Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One Step Closer & The Happenings

I am happy to share that our dossier is OOT (out of translation) and currently being reviewed by the Chinese officials!  We now (im)patiently wait for LOA (letter of approval) and it is our prayer that we receive LOA next month.  For the past seven months time has seemingly dragged on but I am hoping now that our dossier is actually in China that things will move forward in a timely fashion.  Would you please join us in prayer that we would receive LOA by the end of April?

In other news we have been busy and living life.  Last week we celebrated Jeremiah's 11th birthday!  He chose to have supper at the Taipei Taipei Teahouse in Brooksville and as always the food was delicious!  After supper we headed to Grammy and Pa's house for a visit with some relatives visiting from New Hampshire that we have not seen in quite some time.  It is so hard to believe that it was eleven years ago that Jeremiah made me a momma.  He was such an easy baby (hence his younger brothers so close behind) and he makes my job as a mother enjoyable.  We are so proud of how well he is doing in school and look forward to getting back to homeschooling him next year as he enters the sixth grade.

Elijah, Jeremiah, and Dima enjoying some egg drop soup.
Daddy and Elijah.
My delicious Kung Pao Shrimp.
Sammy and Mommy.

We have also added a new member to the family only this new member is of the four legged persuasion.  Sammy's 8th birthday is at the end of the month and his special wish was for a little dog.  As you may have seen in previous entries we have a beautiful pure bred Weimaraner who is six years old.  He is 75 lbs. and pure muscle- the best dog we have ever had!  The only problem is Sammy cannot pick up our Weim and carry him around.  Nor can the dog comfortably fit on a top bunk bed.  So as circumstance would have it, some friends of ours were about to move and could not take their little dog with them.  I had mentioned this to Sammy a few weeks back and of course he was keen to give this dog a home.  We talked it over with daddy and daddy was not so quick to agree to take on another animal.  The deal was that Sammy had to do his chores without prompting, get up at a reasonable time in the mornings without incident, and he had to not fuss at his brothers or provoke them.  If Sammy could keep that up daddy would let him know if he could get the little dog.  Well, last week the boys had two half days at school and on the first half day Sammy had a little surprise waiting for him at the bus top when he got off of the bus:

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Spring is also arriving here in our neck of the woods.  Days are getting longer, the temperatures are becoming more seasonal, and the boys have been busy spending much of their free time outside.  Now that we have more daylight the boys quickly complete their homework when they get home so they can spend the rest of the day exploring the woods.  They are building forts, looking for wild turkeys, and I LOVE that they love to be outside.  Elijah especially loves to ride his bike and two weeks ago he decided to try building a bike ramp so he can do jumps.  One evening Elijah, Sammy, and Dima spent a couple of hours riding in circles in our driveway.


And Dima?  He is kicking bum and taking names at school learning how to read!  We are So proud of him and all that he has accomplished and overcome this past year at school.  Such a huge change from last year.  He also attended his first dance at the Key Training Center this past Friday evening.  Eric, Dima, and I had so much fun and really enjoyed the evening with our dear friends.

Our friend, Chris, myself, and Dima.
Dima and I dancin' the night away.
Our sweet friend, Ray.  I had snuck up behind him to give him bunny ears and when Eric showed him this picture he was kind of weirded out that I had done that- he did think it was funny, though.
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So life is good.  The only thing that could make it even better would be to have Yun with us.  Not a day goes by that we don't talk about her, think about her, and wish that she was officially part of our family.  It is our hope and prayer that Elijah and I can head to China in June (or July) to get her.  In terms of funding we are about $10,000 (maybe a little more since we will be traveling in the summer) shy of being fully funded.  We recently had an anonymous donor bless our grant with Reece's Rainbow in the amount of $2500.  Our family was so grateful and humbled by such a generous donation.  If anyone wishes to make a tax-deductible donation to our grant we would be most grateful.  Or, please do not forget about Chicken Momma's Change!  My shop is always open and I have about 30 items listed and ready to be shipped.

Finally, please continue to be in prayer for our process.  Overall things have gone well and we would like things to continue on that path.  Pray for Yun's heart to be prepared as we are in the final months and weeks of waiting.  I can only imagine how vastly different life will be for her after eleven long years in an orphanage.  Overwhelming?  Shocking?  Maybe even a little scary?  I know God holds her in the palm of his hands and loves her even so much more than Eric and I ever could.  In that we rest.

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