Wednesday, December 7, 2016

...and wait

Well, last week we shipped out everything for the dossier, and now we are praying that the MOJ will process it smoothly. Back to waiting mode...

Ana's last post-placement report was sent to her agency Monday. It's been almost two years?!

In other news, the semester is almost over, just one final to administer then grade. The kiddos and I have all been sick, but we are recovering, praise God. It is cool here (cold, for an Arizonan), in the 40s-50s at night, and highs in the 60s, and we are enjoying that. House projects have stalled due to much kiddo care, but I plan on a decent winter break, and should be able to make headway. The garden grows well, we are eating our own lettuces and kale, and the cole crops are coming along in spite of the caterpillars. Mama has been getting to know the ladies' group at church, and has been enjoying that (but she says we look so forlorn when she comes home...I don't know what she means). We have an extra bed in the boys' room. So we will wait to hear.

Thank you for your prayers.
In Christ,

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hurry Up


Those who have adopted, or know adoptive families closely, know that the process is characterized by long stretches of waiting, punctuated by frantic bursts of activity.

This week has been the latter.

The MOJ is working very hard to process everything they can before the new year and the new PM.Thus, I and the boys (and sometimes Mama & the baby) spent Monday and Tuesday frantically assembling all the mostly-done paperwork into completed, apostilled, packaged documents, and sending them off to our agency. We have been waiting months for our FBI background checks to come back, but our agency has suggested an end run around that with a private agency that manages to turn these things around quickly.

And now we're all sick. Poor Ana has been hit bad by the cold (or colds?) going through our house, and the postnasal drainage just ruins her tummy. So it's been an eventful week. I am extremely thankful for 1) God's perpetual grace, 2) an awesome wife who still manages to feed us food and love, 3) cooperative kiddos who can entertain themselves in the Secretary of State's office two days in a row, 4) my employer's generous flexibility with time and remote work, and 5) my students, who didn't seem to mind getting Monday off.

Please pray that we can pull everything together to meet the deadline (5 December, if I heard it right)!

In Christ,

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

An Update!

Hello to anyone who still follows our blog!

We have good news - the I-800A has been approved (after two stumbles en route - we're short of sleep around here). We are honestly pretty tired, and while we pray for "Owen" much and press on, it's more of a march than a sprint right now. But that's not a shock to anyone who's set out to do a hard thing.

Right now, we have more paper to do to finalize the dossier documents. Then we ship off the big stack, and wait again.

To those of you who may read this blog and have adopted boys in the age range 5-7yrs, any helpful comments?

To any who wish to help us out as we bring "Owen" home, please see his Reece's Rainbow page here:

Stay tuned - we hope things will get more active here before too long.

In Christ,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

We're still here

We're still here, just chugging along.
Ana is doing well. She is patiently tolerating this summer of hot weather and no school bus rides. I am looking forward to seeing her excitement when school starts again.
Aside from an RV trip to a friend's wedding, we have had a quiet uneventful summer. 

Papa and I celebrated our 9th anniversary (with baby girl along for the ride).

Baby sister is growing up fast and is a delight to all of us.

Ana participates in building projects, with appropriate PPE, of course :-)
I just love Ana in pink headphones :-)

Friday, May 20, 2016

3 things

Yep, I haven't updated in forever...

1. Ana-- she's doing great!! She's finishing up her first semester of school. She loves riding the bus and she loves her teacher. We say she is the world's happiest junior high student.

2. We have a new littlest munchkin...

This little lady was born last month. She has been a sweet blessing to our family!

3. Our family keeps growing...

We are committed to adopt "Owen"...
He lives in Ana's old orphanage, and Papa met him two years ago when he visited Ana. Please keep us in your prayers throughout the process!