Friday, May 29, 2009
BIG news today!
We have received Travel Approval!!!
This is the LAST piece of paperwork we need from China in order to GO GET OUR BABY!
Now, don't stop the prayers! The swine flue is still causing some adoption problems....
We are waiting to get our Consulate appointment(CA) and get the OK to enter the Fujian province. Over the last few weeks some provinces have refused to allow Americans to enter. So pray, pray, pray that the flue will fizzle away and our appointments will go through next week.
Once we have our CA, then we book our fights! We have been collecting American Express points since we first got married (13 yrs) We are hoping to have enough points to purchase our airline tickets. So while your praying for the CA, would you mind praying for our airline tickets?
So if all goes well..........WE ARE LEAVING JUNE 25th!
And Elizabeth Day will be JUNE 29th!
I also want to write about the miracle of adoption. If you have ever witnessed an adoption, or really any "birth" of any child into a family....its a miracle. I wrote about this some on our first website when my sister was waiting for Corinne. Here is my entry from January 2007 (the beginning of our paperchase):
I'm just overwhelmed since we received Elizabeth's referral. This journey is soooo precious. I'm reminded that the God created gestation of pregnancy is significant and life giving just like the gestation/waiting I have experienced with Elizabeth. Here I am in the last weeks....the final trimester. My hormones are raging. The tears are so close and flow easily. I can't clean enough! I'm reading 2 books at once about parenting her. I dream about her, day and night. I forget things (like my birthdate on my Visa application!). I love my husband more deeply. I want to hold my kids closer. The aching heart & arms are almost unbearable at times.
Thank you God for preparing my heart and spirit to be Elizabeth's mother. I pray that you prepare her heart to meet her family. We love her so much, thank you that You love her more.
Posted by Shannon at 4:23 AM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Our sweet Elizabeth turned 18 months old today......a milestone. We are so sad we can't be with her today but are so grateful that she is with her foster family. We really have no idea if our travel is going to be delayed (due to swine flue). The regular timeline (prior to swine flu) would have our Travel Approval arriving this week, but we'll see. We are still hoping it will arrive and we still hope to get to travel June 25th.
Now for a little promotion for my sister.....She has made a darling outfit for Elizabeth and is also making matching shorts for Langley. If time allows she is going to make another outfit for Elizabeth & Langley. She is very talented and her clothes are beautiful. My sister and her husband are in the process of their 2nd special needs China adoption. She has a blog on which she sells her creations to raise money for their adoption. Please visit her at www.stitchingtochina.blogspot.com
There is also a link on the right colume under "My Blog List"
She has amazing taste and the quality of her clothes is simply beautiful. Here is Elizabeth's sweet new outfit:
This week we received quilt square #11!
This comes from a friend from Little Rock, Connie Fails. Connie is the manager of the Clinton Museum Store and is a wonderful clothing designer. She is also a fellow adoptive mom.
She has been so kind and supportive to us since we've shared our news of Elizabeth! Connie sent us this special square and a lovely note. I want to share what the note says since I could only photograph the front of the note. Then follows the photo of the square and a photo of Mrs. Clinton wearing the mentioned suit, designed by Connie. Pretty cool!
For Elizabeth. This square of fabric is unique like you! It is fabric left from Hillary Clintons 1993 Inaugural suit for the swearing in ofthe 42nd President of the U.S. May you follow in the steps of a strong woman of service! Love to you & your family. Adoptive Mom Connie Fails
Monday, May 18, 2009
We received some more squares!
#8 is from another sweet friend whom I traveled to China with last summer, Kristen. She has a heart of gold.
#9 is from John's brother and his family, Rob, Mary Anne, Zoe & Turner. We are so thankful to
have supportive family! I love this Raggedy Anne & Andy quilt as it will always make us think of Elizabeth's Arkansas cousins Zoe & Turner : )
#10 is from "family by marriage"...Meredith & Darren. Meredith is also our very patient, long suffering realtor who has been helping us 2 years sort through housing crisis! If you need a kind, sharp-as-a-tack, honest realtor....you need Meredith!
Posted by Shannon at 6:25 PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Be sure to STOP the music down at the bottom of the page!
Click on the bottom right square(looks like a box in a box) under the video picture and it will make it go full screen. I'm not sure how to make it fit better??
Music "When Love Takes You In" by Steven Curtis Chapman
Posted by Shannon at 9:06 PM
It is such a blessing to receive these squares! It really is an encouragement to us while we wait to travel!
Squares #2, 3, 4, & 5 are from our friends, the Duncans from church who also lead our community group. They have 4 precious children, whom our children LOVE! I really love each of these fabrics!
Square #6 is from the Clunan family. I grew up with this family and they are so supportive and encouraging to us.
Square #7 is from the Blackford family. We play soccer together and go to school together. Beth is extremely talented and the photo below shows the darling personalized items she made for Elizabeth!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I am currently reading a book specifically on Toddler adoption. I have read a few other attachment/adoption books already. But now that we know Elizabeth's age I wanted to get some more preparation for her age & development. What I have read thus far is very enlightening.
