Friday, August 31, 2012

One Final Giveaway - The BIG One

We are approximately 6-8 weeks from travel to meet and adopt our two beautiful children.  Of course I am praying it is closer to the 6 week mark. 
Our total final fees will need to be wired in country a week before we travel.  We were given an estimate of $25,000, plus airfare costs.
If you don't know our story and how God moved our hearts towards adoption you can read it HERE.

EVERY donation of ANY amount and EVERY time you share our giveaway your name will be entered into the giveaway.
How to donate:

We still need $1,000 in our matching grant fund through Lifesong for Orphans.  Directions are on the right sidebar.  When making a donation please indicate "Preference Maas #2852".  When we reach our goal we will have a $12,000 grant!!!

We need our Reece's Rainbow Family Account to read $8,000.  Donations can be made using the link on the left sidebar. 

You can also donate through our FIG Account with Project Hopeful.  Just click on the donate button below.

Giveaway Prizes:

I am real excited about these prizes.  Honestly, I think they are the best I have seen in any giveaway!

 We will forever be grateful to you for your generosity
These children will know the love of a family.

These children will know the love of a child with Down Syndrome


Our Heavenly Father will say "Well done, good and faithful servant"
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Update on Isaac and Lily

We received pictures of Isaac recently.  These were taken back in the spring.

Our most recent information about him says he is 34 inches tall and 24 pounds.  He is saying Mama and Baba.  They say he is a very active child.  It also mentions that he is afraid of stuffed animals :(

Isaac is living in a foster home in Hangzhou Ch*na.  Hangzhou is named "The Most Beautiful Place on Earth".   We will be in Hangzhou for one week when we go to adopt Isaac.  I can't wait to spend time in this beautiful city.

We also received new pictures of Lily.  These pictures were actually taken this week!

We don't have any recent information on Lily.  We are hoping to have updated measurements before we travel.  Last November she was 36 inches tall and weighed 28 pounds.  She was so tiny for a 5 year old.  I wonder how much she has grown this year. 

Lily is in a foster home in Maoming Ch*na.  We will be saying in Guangzhou but we will travel to Maoming for a one day visit.  I have read they have beautiful beaches in Maoming where many people vacation. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Update on our Summer

I have really had no desire to blog recently.  I guess I partially felt like everyone was tired of listening and partially I was tired of talking.  Decided to take some time today and update how we are doing. 

1.  Our house is coming along.  The rough construction is pretty much done.  They will have the inspection this week I think.  We are hoping to be in our house the first couple of weeks in October. 

2.  We have kinda had a boring summer.  We are staying with family while our house is being built.  There is not much to do around here so we have spent a lot of time sitting around the house.  The kids and I are going crazy.  We miss our friends. 

3.  We started school this week.  We are brushing up on the basics and doing a lot of review until we get into our house.  I did not want to start our curriculum before we got into our house.  Just seems like a lot of work.  Of course we will probably have to work into the summer but I think it will be worth it.  The kids have really surprised me so far.  I expected them to really struggle but they are actually doing really well.  The younger ones especially have matured this summer.  Their handwriting has improved greatly and they remember all the math from last year. 

4.  We are on the final stretch of our adoption.  We received our LOA's earlier this month.  We are currently waiting on immigration approval for the kids then we wait for our Travel Approval.  Once we receive travel approval we could possibly leave 2 weeks later.  I am hoping for TA in about 6 weeks.  Praying we can travel the second week of October. 

That is all for now.  If I get the chance I will set down tonight and write a little bit more about our babies waiting in Ch*na. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We have LOA's!!!!!!!!!

We have officially been approved by China to adopt Lily and Isaac.  The rest of the process has been moving pretty quickly.  We expect to have our Travel Approval in the next 7-8 weeks. That means we could be meeting our new blessings in about 9-10 weeks!!!

We also received a new picture of Isaac.  He is so darn cute.  We can't wait to meet them both!