Someone asked me to post a video of Melia. Here is one that we received shortly after we were matched. (Around the end of June 2011).
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
One more round of fingerprints. If you go back and check previous posts, you'll see that fingerprints is a common theme throughout the adoption process. The government really REALLY wants to make sure that we're not felons!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I made the orphanage send her to a group home on July 6 this year because I thought she was matched with a family and it would be better to let her experience some family life. She is in a very nice group family. Actually I met all group homes, and all the parents are friendly and very nice to the children and they do really treat the babies as their own.
Please let the family know Xin Ai is doing very well at this group home, she has improved a lot. (I do really think the family is lucky to have her, she is very lovely and is one of my favorite babies. I believe she will bring great joy to them!)
How awesome is that? She is "lovely" and "will bring great joy". Sounds good to me. We couldn't be more excited.
We also watched a webinar regarding the details of our traveling. (Have I mentioned how awesome Holt International is and how organized everything has been with our adoption?)
Compared to our "Wild West" adventure in Russia, it seems that this trip will be a piece of cake. One experienced adoptive family said that their China travels were like "a senior citizen tour" compared to what they experienced in Russia. I'm starting to think the same. They even have optional day tours that we can participate in during our down time. (Down time occurs over the weekends when the government offices are closed).
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
At that point we wait for China to log it into their system and then we are available for a referral. We think our first chance for getting Melia's referral will be the last week of July. Wouldn't that be wonderful!
Jacob keeps saying he doesn't want to see her picture until this birthday because he wants it to be something special on his birthday. It would be wonderful if we could give him that as a birthday gift the first week of August!
Fortunately, we know it is in God's trustworthy hands. So, we will wait on Him and His goodness.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Yesterday I came home to find a FedEx bag from our Washington DC courier at the front door. All our documents had been certified by the State Department and the Chinese Embassy!!! We were most impressed that our documents had been personally signed by Hillary R. Clinton!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Honestly, this was not something that we have pondered a whole lot. Up to this point, we simply thought "whatever.... it doesn't bother us".
But we haven't thought about what Melia may think of the whole thing. We began doing an inventory of her life. Her parents: White. Her siblings: White. Her teachers: White. Her extended family: White. Her neighbors: White. Her doctor: White. Her dentist: White. Her piano teacher: White...... White. White. White.
You get my point. Katie and I realized that after our adoption of Melia, we will no longer be a "white family". We will indeed be a mixed-race family.
I'm not even sure what this exactly means, but this class and our new awareness is a good start. I'll keep you posted as I figure things out.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This coming weekend, Katie and I will be traveling to Iowa for a "How to parent your adopted child" class. This was one of the requirements from Holt (our agency). I tried to get some sort of waiver hoping that 3 years experience would count, but no-go.
I have the attention span of a 10 year old, so I'm not looking forward to sitting in a classroom for two days.
But I AM looking forward to a Road Trip vacation with my wife!
(yes, even a 3 hour road trip to the middle of Iowa counts as a Road Trip Vacation)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I can't help but think how stressful and intimidating a homestudy may be for first time parents. For us.... not so much.
As I travel upon the road leading me toward 4 children, I find that fewer and fewer events cause me stress and intimidation.
Case in point, as I type this blog entry I am mostly unphased that Zac is screaming for Hallie to let him out of the dog kennel. Ho hum. Just another small moment around here.