Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Our dossier has made it to Sean's country and is in the hands of our facilitator! What wonderful news to receive today! Now I can breathe that huge sigh of relief. I am impressed with UPS. We just mailed it on Tuesday and it arrived to its destination half way across the world by Friday. Pretty impressive!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Everything was sent out today and you would think I would feel some relief. Instead, I am just waiting for the relief I will feel when everything arrives where it is supposed to. I pray this will all go well and within a few days, everyone will have what they need from us. Our dossier, which was so hard to hand over... this truly was a labor of love... was sent to Eastern Europe today via UPS for a whopping $221.44. Yes, you read that right. A three ring binder with our documents in it cost $221.44 to send! Even the man working at UPS was shocked! Our dossier translation fee was wired over to Eastern Europe from our bank. And finally, our I-600 application was sent to immigration. Now we wait. We wait and continue to pray. We know that this is not in our hands and it is not our timing so we wait and pray and look forward to the time when we can hold sweet baby Sean in our arms.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I wish I could say where Sean is from but right now, until we are further along in the adoption process, I can only really say Eastern Europe. I have to admit, I did not know much about his country when we started this adoption. This has changed however because I now have a son coming from this country and I want to know everything I can about it. It fascinates me and I have really enjoyed learning about his country's history, the values and beliefs that are strong there and just about the people in general.
We really want to instill a love of his birth country and culture in Sean. We want to embrace it in our household and celebrate it throughout the year. Why wouldn't we... it is where are son was born and to us, that is so exciting. One of the things I did during the holidays was to attempt to make a traditional Christmas Eve dinner from his country. I did a lot of research about the holidays (which by the way, their dates of celebration are completely different than ours) and what traditional food is served during this time. I came up with three items and was so excited to practice. I want to make traditonal meals for him throughout the year. I know that he doesn't really eat those at the baby house but as I stated above, it is more about celebrating his culture... celebrating his place of birth and keeping that culture alive in our household for him.
So here was my first attempt at a traditonal dinner. I wont use the actual names due to the fact that we are not really supposed to mention where he is from at this point. But the basic english translation of our meal was a traditional yeast bread, stuffed cabbage rolls and a yule log cake. The bread was alright but I think I need to research more recipes for it. The stuffed cabbage rolls were awesome! I loved those and have made them a few times since. The cake... well, the cake looked great but the texture was really different and not to our liking. I know there are other recipes out there for this cake though, so I will try different ones until we find one we like.
I had a lot of fun and it helped us feel closer to him during the holidays. We look forward to celebrating Sean's country and culture with him by our side. Hopefully one day soon we will be able to do just that.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Everyone that has met Sean, literally everyone that has ever been blessed with the opportunity to meet him has commented on the joy that radiates from within him. His joy is infectious and his smile brings so much happiness to those around him. We have been told he loves to smile and laugh and we cannot wait to experience all of this. We cannot wait to be wrapped in love by his joy and happiness. In fact, we already feel it so much, just by looking at his beautiful pictures! Here are a few of a giggle session he had recently in his crib. Thank you J*!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
This is a really BIG thank you because we wouldn't even be where we are at today, we wouldn't have even found our precious son if it wasn't for the wonderful ministry Reece's Rainbow. This ministry has done so much for the orphans in the world who do not have a voice. It was started in 2004 by Andrea Roberts and has done so much for orphans with special needs in this short time. It is so amazing to see how many children have found their forever families through this ministry. Andrea Roberts is truly a guardian angel for all of these wonderfully precious children. She is such a blessing. Thank you Reece's Rainbow for all that you have done and continue to do for all of these amazing children. To become a prayer warrior, sponsor a specific child or family, or to become a forever family for one or more of these beautiful children, please visit