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!! ;)