Thursday, April 27, 2017

Puzzle Update #3

We are HALF WAY there (plus 3 pieces)!!!!

We feel VERY VERY grateful to all who have participated in our puzzle
 - becoming a piece of Ming Yu's story πŸ’—

For the details about the puzzle fundraiser:

We are on day 21 of our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) we wait....and wait....

Blessings, Sandy

Friday, April 21, 2017

Puzzle Update #2

I was planning on posting an update once a week....but LOOK! 

The puzzle is growing and we are so excited and so grateful πŸ’—

that I just HAD to post today!

For more details on our puzzle fundraiser:

Today is day 15 of waiting for China's approval. Currently the average wait is 45 days (without any bumps).

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, April 17, 2017

Puzzle Update #1

Our puzzle fundraiser is off to a GREAT start!!

We are so grateful to all who have donated.

It is really such a humbling experience to be blessed by friends and family. 

This post gives information on how to become a part of Ming Yu's story - a piece of his puzzle:

Blessings, Sandy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

We Covet Your Prayers!

We are now Out Of Translation!!

YAY for movement!!

We are now in review - and covet your prayers!! πŸ’—

We started the process to adopt again in November. In December China tightened up it's rules for adoption. In the past when families were given PA (pre-approval) - they could assume they would be given LOA (letter of acceptance) as long as they were honest and turned in the necessary paperwork. 

That doesn't seem to be the case anymore....and this mama is feeling nervous.

We have hit more bumps this adoption then we have in the past....

Can you pray that our paperwork is approved without any bumps?


Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My New Favorite Book!

We received the SWEETEST gift in the mail yesterday!

It is by far my FAVORITE adoption book for young kids EVER!!

It was given to us by Grandpa Ken and Grandma Christine πŸ’—

It is such a sweet story that I had to share some of the pages! It even touches on some of the difficult subjects - about birth moms and looking different from your family.

I think ALL adoptive families need a copy of this book!

Blessings, Sandy

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Puzzle Fundraiser!

We have been given a $2500 MATCHING GRANT from Chosen and Dearly Loved!!

We are soooo GRATEFUL that they are willing to contribute to our adoptionπŸ’—

and the cherry on the top is that they also provide SUPPORT and PRAYERS and LOVE to our family through the adoption process and afterwards!!!

The orphanage donation fee is estimated to be $5700-$5900 depending on the exchange rate.

Our puzzle has 252 pieces

With your help Ming Yu's puzzle can almost completely cover the fee!!

We had this puzzle made for our fundraiser.

Every person that donates to our adoption becomes a part of our story - a piece of our puzzle!

1. Our puzzle has 252 pieces
2. For each $10 donated we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces
3. AND the very BEST part...once the puzzle is complete we will frame it in a double sided frame and hang it as a reminder of all who had a "piece" in bringing Ming Yu home!

AND because we have a MATCHING grant - every $10 donated is "matched" - so is REALLY $20!!!

Donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and managed by Lifesong for Orphans
(Donations of $50 or more will receive a receipt from Lifesong)

Donations can be sent by mail or processed on-line (2.2% + $.30 processing fee online for credit cards, except 3.3% for AMEX ).

BE SURE to write "KREPS" and put our FAMILY NUMBER "6835" so your donation can be applied to our account.

(To mail checks)
Lifesong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

(To process online)
*Direct your donation to adoption
*Complete online form - be sure to fill in family name "Kreps" and family number "6835"

PM me on facebook
or leave a comment here

I will get a list of donations from Lifesong - but better yet - you can let me know you donated so I can start marking pieces today!

Blessings, Sandy

Thursday, April 6, 2017



(LID = Log In Date)

Now our dossier is being translated!!

Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Tomb Sweeping Day is being celebrated Monday and Tuesday of this week in China.

So no LID (Log In Date) for our dossier until their offices are back open. 

So we wait....

Blessings, Sandy