Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CA, Gotcha Date, Airplane tickets, Hotel Reservations AND an Update!

We have a CONFIRMED Consulate Appointment!!

Can I get a "WOOO HOOO"?!

We have a CONFIRMED Gotcha Day of OCTOBER 13!!

(Leave October 8 - Return October 22)

We have a reserved hotel room.....

This is REALLY happening!!! Soon I will be a MOM to EIGHT kids!!!

I am sooooo BLESSED!

and we got an UPDATE from our angel Tammy:

From Tammy:
"I was greeted with squeals of excitement today. And, bless his little heart, he just wants my hand. Some of these kids are moody, and I never know what mood I will be greeted with, but not Jin Hua. He always makes me feel loved."

Something my boys would definitely do....

got a balloon? got a stick/sword/paper towel roll?

PERFECT for a game!

His room! It is more colorful than I imagined. I am curious to know which bed he sleeps in and if he shares a bed like Darren did.

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Travel Approval Arrived!

We received our TRAVEL APPROVAL today!!


BRYAN JINHUA here we come!!!

Our agency applied for our Consulate Appointment. Once that is set then our Gotcha Day is set.

We turned in our "top five choices"
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 27 

The TOP four choices would give us a Gotcha Day of October 13...the last date would give us a Gotcha of October 20.

The piling of the clothes has begun!
(Thankfully Bryan is the same size that Darren was when he joined our family - hand me downs!)

The suitcases are being borrowed!

Blessings, Sandy

Friday, September 12, 2014


We received our "soft" Travel Approval today!!!

Our agency expects to receive our hard copy sometime next week.

We are still on target for an OCTOBER 13 GOTCHA DAY!!!

SUPER exciting!

and a little scary - I have started making lists again 
AND praying for our sweet boy's heart!

Blessings, Sandy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An Update!

We received an update from our "angel" Tammy!!
(This is a little out of order as we received this a few days BEFORE his birthday....but those birthday pictures and seeing HIS family pictures just had to be shared first!)

She had been on vacation for 4 weeks.

Apparently he was VERY excited to see her!

And didn't want to let go of her hand!


lunch? dinner?

Apparently this is his room mate. She is a little girl - although poor thing gets her head shaved too.

And then they told him that his room mate is leaving. She will be hosted in a foreign country. She is currently not being adopted - but I am assuming that will increase her chances of finding a family.
Aww - sweet boy!

AND another video - this time of him trying to walk!! He is really doing well and has improved soooo much since we last saw him trying!
Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Today we had our Article 5 picked up!!


Now we are waiting for TRAVEL APPROVAL!!

then, then, then - we TRAVEL!!

In case you want the nitty gritty details:

  "Next, your agency will deliver the Article 5 and Letter of Seeking Confirmation to the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), which will issue the Travel Approval (TA).  The TA allows you to come to China to finalize the adoption, so once the CCCWA issues the TA, your agency can email us to request an immigrant visa appointment at the Consulate.  When your agency requests an appointment, they are required to submit your five choices in rank order.  The ACIVU strives to schedule every family for their top appointment choice on which we still have available visa appointments.  We do not reserve certain days for children of certain ages.  All appointments are open to adopted children of any age and medical condition, and they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  We then notify your agency of the scheduled date and time."


  Remember this sweet picture?!

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Our boy had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

We had heard from other adoptive parents that you were no longer able to send a cake to Bryan's orphanage. When I mentioned this to Tammy she said that wasn't true AND that she would be HAPPY to bring a cake to him on his birthday!!

We also decided it was THE PERFECT day for him to SEE our family (he had already been told he had a family - we are not sure when).

Last winter we had friends adopt a little girl from Bryan's orphanage. We sent along two cars, a blank album, and a gift for them to give Tammy. Tammy told us to email her pictures and she would print them out and put them in the album. The cars turned out to be a GREAT birthday gift! (Darren saw the picture and decided that he TOO needed a new Lightning McQueen!)

Apparently they gave his room-mate ONE piece of cake and Bryan Jinhua ate THE REST OF THE CAKE!!!! When Tammy expressed concern over him getting sick she was told that "foreigners have weak stomach's, but the Chinese have tough stomach's"

AND another video! I just love how happy he looks when they are singing to him!

Blessings, Sandy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Seeing HIS family!

On his BIRTHDAY Bryan Jinhua saw our family for THE FIRST time!!!

First picture - "mama and baba"!!!

  I think he LIKES the firetruck bed I found at Salvation Army for him!
(I got one for Darren on Craigslist!)

It looks like his room-mate is pretty amazed too :)

 Look at that SWEET look on Bryan Jinhua's face!!

Seeing pictures of HIS FAMILY for the first time!!!

And of course the dog-goes :)


I just CAN NOT believe that we were BLESSED so much that we got to see pictures AND video of Bryan seeing us!! How CRAZY awesome is that?! What an AMAZING gift!!!!
(We didn't even KNOW if Darren was shown the pictures we sent - and now THIS!!)

Blessings, Sandy