Friday, March 31, 2017

Today we posted on Facebook.....

So apparently when someone calls their youngest child "Little Caboose" this can't always be believed....or taken literally....or taken as a permanent declaration....or maybe they just have a new "Little Caboose" ;)

We are SUPER excited to introduce our 9th blessing!

His Chinese name is Ming Yu

He turned 4 years old in January

He is from the Henan province

He is living in a foster group home in Beijing

We expect to travel in August or September

He was born with only a thumb nubbin - and no fingers

On one foot his toes are fused - he is missing the toes on his other foot

And he is PERFECT in God's eyes!

We can't wait until he is home!!

Blessings, Sandy


FINALLY our paperwork is headed to China!!!

We are DTC today ๐Ÿ’—

(Dossier To China)

Ming Yu - we are coming!!!

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Too Late!

Our authenticated i800a arrived at our agency on Friday.....

for our dossier to be sent off to China ๐Ÿ˜ข

It doesn't seem like a BIG deal right?!

Until you remember and ask - and it is confirmed that they ONLY send dossiers to China on Fridays....

so you have a little pity party for yourself ๐Ÿ˜ญ

and then decide maybe God has a reason for your sloooooooower than ever timeline. 

blessings, Sandy

Monday, March 20, 2017


I can now stop refreshing my screen....the precious document has made it to Chicago ๐Ÿ’—

I was just telling a friend I think I have a new hobby - refreshing my screen and watching my documents travel across the country - ha!

Blessings, Sandy

Friday, March 17, 2017

I800a Approval

(Our i800a approval arrived yesteday at 4pm and by 5pm I had it notarized!)

Today I arrived at the SOS office at 8:30am and was 4th in line. 

When the office opened at 9am I was seen almost immediately.

I set my PRECIOUS document on the desk.....and then the CrAzY woman TOOK MY STAPLE OUT!!!!


I didn't know whether to SCREAM or CRY!!

So I said "You are not supposed to do that"....she said that she HAD to take it out so her sticker would lay flat....UM - NO - NEVER HAD ANYONE DO THAT BEFORE!!!

LOOK! She practically RIPPED the staple out!!!

Thankfully she put her new staple and shiny gold sticker on top of that MESS!

and when our agency opened an hour later they said as long as the SOS took the staple out it was fine.

It is now heading to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago....getting closer to DTC!

Blessings, Sandy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017



The approval is coming tomorrow ๐Ÿ’—

We are back on track!!

blessings, Sandy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


I have been checking our mail box for a week expecting our i800a approval ANYDAY!

Today our agency called the USICS to check why we hadn't received it yet - as our received day was January 17.

Andrea was informed we have an 

RFE coming!

Let's just say I had a good cry after receiving this news ๐Ÿ˜ข

Apparently there is some specific Hague wording MISSING from our home study....

hallo - our home study was ONLY an update of a home study we have used TWICE!!
(what - did the social worker delete some of the wording?!!!)

hallo - didn't the home study agency director take a WEEK to review it?!!!

hallo - didn't our placing agency also REVIEW it?!!!

What in the WORLD?!
so we wait for the RFE to arrive and then we PRAY the sloooooow home study agency will update the wording ASAP!!

In the mean time I will be under my covers eating chocolate and  ๐Ÿ˜ข

blessings, Sandy