June 15, 2010

5th BIRTHDAY & DTC!!!!!

My baby turned 5 this past weekend & it doesn't seem possible! I feel like it was just yesterday we returned home with this precious 9 month old, where did the past 4 years go? She really has come so far & really we have noticed the most in the past 4 months. Something just clicked over night & WOW "Ms. Independent" came out of her shell!!! We are so proud of her!!! She may be a little to sassy for her pants sometimes but I see her enjoying life & not as fearful. I can't tell you how much a mother enjoys seeing her daughter just loving life to the fullest!!! Can't wait to see what God has planned for this precious one!!!

Here are a few pictures from the past weekend celebrating her birthday. Her "Princess" birthday is this weekend with her friends but I wanted to still make her day special. We went swimming ate ice cream cake & then we went to see the movie "Karate Kid" & went out to eat @ the Chinese restaurant!! Big weekend for the Birthday girl!!!

Stay tuned for the NO BOY "Princess Birthday" this Sat.!!!

Then after such a FUN weekend we got the email that we were DTC as of Monday June 14th, YEAH!!!! Ok, now to explain what that means. We have been working for almost 4months gathering A LOT of paperwork, working with a social worker for our homestudy, Dr. appointments, fingerprints from the FBI & many documents that China recommends we have to be eligible to bring home another daughter. Well it is all complete & it is called a "Dossier" or as we say a VERY important 10 page document that is priceless!!! Without that precious document nothing can get started with the process in China, so as of Monday June 14th that Dossier headed to China(DTC)!!!! One step closer to bringing her home!!! Now we wait for China to match her to our family, please keep praying that will happen FAST!!! The normal time is at least 2 months, sooner would be GREAT but let's hope no longer!!!

June 2, 2010


It is funny once you adopt or others found out that you are adopting you add a whole another world of friends & what a blessing they are!!! They are one's that understand all the paperwork, the adoption lingo, the stress, the important mail, the stress, the important phone calls that you are on pins & needles waiting for, the USCIS, the stress, the sleepless nights, the packing, the money situation, the travel & did I mention the STRESS!!!!!

Well we have met a group of families that live about 30 min. from us that all get together on Friday nights & go to a Mexican restaurant (I know you all are all thinking why not Chinese) but anyway here are some pic's of our last time we all met!!! I can't thank these families enough for helping us through this adoption, they have been so helpful & an answered prayer from up above!

3 of the families are getting ready to travel back SOON!!!! Can't wait to have more blessings sitting at the tables with all the kids!