Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Misty needs a home!

Click below to check out Misty, who is a HEALTHY 9 year old listed with ASIA (our agency). Her file is ready to be returned if she doesn't find a family. BREAKS.MY.HEART.

Cornbread and Chopsticks: Misty: "Please everyone take one last look at sweet Misty.  Her file is to go back probably today.  She is a beautiful, healthy, fun loving li..."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

First Day(s) of School

Already? It seems so soon, but school is in full swing for Ryan and Allie. Ryan says his new school is 'stupid'. He's still mourning the move and wishing we were back in JC. It's hard to be the cause of your child's unhappiness. :( Allie seems to be doing well. She loved her 1st grade teacher so much that I was worried no one else would be able to hold a candle, but she seems to be liking 2nd grade so far. Of course, 'good' is the most I can get out of her so I can't be sure. Maybe one day my kids will start to answer my questions with actual sentences instead of just a grunted word. AnnaClaire had her first day (sort of, they do a staggered start here so she only goes one day a week with 4 other kids) of Kindergarten yesterday. Her teacher said she did great and AnnaClaire said she liked it. At pick up, I saw her gabbing away with another little girl in her class, so I am glad she made a friend before we take her to China. I hate that she'll essentially be 'the new kid' from the very start of her school career. Brady's first day is Monday. He's excited but starting to get a bit bummer that AnnaClaire always seems to get to do the fun stuff before him. Jeff and I met Brandon for lunch between classes earlier this week. He seems to be enjoying college life and, of course, asked for money. Again. Boy, get a job! He's on the 12th floor at Carrick just like I was. Here is the view from his room...

and here we are after walking up 12 flights of stairs with his stuff. I was sure I was going to have a heart attack.

Cameron turned 21 yesterday. It's hard to wrap my mind around that fact. Weirder is that my kids range in age from 2-21 and when I was 21 I had a 2 year old. ACK!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Friday, August 27-Sunday August 29

Fly from LA to Guangzhou (CZ328, arriving at 06:20AM)

Monday, August 30

Meet child in Guangzhou.

Tuesday, August 31

Conduct adoption registration paperwork and notarization formalities and apply for child’s passport.

Wednesday, September 1

Wait for child’s passport to be issued.
Have child’s visa photos taken and go through the physical examination in the morning.

Thursday, September 2

Visit Foshan orphanage.

Friday, September 3

Pick up adopted child’s passport.
Check TB test result.

Jeff and AnnaClaire fly to LA on China Southern Airlines flight (CZ327, departs at 21:00).
No lunch and dinner included.

Saturday, September 4

Free time.

Jeff and AnnaClaire arrive home.

Sunday, September 5

Sightseeing in Guangzhou in the afternoon.
Group lunch or dinner.

Monday, September 6

Safari park.
Group lunch or dinner.

Tuesday, September 7

At 09:30am, Local guide goes to US Consulate to submit orphan visa petition documents.
Free time in the afternoon.

Wednesday, September 8

Free time in the morning.
Go to US Consulate for the oath-taking ceremony in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 9

Go to US Consulate to pick up visa in the afternoon.

Friday, September 10

Fly to LA on China Southern Airlines flight (CZ327, departs at 21:00).

Saturday, September 11

Lisa and Coralie arrive home

Monday, August 02, 2010


It been forever since I posted about what's going on with our family. We've really had a crazy summer. Jeff started a new job at the beginning of May. The job meant that we would be moving back to Knoxville after 8.5 years in Johnson City. Since we'd had the house on the market from September 08-September 09 and couldn't sell it, we figured that we'd be in Johnson City for a few more years while we tried to sell the house and Jeff would spent part of the week in Johnson City and part of the week in Knoxville. Not ideal, but you do what you gotta do, right? We put the house on the market in late April. By late May it was sold. We were shocked. It's truly been a whirlwind of finding a house big enough for a family of 9, packing, moving, submitting Supplement 3's for the adoption (1 for the job change and then one for the move), finding a new church, finding new doctors (not to mention a trip to urgent care for Brady's ruptured eardrum), registering the kids at their new schools (4 HOURS to register Ryan), getting prepared to say good-bye to Cameron and Brandon as they both will soon leave to live on campus at their colleges...oh, and preparing to go to CHINA! Jeff, AnnaClaire and I leave on Friday, August 27 and arrive in China on Sunday, August 29th. We'll get Coralie on Monday, the 30th. When you wake up 4 weeks from today, we will have her!!! Not that I am excited or anything. ;)

I should also note that Mr. Brady is finally 5. He had to wait 3 long months after AnnaClaire turned 5 to be able to say that he was also 5. That was really hard for him. Brandon turned 19 a few weeks ago. Where does the time go? Cameron will soon be 21.

