Friday, February 17, 2017

Travel Approval!!

We learned yesterday that China has issued our travel approval!! All we need to do now is confirm our Consulate Appointment (where "Mickey" will receive his U.S. visa inside his Chinese passport to travel HOME). 
We didn't get confirmation of that appointment today so, we will have to wait til Tuesday due to Presidents Day. *sad trombone*
Hang on "Mickey" we are coming for you REAL SOON!!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Art for Adoption

Our dear friend Robyn has painted some beautiful pieces of art. They are currently on display at Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Ohio. They can be purchased by called the Arts Center at (937)552-5848.

100% of sales are being graciously donated to our adoption of "Mickey". Check them out!


Dream Love Hope Bloom  10x10  $90




Coming up Roses  10x10  $100



Rose of Sharon  12x12  $100




Reborn  12x12  $125



Even So Come  12x12  $125




Daffodils  9x12  $90




The Hills Are Alive  14x18  $150




Dance of the Fireflies  10x10  $125









Arise Shine  12x12  $125





Portrait of a Child  8x10  $100






Turn to the Light  11x14  $150






Call of the Wild  9x12  $ 100





Queen Bee (Guardian of the Night)  11x14  $100






Abiding Beauty  9x12  $100






My Soul Waits  12x12  $75





Hydrangeas  9x12  $45







Unfinished Angel  12x12  $75






Loved  9x12  $90





Sisters by the Sea  9x12  $90





Rising  6x6  $45






A Gathering of Wildflowers  9x12  $90


Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Article 5 Drop off Monday



This photo shows the steps it takes to adopt from China start to finish. We are on step 13 of 17. Article 5 drop off will happen on Monday. This step usually take about 10 days. But China is getting ready to celebrate Chinese New year at the end of the month, so that will delay us. But not by much.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LOA!!!!!

Last night when we arrived home from visiting Kringle's Inventionasium, we received word from our agency that our long awaited LOA (letter of acceptance) had arrived! This is the official document from China, saying YES to our adoption of "Mickey"!!
With my mom watching the kiddos while we are gone, we are going to avoid being gone over spring break. That being said, we have our eyes on traveling mid march. :)


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Scrutiny

Last Monday we were notified that our dossier had moved out of translation and into the review department. Unfortunately, the reviewer asked for more information. We are hopeful that the documents we sent late last week will satisfy them and we will be able to move on to the next step. We are optimistic that LOA will be issued soon. If so, our hopes of traveling in late February are still feasible.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

In translation




Our dossier (big pile of papers ALL about us) is in translation in China. A friend shared this image yesterday. It gave me the giggle I needed. Hopefully no important details about our family get "lost in translation".

Monday, October 10, 2016

A overdue update

I've been kinda quiet for a while and it's finally time for us to explain why. On Monday, August 22nd, as I was getting ready for my highly anticipated return to book club after summer break, I received a message from a fellow adoptive family with our agency that would send our world spinning out of control.
Long story short, on Wednesday August 31st we initiated an agency transfer at day 49 of our LOA wait from China. Not an ideal time to do it, but we feel it was the best choice for our family. 
It has cost us time and money we don't have, but wanted to ensure that "Mickey" comes home and that he comes home in the least stressful way for everyone involved.
In complete transparency, this has added approximately $3,500 to our costs. I have signed up for some local craft shows and will do whatever else it takes to get to our new fully funded goal ($24,000).
We are happy to report that we have a new LID date of today (10/10) and are hoping to have LOA (the document that shows China approves us to adopt "Mickey") soon!