1 Thessalonians 1:4

"We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people..."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Pictures :)

We are always excited to get new pictures and  we got a letter today too :)  Thought some of you would enjoy seeing a couple more pictures~

Looks like he likes animals -- good thing with our family!

 The boy with Aaron is his foster brother:)
Love that smile!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wow....what a wonderful suprise!

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary - and God gave us a special gift today :)  Some of you have asked why we can't talk to the foster parents in China since they are American.  Well, according to the Hague rules and regulations, we can have no correspondence with the foster family until after we finish with the adoption process.  What is suprising is that apparently the foster family in China was not aware of this rule.  This weekend the American foster mom in China left 2 messages at the office for us and then called 2 times this morning! We CAN NOT talk to them at all or it could damage our adoption process.  So, the wonderful girls at the office kind of stalled with her and in the mean time I was trying to get a hold of our agency (they are an hour behind us). On our last post we had just sent over a photo album and letter to Aaron, which she received and then tracked us down on the internet!  Well, one of our workers at Holt (our international agency) ended up calling her this morning (and waking her up! it was 3 in the morning in China!).  The foster mom told her that she just wanted to let us know that they had received our photo album and letters.  She also told her that they are now calling him Aaron (I am crying tears of joy as I right this!), and he has been looking at the photos and he will flip back to my picture and say "mom" - God is so good.  We pray for Aaron so often through the day, and recently I have been asking God to please allow an update on Aaron to come quickly - well, He answered, just not the way I pictured - but so much better!  She also said that he is doing very good and speaking English and Chinese.  We are so thankful for this unexpected update!
Thank you again for your continued prayers~


Friday, April 8, 2011

Waiting and Saving....

Well, many things have been going on the last couple of weeks - not exciting, but progress with more paper work!  This week we were so excited to be able to send a letter and a photo album of our family to Aaron.  We took all kinds of pictures and the kids each wrote a letter to him as well - they were so sweet!  Aaron will probably be receiving the letters and photos with in the next couple of weeks, so please pray for his little heart as our family is introduced to him and the changes begin.  It is so easy to think of how absolutely excited our whole family is to be blessed with a new child - but at times I can get overwhelmed with the extreme changes that he has no control over and how confusing this must be for him.  I just can't wait to hold him and tell him how much he is loved and we will never leave him - and even more importantly how much God loves him and will never leave him!
Next month, May 7th, we will be having a fund raising garage sale to help cover the cost of our travel expenses.  So, if you live in our area and have anything you want to donate let us know - or if you need anything come check out all of the goodies! We have several families donating items to the garage sale so I think there will be some good stuff :)
Right now we have about a 2 month waiting period while our paper work is processed in China.  We are praying that it goes through quickly.  After that we will start moving towards getting more information on our travel timeline to China - we are still praying for August or September :)
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support - we will continue to give you up dates as we get closer to bringing our little one home~