Chinese Proverb

Red Threads:
When a child is born, an invisible red thread reaches out from the child's spirit and connects to all important people who will enter the child's life. As the child grows, the threads shorten, bringing closer those people who are destined to be together.
Chinese Proverb

Friday, January 28, 2011

Second Meeting with social worker

Today we had individual interviews with the social worker. This is required to complete an adoption. We only have one more meeting and then our home study will be completed. It feels so good to be close to  having that big part done. We want to hurry the process along so we can hold our little man for the first time. There are so many roadblocks to overcome. Immigration is a big roadblock we will soon tackle. Immigration can take months to get through. More orphans would get forever families if the roadblocks were not so numerous.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On the China program list

We have waited a long time to hear about our application to the China Program. The intake social worker was out sick for over a week and the applications got backed up. We were finally notified today that we are accepted to adopt a little boy from China. We were again told that since we are hoping for a boy our wait will be very short. She reminded us that once a month a list comes out from China with available children for adoption. The China team here in the USA will review the list and match families to those children waiting for forever families. We cannot wait to see the face of our son God has chosen for us. We hope the orphanage is taking good care of him. This is more real now to know we are officially a China family. Please continue prayers for us. Guess there was a reason I felt the need to nest.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Already Preparing

I guess I am nesting way too soon. It is so easy when you are not pregnant and sick. I am buying clothes and toys for our little man. I do not even know what size clothes he will wear but I am making my best guess. I want his room ready and his closet full of stuff. I hope everything waiting for him will speed the process along. I know it is wishful thinking but hope is what gets us through the days. My goal is to have a perfect room. Our little man has never had anything that belonged to him. Nothing he could call his own. Our job is to make him feel safe and loved as well as show him what is possible with the love of a mom and dad. We will be able to give him all the things he has never had. We cannot wait.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Parent in Process Class

Today we completed the required adoption education to adopt internationally. It was an amazing class that was taught by a lady that was adopted herself from Korea. We learned ways to prepare for adoption and the differences than having a biological child. We had an idea about what changes our son will experience but today we explored in detail his life changes. We also met another couple adopting from China that we will be in contact with to share our journey. This has been a valuable experience for us. It is also another item we can mark complete on the list of paperwork required.

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Home Study Meeting

Today we met with Julie our social worker. We signed a lot of papers and went over the process. We signed up for our adoption class that is required to adopt from China. We went to the police station for our record check. There is so many steps involved in international adoption. We are slowly but surely scratching them off the list. Julie said within 2011 we should have our baby boy home with us where he belongs. We would love any prayers to guide us and our social workers through this process.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year

Jim had to work all night. Nanny spent the night with the girls. We had a quiet night at home. We hope this year is the one that brings our son home. We really want to see him soon.