Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Number 16!!!

Well, we got the news today that our agency received our dossier and we are officially on the waiting list for a referral!! That is a huge relief to know we are finally here. There was one snag with some paperwork we have to send back to Tallahassee and on to the consulate to be authenticated but they are still putting us on the waiting list while we take care of that. I received an email from our contact at the agency tonight that says we are number 16 on the waiting list!! That doesn't sound so bad but it all depends on how quickly they receive referrals at this point. I am anxious yet at peace because I know that God is working all of this out according to His plan. He has a daughter waiting for us and He will be with her and us as we wait. And wait. And wait.

Dean found this great song by Third Day on their Christmas album and it has become very meaningful to us this year. Here is the first verse:

Merry Christmas

There's a little girl trembling on a cold December morn.
Crying for momma's arms
At an orphanage just outside a little China town
Where the forgotten are.
But half a world away
I hang your stocking by the fire
And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine.
It's Christmas time and you're not home.
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone.
So tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms
And tell you from my heart "Merry Christmas".

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving

Today was a busy day for us. We spent the day making our picture pages to be sent with our dossier. Then we had to make a zillion copies of everything and seperate it all out into piles and staple everything together and check it to make sure it was all in the right order and finally, we made the trip to Fed Ex to send it off to the agency!! It is a huge relief to have it sent. They should receive it by Wednesday so I will call and make sure everything was done right and find out what number we are on the waiting list. This makes everything seem very real. Our next big step will be to receive a picture of our daughter!!

This is the season of Thanksgiving and we certainly are grateful for so much. We are so thankful for each other. Our family is the most important part of our life and to have a marriage that is not only surviving but that is growing in strength and joy is truly a blessing. We have this wonderful daughter, Allie, who amazes us with her strength, humor, grace, and intelligence. Most importantly, she is such an amazing young woman of God. Her hunger to grow spiritually humbles us everday and brings much gratitude. For our memories of our Emma, there could never be thanks enough. And for this daughter we do not know yet, we thank God for providing us with this wonderful opportunity to bring her home. Our friends are beyond words in their support and encouragement as we go through this. Since Emma passed away, we have found who our true friends and family are and there were some surprises, but God has truly blessed us with each one. You guys know who you are and we thank you for everything you have done to make our lives so much richer! Most importantly, we thank God for the amazing gift of salvation and grace. Without that, there is nothing else.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More good news!!

Yesterday was another great day in our adoption journey!! We received our dossier back from the Vietnamese Consulate in California and everything was verified and good to go. It looks very official and as it is written in Vietnamese, we are not really sure what it says. The agency closes tomorrow for a long weekend so we will FedEx everything to them on Friday so we will be on the official waiting list to get a referral. This is exciting and feels very real. I have been doing a lot of reading on the internet lately about other people's experiences just to find out what to expect in Vietnam. Most of what I read are happy stories with little problems but there are some that make you worried. Please keep us and our baby in your prayers.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Being Verified

We are still here and still waiting! Our dossier is now in California at the Vietnamese consulate being verified. It has been there for two weeks and should be here anytime now. We will then send it to our agency to be translated and sent to Vietnam. We will officially be on the waiting list then so the wait for the referral will begin. We are hoping to have a referral by Feb. or March. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray, also, for our baby who is probably close to being born.