Monday, November 30, 2009

Sometimes there is a light

I wish there were words to describe my oldest son. There aren't, at least not in a short blog post. I would have to describe each year of his life and it would turn into a novel, chronicling the ups and downs, the 2 steps forward and 3 steps back, and so on....

He is a great kid, with amazing potential... I see it. Someday I hope others [esp. himself] can see it too!

You just never know what Logan is going to walk into the room... I feel like I have fought for him my whole life, oftentimes to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. But I am his mother, and I won't give up. God hears from me a lot! He has a plan for Logan, I just keep praying He won't give up on him either!!!

Here is a VERY rare picture! It is a treasure to me!


Here is just a cute pic of Logan, John, and my brother from Thanksgiving. :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hi All,

I received an email from our facilitator this morning. Our dossier is
registered with the MOJ. They are reviewing it at the first meeting of the
adoption commitee which is next Friday. If all our documents are in order,
which they should be!, then we will receive the referral then!

Please pray that happens! With the holidays approaching... there could be
delays ....

**** I am considering "fasting" from the computer until then, except for email. So if you don't hear from me, that is what I am doing. Thnaks. :)

Friday, November 27, 2009


I have been waiting for some inspirational words to share. I have thought over many topics I could touch on. There are many needs in this world that can get me really fired up and going.

But the truth is I can't concentrate on them long enough to write anything worth anyones time in reading! My mind is consumed with meeting my girls! I love my life. I love my husband. I love my children. But I want to be in Bulgaria now, holding my babies! [though I guess 6 years old isn't much of a baby! :+)]

I am trying to still be a good wife and mother, but I am not real motivated to do anything. I know this will pass... but boy is it hard! Here I am waiting for something wonderful.

What must it be like to wait for something horrible? My heart is really with those parents tonight, waiting for an outcome that isn't good. By the grace of God, I have not been that parent yet. We have had minor to bad... but nothing terrible! Since I am apparently so bad at waiting for the GOOD, I pray I never have to find out how very bad I am waiting for the terrible!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So thankful today!

I received news today that our dossier has been authenticated, and will be registered with the MOJ tomorrow/Friday!!! The next step then is the official referral of the girls... then we can travel!!!! Not sure how long getting the referral will take... but things are moving! Praise God! What a thing to be thankful for today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

bathtime for Luke and friends....

We have a lovely 1 year old male bichon / poodle mix. He is a pain, but also a riot. He loves the kids, and loves water!

Take a peak into one of Lukes favorite activities:


I am thankful for:

T ... time with family and friends

H ... heroes that are fighting to keep us safe and free, missing their families this holiday season

A ... agriculture, it's not only how we make a living, but we are a part of feeding the worlds hungry

N ... nachos, if you know me, you understand my love of this food! :)

K ... KIDS! Oh how I am thankful for my kids!

S ... seasons. I live in an area that has 4 distinct seasons. I love each one.

G ... growth group, we love this group of people.

I ... internet. It has brought me a world of friends and also brought me Yana and Tavi.

V ... victory over the world through my belief adn salvation in Jesus Christ.

I ... innocence. I am thankful that my children all have been fortunate enough to have a time in their life of being innocent of the pain and suffering of this world.

N ... I am thankful that God NEVER lets go of me!

G ... God. Oh how I am so thankful for my heavenly father! To God be the glory forever.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Identical twin boys grew up in the same house. Their father was an alcoholic. He abused both the young boys and their mother. He had been in and out of jail. He couldn't hold a job. He slept around. He rarely had a kind word for the boys, and when he made promises to them he never followed through.

These young boys grew up. One of the boys grew to be just like his father. He was an alcoholic. He was abusive. He was in and out of jail, and his family which included a wife and children was a mess.

The other son was a happily married man. He had a wife and 3 children. He loved his wife, and told her so regularly. He loved his children and told them so too. He followed through on promises, taking his word very seriously. He had kept a steady job with the same company for 15 years. He was a man that many could and did depend on.

