"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Sunday, December 6, 2015

LOA and waiting to travel

We received our LOA a few weeks ago. This is basically China saying yes, we can adopt Zoey! There are still a crazy amount of steps left before we can travel, but we are only about a month away from heading to China!! We need a second immigration approval, then we need to apply for her Visa and our Visa's, and the paperwork all needs to meet up at the Embassy in China and then onto the government. Then they will issue a travel approval to us!

Right after we got LOA, we were able to send Zoey a care package. We sent her an outfit, jammies, books, a photo album, a toy and a bag to put her special things in. Then we received gifts from her orphanage.... new pictures and a sweet little video of her! Oh my goodness has she grown! We will miss her third birthday by just a week or two, but its coming up so fast.

We do have a donation site set up. It will send you a tax receipt after you donate, and every penny comes to us to help us bring Zoey home.

Here is a new picture of Zoey that we received after we sent her her package.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Super moon, Moon festival, more waiting

Last night was the super moon.... which was also a lunar eclipse. The kids were all up to watch it. The moon rising was spectacular, but then the clouds rolled in. Thankfully they cleared up and we were able to see a lot of the eclipse and the blood moon. 

It was also the moon festival in China. We are still learning about all these traditions and festivals in China. So there wasn't much celebrating for us, but we read about it and learned about it. We can't wait to celebrate with Zoey next year! 

As for the waiting.... We send our dossier last week, and are waiting for it to be sent. Hoping to hear from our agency that its all been sent. The government is closed there for  another holiday, and we really wanted to get everything there before. But our paperwork snags and delays held us up and it sounds silly, but each day it doesn't get logged in, it delays us more than a day getting to her. And we still have a lot of steps left to go. 

We still have our donation site up. It is tax deductible so you'll get a receipt via email to use on your taxes! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I had a lot of messages regarding my links in the last post. I didn't realize they didn't post correctly, so I'll try again. We have a fundraiser page set up through Adoption Bridge. Its a non profit and when you donate, you will get a receipt via email that you can use as a tax deduction. We appreciate any help that can be given for us.

Adoption Bridge Waiting for our girl in China! donation site

The bracelets in the post below can be purchased by emailing me at justplainbeckyw at yahoo dot com

As for our progress, we are expecting our dossier back from the embassy tomorrow (Weds), and we will be sending it off to China! And once we are DTC (dossier to China), we will reveal her name!!

We can't get there fast enough. Its so weird to miss someone you've never met. We know she's in good care, in a great foster home and loved. But we can't wait to get to her.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Setbacks and slowdowns

We've had a couple setbacks with our paperwork... .a couple dates were wrong and we had to redo a few documents before the Embassy in Chicago would accept them. So that means an additional week waiting for our dossier to return from the Embassy, pushing us a week back from submitting our dossier (DTC), and with our timeline cutting it close to Chinese New Year anyway, it looks like we won't travel until after Chinese New Year. Things are never going to go according to our timeline, but it still hurts a bit when you see your timeline smashed to pieces. When all you want is to get to your kid, it makes it even harder. We have a couple things going on to fundraise.... since we weren't planning on adopting, we need all the help we can get with funding! These bracelets are made by Mud Love, and they are amazing! Each bracelet sold provides water for a person in Africa! And they are custom made, so you can't get them on their website. And they help bring our sweet girl home! To purchase one, please email me at justplainbeckyw@yahoo.com
We also have a site set up for donations. It is tax deductible, so if you donate you will get a receipt via email that you can use on your taxes. Plus if you click the link you'll get to see a picture of our baby girl! http://adoptionbridge.org/families/waiting-for-the-girl-in-china And last, we have these GREAT t-shirts! Seek justice... love mercy... walk humbly. With our God. Proceeds benefit our adoption. **The shirt campaign has ended**

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Just plugging along!

Our homestudy is complete, and so is our dossier save for USCIS clearance. So we are still on track! Coming up, we have some amazing Mud Love bracelets for sale. They are custom designed and so neat. We own some Mud Love products and love them. I'll post some pictures soon!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Here we go Again!

We are back on the ride! This time, to China! We fell in love with a little one, and we weren't expecting it! She just appeared, and we really fought it. We don't have the funds, we really didn't want to start over, all the what if's, the can we's, the whys. But there she was, and we relented to what we already knew.... She's meant to be ours. We have pre-approval from China to adopt. This means they've given us the go ahead to compile a dossier and send it. She's officially on hold for us, and if we continue the way we have, we'll be DTC (dossier to China) in August. That puts us travelingaround February. We'll be doing fundraisers this time, along with my etsy shop. Since we weren't planning to adopt again, it's necessary. Please share my etsy on Facebook, etc. we appreciate it! Our first fundraiseristhis tshirt! The girls helped me design it.... They love wishing on wild flowers. https://www.bonfirefunds.com/lets-go-to-china I'll share pictures as I can. She's a beautiful little girl. She has hydrocephalus like Alina and Cerebral palsy like Anna. She's doing great and we are just so excited, working hard to get to her.