Jiang Qing Chu!!!!!

86 days. A little over 12 weeks. That is how long we just waited for our RA (referral acceptance). After we were matched with Nathan back in March, we began the unpredictable wait for the infamous “RA”. The RA is China’s acceptance of our match with little Nathan, and it can take anywhere from 1-4 months. When we began the wait in March we were told that people were currently waiting about 5-9 weeks, with the average being 7 weeks. That didn’t seem that bad. We did know that there were the outliers, the families who had to wait a whole 16 weeks, but that surely wouldn’t be us. We were sure that we would fall among the ranks of the “average” families. Never have we so intensely desired to be average.

Once we entered into the average 5-9 week zone, we began to jump a bit every time the phone rang. Could it be “the call”? But 5 weeks was on the early end. So we held ourselves together, knowing that the very average 7 weeks would surely be the time. But 7 weeks came and went and nothing happened. After the 9 week mark passed us by, we had had it. Enough of the waiting! And about that time, we learned that little Nathan had endured a surgery on his cleft lip which had not been successful. We longed to hold him and comfort him and know how he was doing, but there is no hope of any information or update until the arrival of the delayed RA. Ahhhhhh!

So waiting is what we did, and we finally got the call last Friday while we were camping. We never use our phones while we’re camping. But the destination of this camping trip was based solely on the fact that there was good cell coverage and it was close to home. At 8:45 in the morning the phone rang, and it was the news of our RA. If they weren’t already, all of our neighboring campers were wide awake after that phone call. We immediately hopped in the car and drove home to print the RA, sign it, add it to our I800 package, and send it off to Homeland Security in Texas. Then, feeling like a huge weight had been lifted, we went back to camping!

And now, we can tell you all about Nathan! :). Prior to receiving the RA, we are not supposed to share any pictures on our blog, and not too many details either. But now we can share up a storm! So here he is!

JIANG QING CHU
Born February 7, 2013 (he shares Mary’s birthday)
Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China

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We can’t wait to hold this little guy in our arms!

Another Month and Then Some

Well, Mr. Nathan turned 16 months old in June. We celebrated, but never posted it. Now he’s about to turn 17 months, so I figured I’d better get on it! Here’s a picture of the girls with the chocolate chip cookies we ate in Nathan’s honor. Unfortunately, Peter was already in bed by the time we finished baking them. We used the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag.
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We LOVE cookies! And we can’t to eat them with Nathan and celebrate him in person!

Cookies and Stitches

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We celebrated Nathan’s 15 month birthday with amazing almond butter cookies made by Hannah and a trip to Urgent Care for Peter! Peter fell and hit his head and ended up with three stitches. But he got to have a lolly pop and a cookie with his dinner when he got home, so it all ended up just fine. There’s not much that can’t be fixed with a “pop” as far as Peter’s concerned. (“Pop” is his word for lollipop.)

Here’s the recipe for Hannah’s cookies. She added almond extract, which makes them extra fabulous!

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Garage Sale Fun

We had a Bring-Nathan-Home garage sale a couple of weekends ago. Here are some pictures!

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Our friends collected all types of treasures for us from all over, and one special friend made some amazing goodies for the girls to sell. Peter thoroughly enjoyed playing with all the toys on the driveway! He was a little disillusioned when they began to disappear due to people purchasing them. 🙂 Mary’s favorite part was counting the money when it was all over!