I need to dig out my camera and get some new shots of the littles. It's been a while.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Urgent Situation


Please click below to read about this precious girl who needs a family to commit to her by Sunday or her chance at a family will most likely be lost forever. Wasatch has her file and there is a $1000 grant towards her adoption.

Cornbread and Chopsticks: Urgent Situation: "I know I just published my Waiting Kids post just yesterday but today I was asked to post about a beautiful little girl who only has until S..."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Children's Day!

I had Ann at Red Thread send a cake to Coralie's orphanage for Children's Day. I didn't expect that we'd get new pictures but I sure HOPED we would. In my wildest dreams I never thought we'd get so many. Behold the cuteness...



Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Graduate!

Brandon graduated on Saturday, May 29th. We are so proud. :) We were happy to celebrate with family.


Brandon with Brady, Allie, AnnaClaire & Mason

Cameron & Charity

Jeff, Brandon & Popaw (my dad)

w/ Popaw & MeeAll (my mom)

w/ Grandma & Grandpa (Jeff's parents)

w/ Uncle Mike (Jeff's brother) and Aunt Shelly

w/ Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Connie (my aunt & uncle)

w/ Cameron & Ryan

w/Ryan and Mom (me)

w/ Ryan

w/ Brady

and a perfect picture of our family life. Check out Allie and Brady...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

700 Club Controversy Over Christians and Adoption

Click this to see the video:

700 Club Controversy Over Christians and Adoption

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Wow. Just wow. Count the cost? I counted the cost when I decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, knowing that there would be hard times, ridicule, and that I may be led to do things that were out of my comfort zone or maybe even seemed unreasonable. I am so glad that when God kept pressing adoption-specifically China adoption-on my heart that I didn't say to Him, 'You know, God, I realize that you've done a lot for me and I really appreciate it but I just feel the emotional cost of adopting an orphan is too much for my family.' Yeah right. And there IS cost. Bringing home a child who has been neglected, or bounced around from place to place, possibly abused...it's HARD. Life changing hard. But it is worth every tear and all the hard work. The families in the video were a great example of how out family feels adoption has blessed us. The teenager talking about how having adopted siblings has enriched his life and the mom saying that she is the lucky one...they are telling our story. The story of so many families who took that leap of faith and were blessed by adoption. I have a long way to go in my walk, but I am confident that when I get to heaven that God isn't going to chastise me for not counting the cost as we chose to go where he led our family.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chrissie is with Jesus

About a month ago I asked for prayers for Chrissie, an adorable little 4 year old adopted from Serbia who had a heart condition. Chrissie fought like a warrior but her Father called her home. She has touched more lives in her short time on earth than most of us could ever dream of. Her mother's faith is awesome and we could all learn from her. Grab your tissues and read today's post...


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Definitely not how I expected it to play out but I got an email at 5:10 yesterday telling me we had LOA. Since we had only been logged in for 27 days, it didn't seem real. I didn't jump up and down or get all scatterbrained like I did with the girls' referrals or Brady's TA. It was just 'really? oh, okay'. Part of my attitude is based on the fact that I just sent in a Supplement 3 on Thursday to get a new approval because of Jeff's job change. The forms say that I can't send in my I800 application until I get that approval but Marci at my agency says it's no problem to go ahead and send it in. We pay them the big bucks to walk us through this so I am trusting that she knows what she's talking about. I really hope that we aren't held up too much because of the Supplement 3. ASIA is now only sending travel groups once a month with families arriving in province the last Sunday of each month. You must get TA 2 weeks prior or you are bumped to the next month. With that in mind I am expecting to travel either August 27 or September 17 (the September group will travel a week early due to the October holidays) but you never know, it could be later. So far, we've been incredibly blessed with the timing of this adoption. I can only thank God for that. I pray that He continues to bless us and gets our girl home as soon as possible.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

"Imperfect moms: Give yourself a break"

Happy Mother's Day! A friend shared this on Facebook and I wanted to pass it along. :)

I have a confession to make: I forgot my son’s birthday one year. Ben was turning 14, and while no excuse in the universe will ever suffice, his birthday does land at the worst possible time, in the middle of harvest, at the end of July. Also, that summer, my sister and her family were visiting, and when I am with Rebecca I forget that the rest of the world exists.

