October 23rd, 2015

It has been a really rough week with lots of tears shed over our little one being so far away.  We have been working hard on letting go of the control and trusting God's plan.  This is so hard to do.  Please be praying for us over the next few months as I expect it to be a really tough holiday season without our baby here to celebrate with us.

With that being said we also have some really exciting news.  Lifeline our placing agency finally received our certified copies of our home study today and they are going to overnight them to immigration.  We can officially start the 45 day countdown (praying it does not take longer than this).  This is a BIG step forward in the adoption process and bringing our little one home.  Praising God for a happy end to a very tough week.

I wanted to thank everyone who has bought a puzzle piece so far!!  We have sold 82 pieces!!  We have 418 more to go!  This is a huge blessing for us since our house has not sold.  We have several payments coming up and everything helps!!  Thank you again for all of your prayers, love, and support.

October 7th, 2015

Today is a very exciting day!!  We are celebrating our sweet Claire turning 7!! I cannot believe that this time next year she will be celebrating her birthday as a big sister and not the baby of the family.  We also got an exciting email today.  We got the application for our I-800A.  This is a huge step forward.  We will hopefully submit this application in the next week.  This is our application to US immigration to adopt a baby from China.  Once this is approved we can submit paperwork to China.  This is currently taking around 45 days for approval.  Praying ours only takes 45 days.  This is one HUGE step forward in seeing our baby's face.  Please continue to pray for our sweet baby in China!!  Praising God for this wonderful day!!
October 2nd, 2015

We got our Home Study today!!  Exactly 1 month from our last visit.  We have been doing a lot of praying the past few weeks that we would receive it by the first of October and we did!!  Now Lifeline our placing agency has to approve it and then we will be off to immigration for our 800A.  The 800A is US immigration approving us to adopt a baby from China.  Usually this takes a few months, but currently it is taking around 45 days.  Please pray it only takes us 45 days!!  I have been reading a ton on a website called China Adopt Talk.  It is questions and answers form people adopting from China right now!!  It is great to read about how long everything is currently taking from people going through the process.  Please keep praying for our baby in China!!  We know she is there waiting on us to get through all of the paperwork so she can come home!!

Also several people have been asking how to buy puzzle pieces.  If you have an iPhone you have to scroll to the bottom of the blog and click the view web version and the button will pop up at the top of your screen.  You can also view the blog on a computer and it will pop up.

Thank you for all of the sweet emails and prayers.  They are lifting us up through this emotional journey!