Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Will we hear tomorrow?

According to the latest juciest rumors, the referrals were sent yesterday from China, so our agency could have them as early as tomorrow (!) As a reminder, the referral is the paperwork inviting us to adopt a particular child, and it includes a photo. Right now the earliest we could see a photo would be Friday and if not then, then early next week. We're hoping for word tomorrow and the photo on Friday. Everyone send up your best prayers for Friday!

This means that we almost certainly have been matched with a child already and are just waiting for the news. Of course we know that we were matched with this child by God long before we thought about adopting from China.

Friday, January 26, 2007

How to make a Comment

To make a comment click on the "headline" you want to comment on, or you can click on the spot below that tells how many comments were made. You will see a box you can comment in. Unless you have a google account make sure you click "anonymous" or "other."

Commenting allows not only us but everyone else to see your comments. While in China we'll post regularly here on the blog, but won't be on our regular e-mail much so you can communicate with us right here. We'll even try to post some short videos.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Infamous Rumor Queen

For those of you fellow travelers along the China adoption path this post means nothing, for friends and family and newbies of other kinds, the Rumor Queen is a clearinghouse for rumors about everything having to do with Chinese adoption. "Why rumors?" you ask? Well the Chinese Government is not very forthcoming about information so we live and breathe by the rumor rollercoaster.

If you'd like to experience this rollercoaster with us you are invited to visit the RQ. Things you need to know: LID=Log In Date, this is your official date from China for when they received your paperwork. Referrals are given to everyone through a certain LID. Our LID is October 10, 2005. Right now the rumors are saying we'll definitely be included in the next set of referrals, but more than one family has been disappointed by rumors. This is not for the faint of heart.

Here is the link:

Shoahannah's Hope

Shaohanna's Hope is Steven Curtis Chapman's foundation which gives grants to adoptive families. You may or may not know that the Chapman's have adpopted three girls from China.

We were blessed to get a grant from them which is a great blessing and will really help us with the expense of an international adoption.

Here is a link to their website:

The Caley 5 (soon to be 6)

Here is a picture of us from Christmas 2005.

Monday, January 22, 2007

...and so it begins!

We start this blog after more than two years in process to get our Autumn. In October 2004 we felt the Lord was pointing us in this direction and we began the process with an informational meeting in Chicago. After fingerprint fiascos and finally getting a log-in date in China on October 10, 2005, a move across country to Pennsylvannia it finally looks like our referral could come in the next couple of weeks. Until then we'll try to get our blog up to speed to be ready to post referral photos!