She and I were sitting in the kitchen that day drinking coffee and talking obsessively in Pennsylvania Dutch, and in the living room I heard one of my nephews softly singing “Happy Birthday.”

The words didn’t penetrate until the second line, and then the terrible, crushing truth closed in — I had completely forgotten Ben’s birthday.

I screamed in horror, hugged him, begged his forgiveness, all but groveled at his feet. He was obviously hurt but graciously forgave me. Now, almost three years later, he laughs about it, but I am convinced there’s still a festering wound deep in his heart that will erupt in quiet sadness the rest of his life, and when his son turns 14 someday, Ben will remember his own pain and rejection and quietly wipe away a tear.

I was going to be the perfect mom, really I was. I was not going to repeat what I saw as my mom’s shortcomings, and I for sure wasn’t going to copy the playground moms who yelled terrible threats when their kids didn’t want to get off the swings. I looked down on acquaintances who didn’t read Dr. Seuss to their toddlers or who made their 10-year-olds take way too much responsibility with the babies.

True, I didn’t repeat the mistakes I observed; I just invented a whole new set of my own. I punished unjustly. I got sucked into talking on the phone with a possessive friend and brushed off my frantic 5-year-old until she burst into frustrated tears. I bought too few Christmas gifts that the children wanted and too many that I thought they ought to want. I didn’t put sunscreen on the children that time they went swimming at a family reunion in the Midwest and fried their little shoulders in the hot sun.

Then, of course, there was the forgotten birthday, and many more dark examples that I can’t bring myself to confess.

So Mother’s Day comes and among the pastel cards and lush bouquets and appreciative words, I feel the gnawing teeth of Regret and the sense that maybe I don’t deserve the gratitude because of everything I got wrong.

That’s when I know I need to remember Kenya.

We spent 3½ months there, six years ago, helping at a school and orphanage for boys. Most had been orphaned by AIDS and suffered worsening circumstances until finally they gravitated to the city and survived on the streets, eating what they could, sleeping on feed sacks, and sniffing chemicals that deluded them into feeling warm and well fed.

Whenever we went downtown, the street kids clustered us with their colorless, torn clothes and their dusty hair and their open, begging hands and their lifeless eyes. The lack of a mother in their lives was like a tangible force around them, and their pain clawed at my own mother-heart with an intensity that took my breath away and still does now, six years later.

The boys who had left the streets and lived at the orphanage seemed happy, most of the time. They were fed well and educated and kept busy. They slept on clean beds and were supervised by young dorm “dads” in their 20s. But sometimes, such as when their eyes filled with years of grief or they scraped their knees or they had a wonderful discovery to share, what they really needed was a mom, and they didn’t have one.

I slowly came to realize, as I watched these boys, that not only did they all need mothers, most of them would have done or given anything to get one.

Furthermore, none of them would have been been picky about what sort they got. She could work too hard, or she could sit around and let the house fall apart. She could be patient or lose her temper. She could be stern and silent or full of fun. Any mom who was there and cared even a little would be an astronomical improvement over what they had.

My accumulation of mistakes was smaller then than it is now, but I was just as hard on myself, and it was when I looked at the eyes of boys on the street and compared them with my children’s eyes — bright, curious, secure, confident — that I first began to give myself some grace. An imperfect mom, I realized, is infinitely, indescribably better than no mom at all.

If not having a mother is like being at sea level, and having a perfect, smiling, patient mom who never forgets to notify the tooth fairy is like being at the top of Mount Hood, then a flawed and scatterbrained mom who makes the kids pack their own lunches and punishes the wrong child now and then is actually about at Timberline Lodge.

I have told myself this many times since and shared it with other moms who feel they never quite get it right: an imperfect mother is really pretty good. Give yourself credit for showing up every day and loving your children and doing the best you can, I tell them, because that in itself makes a huge difference to a child. And, I add, give yourself some grace: We are allowed to make mistakes.

I will always feel sad about the missed birthday, but when I see my son’s eyes and think of the eyes of the orphan boys, I know that I was here, and I did the best I could, and it made all the difference in the world.

