Tuesday, April 14, 2015

step by step

People!  We are so close to getting our hands on's crazy!  God has been all over this adoption! 

There is no doubt that this entire journey was designed by God!  He knew Hope would be our daughter!  He knew she needed us as much as we need her!

One less.

There will be one less orphan in just a matter of days/weeks. 

We received our I800 Provisional Approval yesterday in the mail!  Woo whoo!  This next part is...well...confusing at best. 

Let's just say there are a few steps of emailing, calling, sending, emailing some more....all to end with what is called our "Article 5"....and after being issued our "Article 5"...we then wait for TA...Travel Approval...and then Adam LEAVES!!!  This entire process can happen in the next few days!

I truly believe Adam will leave for China around the last week of this month....could be sooner...could be later.  But I've always felt like it would be April...we'll see!

I've started the "pre travel" fluff and stuff!  Got out the suitcase.  Started putting what will go in said suitcase in the corner.  Oh my's gettin' real!

The time is ticking away!  Pretty soon that little girl all alone fighting for her life will have an entire family fighting with her!  She will never be alone again.  Praise God for His loving mercies!

I can't wait to see what God does in Hope's life!  Our girl certainly has a purpose on this earth!  And God is moving mountains to get her home!  He has blown us away by His faithfulness that if we would step out in faith to help one of HIS children...that He would be faithful to walk along beside us!!!

I love watching God move people....what a honor to be apart of this journey! 

Stay's gettin' good!  Hang on sweet girl......Daddy's coming to bring you home!

Friday, April 10, 2015

a new term

Have you seen the movie..."Mom's Night Out"?  It's too funny!  Very cute movie....and it's clean!  My whole family was able to watch and enjoy it!  Gotta love that!

There is a scene in the movie where the momma is quite overwhelmed with the destruction of her home due to her young children.  Her husband comes home from work to find her watching tv in her closet.....hiding from the world.  She can't move.  She uses the term "stress paralyzed". 

Well, yep.  I'm there. 

There is so much to be done.  So much I haven't purchased.  Paperwork yet to be completed.  Lists to make.  Funds still needed.  And I could go on and on.

Am I beyond thrilled that Hope is about to come home?  Yes mam!

Do I wish she was already here?  Yes mam!

Am I already crazy in love with this child?  Yes mam!

Am I stress paralyzed by it all?  Yes mam!

So what do I do?  I sit.  I stare at the computer.  I refresh my email.  I sit.  Overwhelmed by it all. 

Have I been here before?  You betcha.

Will I snap out of it?  You better believe it.  But right now.  Honestly?  Yep.  I sit.

Stress paralyzed. 

Just wanted to be honest. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015



Look what the FedEx man brought me today!  (no, not the child)


 One of the things I look forward to...signing this precious document that says "yes, she's mine"!!

Daddy's turn!  What an awesome man I have!  God certainly blessed me with this man!
Now waiting on immigration approval....Adam could be leaving for China in as little as 3 weeks from now!  Woo whoo!!!
So happy that Hope should be home in May!!!   Go God!

Easter 2015

We had a blessed, fun-filled, family Easter Sunday!

That boy always has his eyes closed!

Gotta take inventory!

What a cute little find in the Easter basket! 

Sweet, sweet girl.....

Cute bunch of varmits!

There's my momma!  Ain't she cute, y'all?  She is an amazing woman!  I am so blessed to have such a godly momma!

Celebrating Easter at Asian Wind!  It's a fabulous local restaurant!  Yummy!

I am so blessed!!!   God certainly has given me more than I deserve!

I hope you had a happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

only God

Let me tell you about my God!

We were contacted today by a family that is adopting as well.  God allowed their adoption to be fully funded on Easter Sunday!   PTL!   They already had a fundraiser set up for tonight in their their local Chick-fil-A....and they didn't want to cancel...they had heard about Hope and decided to carry on with the fundraiser and bless our family with the proceeds!!!

Now that folks...that's how it's done!  GO GOD!!!

By the's in Cedar Rapids, IA!!!!   Praise God!

I stand amazed.  I am humbled.  I am in awe.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

so thankful

We are so grateful that our Reece's Rainbow fundraising page is showing over $2,000!  Praise God!!!

We need that amount to show $16,000...quickly!!!  Adam should be traveling in the next 30 days or so! 

If you feel lead...please donate and share Hope's story!  We want God to get all the glory from this little one!  God has spared her life for something much bigger than we can ever imagine!  We can't wait to get her home!

We plan to have her to a neurologist as soon as possible after arriving home!  Hurry up adoption paperwork!  We need that baby girl home!

Again, a great big, heart-felt THANK YOU to all of you that have donated to help change the life of a child! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Oh, yeah!  That's right LOA!!!

We got news yesterday that we have "soft LOA"!  That means China has issued our "Letter Seeking Confirmation" (we adoptive folks call it Letter Of Approval)! 

The reason it's called "soft" is because it's the email version....the hard copy should be to us next week!  This is BIG news!  HUGE!

Adam could be on his way to China in as little as 3 weeks!  THREE WEEKS PEOPLE!

We are so excited and blessed to be on this journey to Hope!  So grateful there will soon be one LESS orphan!  Praise God!

We are still in need of funding to get Hope home!  If you feel lead to be a part of Hope's story...please click on the link on the side of the blog....Reece's Rainbow!  This is a way of helping us bring Hope home and it's tax deductible!!  We need that number on the side to read $16,000!!!

Thank you for all the prayers, donations, and love you have shown our girl! 

Stay's getting good!