Saturday, November 26, 2011

One more week !

We have just over one more week till we have to have all of our paperwork to our agency if we want it to arrive in Ivan's country right after the Christmas break. Of course we will have to wait for an invitation from the government. We have everything ready except we have our medical appointments on December 5th. The day before our paperwork deadline. It turns out that our province won't do our blood work until they get a batch of requests so on Monday morning we are heading down to the good ole USA to get poked again. We should have the results in 3 days. We just can't take a chance that our blood work will not be back on the 5th. We are doing whatever is in our power to speed things up. We even paid double the money to get some of our paper work legalized in 1 day instead of in 1 week. Using overnight couriers helps as well. Once we hand in all our paperwork on the 6th it is completely out of our hands. We have been praying for a smooth process since day one and so far things have gone pretty well. We are praying that once we hand in our paperwork God will remove every obstacle and allow our dossier to sail through. We are praying for super fast couriers and extremely efficient lawyers and translators. Ivan is being well cared for and that is comforting but it doesn't take away our desire and hope to come to him as soon as humanly and legally possible. One of my friends is planning a baby shower for Ivan and it is so exciting to think of all of our friends getting together to celebrate his life. What a joy he is to us and to the Lord!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

His name is........Ivan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With great and abounding joy we tell you that his name is:
Ivan

Meaning: God is gracious!

Dear Ivan:
We love you! We can't stop think about you or looking at your beautiful pictures! We hope we can come soon!

Do Not Be Anxious

 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
 
Philippians 4:6-7.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We'd like you all to get to know us!

I wanted to post some pics so you could get to know us a bit better. But first I have to share a bit about Trent. Today we went on a shopping trip to the states to get diapers and wipes. We even packed a lunch so we would not spend any money on eating out. (Yeah!!) We wanted to get a little something for the baby to remind us that hopefully he will come home soon. We got him a little bunting bag and we also found 6 pairs of shorts for $2.20 each at Kohl's. We also got a 3 pack of onesies and 2 matching pants. And we got him a stocking too! We know he has one leg that is not properly formed while the other leg is nearly completely missing. We have not seen any pictures of his lower limbs so we don't know exactly what kind of clothes he will need. One thing I do know is that I will need to learn how to sew! I figured the shorts could be sewed up at the bottoms to help him keep warm. Or they could be left open if I use them in the summer months. My sister has put a call out to all of her friends for donations of boys clothes so we won't need to buy anything else for him. We put all his stuff in our crib and we will leave it there for him until he gets here. He actually won't sleep in the crib because we have the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper but the stuff looks really cute in there.
 Here is an update pic of our family from our recent trip to Port Townsend Washington.
I've been working on the adoption stuff all night! We are trying to have all of the paper work in to our agency by December 6th.  I will write more later because I have to work in the morning and need some sleep!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Introducing......

 
As you may know we have been going through the process of international adoption for the past year. We are finally at the point where we have made a commitment to a little boy in Eastern Europe. It is with great joy that we introduce you to the sweetest boy.
  His orphanage name is Trent but of course that is not his real name. This little boy has spent his entire life in an orphanage. He has no arms as you can see and only one leg which is not formed correctly. If we are lucky enough to be granted the right to adopt him, he would see an orthopedic specialist at BC Children’s Hospital and a physiotherapist in hope that he will be able to get around on his own.

Trent does not know what it means to have someone love him the way a Mommy and Daddy would. Orphanage life is not easy and we pray that one of the orphanage workers will show him affection and love but we are just desperate to get to him as soon as possible. Please understand how urgent this is.  Please help us bring him home!

We would love for you to join us in praying for Trent’s adoption. Please pray with faith that God would move mountains to bring him home. We are praying that the process will go smoothly. That we will have safe travel. That the judge will approve us. That God will through his miraculous provision provide the necessary funds. And most of all….that people will accept him and be excited with us.
 
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27a