Dorcas Smucker is a homemaker and mother of six. She can be reached at letterfromhburg@juno.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bad Dreams

I had a horrible dream last night. We were in China and they gave us a baby. For some reason it didn't register until the next morning that it wasn't Coralie. I kept thinking that she looked so much older in pictures (man, how clueless are we in dreams?!?!). Then I realized that she didn't have any teeth and according to Coralie's report she has 18. I pulled up her shirt and there was no omphalocele. I absolutely freaked and went the the person in charge who happened to be this woman who used to work at Gymboree who was always really rude to me. She was acting strange but wouldn't tell me anything until a designated time. Then Jeff took me somewhere in a car (yes, he was driving in China) and didn't get me back in time. I was sure that something had happened to Coralie and they were trying to appease me with this cute baby. I don't want just any baby-I want Coralie! At that point I woke up frantic but so thankful it was just a dream. Funny thing is that I really thought I was doing a good job of not dwelling on her too much because it is too hard but apparently she's weighing on my mind in spite of my attempts.

How can it be that we are only on day 9 of our wait for LOA? It seems like 109 at this point. I have to get that LOA before I start dreaming that Coralie turns into a dog and runs down the street like I did when we were waiting for Allie.

Please Pray for Chrissie!

I can't read this blog without drowning in tears. Please join me in praying for Chrissie.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

We are the Truth Adoption Blogger Day

From the JCICS (Joint Council on International Children Services):

We Are The Truth

A Campaign and Call to Action

The outrageous treatment of Artyem by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on intercountry adoption that says it is not safe, the system failed and adopted children cause insurmountable problems. The heartbreak of Artyem Saviliev’s abandonment has once again elevated a singular incident to a level which may result in the suspension of intercountry adoption. Suspending adoption, even temporarily, will only cause thousands of children to suffer the debilitating effects of life in an orphanage.

You, the community of adoptees, adoptive parents, adoptive grandparents, child welfare professionals and child advocates know that the outrageous and indefensible actions of one parent are not indicative of how children are treated by adoptive families. You know that families who encounter difficulties do not simply abandon their child. You know that help is available, that solutions are found and that families can thrive. And you know that suspending adoption does not protect children but only subjects them to the depravity of an institution…and an entire life without a family.

You, the adoption community know the truth.

You live the truth.

You are the truth.

Join our campaign to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.

We Are The Truth – an adoption blogger day: To ensure the world knows about every successful adoption, on Thursday, April 15, 2010 blog about your adoption or the adoption of someone you know. It doesn’t matter if your adoption is with Russia, domestic or otherwise international. Let the world know your truth!


Here's the truth from me. :)

In the mid to late 90's God started to lay adoption on my heart. At the time, I thought it was crazy-not because I didn't think I would love a child that wasn't biologically related to me but because I was sure there was no way we could get through the paperwork and the homestudy. I have ADD and struggled all through school getting my work turned in-even assignments I had done would sit in my locker. I have never been Martha Stewart, I had been a teen mom, a college drop-out. Who would deem me worthy enough to give me a child? God kept on pressing and finally I started mentioning it to Jeff. He thought I was crazy and so I'd push it to the back of my mind. God continued to press and then started laying China on my heart. After many years, Jeff finally said to me that he was ready to adopt. I think when we got on that plane to go get Allie, it finally hit Jeff that we were bringing home a child. I know people hate the sunshine and rainbows adoption stories but if I had to use one word to describe the day we got Allie it would be 'magical'. The morning after we got Allie we were eating breakfast at the White Swan buffet and Jeff looked at her and said, 'Everyone should do this at least once'. I knew then that we would be coming back to China for another child. Six months later we started the process to bring AnnaClaire home. We had some twists and turns in her adoption process which were very hard emotionally. When we got her, she was smiling and her whole body moved with excitement. I was actually worried because she seemed so happy to be given to us but AnnaClaire's transition was even more seamless than Allie's. Then came Brady. :) Brady was 23 months when we brought him home. He had been in orphanage care for 17 months and then moved to foster care for the last 6 before we adopted him. The trip to adopt Brady was the worst 2 weeks of my life. He raged, kicked, screamed, threw things. I was sure we had ruined our family by adopting him. I called my mom from China crying that my life was over. The months after we returned home with Brady are a blur. Every morning when I woke up I had two thoughts, 'Do I really have to live through another day?' and 'Who can I give this kid to?' It was a real struggle for everyone in the family. But we had made a commitment to this child and he was ours and we weren't giving up. I bought every book I could find on parenting hurt children, attachment, bonding, post adoption depression. I joined support groups. I prayed. I talked with those who were going through similar situations or who had been through them and gotten to the other side. I had read so much before we got Brady that I really felt prepared for behaviors he might exhibit and I think I was prepared for those behaviors. What I wasn't prepared for was MY reaction to those behaviors. My head understood why he acted the way he did but my heart was deeply hurt by it all. It's been almost 3 years since we adopted Brady. He still struggles with behavior issues but the progress he has made has been awesome. I truly believe that he loves us deeply and that's something I thought would never come. He is such a funny and smart little guy (and crazy cute, too!). I can't imagine all we would have missed if we hadn't buckled down and done what we had to do to help him understand we were his family and he was safe with us. Last fall, God started placing adoption on our hearts again. At first I was very scared because I never again want to feel those emotions that we felt after we got Brady. But I consider Brady a success story and I feel that we have learned so much after going through our trials with him. God has given me a peace about it all and if we have a similar situation with Coralie, we know we can make it though.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


