Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Introducing our new son Davis!!

 Meet Davis SiYu!

This is the most recent photo we have of our new son, Davis.  He is absolutely adorable and we can't wait to bring him home!

We have been waiting for China's super-duper official approval of us in the form of a document called a Letter of Acceptance (LOA).  This letter says they have reviewed all our documents and that we are officially matched with our new son, whom we are naming Davis.  This is not to be confused with the approval we got from our adoption agency.  Or from US immigration.  Or from the US State Department.  Or the preliminary approval (PA) we got from China.  Or the other approval we need from US immigration.  Or the upcoming approval we need before China issue's of Travel Approval (TA).  Or the final approval in country when adoption is final.

I just found out our LOA was issued.  The big excitement about receiving LOA is that we are allowed to share photos of our new son. 

This is the first photo I saw of our new boy. 

The second picture shown is the picture that prompted us to start another adoption.  See, this was a bit of a surprise adoption.  The hubster and I thought we'd adopt again in another two years or so.  We would save up some money, get the chaos of a new baby out of the way, and let our life slow down a bit before adopting again.

But then I saw our boy being advocated for by an agency.  And logic went out the window.  I knew I wanted to love him forever.  Fortunately, my sweet husband's standard response to my suggesting another child is, "I like kids."

Along this adoption journey, I joined the Facebook group for people who have adopted or are in process to adopt from our son's orphanage.  Once people knew who our son was, I got numerous messages from other families who had seen him when they were adopting their own children.  So many had shared that they had seen my sweet boy and had prayed for his family to find him.  How blessed are we to get to be his family?

One adoptive father had taken a clandestine photo of Davis in his crib when he was adopting his own child.  His wife sent it to me when she found out we were going to be his family.

 Now comes the most asked question in adoption.  When will we travel?  We are anticipating traveling sometime in April.  There are a few more steps of both governments looking over each others' various approvals.  Nothing moves quickly in an adoption, but that sweet boy sure is worth the wait.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Thank you to Hannah -Who-I-Never-Met

My dear, sweet husband made a trip to Goodwill yesterday.  He has been stocking up on gear to share with the people who will be joining him on his annual Boundary Waters winter fishing trip I wrote about here.

While he was looking around he found a practically unused Kelty brand baby backpack.  These things are awesome and usually about $200 new.  Ben picked it up for $7.  Our new boy waiting in China is a fairly little fellow and this will be great for him.  We still have another baby backpack that we will be able to use for Juliet.

This baby backpack is way more awesome than this photo shows.

 This post is not just to brag about a great score at Goodwill.  What was attached to the top of the backpack is the true joy of the purchase.  There was a note attached to the top of the carrier.  Here's what it said:

Hi Neighbors,

Have you any interest in this backpack/baby carrier.  I can't bring myself to giving it to Goodwill.  Just return it to our porch if you don't want it (but I'll cry).  


Sorry your lousy neighbor didn't off your hand written card before sending your awesome baby backpack to Goodwill.

Well, Hannah-Who-I-Never-Met, I hope you can dry your eyes.  I want to you know that this backpack will be taken care of.  Your backpack went to a good home.  We will take good care of the backpack and pass it on lovingly with a heartfelt note (like you tried to) when we are done.

Or, we'll send it back to Goodwill.  You know, one of the two.

Oh, and Hannah-Who-I-Never-Met?  The backpack seems to be missing the rain flap accessory.  Could you stop by your neighbor's house and see if they sent that along with the backpack to Goodwill or if it is still on their porch?  I'd appreciate it.  

Thanks, Hannah-Who-I-Never-Met!