Friday, January 25, 2013

Home Studies

Our home study visit went really well today; we completed talking about family history and parenting approaches with our adoption social worker in a conference room of a coffee shop.  We officially have just one more visit before her report can be finalized and sent off for pre-approval with her own agency, and once approved, it will be sent to ours!  We just have a few more things to gather for her as well, but this part of the huge process really is coming to an end. 

Our next and last visit in the coffee shop is scheduled for Valentine's Day...kind of seems fitting, doesn't it? 

I am thinking we need to send something special to Henry soon, like a family video!  We want him to know that even though it is taking a long time, we are working hard to bring him home and that we are thinking about him every day.  This must be hard for him, and really difficult for those longing for a family but not yet matched. 

Are you interested in adopting???  I am wanting to hold an int'l adoption informational meeting at some point to answer questions and help others along in this daunting process. I love this walk of faith, but it sure is nice to have support and the necessary knowledge for it.  So let me know if interested in finding out more!

Blessings,
Kerri

Friday, January 18, 2013

"I Like Adoption"

 
"I Like Adoption"
I just had to post this video as it is absolutely amazing and such a picture of God's love. 
Every life is precious!

Big Steps

So, we have completed some big steps this week...both my husband and I finished our online parent training, immigration forms have been filled out, couple and family photos have been picked, and I sent off birth and marriage certificates to the Oklahoma and Louisiana Secretary of States for certification today.  We're just needing to finalize and notarize two documents, then the pile of locally notarized papers can be sent to Washington's Secretary of State for the same process.  This is a big one and essential for the dossier.  After the home study is approved, notarized, and certified, it will be sent off to the appropriate Chinese consulates  with all these other documents for authentication.  Tired yet?:)

We've tried to celebrate the small steps but how fun to get to celebrate big ones!  Thanks for prayers and support everyone.  The Lord is providing and soon we'll be having a spaghetti feed to help with the financial costs coming up.  We'll need everyone's help to get the word out!  More details coming...

And oh, how we miss our little sweetheart!

Kerri

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
We have returned and are settling back in from a wonderful trip south to see family and friends.  It was a blessed time of showing our boys their roots, and our exchange student enjoyed seeing more of the U.S., including four more states.  Thanks for prayers!

Just a quick update on the adoption process- we are scheduled for a home study visit with our social worker in her area on January 24th.  Our last items to gather for the home study include online parent training and a couple of last documents.  Perhaps we will just have one more visit?  It's moving along well!

New Day recently posted a really sweet photo of Henry  (see below) and we received a medical update on him.  Please keep him in prayers, that his muscles would strengthen so that he continues to improve in walking.  He is such a cutie, isn't he? 

With the new year comes new goals and changes inevitably, but what has not changed is our love for this darling child and the increasing desire to bring him home.  While we juggle many responsibilities, completing this adoption process in a timely manner is of utmost importance to us.  Please pray with us for everything to come together as it should.  We appreciate the love and support more than you can know.

And praise God that the Adoption Tax Credit was made permanent!  This is a huge help to many families that could not afford adoption otherwise. 

If you are looking for a great read to learn more about orphans in China, Silent Tears by Kay Bratt is excellent.  She has also written fiction novels set in that part of the world and more on those can be found at kaybratt.com.  The author Millie Nelson Samuelson is also one of my favorites.  For some reason, I love any kind of novel set in China:) 

Blessings!
Kerri