Tuesday, December 18, 2007
H i everyone!!! Well, I did it!!! I did my dance show! It was an
overwhelming, yet AWESOME experience!! My dance show was called, "The
Joy of Christmas" put on by Mary Constantine Nelson Dance Company. It
was a beautiful show. Anyways, I did get a little stage fright during
dress rehearsal AND the 2nd performance. The back stage at the
Lincoln Center has a REALLY DARK stair case that we had to stand it.
Pretty scary for a little 3 year old like ME!! Anyways, I got scared
and didn't dance at the dress rehearsal. BUT at the opening night, I
did the WHOLE dance, even after crying a bit back stage. My really
good teenage friend, Sadie helped me feel better. She is a dancer
too. Mommy was really nervous when she was sitting in the audience
the first night, I guess she had a tummy ache, Grandma was nervous too! When I came out on
stage, she said that she, daddy and grandma all cried, a happy cry. I
don't get that! Last night, (the second night) I got a little scared
of that dark staircase again and didn't run out at the beginning of
the dance, but Mommy encouraged me to run out in the middle of it, I
DID IT!! HEHEHE!! That was kind of funny actually.
This is a picture of me in my stage makeup!! It was fun getting a "done up!"
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We still wait and update or paperwork. We had a homestudy update in August and go for fingerprint updates in Denver tomorrow. Please pray that we continue to have patience through this long wait. I have to admit I am feeling a little discouraged about it again. It's so hard to think we may have to wait 3 years, could even be longer. We need prayer for patience AND prayer that if God has a different plan/path for us that we would recognize it and act on it.
Emma Marie keeps talking about her baby sister. Just the other day she said, "I am SO excited my baby sister is coming soon!" Maybe it's a sign?????
I am going to start posting more pictures of our family so you can watch Emma Marie grow on this blog.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The thing is, there really isn't going to be anything to report on for a LONG time. Could be 3 years!!! We are in a line of around 30,000 applicants ahead of us. So, we just wait until it's our turn. Throughout the wait we will have to update homestudies, paperwork, etc as well as pay more fees upon each update. ;(
What is the reason for the long wait? Well back in 2005, the wait was pretty short, around 6 or so months, and China has always been knows to be a very stable program. So, back in 2005-fall of 2006 thousands of adoptive parents applied to adopt from China. They are now dealing with a HUGE backlog of applicants vs. "paper ready" children. They are still referring children to parents that applied back in 2005 in fact. I understand that there are only a certain amount of children let out of China per year, so the large number of applicants just means a longer wait. Too bad We couldn't all just go over there and get them all at once!! ;)
People also ask us why we don't change countries since it is such a long wait. Believe us, the thought has crossed our minds many times. Every time it does though and we pray about it we feel God is still telling us that our next daughter is already planned out for us and she is from China. We just have to be patient.
So, there is our update. Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Here is a checklist of things I want to complete before Miyah arrives:
1. Emma's 1st year scrapbook. Then, I think the rest will be digital scrapbooks which I can print. I enjoy working on the computer way more than scrapbooking. ;)
2. Emma's new big girl room. It will be a girly room!
3. Start Emma in dance lessons. She can start when she is 3!! ;)
4. Take Emma to Disneyland!! We are going this summer!!
5. Take Emma camping. We haven't done this yet!! This is the summer!
6. Paint Emma and Miyah's bathroom.
7. Re-paint the basement. It is now a music room/playroom so the current colors (broncos blue and nightclub red) just look silly!
8. Start playing my piano on a regular basis again and enjoy that with Emma.
9.Continue raising fees to cover adoption fees.
10. Take out grass where play area is and put in pea gravel so it's a nice play area. DONE!
11. PRAY!!! Teach Emma God loves her.
This list to be continued..................................................................................................
Friday, February 16, 2007
If anyone is considering participating in one or more of our fundraisers, please understand that you are helping place another child a loving home, not just helping us financially.
Below are our current fundraisers. Check back often for updates. We also have another garage sale this summer so start putting those unwanted items aside if you wish! Thanks!!
Timeline for Miyah
February 17th, 2006- We spoke about Emma's adoption at an adoption fare. Then we began to think of adopting again.
March 2006- We contacted our adoption agency with our intererest to adopt again.
May 9, 2006- Date we signed our official application with Bethany Christian Services
May-December 2006- LOTS AND LOTS of Stressful Paperchasing!!
December 5, 2006- Our paperwork (Dossier) was sent to the agency headcourters in Grand Rapids
January 5, 2007- Our Dossier was sent to China from Grand Rapids
February 6, 2007- LOG IN DATE (LID)
February 16, 2007- Got the email informing us of our LOG IN DATE
Timeline For Emma Marie
We wish we could have created a blog leading to Emma's adoption but we didn't even know what a blog was and well, her adoption was SOOOOOOOO quick!! ;) Praise God!
October 10, 2003 -Our pregnancy had to be ended due to a tubal pregnancy. NOTE: Emma was conceived just weeks later!! This was all God's plan!
February, 2004- Decided to adopt. NOTE: This is also the month Birthmom Laura began considering adoption.
March 3, 2004- Sent in our Preliminary Application
March 2004-June 2004- Sent in Formal Application, Paperchasing, Trainings, Made Scrapbook, Homestudy Interviews
June 9, 2004- Our last homestudy interview. We were told the average wait was around a year.
July 2, 2004- Completed Nursery- Our dear friends, the Kueflers came out and we had the time of our lives decorating this room. We knew that this room could be sitting for a LONG time but we really wanted to do it.
July 9, 2004- Got call that a birthmom pregnant with a BABY GIRL wanted to meet us!! Our excitement was undescriblable!!! Cindy was standing at the door at our friends the Kaines when she received the call. She was told the birthmom's due date was August 9th. We looked in a baby book for ideas on a middle name (we had Emma picked out for many years.) The name Marie really struck us, but Brian really wanted the middle name to have a special significance and we couldnt' think of anyone in our family with this name. So, we left it as a slight possibility. We weren't even picked to be parents yet, we were just SUPER EXCITED!
July 10, 2004- Went to Steamboat for the weekend
July 12, 2004- Met with Laura (whom is our beloved BIRTHMOM) at our agency.
July 13, 2004, 4pm- Got call from our agency that Laura had chosen us!!! What a day!!
Sometime this week- We decided to ask our agency to find out Laura's middle name as we thought that would be a possibility for a middle name. YEP! YOU GOT IT!! Laura's middle name is MARIE!!! God works in mysterious ways!! ;)
July 18, 2004- Met with Laura at Cheesecake Factory. We got to know her more and she showed us ultrasounds of Emma! At this point, she still had a few weeks to go!!
July 20, 2004- Cindy was walking with friends. Her friend Tanya, who shares Cindy's birthday made the commment that she had been praying our baby would come on Cindy's birthday. THEN as we were walking the cell phone rang and Cindy was told that Laura was going to be induced!!!
July 21, 2004- Emma Marie was born at 5:01 on CINDY'S BIRTHDAY!!! Didn't I say earlier that God works in mysterious ways??????? Emma was 5 pounds and 10 oz. She was 18 3/4 inches long. Soooooooo little!!!
July 23, 2004- We brought our sweet baby home!! This also was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with our dear Birthmom Laura whom Emma now calls Leedle!! ;)