A reporter doing an article on identical twins interviewed both the men. Wondering how identical twins raised in the same family could turn out so different, he asked them both why their lives had turned out the way that they did. They both answered with the exact same words:

"With a father like I had, how could I be anything else?"

Sunday, November 22, 2009

John might go with me to meet his girls!

Praying, praying, praying!

John has suddenly started feeling like he should go and meet the girls with me. Without going into detail... THIS IS HUGE!

Logistically we are talking it out to see if we can even arrange care for the kids. But oh how I would LOVE for him to be there when I meet our babies... he was there for ALL the other "first meetings", except James [:(]

I want to hold my husbands hand as they bring our girls in... I want to marvel with him over how cute they are... I want to see him hold them close, with that new daddy smile, and remember it forever!

Please God, if it is your will for John to go, PLEASE make a way!


nothing to do with anything...

My husband, my daughter and I were arguing over the lyrics to Ole' Dan Tucker. We all sang it slightly different. .... needless to say, I WAS RIGHT! :) "go me!"

But in looking up the lyrics we found all sorts of information on the song and for whatever reason we found it interesting. So here is the link, if your family sings weird old songs together like we do!

Old Dan Tucker

And another favorite that I never knew all the words to "Waltzing Matilda".

Waltzing Matilda

***IF you scroll down far enough there is a little section of music for each so you can hear it! :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

The world had a light go very dim today....

This is Benjamin. He is 7 years old. He has Down syndrome and was in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. He was in need of an adoptive family. He still has the need for an adoptive family, but no longer has the chance for one.

You see, in many areas of Eastern Europe, kids with disabilities that age out of the baby house are transfered to mental institutions. Many of these institutions block adoptions, and a child has no way out. They are left to die, and many of them will meet that fate quickly. These institutions are not looking to save lives, but to be a holding place for those that are so forgotten that no one will ever know of their passing, let alone care!

Now, some may say "Life is so unfair, why would God let this happen to an innocent child?"... Be careful if you ask this question of God for He may very well say "Why did you?".

What prevented someone from coming for Benjamin? Time? Money? Room? His disability? The paperwork involved? The baring of ones life to social workers and various agencies? The risk of heartache? The risk of standing out, of being different? Do you really think these things are BIG problems for God?

This childs light has been dimmed, so much so that most, if not all of us will soon forget that he even existed. That is a true tragedy. A child, so precious, so dear to Jesus, so much a part of WHO God is... and we just let him linger and die alone! Like an animal that has become to prevalent, and whose numbers must be thinned, many view this little brown haired beauty as a worthless commodity that has no value. He is just a nuisance that stands in the way of something greater. The lottery of survival of the fittest in the world of an orphan is ugly, brutal, and an everyday reality. And little Benjamin lost the lottery... tough draw kid. :(

God is a specific God, and Benjamin was created with love, care, and intricate detail. HOW DARE THAT THE WORLD REJECT THIS PRECIOUS GIFT GOD SO FREELY BLESSED US WITH! HOW DARE WE!!!

Did he ever know his mamas loving embrace? Did he ever hear a lullaby as he drifted off to sleep? Was he ever held when he was scared or sick? Was there ever anyone who gave one little smile or felt one tiny sense of pleasure when he accomplished something for the first time? Was he ever held in the arms of one whose heart was singing praises of thankfulness to God for just being able to hold him close? The reality is most likely no to all of these questions.

NO! NO? How can a child be born and never know any of these things???? How can we care so little? HOW?

Did you know that despite being full of children a number of orphanages are eerily silent? How long does it take for the heart of an innocent child to finally realize that know one cares so they stop crying? stop playing? stop laughing?

My heart is sad. Is it wrong to hope he dies quickly and painlessly so that he will know these things wonderful and loving things in heaven? That he will be perfect? That he will never know loneliness or fear or suffering again? I think it is wrong, it shows a lack of faith and trust in God. Or maybe... in some circumstances and just for a while, it is okay....

