Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Blessed Again and Again!

Over the past week, two more wonderful families have given us generous gifts to help us with our adoption expenses! We are so grateful, and truly humbled! God is clearly working - doing what would seem to be the impossible! Yet, we are reminded daily...

"...all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27

Today we received the final piece of paper we need - our updated I171 from USCIS (Immigration). We can now move forward with making our Consulate appointment in Guangzhou and planning our travel!

We are getting so close to finally being with our little Shi Shi! Yet there is still SO much that needs to be done here to prepare, not only for our trip and for his arrival, but also for our girls who will stay home while we're away. My mom will come and take care of them, but I will need to get her up to speed on their school schedule, activities schedule, meal preferences, routines, etc. So much more complicated than when we traveled last - Hannah and Rachel were 5 and 2 then!

David's room has been a storage room for the last couple of years. It is slowly but steadily getting cleaned out. I am also trying to organize the rest of the house so that once we come home with an active toddler with jet lag, I won't have to do much thinking about running things around here!

Also, once we have our travel dates, I can begin making medical appointments for David for when we get home. He'll need the typical post-placement medical exam and blood work done, but I will also be making apoointments for consultations with cleft specialists, planning a course of action for his treatment. Then will come Early Intervention assessments and possible services.

There's a lot of work to be done to bring our little boy home. But it is the work of my heart, and I welcome it!


Bobbi said...

What a wonderful blessing you have had. So glad you are being taken care of.

So exciting how quickly this is going. Before you know it, he will be running you ragged!! Oh, what a joy that will be!!

Getting things set up for the girls is just as tough as anything. I totally know what you mean!! Good luck. It will be here before you know it

Beckett Gray said...

I just found your blog and thanks for sharing.

And Congrats on your referral! We adopted from China in 2001. It has been a wonderful experience.

My non-profit recently published a new book on Chinese adoptive parenting.

“The Dragon Sisterhood: A Guide to Chinese Adoptive Parenting” .

It can be found on our blog:http://www.dragonsisterhood.blogspot.com

I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing that with your readers.

Thanks!Beckett Gray