We have our LID! Today~4/13/2010~my mom's birthday! :)

Monday, April 12, 2010


I debated on whether to post this or not because it's personal for Coralie. I decided to go ahead because when we first had her file I couldn't find much on any of my waiting children adoption boards about her special need. It was a bit overwhelming and I was starting to feel like maybe this wasn't something we could handle. Finally I did a search on Rumor Queen and found one poster asking if anyone had adopted a child with this special need. I contacted her and she was so nice and shared so much about what she had learned about Omphaloceles since she had been matched with her daughter (at the time they hadn't traveled, but they are now home with their gorgeous little girl). I felt such a peace after talking with her and I want to be as open so that if someone else is presented with a child with an Omphalocele, maybe Coralie and I can be an encouragement for them.

This is Coralie's Tummy

*pic removed*

We don't have any pictures of her as an infant but you can click below to see a picture of what an Omphalocele looks like at birth. WARNING: it is graphic so view at your own risk.

Omphalocele at birth

What is omphalocele?

Omphalocele (um-fal-o-seel) occurs when some of the internal organs normally located in the abdomen of a baby are pushed out into the base of the umbilical cord. The abdominal cavity itself may be small and underdeveloped because the organs normally contained in it developed outside of it. The organs pushed out into the umbilical cord may be covered by a membranous sac, or the sac may be ruptured before, during or after delivery. Omphaloceles vary in size from very small to "giant". Small omphalocele's occur in 1 out of every 5,000 to 6,000 births. Large or "giant" omphaloceles occur in 1 out of every 10,000 live births. A small omphalocele involves only a small portion of the intestine outside the body. A giant omphalocele is very large and may have other organs such as liver, spleen and intestines herniated into the umbilical cord. Giant omphaloceles may have a more guarded prognosis.

Up to 50 percent of babies with an omphalocele will have an associated anomaly or birth defect including: cardiac (most commonly seen, found in 19 to 32 percent of cases), neurological, skeletal, chromosomal, urinary tract, or Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome. Omphaloceles associated with other anomalies may also have a more guarded prognosis. Omphaloceles are seen more commonly in mothers over age 35. We do not know the cause of an omphalocele. We do know that during fetal development the intestines will move outside the body for a time and then move back in. For some reason there is a failure or a disruption during this period of development and the intestines fail to migrate back into the abdominal cavity. We know that omphaloceles are not caused by anything the mother ate or did during pregnancy.


Because the medical information from China is so vague and because some things just don't translate well in the medical files, we really don't know much about Coralie's omphalocele. What we do know is that she is able to eat and defecate normally which are very good signs. What we also know is that we have peace about this adoption and that can only come from God. With Him we can handle whatever comes our way.

We Are the Truth


We Are the Truth

Recognizing that the tragic abandonment of Artyem Saviliev is an isolated incident and is not at all indicative of the thousands of successful adoptions between Russia and the Unites States, we, the undersigned:

- Respectfully call on President Medvedev and President Obama to lead an effort to ensure that the rights of children are protected and that every child’s right to a permanent and safe family is not interrupted due to the suspension intercountry adoption services.