We are already making some choices to help facilitate attachment and bonding once Elizabeth is home. We are planning on not traveling, keeping daily routines, limiting outings & visits and other things as Elizabeth shows us what she needs and as we seek God's guidance in loving her well. John and I are in conversation with the children about how Elizabeth might be sad/mad or we might do things differently with her (discipline, boundaries, responses). Right now their hearts are very open & tender for their new sister.....I'm sure that will be challenged once she is home! But I have to say, I'm blessed with 3 tender-hearted and kind children......Elizabeth has an amazing sister and 2 of the best brothers anyone could hope for!
There is a pretty well know article written by Cynthia Hockman-Chupp. Please read it below. As it relates to my precious daughter......she was with her birth mother for 1 month, lived in the orphange for 2 months, lived with her foster family 15 months........and then with us, her forever family until she lives with her Abba Father.
Join us in praying for our sweet girl's heart..........
Posted by Shannon at 7:32 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Things are progressing.....its so exciting!!!
We got an email from our agency today with "tentative" travel dates of June 25th!!!
We are still waiting on Travel Approval (TA) but it appears our agency thinks its coming soon.
We've got to get busy around here!!! We have a super exciting weekend with John's parents visiting, Gray's bday party, 2 baseball games & 2 soccer games. Next week we have to start focusing on preparing Elizabeth's room and making packing lists! I feel like my brain is going to explode but it is very exciting.
Also today, our first quilt square arrived in the mail! Thank you to my sweet friend Mary and her family. We went on a mission trip last summer together and she has the sweetest spirit!
Here is a photo of Square/Wish #1
Posted by Shannon at 12:22 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Its amazing how quickly my nesting instincts set in once we received our referral for Elizabeth!
We are currently in an "interesting" situation as we have been living with family members for a while now. Its a very long story and we are hoping anyday to be in our own home. That being said, nesting is almost impossible because #1 this isn't my home #2 most of our "stuff" is still in storage in another state! Part of that "stuff" in storage is all of my oldest daughter's baby clothes! And I had gathered a few items over the 2 year wait for when we travel to china (like stacking cups!). I never, ever imagined we would not be in own home by now! We are praying constantly if it is God's will for us to be settled in our own place by the time we bring Elizabeth home. There are some pretty major things that have to fall into place but we are hoping. Our family we are living with are extremely gracious and we are very comfortable, so really we don't lack for anything. But it would be so nice to be in our own space with our own "stuff"...its not great stuff but I miss it!
I have felt that I needed to gather a few things for Elizabeth in case I can't get to the baby clothes in storage. Plus its just fun to shop for a little girl! I am a certifiable "thriftaholic". I love finding GREAT deals. I don't like to just shop & buy stuff. But I do love finding wonderful, special things at amazing prices. I love boutique brand children's clothes but don't like paying retail prices! Thrift shops, consignment sales, and garage sales are one of my favorite past times. I even used to sell stuff on Ebay and made a little $$ while hubby was going through school. So I've picked up a few sweet things the past couple of weeks. I can't wait to see my girl all cute in these things!!!
These are a few things to take with us for entertainment, etc. I'm putting photos of the brothers and some of us in the photo album for Elizabeth to look at while we are in China. Her referral said she likes music, so I got this Little Einstein music toy (from Easter clearance!). Then we found these cute sunglasses in a boutique for 75% off! A small tube of bubbles as I have been told that many children in China love these and they don't sell them in China. And finally some bottles...we plan on feeding her with a bottle to help facilitate attachment.
This is a beautiful angel sleeve bishop dress by Anavini. The photo is terrible! I found this at a consignment store for $8!
I love this sweet Luli & Me cherry/raspberry dress. It is so sweet. Found at a thrift store $4
I got this darling Anavini outfit on Ebay as well for $6. The dogs are chasing butterflies...so cute!
This is my favorite brand...Kissy Kissy. It is the softest, sweetest clothes! I found this on Ebay for $6.00!!!
This is Baby Lulu. We found this at COSTCO! It is so soft. Much prettier than picture shows!
This is a darling Kate Mack swimsuit that I have been saving for 2 years! My family used to run a children's clothing sale twice a year and this was one thing leftover from that business!
How cute is this Lili Paris set??? Got it for $1.00 at a garage sale!
It might be too small but taking a couple of sizes since we're not sure of her size.
Posted by Shannon at 9:14 AM
Friday, May 1, 2009
I just read about a family who recently adopted an older girl from China. During their adoption trip they learned that their daughter has 2 biological brothers!!!
This amazing family is trying to adopt the younger brother and have him reunited with this sister.
Please visit their website and read this amazing story.
And, please if you have ANYTHING to give, please consider financial support of their efforts.
Their website is
PLEASE notice that there is no period(.) between www and the rest of the address. It is suppose to be that way. THANKS!
Isn't it amazing when God lets us see His hand at work!!!
Posted by Shannon at 10:36 AM