Sunday, October 25, 2009

My New Favorite Liya Dress:)

Scored this one today at JCP. Love, love, love it!!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Yay! Our Dossier is on its way to China tonight:)
And now the big wait begins....


Monday, October 19, 2009

4 Months

Today marks 4 months since we sent out our Letter of Intent to adopt Liya Faith. 4 months since we made a commitment to her. A promise to love her as we love our biological children. A promise to help her adjust to her new life in our family. A promise to always be her soft place to fall, no matter if she is 3 or 30. We won't take these promises lightly.
The closer we get to bringing her home, the more real it feels. She will come home to us with her own personality. Her own temperment. The past 2 and a half years of her life have shaped who she is as a person. She has a very loving foster family, to which she has become very attached. They love her very much. I feel sad to know that they will soon have to say goodbye.

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff! Here is a mini update:
Our I800A is currently at the US Consulate. Once our agency gets it back, we will be DTC. Finally!
We are still slowly working on Liya's room. Hopefully we will get more done this week.
We sent Liya another care package. We had Ann with Red Thread call Liya's orphanage last week, to get updated measurements. Then we sent her squeaky shoes, a nice winter jacket and a musical giraffe. We also sent tea for the foster family, and cookies for Liya. We hope she likes them:)
We miss you, Liya Faith...and will see you soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I800A Approval! Yay!

After just having our fingerprints done on Saturday, we received our I800A approval this afternoon! Yippee!! Now the approval has to be authenticated by 2 different audiences. Then everything is off to China!
We are getting closer to bringing you home, Liya Faith:)
And, just because her sweet face needs to be on the home page:


Thursday, October 1, 2009


I just received my I800A application back in the mail. Seems I forgot to put Roger's SSN on the app. I can never remember his SSN, and so I left it blank. Forgot to ask him and write it in....ARGH! Hopefully it won't hold things up. Our fingerprint appointment is in 2 days. Man....things were going so smoothly up until now. Should'a known it wouldn't stay that way forever. Ugh....just.....ugh!


Liya's Room..."Before" Pics. And OHGW album.

Here are pics of Liya's room, at its barest:) Her room is our old carport, which we enclosed at the same time that we added 1,000 sf to the back of the house. Her room was originally going to be a game room for the boys, but...surprise! You're getting a sister instead of a game room, guys!
I am still trying to decide on a theme for her room. My 3 faves:
*ballerina room, with pinks/purples
*ladybug room, with reds/blacks/whites
*princess room, with pinks/purples

I'm kinda leaning toward the ladybug room. With white walls, it will make it easy to change themes as she grows up.

Also, I found the perfect album to showcase the wishes that Liya is receiving along with her quilt squares for her One Hundred Good Wishes Quilt! Here it is:

**We have our fingerprint appointment on Saturday! Hopefully we will have a speedy approval, so we can get our Dossier to China**