Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New pictures of Samuel

The Lifeline workers who saw Samuel both describe him as sweet.  Looks sweet to me!  Love seeing a smile.

We got some updated medical information.  Not bad news, but please pray that his little body will handle the stress and flights well. 

Isn't he cute?


Travel approval!!!!

We officially have travel approval and a confirmed consulate appointment!  I am working on flight arrangements today, but it looks like we'll be leaving for China April 10.

Funny, I have anticipated this news.  Longed for this news.  Waited impatiently for this news.  I've made lists for preparing, lists for packing, lists for everything.  Now all I can seem to accomplish is running around in circles, accomplishing nothing, and saying "Oh my goodness!"   Expectant mom ADD.  It's a scary thing.

We should have new pictures and an updated medical report today or tomorrow.

Prayer request ~ best flight arrangements, wisdom on what/how to prepare Samuel for the trip home, good prices on air & hotel!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Looking forward to...

*watching Cassidy see China for the first time since she was 2.
*watching Courtney see China differently 8 years later.
*looking out on a sea of Chinese faces staring at us whities.
*that wonderful feeling when our airplane touches down in Guangzhou, knowing how close we are to our son.
*seeing our son's face in person for the first time
*touching our son's sweet face
*introducing Samuel to anyone who will listen as "our son."
*getting to know the lovely guides that we've heard so much about - we still have fond memories of the guides from our last trip.

Okay, knowing me, you all know I have to give a list of not looking forward to also ~ can't try to snow anyone into thinking I'm so spiritual that I won't have any complaints.

Not looking forward to...
*that long, long, long flight (motion sickness + claustrophobia = me no like airplanes)
*not being able to understand the language(s) in China (especially when Samuel speaks)
*watching our son be frightened, sad, uncertain
*not having Diet Pepsi for two weeks

So the good outweighs to bad exponentially, because I sure didn't list all the good.  I have been told that I don't let my emotions show very often, so don't let my outward calmness confuse you.  When people ask me how I'm feeling, I say I am excited.  That's not enough of a word to describe it.  I looked up some synonyms to help me:  charged, beside myself, delighted, eager, enthusiastic, fired up, thrilled.  In a nutshell, I am doing the Snoopy dance on the inside!!!!

A big thank you to yet another generous family who supplemented our adoption fund this weekend!  I am completely in awe of God's provision for us.  He must have big plans for our Samuel. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

God just keeps showing up!

I am not a person who believes that God is obligated to do what I tell ask him to do.  I do believe, however, that sometimes He doesn't act because we don't ask.  There's a scripture about that - James 4.  I will admit that I get wrapped up in my worrying and forget to ask the ONE who can actually do something about my worries.  Last week and this, I have been specifically asking God to provide moolah and telling Him (ha) that the grant from Show Hope and the no interest loan from ABBA fund that we have applied for would be nice.  I also added that if they could come this week, I would sure appreciate it.  I can honestly say I've been checking e-mail and snail mail for word - asking and waiting expectantly, you know.  I've also apologized to God for telling Him how to provide and adding that I wouldn't be mad if he provided another way ;)

A dear family handed me a card yesterday - with a very generous gift for our adoption fund.  Unexpected.  Not specifically asked for.  God's provision.

Today - mailbox has a letter from Show Hope - we have been awarded an adoption assistance grant!  Hoped for.  Specifically asked for.  God's provision.

I would have been thrilled to have all the funds we needed six months ago, but then we wouldn't have had to pray and ask, waiting expectantly, and trusting that what He began in us would be completed - Philippians 1:6.  

I hope no one thinks that I keep posting about money expecting anyone to hand me a check.  I don't look at people and think, they have money, I wonder if they'll give me some.  As a matter of fact, it's hard to accept those donations.  We have to swallow a lump of pride every time.  But we are truly humbly grateful and trust that God's blessings will rain down on those who feel led to help us. 

We're not to that finish line yet. There's still a gap between what will be due and the bank balance, but He's gonna do it.  In the meantime, I'm going to keep praying and watching for the loan application approval and for whatever else He has planned.

On another (but somewhat related) topic, the girls are on spring break.  We are going to spend to week getting Courtney's "new" room ready for her, then starting  on getting Courtney's "old" room ready for Samuel.  I don't know if the girls will enjoy it was much as I will, but making a place for Samuel is so exciting.  I can already picture him in that room, playing with his toys, his clothes hanging in the closet.  Then I can picture him going into either of his sisters' rooms and getting booted out because he won't leave them alone!  I think I might even enjoy that (at first anyway.)  The girls are so ready to meet their brother too.  They will probably let him hang in their rooms for a while even.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to spending the week with my girls.

Prayer request - God's perfect provision and timing for our travel, Samuel's health, protected health for the rest of us, too.

Thank you!!!!!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Officially waiting for travel approval!

The last document (Article 5) that was needed to trigger travel approval has been completed. 

We are now officially waiting for China to invite us to come on over! 

From now, we can expect to wait 2-3 weeks for travel approval, two business days after that for a consulate appointment to be scheduled, then we can book those flights.  I think we're still looking at mid-April for travel. 

We are so excited and ready to go get our boy!

Prayer request:  Our potential travel dates are right in the big middle of the Guangzhou Trade Fair.  I'm told just our hotel could cost us $3,000 more because of that.  I'm also told that flights are higher as well as everything else.  Please pray for God's perfect provision and timing and for wisdom for us in making any decisions that arise.

Thank you all for caring!!!