Friday, December 30, 2011

11 Years!!

As this year comes to an end, we step into a new year of marriage!  Today has been a special day at home with just our family remembering over these past 11 years together.  It doesn't feel like it's been that long since our wedding day!  What a wonderfully fun and memorable day that was!

Looking into the New Year brings a sense of anticipation along with a little apprehension at what might come.  Along with those feelings today especially we are Thankful for each other, and for a Heavenly Father who cares about our lives and holds our future in His hands!  

Patty with Dad (Job)

Bill (L) and Patrick

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Immigration Speed Bump

Last weekend we opened a very important envelope in the mail!  Our immigration (I800-A) approval finally came!  (2 months 1 week and 6 days of waiting)  This is a very important piece of our adoption paper work collection, and the last form we needed before sending off our Dossier to our agency.

After we all did the happy dance, I read the fine print before carefully placing it with the other papers.  My heart sank when I noticed the error!  After a few moments of panic, and 2 days of phone calls and emails, we have figured out how to correct our form.

Although it was a big discouragement this week, as we thought we were on a roll and about to finish the Dossier, we recognize delays and hick-ups are part of the adoption process.  Today we got up and dusted ourselves off and feel a peace about the delay.  One more step towards the pursuit of our child!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Love without boundaries

Christmas is just around the corner, and as we gear up for this celebration I wanted to share a short video about a special place in China.  These people care for vulnerable children with cleft lip and palate.  It's neat to see how the Lord cares for these precious children through Love without boundaries while they wait for their forever families!

Since we are nearing the end of our adoption "paper chase," it's a fun time to think about our new child waiting for us... maybe a child like one of these:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Abby's first board game!   Makes this mommy smile.