Thursday, June 14, 2012

First things first...


We have been home for 2 weeks today.  We're finding our new routine.. and settling in as a family of FIVE!  Jude fits into our family perfectly... it's hard to believe that he has only been with us for a few weeks!  He has already learned to walk... well, now run... he says a few words, likes to imitate his big brother and sister, he loves to cuddle, has the BEST belly laugh, and finds joy in everything! 

Here are a few pics from our trip...

Our first touch...  He wasn't so sure about us.  :)

Forever Family Day... May 22, 2012.

Playing with Grandma

First bath!

Shanghai... WOW.. I have never seen so many people!

Blessed to share this experience with some amazing people!

Going home!

I will not leave you as orphans;  I will come to you.  John 14:18


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9
I LOVE this verse!  I struggle with inadequacy.  I love that I don't have to pretend to be great or to have it all together.  I am weak, and broken... and it's ok... God is holding my hand!  I've wondered more than once why God chose me to be Jude's mom.   It's certainly not because I deserve it.  I am so blessed... and so thankful for God's grace!
We leave tomorrow!  I don't think I have ever experienced so many extreme emotions all at once.  I'm off to pack!

Friday, May 4, 2012

On 9-27-11, we saw this precious little face for the first time.
Love at first sight!
And he is coming home so soon!!! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Travel Itinerary :)

May 16            Portland / San Francisco   (7:00A 8:52A)
May 16            San Francisco / Beijing   (12:02P 3:15P) +1 day
May 17                 Tuesday              
Arrive in Beijing at 3:15PM from San Francisco (12:02PM / 3:15PM)
May 18                 Friday                                                  Beijing  
                       Great Wall and Hutong Lane.
May 19                 Saturday                                              Beijing
Orientation at the hotel meeting room
Half day tour of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City after group lunch
May 20                 Sunday                                                
Beijing/Shanghai flight (11:30AM / 1:40PM)
May 21                 Monday                                               Shanghai
                      9:30AM – Go to Shanghai Social Welfare Center to sign the papers and then meet Jude!
May 22                 Tuesday                                               Shanghai
                      Morning – Adoption registration and notarization
May 23                 Wednesday                                       Shanghai
Free day
May 24                 Thursday                                             Shanghai
Free day
May 25                 Friday                                                  
Transfer to airport Shanghai / Guangzhou flight (2:30PM/4:50PM)                                                                                           
May 26                 Saturday                                              Guangzhou  
                                  Visa paperwork check and Medical check    
May 27                 Sunday                                                 Guangzhou  
                                  Free day  
May 28                 Monday                                               Guangzhou  
                                  TB result check in medical clinic  
May 29                 Tuesday                                               Guangzhou  
                                 Visa appointment and Oath taking ceremony  
May 30                 Wednesday                                      
                                  Visa pick up  
Transfer to Hong Kong                                                                                                   Hong Kong  
May 31                 Thursday
                                Transfer to the airport   Hong Kong/San Francisco (11:30AM / 8:25AM
                                May/31 Hong Kong / San Francisco  (11:30A 8:25A)
                       May/31 San Francisco / Portland (10:39A 12:28P)


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jude's quilt is done!


Article 5

Dear Adoptive Parent,
The Adopted Children's Immigrant Visa Unit (ACIVU) at U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou has finished processing your child's Article 5, and your file is ready to be returned to your adoption agency's facilitator.  

We thought that we had this 2 weeks ago... but, we didn't... but, now we do.. for real this time!  :)