Saturday, August 22, 2009


We thought we were getting our approval from Immigration, instead, we got a request for more information...URRRR!!

Apparently some items in our homestudy were not worded exactly as required. Our social worker isn't in her office on Friday afternoon, so we wait until Monday.

Our adoption agency said it should be an easy fix and our dossier should be in China in the next couple of weeks. They also said we should expect to be approved and in China for pickup before his second birthday!

We have been concerned about a TB test that is required (for all children over the age of two) in order to issue their visa to enter the United States. If the adopted child tests positive there is a regimin of treatment that takes from 3-6 months to complete before the visa can be issued. That means that your adoption is final, but your child is not permitted to enter the United States. Therefore, you have to either stay in China with your child for treatment or arrange for care and leave your child in China and return for pickup when they are deemed clear. There is much concern about this because there is a required vaccination that causes the TB skin test to appear positive. If the test is positive a chest x-ray is done to determine if the child has TB.

We would like our son home ASAP and it sure would be nice to avoid the stress of having to comply with this requirement.

Thanks for following our story and, as always, your prayers mean the world to us.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


As soon as we get our approval everything is off to China!! Yipee!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy me!!

Jacob insisted we make these Ming Ming cupcakes. When the lady on Noggin demonstrated how to make them, it looked so easy!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


This week we were given the Vocation Chalice and asked to fill it with our prayers for all vocations. This includes those called to married life, single life, the consecrated life, etc. It was such an honor to pray for all to hear the call of our Lord for the plan He has for their lives.

Have you ever felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit working in your life? I'm not sure I always knew it at the time, but certainly in retrospect I can clearly see His work in my life. I was born to a wonderful mother and father. They, however, weren't so wonderful to each other and were divorced when I was 6 years old. Therefore, I didn't live in an environment of life-giving love. Sure, my mom and dad loved me, but I wasn't able to witness the daily sacrafices of married love. I believe that this fact gave me distorted expectations of what married love required. I was married in a civil ceremony at a very early age.

The Holy Spirit was calling me to married life, but I wasn't fully listening. My first marriage lasted 14 very difficult years, in which I had suffered 3 miscarriages, much verbal abuse and financial ruin. I lived the single life for a while, but the desire to have a family was overwhelming. I began to realize that I COULD NOT be the author of my life, I had to let Him do it and I began seeing the world and relationships in a whole new way..through Him.

Today I am the wife of a precious man who loves me in a way I have never been loved in my life. I am also loving in a whole new way. Our lives are so richly blessed. Our son is the center of our universe and we are so blessed to be able to live our vocation of married life as He intended.

I hope that after I am gone that my sons have beautiful lives. I hope that they remember what brought their mother and father strength. In other words, my prayer is that the way we answer the Holy Spirit in our lives gives them the courage to hear the call of the Spirit in their lives.