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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 44 of waiting for our LOA...

....but who is counting?!

AND - can you believe it?!? 

We were BLESSED with pictures again!

I *love* this first picture! 

Little Caboose is looking sooooo sweet!
(I know, I know....I have little boys - they can fake it well too)

An itch?


Then apparently he decides to lift his shirt....

and then he starts sucking in his belly!

Until Miss Tammy has to tell him "STOP STOP! You are going to give your mama a HEART ATTACK!!"

Blessings, Sandy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shot Day

We woke up to NEW pictures today!

Little Caboose posing for the camera :)

Waiting for their shots and "holding hands"

"It was "shot" day. Everybody got one. 
The ayis said it was an injection to help their brains."

"Little Caboose cried, but he recovered quickly and smiled."

Time to eat - sweet boy looks happy about that :)

Silly little guy!

We have been waiting 37 days for our LOA (approval to adopt)....but who is counting?!

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A *huge* blessing!

Airline tickets cost A LOT of money!

Airline tickets to the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD cost even MORE money!

This week we were BLESSED with buddy passes to China!!

They are essentially stand by tickets where you pay by the mile. I think last time - when we adopted Darren - it cost around $500-$600 dollars per round trip ticket! 

Our agency told us budget up to $1700 per round trip ticket!

We will have to try and leave a few days earlier than normal to make sure we make it to China by Gotcha Day. And we may end up in China a few extra days waiting for a flight home BUT the savings is WORTH it!

WOW - feeling so incredibly blessed!!

When we go on vacation this summer I am hoping my mom will take a picture of our family on the beach. I would like us to be holding a framed picture of Little Caboose. 

The following picture is my current favorite, but I was hoping to make the little fellow in the background less prominent. Erik tried a few different methods to blur him. I think they came out pretty neat!

Blessings, Sandy