Sunday, November 29, 2009

test run photos

Test run of attaching photos via email and posting to blog.  We'll see if I can do it??????

Pictures from N

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This is a test run for blogging via email in case blogger is blocked in China.  Hoping this works and next I will test videos and pictures via shutterfly so I can post pics in China on blogger too.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Child Waits

I can't begin to tell you how thankful we are for the grant we received from "A Child Waits Foundation" . An organization that offers grants for "special needs" or older children. We applied for several grants along the way and were turned down, mostly because they lacked the funds to offer any grants. In all honesty, we thought we had been turned down by all that we applied to, then out of the blue this organization called and said they were considering us but they needed more information. And to make a long story short, they offered us a grant. We had to wait until our Travel Approval -Ta, came in and then they would send it. Well they sent it to our agency a couple of weeks ago and it was applied to our in-country travel. Y'all the grant was for $2500 and that is a big deal right here at the home stretch.
Well today we got our totals for our in-country travel and I almost croaked, then I studied and realized they had not applied our grant money. I got on the phone to my TC-travel coordinator, and she graciously contacted the finance department and got it all straight. I know she was so busy since we all had to pay it by 1pm today. But she took time to take care of me ASAP. Once the grant was applied, that really made the total cost on us much more reasonable.
So I encourage any families that are adopting, go for it. You never know. The paperwork for applying to them is hard and tedious and no two ask the same questions, but in the end soooo worth it. We are very thankful that we did!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hard to Believe...

It is hard to believe that in 2 weeks from now we will have our daughter!!! There is a group of 25 families from our adopton agency, AWAA, that will be traveling. With all the extended families traveling, there will be about 90 people in our group. That is amazing to see God work in so many hearts to care for the orphans.
Our Schedule
Leave from RDU on Thursday Dec. 3rd at 8:47am to Newark
Leave Newark* at 12:15pm for Beijing*
Arrive in Beijing at 3pm on Friday the 4th
We stay in Beijing til either Sunday evening or Monday morning~~~ more info to come
Fly on Monday morning the 7th to her province- Hunan
Dec. 7th: GOTCHA DAY!!!
Stay there til either Thursday the 10th or Friday the 11th ~~~ more info to come
We fly from there to Guangzhou, China in the south (warmer weather, yay)
We spend the rest of our time in Guangzhou til Friday the 18th
We take a bus from Guangzhou to Hong*Kong, must be some bridge
From HK we fly to Newark*
We arrive in Newark* around 1:15pm and hang out for about 6 hours
Leave Newark* to RDU* at 7pm and arrive in RDU* around 8:40pm
Either stop and spend the night somewhere in Raleigh* or drudge home at night and sleep there, depending on how wired or sleepy we are.
The extra hotel thing is still up in there air. We have to get it, China hotel policies. But it was explained to me that we only get 2 adult buffets included with our room and we would have to pay for his. By having the extra room, his buffet would be included then and that the cost really equals out and we get that extra space. So it may wash out in the end. Just praying that the room isn't much of a costly issue.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another Sighting

No not quite, but almost. A yahoo family member that visited her orphanage a couple of weeks ago has also put together a video of their visit and it includes guess who? You know it, the star!!! But sorry, can't post it on here, it would violate the privilege of visiting the orphanage. Families that visit, have to promise to not post pictures online for the world to see, so we try to respect their request. It helps families that try to visit in the future. Which could be us one day, we hope. But it won't be this trip. The province is just not allowing visits now because of that nasty H1N1 virus. So we accept this. May be a good thing. It will just give us that time alone with her, getting to know her and her getting to know us.

And here is a travel update. We were informed that my oldest son, age 12, is considered an adult in China by hotel standards. That means they won't allow 3 adults and 2 kids to stay in one room, so that means we will have to get a second room. Could be good since I have been told that their rooms are much smaller than our hotel rooms. But we also were not prepared for that extra expense. But God has not brought us this far...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Have Bag, Will Travel!

This is my "NEW" travel bag. My "secret sister -Ruth" gave me this great carry-on travel bag. Just what I wanted, polka dots and pink. And just in time since I have already been trying to pack an ugly brown duffle bag as my carry on. Now I have this chic monogrammed bag of my own to take with me to get our daughter. I can't wait to get it filled up with things to take to China. Wen Li is going to have to have one of her own once she is home, don't you all think?