I will be praying for you little Benjamin. Praying that your Saviors arms rock you to sleep tonight. That he is in your dreams, showing you his love. And that human arms are sent your way and are able to hold you close praising God for your life!

God has SO got this!

We spent $150.oo to have letters printed off [in color] to send out for our matching grant request letters. Didn't figure that amount into our adoption expenses. But I prayed about the letter, and felt that what we had was really good.

Well, my husband got called the other day to do an interview for some research firm with some medications they will use on the cattle. He got a nice check for being willing to give an hour of his time.

Anyone care to hazard a guess what the amount of the check was? :)


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Please pray for my dossier...

I am so sorry that rhymes. ;)

Anyway, the plan is to have our dossier translated, authenticated, and registered with the MOJ by next Friday. That way we should still get the official referral this year. Which would definitely let us travel in January.

PLEASE LORD let this happen quickly! .... Amen.

p.s. Notice the counter on the side of my blog. 9 MONTHS today!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Floored, me that is!

I can not believe it! Our dossier is in the hands of our Bulgarian agency!


Just so you all understand... I dropped off our dossier on Monday afternoon, less than 48 hours ago! I couldn't decide between expidited and priority... both were costly, but priority was $50 dollars more. I couldn't help myself... I sent it priority, thinking that will get it there by Friday.

Well, I got an email this morning, saying it was there! Please understand, Bulgaria is 8 hours ahead of us... so it actually got there sometime last night! Which is like WAY less than 48 hours.

Cool stuff huh?!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

whats on my heart today....

Borrowed words from another blog, written of an adoption journey almost a year ago. Today Ethan [Dmitri] is unrecognizable as that child seemingly at deaths door just a few short months ago....

"Renee' and I are sitting in the office of a telephone company in Novograd
Valenski, Ukraine, using wireless internet. We are in the middle of adopting
three special needs boys from an orphanage here. Two of the boys have Down
Syndrome. Roman is high functioning, energetic and happy. Dimitri has serious
mental retardation, failure to thrive, and though he is five years old, he is
the size of a 1 year old. He has sores on his face, a distinct smell of death on
him, and yells out if we try to do anything with him other than hold him.
Because he has less ability to respond and learn, he naturally gets less
attention and care from the orphanage workers in this world of limited
resources. The harsh reality of the "survival of the fittest" principle is a
life and death struggle that this little boy is losing fast. Our third boy
Sasha, is a brilliant six year old who has Spina Bifida (the condition our son
Josiah died from in 1996). He is like a learning sponge that can't get enough!
He is happy and alert and thirsty for knowledge and experience. So with two of
our boys, we get an immediate return on any investment we make. With Dimitri,
there's not much immediate gratification. In fact, it's unknown when and if
there will be a return at all. This is the kind of situation that makes the
carnal, fallen, human reasoning think, "Why try? What's the point? What will
this produce? What good will this do? Why not select a boy who has more
potential? This looks like a lost cause.

Two days ago we drove for hours into the Ukrainian countryside to the village
where Dimitri was born. We met with officials there and signed papers and
answered their questions. We also went and saw Dimitri's house. The day had been
long, we were still recovering from jet lag, I was beginning to really miss my
six daughters at home and all the familiar things our fragile human hearts
entangle themselves with in feeble attempts to feel secure. Sitting in the dark
on our very long drive back to Novograd that night, the Holy Spirit began to
whisper to my heart, and new understanding about redemption began to take shape.

I was thinking, "Man, adopting this little boy has been so much work. This is
exhausting, expensive, uncomfortable … and it doesn't feel very rewarding right
now." What am I doing in some little Soviet car in the dark, in the middle of
rural Ukraine in frozen December, as the driver dodges cats and potholes? What
if Dimitri doesn't improve at all? What if we get "nothing" out of this? … Ahhh,
there it was; that dark, fallen, unreedemed, selfish human love, rooted in the
tree of the knowledge of "good and evil". The love the Greeks called "erao"
love. The love where we treat someone as precious and treasured for what we can
get out of it. This is unlike "agapeo" love, the God kind of love that treats
someone as treasured and precious for their good, not for my good. It's when I
love a person in order to meet their needs, having no expectation of them
meeting any of my needs. At a whole new level, God is working His kind of love
into my weak heart, and He's using little Dimitri to do it.

