Wednesday, March 1, 2017


With hearts bursting with gratitude, I'm ecstatic to announce we are FULLY FUNDED for "Mickey's" adoption thanks to a grant from A Child Waits and the generosity of an anonymous "polka pal". 
Thank you one and all for your support!! 

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


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


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".