- Respectfully call on President Medvedev and President Obama to ensure that their governments aggressively prosecute any individual involved in child abuse to the fullest extent of the law.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Prayers for Safe Travel for our Friends

This is Nora...

isn't she just adorable? Her mommy and daddy waited a very long time to bring her home. They recently traveled to get her and things are going very well-an answer to much prayer on their behalf. They are leaving China to come home soon and would very much appreciate prayers for safe travel. Nora's sisters and brother didn't travel to China so it will be a very exciting homecoming for her and for them! :)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Even after 4 adoptions, it still surprises me when our dossier arrives at our agency and I have actually done everything right! ASIA received our dossier yesterday afternoon and it was sent to China today. I am so excited and feel very thankful that God has allowed everything to happen as quickly as it has so far. Coralie, we can't wait to have you in our arms!

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Zoo

Last week AnnaClaire asked me if the zoo was real. After I got over the guilt that my child didn't know that the zoo is indeed real, I decided we must visit...and soon. So we packed up and headed to Knoxville on Saturday.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Certified Birth Certificate has left the IL SOS office!

I started tracking the package last night when it was on it's way to Illinois. Fed Ex picked it up from the Fed Ex place at 6:01-only 2 minutes after I walked into the store. If you are the person I knocked down to get in there before 6:00, I apologize. I am sure you understand...mama bear and all. ;) Anyway, the package arrived in Springfield this morning and a few hours later Delores called to let me know that it had been processed but she was still more concerned that they couldn't find the first one. I told her it didn't matter and thanked her for helping me get it all straightened out. I fully expect a call in the next few weeks that she has found it because I think it has upset her more than it has me. LOL I just checked the tracking and the package is on it's way to Carol, our amazing courier in DC. I sent the other 11 documents to her today too. Now we just wait for USCIS approval to arrive so we can rush that through. Please pray that we have no paperwork issues. If everything goes well, we should have our dossier at our agency around April 6th or so. :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So THAT's why they tell you to order additional copies!

I've been calling the Illinois Secretary of State to try and find out what's the hold up with Jeff's birth certificate. Today everyone I talked to told me they couldn't help me and transferred me. Of course, the final destination was someone's voice mail. I was surprised to actually get a call back this afternoon and the lady (Delores) told me that it takes 7-10 business days to get them processed. I told her this was day 9 and she said it hasn't gone out yet but probably would Friday or Monday. When I got off the phone I prayed. Mostly for the ability to continue to trust God and if it was His will to somehow have that birth certificate sent out today. I truly believe those prayers prompted Delores to look around for our package because she called me back and told me that the stuff that had arrived on the 12th (same day as us) had been processed and ours wasn't included. She asked a bunch of questions and said she'd look some more and call back. She actually called back a few times. We know they received the package because it was signed for but it's now MIA. I finally asked if I overnighted her a new birth certificate, could she process (ie. staple a piece of paper to it) tomorrow and get it sent back out. She agreed so I rushed to get a new package ready and made it to the Fed Ex store at 5:59-only one minute to spare. Please pray that it gets there and that she gets it and processes it tomorrow like she said she would. I went ahead and put our courier's address on the return airbill so it will go straight to her. I'll mail the rest of our dossier (minus the approval) to her tomorrow. Now I can relax for 10 minutes before I have to clean my house for the SIX interior shots my agency wants us to send. ACK!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I just got the email that our USCIS approval is in the mail! YES! We just need Jeff's birth certificate back from Illinois and we can be DTC SOON! Happy Dance!

Adoption Tax Credit Extended and Increased

Adoption Tax Credit Extended and Increased

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An Unexpected Adoption

Beautiful story! I just read this post on the 'Hope for Orphans' blog and it really touched me. I wish every man, woman and child on this earth could know the love of a family.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lucy still needs a family

I posted about Lucy earlier this month.


I can't get her off my mind. My agency, ASIA, is the agency who has Lucy's file. The family who was to bring her home lives near me. We even used the same social worker. I feel connected to Lucy and my heart is burdened for her. Lucy still needs a family. She has a pretty severe heart issue and probably needs a heart transplant. She may not live a long life but doesn't she deserve to spend what time she does have here on this earth with a family of her own? Lucy needs a family that is DTC to come forward to adopt her. She's doing well now but needs care that she can't get in China. She needs to be here to get the care she needs. Please join me in praying for little Lucy. And if you feel that you might be her family please contact Marci @ marcisk@asiadopt.org

You can read more about Lucy on ASIA's blog