On the drive home that night, the Lord whispered in my ear, "This is Redemption.
Derek, do you know how far I travelled to get you and bring you back? I had to
be separated from my Son, in order to get you, just like you are separated from
your children in order to get these boys. Do you know how expensive it was for
Me to purchase you? It cost me everything. Do you know how broken, sick,
damaged, twisted, dirty, smelly, and hopeless you were? And at the end of it
all, you had nothing to give me or add to me. I did it for you. I emptied myself
and became nothing so that you could have it all. This is redemption.

My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and
outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it
killed Him. And when He redeems us, we can't even really appreciate or
comprehend it, just like Dimitri will never comprehend or fully appreciate what
is about to happen to him … but … he will live in the fruit of it. As his Daddy,
I will never expect him to understand all of this or even to thank me. I just
want to watch him live in the benefits of my love and experience the joys of
being an heir in my family. This is how our heavenly "Papa" feels towards us.

Today, settle your busy heart down and rest in the benefits of redemption. Enjoy
the fruits of His goodness, and stop trying to "pay Him back". You'll never get
close you goofy little kid.

-- Derik Loux

Monday, November 16, 2009

Time flies... NOT. :)

According to my little counter thingy on the side of my blog... it has been 8 months and 4 weeks since we committed to the girls. Today our dossier is on its way to get the ball really rolling. Since many of you adoptive moms understand the feeling of "being pregnant" that often accompanies adoptions, by the time my girls come home I will have a long overdue baby inside my heart! :)

BUT, PRAISING GOD TODAY, things are finally moving!!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It is done...

...finished, complete, ended, ready to roll, finito, in full, etc. Our dossier is being mailed on MONDAY!

IT is taking an international journey and I pray it gets there in record time! :)

Happy 4th Birthday Tavi!

My sweet little girl... how I wish I could have woken you up this morning singing "Happy Birthday!".

Cake, ice cream, presents, and a family to love you and spoil you on this day... you deserve so much more than this and yet you have none of it. Life has not been good to you so far, but God is good, and He is faithful... and He has tenderly cared for your heart and your future.

You are coming home baby girl! Home to a family with God at its center. Home to a family that has been longing for you for so long! Home to your own bed, your own clothes, your own mommy and daddy, your own brothers and sisters, your own pets, your own grandmas....

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Your eyes may not work, but honey we will help you see how good life is... how good GOD is!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My heart is singing, I got an update!!!!

This is what I received this morning:

"Tavi is doing very well, she is healthy and well. She is a very cute child and is very well orientated despite her blindness. The director says that she likes to sing a lot and does so in a very special and cute way. [Tavi turns 4 tomorrow!]

Yana is healthy and well too. She doesn't walk yet but stands up in her crib and walks in it holding on to it. There is not much progress in her development but there is no digression either. [Yana is 6 1/2, DS, hydrocephalus]

Both of the directors were excited when I told them that you will be here most probably in January"

*** DID YOU CATCH THAT? "You will be here most probably in Janauary!" Praise God!

I am mailing my dossier early next week. I should have the forms returned to me apostilled and ready to go by Tuesday!



Thursday, November 12, 2009

Please pray....

Our lawyer in country is goign to try and call the girls orphanages tomorrow to get an update! Please pray that they are willing to talk with her!!!!!

Thank you all!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My paper baby is almost ready for delivery!

I have everything APOSTILLED! I have everything I need, minus 2 items that are being mailed to me tomorrow from AAC! Once I have those in my hands my dossier will be headed to my girls country!