Eighteen days til we travel. Twenty two days til we meet her!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another Wen Li Sighting

Yup, that is right. We have another sighting of my daughter. It is wonderful to get these glimpses of her. I have been so blessed with my orphanage yahoo group with people sending me pictures, videos, and even visiting her.
She has thinned out, lost those chubby baby cheeks, not that they were every chubby, just thinner looking now. She is getting that big girl look, growing up before our very eyes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We Have Plane Tickets

Well almost!!! Our agency sent us tickets to review and then at that point we could accept their ticket arrangements or go out on our own and find travel arrangements. In my prayer journal this morning, my prayer was that the tickets for all 5 of us would not cost over $____ of money. And it was totally answered with a few dollars to spare. It really made it easy on us to see what to do when God showed us plain as day. We had already searched out tickets on our own all along and decided if the agency could get us good tickets then we were going with them. At this point, much less stress on us to let them carry that load. And I am glad God made it clear to us because you only have until 4pm to let AWAA know if you accept their tickets or not, and they emailed me like at 10am so that wasn't even 24 or 12 hours to do our searches. God is good.
So the plans are to fly out of RDU on December 3rd and arrive in Ne*wark, NJ and from NJ we will fly Continent*l straight to Bei*jing. When we return we will leave from Hong*Kong back to NJ and then to RDU. Our kids are going on the adventure of a lifetime. My husband is excited that one extra city has been thrown in, Hong*Kong. Even though we will only see it by bus probably, still we will see it and fly out from there.
Lots of plans are now having to be put in motion. Last minute doctor visits and things like that prior to us leaving. Getting all our meds together. I really need to leave each day from work right at the end of the day because of all that I need to get done. Little things like letting our credit card company know when we are traveling and to where, just in case we need it. So many things, so little time. But this is really all a good thing because it means we are sooooo close now to getting her. So many people have joined us in praying for this child, for this moment, for every step of the way to be God ordained. Now our faith shall be sight.

Sweetie we are coming to get you and we won't put up the Christ*mas tree until you are home!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Consulate Appointment

Ok we have concrete travel now. Even though we had travel approval we still weren't guaranteed travel until we had consulate appointments scheduled. I just got an email from my TC (adoption lingo -travel coordinator- And she is the best!!) that we have a consulate appointment on December 15th. That is just a couple of days before we head back home to the states. YAY!! Worth the wait.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Boys Reaction

Our boys wanted someone to go to school the minute we heard about our TA. They didn't want to wait til the end of the day and everyone else find out before them. Well it turned out perfect. We got the call a little after noon and my youngest was on the playground and my middle schooler was at lunch so my husband ran over to tell them. My youngest jumped up in his daddies arms and wrapped his arms and legs around him. His teacher said that has been his prayer request every single day at school. that broke my heart hear that, but is so sweet.
My oldest sons reaction was "Sick Nasty". (Explanation- the middle schoolers found out in math that 2 negatives make a positive! So they put two negative words together and now it is a positive reaction. Typical middle school slang, huh.)

And it has been one sick nasty day, and I am glad.


Ta's are here. (adoption lingo, Travel Aproval). If the consulate appointments come in then we will all go December 3rd. It will be a large group of 21. My mind is spinning. I think Kristen said like 12 sn (special needs families) are in the group and the rest healthy babies. But truly all I can remember is 21 famlies.
Glad I was home today to get that call since she called my home phone 1st.
Yesterday I cried sad tears, today it is joyful tears. Not really!! To excited to cry.
Can't wait to meet all our travel buddies we have been conversing with. They have been such a great support. We have been down together. We have lifted each other up on the days of discouragement. We have all prayed for these TA's and for our kids waiting on us. And now... Now our Faith Can be Sight!!!! Thank you Lord.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Heart is Broken

It is so hard to keep the faith. My prayer has been God let our faith be sight today and bring on our TA (travel approval). But when your when it doesn't happen it breaks my heart. If our TA had come in today then we would travel on the 19th of this month. But I just got off the phone with our TC (travel coordinator in adoption lingo) and she said at this point it would most likely be December 3rd. I know God's timing is perfect, but in my timing the 19th would have been perfect. I would have had more time off with her since there are holidays in there. But as I was talking with my husband and pouring out my tears over the phone, he pointed out that if we get her then and I stay home through the first week in January, that his year would be starting over and he would have vacation time then and he could stay home with her. Maybe that is what has been needed, that time for him to spend with her and bond with too and I have been so selfish. We are a family, it is not about just me bonding with her, he needs to bond with her too.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What Faith Can Do

What Faith Can Do
Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shiningYou gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heardImpossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
Overcome the odds
You don't have a chance(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise
By the Christian group, Kutless


Maybe we will get our TA today. Maybe we will travel on the 19th of November. Maybe we will meet our little on one the 23. Maybe....
Maybe if the TA's come in today!!!

About Me

I am a pastor's wife and the mother of 3 active children. Two boys and a daughter from China. We live on the East Coast and enjoy the beach.