We shipped out Sam's birthday gift! It's in a 12 x 12 x 12 box, so it won't be delivered the way the standard small care packages are sent. Thus, I have no idea when it will arrive in Seoul. I'm hopeful it gets there by his birthday checkup, but he may not receive it … Continue reading Sam’s Birthday Gift
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WE MADE IT: EP Submission!
"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27: 13-14 I keep trying to write this post, but I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that I just keep stopping to pray "Thank you, thank you, thank you." We heard … Continue reading WE MADE IT: EP Submission!
Our own little miracle — i600a approval
I feel like I've been trusted with such a precious thing, and I hope that I can tell it well. Life is now broken up into two parts: Before Sam and After Sam. When you think about it, all major life changes work that way. There's before college and after, before marriage and after, before … Continue reading Our own little miracle — i600a approval
No news. No updates. Nothing. The wait is super frustrating. I was hoping we would have Sam's monthly update by now since we got it on the 3rd last month, but still, nothing. I have contacted the National Benefits Center twice now, and as of the last time, we still didn't have a caseworker, so … Continue reading Just waiting
Come on, i600a!
Our official paperwork for i600a approval was submitted early last week. We just saw the payment go through yesterday, so we are hoping that means we will get our biometrics appointment soon! This approval is the last thing we need before we can go into the queue for Exit Permit submissions. We are praying: Everything … Continue reading Come on, i600a!
"She named him Samuel, for she said, "I asked the Lord for him." - 1 Samuel 1:20 When I was pregnant with Jackson, we landed on his middle name long before we agreed on his first name. His middle name is Cecil - in tribute to three great men in our families: my maternal grandfather, … Continue reading Samuel
Acceptance Paperwork DONE
We signed our referral acceptance paperwork yesterday! Basically, this is the official paperwork that identifies us as our child's adoptive parents. It does not legally make him ours by any stretch (this won't happen until final approval in Korea around the time we are granted custody), but it does get the legal process rolling with … Continue reading Acceptance Paperwork DONE
Dossier is ALMOST ready!
I am so excited to say that our home study is in the final round of revisions/signatures and nearly ready to send to Korea! Along with our home study, we will also be sending our referral acceptance (ATK) paperwork. Our agency is mailing it to us to sign/notarize this week, and then we will send … Continue reading Dossier is ALMOST ready!
Our lives changed today.
The past week has been nothing short of a miracle to me. I shouldn't be surprised by it, and yet every time God shows up the way he does in the smallest, but most significant details, I stand in awe with reverence and joy. Disclaimer: This post is LONG. I probably should have split it … Continue reading Our lives changed today.
Keeping our eyes and hearts open
I'm sort of conflicted on how to write this update. The short version is: there's no update. Everything is still on hold until the home study is written. The longer version is: For the first time in this process, we are starting to see waiting kids pop up that we qualify for (due to Elliott's … Continue reading Keeping our eyes and hearts open