Did I mention I continue to become more impatient, while at the same time trusting the Lords timing more and more each day! Talk about emotional confusion! :)

It's not right....

...the closer we get to meeting the girls, the more impatient I become. And the more patient my husband gets! BLECK! I don't want reassurance that it will happen, I want him to whine with me!

Monday, November 9, 2009

WE GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We got the matching grant!!!! **** lots of happy dancing going on here!!!!! ****

We are working on it girls! Soon I will be able to see you face to face!


The decision has been made, we are changing names....

I guess it is better now, than when she has been home for 6 months huh?! :)

TAVI VALENTINOVA will be her new name in her new family. That is of course unless I meet her and decide that she can not be named Tavi. Which I hvea done with my bio kids... went into labor with one name, cried because the name didn't "fit", then obsessed until we came up with one we both liked. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thinking of a change....

John and I hvae been thinking of changing Shawnees name to Tavi.

We both like it better, and it means 8th, which consequently is where she falls in the birthorder. Our fifth child is named Quincy [we didnt' intentionally pick it because she was the 5th one... :)]

Still, I have referred to her as Shawnee for so long... I just don't know.

Here are the 2 choices. Which one do you like for my dark and curly haired brown eyed girl?

Shawnee Valentinova OR

Tavi Valentinova

Must be the only child or in a family with one or two older children...

I occasionally browse foster care photolistings on the internet. Whenever I come across the statement that the worker will only consider families in which the child is the youngest by many years, or the only child in the home, or in a small family with only 1 or 2 other children it makes me pause.

First off, I know that [hopefully] the workers are out to see that this child is successful in life. Secondly, I know that I hvae no idea who this child is and they have some. But I also know that in the almost 2 years James has been with us, his worker [of whom he has had 4!] thinks that she knows a lot about him. She knows only what I tell her, and that is still jaded as it is just my opinion influenced by my parenting experience and personal preferences.

So I then get really sad thinking they are limiting this childs chance at success. Now in some situations they will consider other families outside of their preferences, but not in most of them. :( EVEN if this means the child waits LONGER for a family!

Quite a while back I inquired of a child... only to be told they will ONLY consider families with fewer than 4 children. WHY? THAT seems very wrong to me! And to my knowledge he is still waiting....

I realize in some cases it is imperative that a child be the youngest. That makes sense to me. But family size, and cases where the child doesn't pose a danger to ones younger than them, but instead is a "time or attention issue" frustrate me.

I am guessing, and pretty accurately I believe, that if either of my girls were in the US foster care system today these statements would be applied to them. In fact, most of the children adopted from abroad with special needs would probably have quite a few "stipulations" put on their adoption as well.

It makes me so mad to see children wait unnecessarily long for reasons that I believe should be suggestions, but not set in stone! Esp. in the US where we have the resources available! It also makes me mad to see children listed at older ages. You can bet they should have been legally free for adoption years before in probably 90% of the cases ... and because of our faulty legal system, where the best interests of the children are rarely put first, they have to wait until they are over age 6 or 7. They wait longer to find a permanent family, if they ever do. And by that time often have been through a few foster homes... that only increases in number as they age!

I HATE it! When it comes to things like drug abuse, severe neglect, obvious physical abuse, and others... why is chance after chance given? My heart hurts for these birthparents because of the good chance that they are only living now how they lived as children. BUT someone must be able to be courageous enough to step forward and say "TOO BAD! When it comes to a child, you dont' get second chances!" The needs of the child come first! And they need their chance to be a child protected NOW! Today! This minute!

I do not believe that emotional trauma should just be viewed as an expected consequence of the fostercare system! I think that if the childs needs are put first, so much emotional pain could be avoided.

When my foster son was finally removed from his birth mother... he didnt' hardly look back. He was 7. He was one of the younger ones. His older brothers [3 of them] have since bounced around in many foster homes.... they get further and further away from success with each move. I can see the deterioration and can do nothing to stop it. EVERYONE in this town KNEW and reported what was going on for 3 1/2 years before something was finally done! 3 1/2 years people!!! What precious moments of childhood were stolen from these boys! Someone messed up big in my book! Really big!

