Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Moving Along

This is the 'story of our lives' right now...moving along.

The house build is moving along, the adoption is kind of moving along...we are going day to day, moving along, trying to get closer to bringing our son home.

We got 3 short videos a few weeks ago. Needless to say, it took me a few days before I could watch & not bawl my eyes out. The video made him see so much more real to me. He is happy & smiling, so joyful. I also bawled because you can see the love between him & his foster mother. It breaks my heart to know that his he will be taken from the only mother he has ever know, that his little world will be rocked to the core. But I see how he loves her & I can only hope that one day he will be like this again, with us.

These videos showed us that he knows no sign language, rather communicates through gestures....lots of thumbs up. He does make noises however when he gets happy & is proud of what he has done. The sparkle in his eyes...oh my! I could go on forever about his cuteness...but I will save you :)

They orphanage in China has also taken him in for more hearing test. The test results they have provided however do our doctor here in the US no good, as it does not show pitches, etc. So we will not know the extent of his deafness until we get him home.

As I said, we are moving along...well, as a couple we are! We have all our dossier paperwork done & back from the Chinese consulate. However, the state is NOT moving along. We have now been waiting for our child abuse clearance for over 7 weeks. We need these in order to officially be done with our homestudy & start our USCIS for the I800. When we did the clearances previously, it took a week...2 max.

We only have 6 months total to do everything for China...so now at 7 weeks waiting for this, it is really eating away at precious time. My grandfather has always been big about writing your congressman...that is what he is there for he has always told me, so I took his advice. Yesterday, I did it, I wrote our congressman...& wouldnt you know, they wrote back right away! They are talking to the agency that does the clearances as we speak, so finger crossed!

I know this is a lot of thrown together thoughts...but just wanted to get them out. I need to write more about the 'special needs' adoption & his deafness....but that will need to wait for now.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hi ICLW Peeps!

Hello! Welcome to my blog :) It's been a few months since I have done an ICLW & wow do I have some news if this is your first time here or you haven't been here in a while!

Want to learn about our loooooong journey? Click here to check out our timeline. Want the cliff note version?! WE ARE PARENTS!!

As of September 20th, we have been the parents to an adorable little boy in China :D All the twist & turns have brought us to exactly where we need to be...this little guys mom & dad. We have sped through our homestudy & dossier & are hopeful of traveling in the spring to bring our little guy home.

Random facts about our adoption journey:
1) I knew from the minute I saw him that he was our son...no questions about it
2) He is deaf
3) I consider this our unplanned adoption. We were not planning on adopting until we got in our new home & settled, but I wouldn't change this for the world.
4) Our son will now add to my family's craziness of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. He will be the 6th birthday in a 2 week period!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fundraising

We are doing a fundraiser to help bring our little boy home. If you love coffee, know somebody that does or even looking for holiday gifts, check out our page here. Just Love Coffee Roasters has a great variety of coffees & I love how they help people do fundraising for all different reasons.

If you go through our store front from the link above or even the link on my home page, a percentage of everything sold goes directly to bringing A home.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Also, if you are in need of a fundraiser yourself, check out Just Love Coffee

 
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