Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Forward Motion

Well, we are about to enter the second to last phase of our journey- the referral phase! This leg may contain the longest amount of "waiting" yet and all we can do is pass the time and pray for speedy processing. Our dossier (paperwork) is in China and has most likely been LID (logged in) but our agency will not receive official notice of this batch of LID's until mid July. Time from LID to LSC can range from 30-90 days. Each day I pray it will be the former. As soon as we receive our LSC (letter seeking confirmation) we are able to send another care package- this time containing photos and a translated letter to our daughter and her foster family. I have put together a cute photo book on Shutterfly which I will share when allowed to.
Meanwhile, Bob and I have a few more documents to prepare so that when given the word, they can be swiftly mailed off and accepted. We have been very busy with preparing the house, yard, and pool for our daughter. We also had a VERY successful yard sale recently which will aid our next payment in this process. THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated items for this sale.
While we are both half way through summer school, Bob continues to pursue a job for the fall and we appreciate all the leads, words of encouragement, and prayers in this area. Thus far, God has amazed us in his ability to provide for this adoption and we have so many stories of ways we have witnessed his love through others including strangers that we could/should write a book- ha ha! We are confident that all will work out as intended and are trying to enjoy the ride as it unfolds before us.
We are both learning so much about the process of adoption including many joys and pitfalls and I have included a link that may be of interest to some who desire to understand a bit more themselves. Please check out the page titled Newsletter to access the link.

Blessings and Gratitude,

Bob and Dori

Friday, June 11, 2010

DTC!!!!! & Dragon Boat Festival

Our agency coordinator called today- our dossier is complete and will be sent to China Monday and officially DTC on Thursday!!!! This is a really BIG step and such a relief-praise god! The reason for the delay (packages are usually always sent on Fridays) is the Dragon Boat Festival taking place in China June 14th-16th.
The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first. The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to attempt to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This has turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings. The celebration is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one. and CCAA will be closed for the holiday.
Be sure to check out the video on our new page titled "Why International Adoption?"


We have been busy wrapping up the end of the school year and visiting my family in Arizona. The vacay was a much needed respite and distraction from a great deal of stress. It was wonderful to see my mom and Ron as well as my grandparents- who are looking great!
What made this trip extra special was the fact that just before the last week of school- we recieved our I-800A approval! This means we are officially approved to adopt Bennett by the US government and the process is moving along as this was one of the BIGGEST steps. Our agency sent off our documents to be authenticated at the state level just as we arrived in Tuscon and we are praying for DTC by next week!
Meanwhile, mom and I did a little shopping for Bebe and of course grandma got a few things as did mama and baba. My favorite is this little backpack I ordered with her name on it.
Bob and I are preparing for summer school which begins Monday and lasts 5 weeks-during that time we hope to hold a couple of fundraising events as well as finish painting Bennett's bedroom. We are looking forward to this summer and I am happy to have time to devote to all things adoption including filling out grant applications.
It is all in God's hands and we are truly blessed.