was really nice. We each made one recipe 9 times. So you took 9 pans of something and came home with that many different frozen dinners. I LOVE not cooking and having a homemade dinner! We are getting ready for round 2, and here is what I am bringing to the table. VERY yummy!
2 lbs cooked chicken breasts cut into chunks
Combine all ingredients but croutons, mixing well, in a 2 quart baking dish. Allow to cool and freeze.
From freezer: Thaw casserole. Top with crushed croutons and bake in 350F preheated oven for 30 minutes or until topping is browned and casserole is bubbly
Posted at 3:32 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Well we are happy to report that we are not criminals and have been cleared by the FBI. PRAISE THE LORD! Both for the fact that Mark is not a closet criminal on me AND that these FINALLY came! hehe! So... Monday we take this little piece of paper to our Social Worker, she submits our home study to our agency, they approve it, then our SW submits it DCFS(division of family services, I "think" this is an Illinois only thing? ). And we get to WAIT some more. I think she told me it could take 3-6 weeks to hear from dcfs. Once approved by them, we get to move on to the INS, which is taking 8-10 WEEKS!!!!!!! I am not going there yet. One wait at a time.
The really dumb thing? These fingerprints don't count for INS. We get to do those AGAIN for them. I tell you, I have been fingerprinted more in my adoption lifetime than I care to count. I don't understand, fingerprints don't change. You would think there is like a national fingerprint system somewhere that they could just pull these things up online wouldn't you? Sigh..
At least things are moving forward. Last week this little paper was officially holding us up. So I am thankful it is here! My social worker told me last week to SLOW DOWN, BE PATIENT! I asked her if we forgot to warn her that I am NOT a patient mommy in waiting!??!! She had no idea what she was getting into when she agreed to work with us! HA!
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Friday, January 25, 2008
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Please keep on praying. I just want the paperwork out of my hands and sitting in China!
Posted at 9:04 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today our church celebrated Sanctity of Life. And while our pastor spoke on abortion and the horrifying statistics, I was reminded of how blessed we are to parent Sage and Mavery both. While we have no idea the circumstances surrounding their birth or WHY their birth mother made a choice, we know this. She made a choice. She chose life. Regardless of the reasons, they chose to carry my daughters and deliver them. So many other choices they could have made. As I listened to those numbers today, of babies that never know life because of the choice their mothers made, I whispered up prayers of thanks to our Heavenly Father for these mothers.
Posted at 3:52 PM
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
LOI=Letter of Intent- This was our first step. We write a letter to China stating that we want to adopt Jin Cong and that we understand her heart condition and that we promise to always love her and never abandon her etc and so on. During our wait for PA we begin the paperchasing.
PA=Pre Approval. We wait to hear from China stating that they agree to let us move forward with the adoption, meaning we have to turn in our dossier.
The dossier is your life on paper. You have a social worker do your homestudy. Since we have adopted once, we get an update, but so far, I see no difference between our first homestudy and our updated homestudy, though they are telling me an update is cheaper. (not really compared to last time, but that is besides the point) A homestudy is basically EVERYTHING about you. Your past, your present and your future. What your parents were like, what your marriage is like, what your siblings do for a living, etc and so on. I have often said, when I birthed a baby, before they let me take them from the hospital, they just wanted to make sure I had a carseat for the kid. To adopt a child with no home, I must prove myself worthy. And I will gladly do it for our daughters. But it is rather annoying. However, this is the rule and the only way to bring her home, so we work as fast as we possibly can. After our Social Worker is done writing about us, we apply for all these things, get fingerprinted a whole bunch of times, and wait for all the applied things to come back to us. THEN we have a dossier. The agency then translates it all from English to Chinese. Once the dossier is complete we are…
DTC=Dossier to China. China glances over it and we get a LID.
LID-Log in Date. Remember with Sage, the coveted LID? 6/20/05, a date forever etched in our hearts? They look at dossiers in date order. But waiting children are in a different batch I suppose than our dossier was last time?
We wait and we wait and we wait. I think about 3 months?
LOA=Letter of Approval-This means China has read our dossier and approved us to adopt Mavery Jin-Raye. We sign this letter stating YES we still want to adopt her! Wait about 2-3 weeks.
TA=Travel Approval, Our signed LOA goes back to China and we wait for Travel Approval. Our agency requests a CA(Consulate Appointment for us in China)
We get our appointment, we make all our travel plans and we GET MAVREY!
They told me typically it takes about 9 months from start to finish, like a typical pregnancy. Unlike a typical adoption where I could have birthed twice before I held Sage! And those poor mommies waiting now, I think they could literally birth THREE times in their wait. Sigh..
They say the summer Olympics which are in August in CHINA won’t hold things up, but we will see. Last time we had our Dossier done in in 3 months, but I hear some of the paperwork(that is out of our hands) is taking longer. PRAY! Please pray! We want things to go faster than humanly possible. Our daughter waits and we are working as fast as we can!
Posted at 11:36 PM
We have no doubt that God is in control and that He can hear our prayers. He is mightier than ANY person in charge of this paper chase that is for sure. I trust in His plan and His timing on when I will hold Mavrey for the first time. Just praying that His plan is sooner than WE can even imagine!
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Saturday, January 05, 2008
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Friday, January 04, 2008
I am thinking the first one Mavrey. Still not sure though, I write it out different each time! We have plenty of time to figure it out.
Posted at 9:10 PM
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Well, if i can't climb on that side, I will get a little help from my Dora chair.
Come on Mommy, help a girl out!
So, now that I am in, let me show you how i get OUT! One foot over...
OOPS, maybe not... Don't worry though, try, try again.
We have been surprised that Sage had not started climbing out of her crib, and VERY thankful. She is such a good sleeper, as long as she is in her own bed. But yesterday after naptime she threw herself over the side. And this morning, early, VERY early, she came running into our room. This is not good when you are a spicy girl. She is no where near ready to be in a big girl bed, and we are FOR SURE not ready for that move! I do not trust her to be free! So, I am searching for a crib tent, before she manages to hurt herself. Any ideas let me know!
Posted at 5:35 PM
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
As the calendar turns and we look back on the memories that make 2007 I just can't believe how fast it has gone! I heard someone say not long ago, How is it days go so slow but years go so fast? How true is that? Wasn't it just yesterday...
- someone started WALKING
- And then burned her hand on the fireplace? (not a memory i like to remember!)
- One graduated kindergarten
- First Haircuts, & lost teeth
- met up w/ old friends and new friends
- Parties lots of parties
- Dedications, Jesus grew in young hearts
- graduated one from speech therapy
- Traveling, so many memories and
- A beach family vacation!
- Said Goodbye to school &
- Began the adventure of HOMESCHOOLING!
- Sent one off to preschool!
- and ended the year with a peek at what the next would hold
God is so good and I am so thankful for every day of 2007. It is the year that Sage settled into our family. It has definately been a year of growing and changing in our house and that is OK. My prayer always is that God would NEVER leave us as we are. That He would always be molding us, changing us and stretching us. And most important that we would be willing to let Him, each one of us. So goodbye to 2007 and hello to 2008, the year of our newest daughter! Once again we grow, we stretch and we change in ways we can't even begin to imagine. We can't wait!
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