As you can tell from the lack of writing on this blog, I still have a long way to go in the land of the internetters. I want to put a new picture (with Peter in it) at the top of the blog and I want to make a new timeline on the side, but I don’t know how and well, it just overwhelms me to think about it. I would rather knit or bake cookies, or anything else. So consequently, I’ve done nothing with the blog. But I am knitting a really fun hat. Today I decided to tackle the blog and I’ve just spent the last hour trying to figure out the timeline and header and such. But guess what. I still have no idea how to do it. So I decided to just leave it and write a new post.
We are super excited about the new little person who is going to join our family. Most likely, we will be adopting a boy and his name is going to be Nathan. We really like to have a name and use it. So when we refer to Nathan, that’s our new little guy. And as for adoption progress, we’re moving right along at what feels like a snail’s pace. We’re done with our physicals, TB tests, police checks, live scan fingerprints, financial checks, reference letters, home study and so on. We just sent off our I800A (Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country) to Homeland Security in Texas. At this point in time, it is typically taking around 3 months to receive I800A approval, and that’s after another round of live scan fingerprints. We will have a conference call with our adoption agency on Monday, and after that call we will be able to be considered when the agency matches children with families. However, it is rare for a family to be matched with a child before their dossier is sent to China. Our dossier will be sent in just as soon as we get our I800A approval (around the beginning of April most likely).
In the meantime, we loved celebrating Christmas with Peter this year! Last year, we were so close to going to get him, but yet so far. We were feeling awfully lonely for him at Christmas. So it was fabulous to have him here with us this year! We were so thankful to be together.
After adopting Peter earlier this year, I felt deep inside that we would adopt again. Yet, I came up with a lot of excuses why we shouldn’t. Then on October 8th we were asked by our adoption agency (America World) to run a booth at the Steven Curtis Chapman concert in Modesto. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to have fun with my girls so I agreed. Steven Curtis Chapman has adopted three time himself, and he and his wife started an organization called Show Hope that helps raise funds for adoption. Here’s a link for one of the songs he played that night- “When Love Takes You In”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwY-BUJgRhw
During his concert, Steven addressed all my excuses and I knew then that God was telling me it was time to start the journey of adoption once again. I got further confirmation of this on the way home when the girls said that we should go get a brother for Peter. Sarah, of course, was already ready to go. So, in the words of Samuel, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Here we go again! There is always room for one more!
We’ve been home for almost two weeks. We’re exhausted, we’ve been back and forth to the dr. for various illnesses, and we are longing for a new sense of “normal” and some sort of a routine. But we all just love our little Peter so. Life with him is wonderful. He’s funny and sweet and we love the new things we learn about him each day. He loves to play with his cars and his train table. And he’s just starting to walk! After many nights with very little sleep, we discovered that Peter likes to suck/chew on a washcloth while he sleeps. I knitted a little security blanket and bunny for him, but he wants nothing to do with them. A friend gave us the softest sweet little monkey for him. But he doesn’t like that either. He only wants the tattered, somewhat rough washcloth that we got from the stewardess on the airplane. Who knew?! But he’s the cutest thing ever with it hanging out of his mouth. My mom and I are already trying to figure out how to create a cute washcloth collection for him. He probably won’t appreciate any of our embellishments, but we just have to try! Some of Peter’s favorites are: Daddy, eating, watching Hannah sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with the motions, his bottle, stacking cups, playing on the floor with Mary, making us laugh, and walking lessons with Emmy.
We’re all together now- the six of us. And we love being home.
God has answered every prayer for the orphanage visit!!!!!
First, they granted our request even though we were the only ones who wanted to visit. It was a 2 to 3 hour drive to get there and we were granted a 1 hour visit. Once we arrived, they showed us everything we wanted to see. They also let us take pictures and hand out the stuffed animals that various people had made for the children there. We also got to see a little girl named Emma, who a family is going to adopt in a few months and had asked us if we got to go to the orphanage, could we look for her and check on her. Peter fell asleep when we got there and woke up as we were leaving. God took care of everything every step of the way!!!!!!! God is amazing!!!!
Here are some pics
1. The entry way of the orphanage
2. The director of adoptions(the guy) and the orphanage coordinator(the lady)
3. Peter’s room. The girls standing by his crib- the 2nd one
4. Peter’s nanny. She was very nice
5. In-between the room with the kids and the room where the kids spend the day, is this room- a changing wash potty room.
6. This is where Peter spent his days.
7. The nannies and some of the other kids in Peter’s old room
8. Some of the pictures we received of Peter while we waited to adopt him , where taken in this room.
9. The girls handing out some of the stuffed animals.