So it has been quite a while since I have written anything. That is because we were waiting on our approval from USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service). An application was submitted at the end of May, we were fingerprinted on July 7th and we received our approval the last week of July. Woo hoo! We have been approved to adopt again. So in the meantime, about three weeks ago we had received a newsletter from our adoption agency with photos of waiting kids who were looking for their families. I kind of glanced through them and then put it away. A few days later I came across it again so I decided to read through it. When I got to the page with the boys, this time one really caught my eye. I immediately called Richard and he said lets look at his file. So, I emailed the agency and they sent over his file for us to review. The social worker also said there was a video of him that she would mail us.
His name is Jia Jian and he will be four in November. It stated that he has developed pretty much right on track physically and intellectually. He is a little behind on his speech, but so was Brian at his age so we did not view that as too big of an issue. He also loves music and dancing as well as books. We felt he was perfect. I emailed his file to the pediatrician who gave us the thumbs up. We decided before we made our final decision we would wait for the video which took forever to get here. I actually think they forgot to send it, but on Friday, July 29th via FedEx we received it and I couldn't wait to watch it. Richard and Riley were at scout camp and I was instructed that I had to wait until they got home so it sat unopened on the counter for 24 hours. Well,they finally came home Saturday evening and after watching the video for about five minutes, I was in love.
Monday morning I called our agency and told her we wanted to adopt Jia Jian. Our social worker was very excited because she has actually met him on a recent trip to China. She told me that he is so sweet. So this week has been spent filling out more paperwork and gathering the last few documents and photos that we needed for our dossier (paperwork being sent to China). Today I went to the pediatrician's office to get her signature that she has counseled us on his medical history, then to the health dept. to get copies of our birth certificates, the court house for a copy of our marriage license and then to the post office to mail everything to the agency. Now we wait some more and get busy raising money. God has truly continued to bless in this journey.