Posted on February 1, 2016
Posted on February 1, 2016I wanted to post a quick update....we had our USCIS fingerprinting appointment on Monday of last week. As soon as we receive our approval our Dossier will be sent to the Chinese government for approval. We are nearing the end of our journey and we are praying to raise the final amount we need for travel. Thank you to all of our supporters!
Posted on January 8, 2016
Posted on January 8, 2016I-800a has been received at the Texas Office
We sent in our I-800a the Saturday after Christmas and it arrived at the Texas office on Monday, December 28th 2015. The I-800a is a form that you file to receive permission to bring a child into the U.S. from a Hague Convention Country. This process can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks, according to our adoption agency it has been taking about 6 weeks lately.
At this point we are waiting to receive a card in the mail with an appointment to be fingerprinted. Once the I-800a has been approved we will then be ready to send our Dossier in to the CCCWA or the Chinese government for authentication, our final approval to adopt and then we will receive our travel date! We are SO very excited! We still have a few months left before we can travel but we can see the end in sight.
We want to Thank everyone who has donated to our adoption! It means so much to us! All of the funds are directly deposited into an account dedicated to our adoption so it is kept completely separate from our personal bank accounts and only used for adoption related expenses. Please follow our Facebook or Instagram ¨Home from China¨ or our blog for more updates, photos and videos....
Posted on December 4, 2015
Posted on December 4, 2015Update from the Orphanage
On Monday we received an update from the Orphanage on our sweet Little ¨M. We knew from her file that she arrived at the orphanage at the age of three, but we did not know anything about where she was before this time. We knew that when she arrived her little head was completely shaved and she was terrified. I must admit, in my mind I thought of all kinds of possibilities. I continued to wonder and had planned to email our contact at the adoption agency to ask her if they had any information about where she was before coming to her current orphanage.
My question was answered Monday morning..... We found out that she had been with her family. When her mother gave birth to a healthy child, little ¨M¨ was abandoned because she was blind.
I have struggled with this and immediately upon reading it my heart just ached for this little girl. I cannot fathom the grief, loss and sorrow she felt at being abandoned and unable to see the world around her. She is fully dependent upon those around her to care for her and to help her, how frightening it would be to left with strangers. I know that I will never understand what was going through the hearts and minds of her parents when they made this decision to abandon her.
The one thing that brings me comfort is knowing that God loves all His children and that he was preparing a family for her a half a world away. Our hearts were being prepared for her, we will love her as she is, unconditionally. Knowing this heart-breaking news made me even more eager to be able to get to China and bring her home!
We have been SO very humbled by the donations, love, prayers and support we have received! Thank you SO much!
When we think of the $30,000 it will take to bring her home it seems daunting, and yet, we are so grateful for the generous hearts of others who are willing to help us in our journey to bring this sweet little girl home to a forever family!