To be frank.... I dont' give a DARN about birth parent rights when a child is being put in harms way time and again! I don't care about freedoms or about the right to raise your child the way you see fit. I don't care about forgiveness, mercy, or the fact that everyone makes mistakes. My heart may go out to the birthparents, but they lost their chance at being a parent to these children whom they have hurt. Someone has to protect those who can't protect themselves. Being a parent IS NOT A RIGHT! IT IS A PRIVILEGE THAT CAN BE LOST!

When a child is intentionally, or neglectfully harmed I believe it is because of a "ball" that has been dropped by "MANY" people. And many people will have to answer for it.

I will forever find it amazing and humbling that despite what some people do to their children, God has yet to lose hope for man!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's the climb.....

**** forgive me for quoting Miley Cyrus :)****

The Climb lyrics
Songwriters: Alexander, J; Mabe, J;

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

In a bible study by John Piper I am learning that "GOD is passionate about His glory!" Oh what a tough concept to wholly understand! I am getting there, but it is a 2 steps forward and one step back process.

The adoption journey is perilous. In any adoption journey one is almost guaranteed heart ache, LONG waits, little control and lots of helplessness, aggravation, confusion, and feeling very much alone from time to time. But one is also GUARANTEED, not almost, but wholly guaranteed to see "THE GLORY OF GOD ALMIGHTY!"

It is so much more loving for God to show us His glory, than to spare us from suffering!!!!!!!! Adoption is NOT for SISSIES!!!! It is not for the faint of heart, thee of little faith, those who think life goes along apart from the directives of Gods hands! Let his glory fully shine in your adoption journey. Let his glory shine in your words, your attitudes, your love, your patience, your commitment, your testimony, your sharing and generosity, and your heartfelt prayers. How better to let the world see how deeply he cares for the orphan than to let his glory shine in each and everyone of our journeys!

"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him!" --- John Piper

Satisfy: quench: allay, meet the requirements or expectations of ,make happy, meet: fill or meet a want or need, comfort: provide freedom from worry

Satisfying: comforting, providing freedom from worry

Are you finding your satisfaction in God? Is He all you need? Is your adoption journey glorifying Him and bringing you even more fully in line with His will and heart for your life? Are you seeing "The Climb" to your child as an opportunity to glorify God? Are you praising God for that?

Oh how I pray that if I can't have the girls here today held in my arms, than I can have the glory of my Father shining like the sun in my life for all to see!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Blessing for you....

[*** I think I posted this a while back. But I came across it again, and each time I read it I pray it for my children and family and friends! My advice, say it out loud with your childrens names. It is powerful!]

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships; so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people; so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war; so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world; so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

This I pray upon all my family and friends! In the name of Jesus,


Planned Parenthood Director resigns, and joins the other side! Praise God!

Here is a short article. No, I didnt' read the comments because some people just make me to angry!

But God IS working here, you can bet on it! Only, don't bet for real because isn't that a sin?.... ;)

URGENT, and scary!

DO NOT respond to any email if you get it from me requesting money! I can't get into my email, it has been locked for security concerns, and I am NOT sending ANY email requesting money to anyone!!!!! A couple of friends have gotten this from my account! I hope this is not something HUGE! I have had my identity stolen before.... UGH!

Monday, November 2, 2009

I got chills. They're multipying!

Our status on our Reeces Rainbow page now reads "USCIS approved, Dossier complete!" [which isn't 100% true, but close enough that I am taking it! :)]

This dream may just be real my friends!!!!

WHOOOOO - HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess who has USCIS approval??????????

WE DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That leaves local clearances and apostilles!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quote of the day....

"When God overcomes our difficulties for us, we have the assurance that we are engaged in His work and not our own." ---- George Muller

I find this so very apparent in this adoption journey to my girls.