Last chance to donate before I travel to China! Help us climb out of a mountain of debt!
We have travel dates and I will soon book my flights! Another big announcement is my awesome cousin, Zandra, is coming with me so I won't be alone.
It's not too late to help us afford everything if you happen to be more financially blessed than us right now.
BIG NEWS! Our Travel Approval is in! We are scheduling appointments for when I am in China. It looks like I will be there in October!
Chris is not able to travel to China with me because of his new job as a Company Commander. I'm a little nervous about going alone!
OUR LAST PIECE OF PAPER has been delivered. Now we are just waiting on travel dates. (and sadly probably more paperwork.)
We are 42% of the way to our fundraising goal! Thank you to all who have donated!
Our I800 was approved today. Just another step on our journey completed.
Sad news :( We heard back from the grant people and we were not chosen for any amount of aid for our adoption. So now it's up to us to save our pennies like we have been doing all along. Recently our car broke down, we had to buy a new one that needs work done on it and I'm just not sure where all the money is coming from! Time to trust that God has a plan and it will all work out somehow. I just hope that somehow doesn't involve any more credit card debt.
We are at 35% of our goal! We have applied for a grant to help and we will find out in a few days if we are going to be awarded anything. Pray for us, send us good vibes, good energy, anything you believe in that will help!
BIG NEWS! We received our Letter Seeking Confirmation from China today. That means he is officially our son, who just happens to live far away for now. And even more exciting is we can finally share his picture with you!
We are in the waiting phase of our journey. Well, ONE of the waiting phases. It's a good time to focus on fund raising. Do you have anything to spare?
April 17th is an auspicious day for two reasons. It is the day my first child, our son, was born and now because it is our official dossier LOG IN DATE!
GREAT NEWS! Our dossier is finally complete and will be on it's way to China TOMORROW!
Because some of our paperwork took longer than expected our estimated travel date is no longer this summer. Our best guess is we will be there in November or December this year. We are still looking for help funding our travel, can you help?
Lots of good news to share. Our dossier is complete and will go to China soon for translation and whatever they need to do with it. Also, we have saved the money we need to donate to the orphanage when we get there. Now we just need to fund our travel. Can you help?
We got the documents back from the Chinese Consulate today! Everything is perfect and ready to go in our dossier.
The only things left standing between us and our boy are two doctor appointments (and then a long wait on China to approve everything officially). Any donations are appreciated, do you have anything to give?
USCIS (Homeland security) has approved us for CHINA!!!!!!!!! I can't even express how excited we are right now, except the Grinch in the house at the moment who is complaining about what the weather will be like in China in the summer haha!
Today I got a letter stating that the Embassy in Zambia has been sent our packet of information!
We just got an email saying we have been approved to travel by Homeland Security, another big milestone on our journey to adoption!
I thought 5% was exciting, and we just now hit 25%!!!!!! THANK YOU!
Thanks to my generous friends we are at 5% of our goal. It may be a small percentage so far, but I'm thrilled by your response and generosity.
I just got an email saying we have to repeat some of our paperwork, it just never ends! If you are considering adoption, just be prepared to have some days where all you do is sit down, fill out papers, and email people. Those are HARD days, but it's worth it in the end.
For those wondering, this is our adoption agency for China. Great Wall China, they have been so wonderful!
We are inching closer to the end (at least the end of paperwork). We got our pre-approval to adopt our little boy! And I have a hot date with homeland security for fingerprinting in the next two weeks. Thanks everyone who has helped so far!
Our friends and family know we are adopting from China and Africa. We started the adoption process while living in Missouri, and then the army changed our plans and moved us to Washington state. While we are loving living here and all the PNW has to offer, it has increased our adoption expenses significantly. We have paid over half of the fees and we still owe a whopping $16,000. With that number staring us down we are starting to feel the crunch!
The biggest news is we have been matched with a little boy in China! He is 3 years old and was born with congenital glaucoma. That means he will have low vision, likely for the rest of his life. As soon as China approves us I will be allowed to share pictures and more of his story so keep checking back!
If you help us make our goal, it will fun our travel to China and all the in-country fees (Total of $10,000), as well as the rest of our agency fees and we won't even have to go into debt to do it. Thank you for reading this and considering our page!
Chris and Britta Conner