July 13th-July 21st 2015
We received our login information to start our home study!!  We are so excited to begin this process.  We immediately started on our home study application through Dillon.  This again is mountains of paperwork and getting documents from lots of different places.  On the 15th we submitted our application for our Home Study.  On the 20th we got contacted that references were in and we were ready to begin our Home Study.  On the 21st we received a phone call from our social worker through Dillon and will have our first home visit on Monday the 27th!!  Each step forward is 1 step closer to our precious little one!!  We continue to pray and trust in God's perfect plan and perfect timing.
June 2015
We continue to work on paperwork and visit with both agencies about the next steps for the adoption.  We speak with Lifeline and Dillon multiple times and continue to move forward.  We sent of 2 big packets of paperwork:  1 to Lifeline and 1 to Dillon.  We are using 2 agencies because we chose Lifeline as our adoption agency and they do not have offices in Oklahoma.  We have Dillon as our home study agency because they have offices and social workers in Oklahoma.

May 25th, 2015
BIG day for us!  We submitted our application to adopt a baby from China.  We are so excited to officially begin this process.
May 14th-May 24th, 2015
We continued to do research and work on our application.  The application involved lots and lots of paperwork!  Through visiting with our agency we were given the process of adopting a baby from China.  We are adopting a little girl with special needs from China.  This means that our baby will have some sort of special need and will probably require medical attention when we get home.  A lot of the special needs in China are correctable here in the US.  The process takes about 18 months total and our daughter will probably be around 2 when we get to bring her home.  We are praying for her, her caregivers, and her birth mom.  We are praying that the process goes smoothly and that we can get her here as quickly as possible.  We are praying that we are home with her in the Fall of 2016.
May 13th, 2015
I spoke to Ashley for 1/1/2 today.  I got a lot of information and reassured all of the emotions I was feeling were normal and OK.  I had been an emotional mess the past few weeks and could not stop crying.  I cried lots of tears of JOY knowing I was going to have another baby girl to love.  Also emotions of fear and anxiety of how long the process is and knowing our baby girl has already been born and is in China at this very moment.  Through all of the tears God kept telling me "I answered your prayer" and "My timing is perfect".  Thank goodness he was so clear because this journey is harder than I ever imagined it would be.
May 6th, 2015
Since the day John came home and told me that God spoke to him I felt God urging me to email Ashley a friend who had adopted a little girl from China about 2 years prior.  I had not talked to or seen Ashley in 2 years because they moved back to Kentucky in June of 2013.  I had been ignoring God's nudging until this day.  I decided to listen and sent a long email to Ashley explaining everything going on and asking her for guidance and the name of the agencies she used so I could do some research.  She emailed me back within minutes and said you are never going to believe this, but God spoke to me about 2 weeks ago and told me to contact you and talk to you about adopting a baby from China.  For 2 weeks her and her husband had been talking about a way to contact me and bring this up.  She thought I would think she was crazy for calling me after 2 years and saying Hey you want to adopt a baby from China.  That morning her husband said you just have to email her even if she thinks you are crazy.  She was sitting at her computer with a blank email pulled up with my name in the to portion staring at the white screen trying to figure out what to write when my email came through.  WOW  God is so good. This was the day after John said that he thought God would give us more guidance.  After this we knew God was telling us to adopt a baby from China.  He could not have been any more clear.  I immediately started to research the next steps.  We also decided to use the same agencies that she had used since God guided us to her.  We decided to use Lifeline Children Services for our agency and Dillon International for our home study agency.  We started on the application process immediately.
May 5th, 2015
After 2 weeks of praying and asking God for guidance I felt like we had not made any progress on where to adopt from.  I was still in China and John was still in OKC.  It was a Tuesday night and I asked John why he was not more stressed out about this situation.  I had been very anxious about everything happening and stressed that neither one of us was moving towards the others place of adoption.  John said, "I do not think God would tell us to do something and not give us further guidance".  I said that was fair and agreed to continue to pray and wait for God to give us the next steps.
April 20th, 2015
John came home from work and told me that he heard God's audible voice today on his way home from work.  It was so profound that he had to pull his car over because he was so shaken.  I asked him what God said and he said 1 word and that was to adopt.  I said What??  I had always said that I was going to have 2 boys and adopt a baby girl from China.  Then God blessed us with 2 girls.  After Claire was born I decided I still wanted to do international adoption and started researching everything about it.  John was not on board and so I prayed that if we were suppose to adopt that God would change John's heart about adoption.  That was 6 years ago.  When he told me what God had told him my mind immediately went to China, but his mind was set on adopting a baby through DHS here in OKC.  We agreed to keep this between the two of us so we could pray and let God guide us through this and not other people.  We started praying a lot asking God to give us guidance on where we were suppose to adopt from.  We knew we would adopt because God had spoke, but did not know where from just yet.