Thursday, July 31, 2014

You are a China Adoptive Parent...

if you can answer all of these questions!

Reprinted with permission from

(Although I am not sure Erik can!)

It has been nice having been through this China adoption process with Darren - at least I know what we are doing MOST of the time!

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, July 28, 2014

We have received....


(China has approved our adoption)

 On the shore of Lake Michigan we are PRAISING GOD for our LOA! Hang on Little Caboose - mama and Jie Jie are coming!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Puzzle Update

Our puzzle - to bring Little Caboose home - is off to a great start!

THANK YOU so very much for supporting our adoption of Little Caboose! We are humbled by the support of our friends and family. We are SUPER excited to see our puzzle grow! 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Silly, goofy.....and a bit nutty!

First things First - TODAY we are MATCH REVIEWED!! 
(Also known as - "soft LOA".  Match Reviewed is when China has reviewed all of your dossier and the paperwork submitted for your child and make sure everything is complete. In 2-5 days we should have our official LOA!!)

We think "Little Caboose" is a silly little fellow!

We can't wait to experience some of his goofy ways at home.

exhibit A - green food on the end of his nose

exhibit B - "banana" sticker on his forehead

exhibit C - hiding behind his SPOON during a photo session

exhibit D - uncontrollable laughter

exhibit E - posing for a photographer looking backwards and over his shoulder
(All while wearing a PINK jacket with FAUX fur!)

exhibit F - smiling for the photographer while hiding BEHIND a toy

Okay - don't you agree - Little Caboose it going to be a TON of fun!!

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, July 21, 2014


In the computer system in China our status has changed to 


If current trends continue within a couple of weeks we should have our approval!


We got an email that USCIS has received our updated paperwork!

PRAYING we have our son's fingerprint appt. soon (Two weeks is what we are told to expect)


We got MORE pictures!!!!

I fall more in LOVE with him everyday!

PRAYING for his heart - that God is preparing it for a HUGE change!!!

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Puzzle Fundraiser!


We had this picture of our family and a few of Little Caboose....

made into a puzzle!

Every person that donates to our adoption becomes a part of our story - a piece of our puzzle 

1. Our puzzle has 252 pieces
2. For each $5 donated we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces
3. AND the very BEST part....once the puzzle is complete we will frame it in a double sided frame and hang it on the wall as a reminder of all who had a "piece" in bringing Little Caboose home!

 Our puzzle is started!

Donate using the Paypal button on the right side of the blog.

I am soooo EXCITED to have this tangible reminder of God's BLESSINGS through our family and friends!!

Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork

YESTERDAY - only a few days after our oldest turned 18 his local and state clearances were BACK!!
(Apparently this can take up to a couple of weeks!)

TODAY our homestudy update should be ready!

Tomorrow we will send our updated paperwork to USCIS and wait for his fingerprint appt.

PRAISING GOD that so far this new paperwork is not slowing us down!!
(PRAYING that it will continue to move quickly!)

First it has to head to the LOCK BOX

As an adoptive mom - I may have dreamed (or had nightmares) about the infamous 

Or maybe there are MULTIPLE lock boxes?!

Or maybe it is RED?!

After up to TWO WEEKS in this BOX....our updated paperwork should make it to our officer.

Then his fingerprint appt. is scheduled
Then he is fingerprinted
Then we receive approval (PRAYING that all the paperwork is in order!)
and then....we are back on track!

DAY 49 of our LOA wait today.....

This past week my travel partner (2nd oldest daughter) applied for her passport!

I am excited for her to experience China, experience the travel, and meet her newest little brother!!

PRAYING that God is preparing Little Caboose's heart for a family and all the change ahead.

Blessings, Sandy