Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Every day is one day closer

I got photos and a video of Elizabeth last week- I posted them to the Jellybeans site (if you go there sign her guestbook!). I did post them on our FB page so you may have already seen them. She is beautiful, although looks tired and pale. She has her uniform shirt on for school so I'm guessing they pulled her out of class for the photo oop. I'm thankful that next year, she will be home for Thanksgiving!

Surely it can not be Thanksgiving tomorrow! I wish I had something "important" to post but I don't. I don't have anything deep, or outstanding either. No great insights. Nothing. Except...

I pray you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving. We are all waiting for something, well, most of us. And everyday that we are waiting, God is working. We may not see it right away, but He is at work. And each morning you wake up, you are one day closer to that miracle. 

It's true.

And not one ounce of worry will make it happen any sooner. So rest. Enjoy the moment and look at how blessed you are. Your life is an amazing gift from God. 

Your life is a gift.

Be thankful.

Friday, November 14, 2014

OOT - Out of Translation

We are officially OOT and now in progress. Now that our dossier is translated CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption) will review it and match us with Elizabeth. Next big stop is LOA. (so many Acronyms! Click HERE to find out what they mean.)
This Photo was probably taken sometime 2013

I'm so excited, and nervous, that we are at this point. And I think we could most likely have our LOA before Christmas. 

I am still looking at an early spring departure. And I want to take my daughter Arielle, who is now 17. Arielle was adopted in 2011 from China. We won't visit where she's from this time. It's up north and the plan is to fly into Guangzhou, And 12 or so days later, fly out. NO IN CHINA FLIGHTS. In fact, I want to fly out of LAX directly to Guangzhou. 

But she wants to go. And I want her to go. She still speaks fluent Mandarin and that may be a comfort to her new sister. It will make communication easier. As long as Liz speaks Mandarin. :) 

So I plan to contact the school. It's hard to pin down a date, but I'm sure it will be early spring.
Another 2013 photo!

Visit Elizabeth's Adoption site and sign the 
Guest Book!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Harvest!

So much fun! Happy to think there will be one more next year!

Very Blessed