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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Another Awesome Update

This was included in a blog post from our angel Meghan. . . .

To the Grummons:
Austin is just so funny. He's so happy and loves attention. I'm going to tell you now--bring a ball! He loves throwing them, and has quite the arm! I spent my morning with him, and that's mostly all he and I did... And he never got tired of it. He can roll over on his stomach from his back, and vice versa. Like I said before, he can stand up, but with someone/something giving him a little bit of support. With his left hand, he can grab smaller things, but prefers his right over the left. We have a few nurses on our team, and they said that the issue with his hand can be corrected with physical therapy. He's such a funny little boy. The only time I saw him get fussy was when food came, and he didn't get it fast enough, haha! You're going to have a lot of fun with him :) I will send you my pictures of him when I get home... But Shannon took a few which may appear on flikr soon. Just keep checking!

We love you Meghan, Shannon, and the rest of your angels. There updates are beyond awesome. Our hearts are so comforted to hear good news and see our son in current photos. We could not ask for better news to ease our wait.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

More news from China

This is a part of a post from our angels on a mission trip to Chenzhou.  I do want to thank them for updating us about our Austin, and helping so many orphans while they were there.  Please pray for them to have a safe trip home.

"To the Grummons family:
Your baby boy is just like a little teddy bear:) he's very chubby and a happy little boy. I think Lori and Shannon have pictures/video of me making him laugh (I'm not sure where it is though... Maybe check flikr again. If not we'll make sure you'll get them when we get home--I know you want them now, though!). He's very ticklish! :) I have some pictures of him standing up, but I don't think he's taking steps yet. They have a bar in the playroom where they have the kids stand to gain muscle to stand and walk, and he was standing there one day and moving his legs around. Austin is active, moving his arms around and playing a lot. He's generally a very happy baby, though. :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

We got an update today!!!

A group of Americans are on a mission trip in China this week. They are working in Austin's orphanage. We got an email from the team today that says Austin is chunky, pleasant, and doing well. They were able to hug and kiss on him. They said he is not afraid of them. They have taken photos and video of him but they are having trouble sending those to us. The internet is not reliable in the rural area where they are staying. They affirm he is cute and just plain adorable. We want to hurry and get to him. The update has proven to us he is in great hands until we can get him home. We can feel the hands of God taking care of our little man. His orphanage is really a good place and we are beyond thankful for that.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We Have PA

We found out today our PA date is 5/30. This just means the letter of intent we sent to China accepting Austin's referral has officially been put with his file. We are his family. China will now work on our official acceptance paperwork called LOA. It could be 30 days could be 90 days. We of course hope for the shortest possible time. Once we get LOA things should speed up drastically. After LOA we would send in I800 to immigration to put Austin's name on the immigration approval we already have. That would only take 2 or 3 weeks then we would wait just a few more weeks to get approved to travel and bring Austin home. All the bad luck with waits we have already encountered my hopes are not high for the less than 60 days wait. I hope I am wrong and it is finally our turn for the fast lane. We want to get Austin home soon and get him in therapy for his hand. Help us pray for quick LOA. Austin needs care sooner than later.