Adopting a child won't change the world, but for that child their world will change.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another update!!

We had asked for an update on Jayden over a month ago and it finally came today!  In April when our agency visited him his foster mom said he was behind in his speech.  He was only saying mama.  Well the update said he is saying all kinds of words now and loves to sing children's songs.  It also said again that he is such a sweet boy.

I think I counted four layers!

Between the update and spending so much time with Jesiah who has recently come from China, we are so anxious go get Jayden!!

Kaylee, Samantha, Jesiah and Eli

Jesiah likes Richard's whiskers!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We got our I800 approval

December 21, 2011

Time just seems to be flying by.  Christmas is only five days away and my birthday is tomorrow which I don't plan on celebrating haha!  Nathan, Michelle and Jesiah have been home for about five days.  He is such a cutie!  We look forward to getting to know him and loving him as much as we do Kaylee and Eli.

Yesterday we got our I800 approval from Dept. of Homeland.  One more step down and only a few more to go.  Our agency sent their copy to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services and they will send it to the National Visa Center to be processed.  I am starting to get a little nervous.  I know we have done this before and God was there every step of the way.  He provided what we needed and oh how we were blessed.  We are praying that some of our grants come through.  We could be traveling to China to get Jayden in 8-10 weeks.  Oh my goodness!!

Can't wait to kiss those cheeks :)

Map of Jiangxi
Jiangxi is the province Jayden is from.  He lives in Nanchang.  

LOA is here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

While Christmas shopping with my 3-year-old niece I got the call from our agency that our Letter of Acceptance had arrived after only 53 days.  All I could think was WOW, that was fast.  Our social worker would be sending several documents to be proofread and signed and then we had to FedEx them right back.  I immediately called Richard to give him the good news.  Then I called Michelle who was making final preparations to leave for China on the 30th to pick up Jesiah.  We were so excited for them to finally be making their trip after 14 months.  Our next step is getting our I800 approval from Department of Homeland Security to classify Jayden as an immediate relative.  It is supposed to only take a couple of weeks.  With Maylin it took over six months.  We will also be applying for our visas to get into China.

Brian and Milana's wedding

October 12, 2011

I know that this has nothing to do with the adoption, but it was an important event in our lives so I want to share.  It is hard to believe after months and months of planning the wedding is finally over...woohoo!!!  We love them both and are so happy for them.  It has been such a busy year with all of the adoption and wedding stuff.  

Brian and Milana

Our Paperwork is on its way to China!!

September 30, 2011

After filling out lots of paperwork, physicals and TB tests for everyone and then getting everything notarized and certified our dossier is finally on its way to China.  Because the company I work for is in California my employment letter had to be certified there and it took an extra couple of weeks.  We were logged in to the system on October 8, 2011.  Now we wait some more.  Our best friends Nathan and Michelle waited over 120 days for the next step which is letter of approval.  We are praying that we will not have to wait as long, but it is all in God's time.

More pictures

 Our agency sent us a 12-minute video of Jayden that they took in March of this year when our social worker went to Jiangxi, China.  His foster mom brought him to the orphanage so our adoption agency could get pictures, video and interview her about Jayden.  The foster mom answered all of the questions very Chinese and the translator answered in English, but he was so quiet I couldn't hear him.  So...Maylin's wonderful Ayi (Patricia) translated the interview for us.  His foster mom talked about how sweet and helpful he is.  There are other foster kids in the family and he helps out getting them dressed , throwing diapers away etc.  I asked Richard to get some pictures off of the video and here are a couple.

He was posing for the camera!

Playing ball with the translator.  He sure can kick that ball.

Jayden Update!

Since I am running so far behind on this blogging thing, lets just pretend I am writing this is August :) On August 1, 2011, we told our agency we wanted to move forward with Jia Jian Hong and sent a letter of intent to adopt to China. By August 8, 2011, we had our preapproval back and on the 10th we surprisingly got an update on him. It contained his updated measurements and two new pictures. The foster family cut off all of his hair! It made him look much older.
 Jia Jian Hong (Jayden Matthew Sanders)
He is a whopping 3 feet tall and 30 pounds.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Garage Sales and more...

Okay, so when it comes to blogging I need to be fired. After my last entry we started working on fundraising ideas and applying for grants. Plus with four kids going to two different schools, two girls playing volleyball with four practices a week, scouts, handmaidens, babysitting my niece and nephew and my transcription job, I've been a little busy. first idea for a fundraiser was lets have a garage sale. Of course those of you who know where we live know that we could not have a garage sale at our house. We live in Sibley on five acres surrounded by trees. Not the ideal location for any type of sale. We asked people to donate items they didn't want anymore and then asked Independence Branch Church if we could use their parking lot on August 20th. We were so blessed with so many amazing items. Once again God provided for us. We raised over $800 in about eight hours!

After our one day sale we still had so much stuff left that we decided to find another location to do it again. We had a family from our church volunteer their driveway and their garage the very next week for four days. Again, God blessed us so much even though I think a couple of the days were the hottest of summer. Rowena even cooked dinner for us one evening.

We then had two-day sale at Independence Branch in September and another two-day sale in October at a church in Buckner. After nine days of garage sales, I was DONE!! We raised around $3000 with junk that people did not want. I don't think I could ever say thank you enough.

The last fundraiser we did was a shared taco dinner our best friends, Nathan and Michelle. They are, at the time I am writing this, in China with their newly adopted son Jesiah