耶稣说:"我就是道路,真理,生命;若不借着我,没有人能到父那里去"(约14:6) Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life; if not through me, and no one can come to the Father" (John 14:6)
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west"
Monday, July 28, 2008
Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We received our TA (travel Approval) today!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our agency is now requesting our CA (consulate appointment) for September 9th. Our Gotcha Day should be September 1st-"labor day" YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I sit here in NC far away from my daughter and feeling a bit sad that the wait continues I will pose a thought here that I prayed about and wondered aloud only to my DH. For those of us adopting from China and have our little ones in foster care, do you ever think that as we pray for our children to come "home" that their foster parents who have cared for (Cali) for almost two years pray to have just one more day with her? They have loved her, spoon feed her, and hold her through the night. I ponder this for many reasons...one because the wait has been too long for me, but just the right time for God. I think about what could I say to someone who has given Cali what they have given her? I do not know. I have talked with foster parents here in the States and their hearts are for the children and what huge hearts they have. I wish one day that both Cali and I will be able to thank her foster parents for what they have given her-their hearts. For that I will be forever thankful.
We received word that our LOA package has arrived in Beijing, China. WOW, that was fast. Now we wait for the TA-travel approval. How exciting! I will begin collecting items we need to travel and pack. What fun, Target I am on my way!
Yes this is us holding our much awaited LOA. Greg was in the middle of a delivery so I went into labor and delivery to get his signature. It seems fitting to be in labor and delivery. I am in labor now, not quite ready for delivery. We got the package at 12:15 from DHL, went to hospital for Greg to sign, went to fed-ex, made copies and sent it back to our agency in Texas. There are 4 other families in our group. When the agency gets back all of our LOAs (hopefully tomorrow) then back the package goes to China! Next step TA-travel approval.
YEAH!!!!!! We got the LOA phone call yesterday so the paper copy should be in my hands today!!!!!!! I was so excited on the phone that Lily asked if it was Cali's mommy on the phone. The person on the phone from our agency heard Lily and said no but she said she is my mid wife! What a relief I feel in getting the phone call. The LOA is an important step in that China is letting us know that all of our documents have been reviewed and approved and they are asking us if we still accept Cali. Now it should be approx 6 weeks until travel. We are changing some bedrooms and painting, now I am motivated to get the jobs done! Kind of like nesting in your third trimester. The next step is to send back the LOA-letter of acceptance- to our agency, they send it back to China. And then we wait for China to send us our TA-travel approval. Thank you all for praying...you are a great bunch to come on this journey with us. Love you!
We have not heard any thing from our agency today but I hope to hear something this week. Since posting the Story of Ping update I decided to include some of my favorite books in my blog. I LoveYou Like Crazy Cakes has become my number one favorite.
Our agency notified us today that in the aftermath of the earthquake in China the bank that was depositing our money in China to CCAA was not recorded because of the earthquake. But on the positive, the paper trail has been followed and CCAA has told our agency that the $$$ problem has been resolved and we can expect our LOA "soon"...so hopefully,maybe,...this week...
Well I am trying to find something positive to write about today as far as our adoption journey goes but beware I am scraping the bottom here since I thought months ago that we would either be home from China or be in China by the 4th of July. Well it is July 2nd and on the positive I am at a beautiful beach with our incredible family and we are together the only problem is we are missing one in our puzzle. When I take our usual beach photos a part of me knows there is a face missing. Cali's sweet face is in China therefore my photos are incomplete. Have you read "The Story of Ping"? It is now one of our night time favorites. Perhaps if I can get on one of those boats I can end up in China to find my missing duckling. God is so good and I know he is holding her gently but I too would love to be holding her with Him.
Photo from Mary Beth Chapman's trip to open Maria's Big House of Hope
Christmas Eve 2007
Our Christmas gift was Cali's referral!
Cali is home!!
Mommy and Lily 6/9/08
CALI'S FIRST PHOTO !
Can Cali be any cuter?
Look at that pout-we are in trouble! 6/19/2008
Maybe she is looking for us-we'll be there soon!
A helping hand
Lily at the beach
life is good!
Our journey of a thousand miles began with one step...
We are so very happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter, Cali Christine. We felt strongly that Cali have a family name so we chose Christine, Greg's maternal grandmother's name. Cali is a beautiful 22 month old (DOB 10/12/2006). She is from the Fujian Province of China. She is being cared for in the Xiamen SWI orphanage.Fujian is a southern coastal province of China. As we are about to embark on another incredible journey of adoption from China we ask that you come beside as prayer partners. We pray for Cali, her caretakers, her biological family, and the other children that are still waiting for their forever families. We thank you in advance for the blanket of prayers that you will place over our family. Funny 20 years ago when Greg and I got married our wedding invitations were inscribed with "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" How were we to know then how tied we would be to this ancient Chinese saying. Cali has a cleft lip and a cleft palate. She has had one surgery in China. Her follow up surgeries will be done at UNC Medical center. I have heard the staff there are just incredible. How blessed we are to be so close to such a great medical center. We hope to travel this summer but international adoption always has an element of uncertainty as far as travel dates. We ofcourse will keep you posted.
Cali's Gotcha Day was September 1, 2008
wonder why we adopt?.. love, jody (to listen-pause the music in the pink box below)
Every call has a beginning A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother's heart A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns....... Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock...a closed door opens. A sacred invitation sent by the Father... Leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows Praying for someone to care.... And then one morning, On an ordinary day An orphan's life changes...... God sends them a second chance........Through YOU.....
Peter and Lily goofing around.
Legacy of the Adopted Child Author Unknown
Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guidingstarthe other became your sun first one gave you life and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love The second was there to give it One gave you a nationality The other gave you a name One gave you a talent The other gave you aim One gave you emotions The other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile The other dried your tears One sought for you a home that she could not provide The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied And now you ask me through your tears The age old question unanswered through the years Heredity or environment which are you a product of? Neither my darling neither, just two different kinds of Love.