Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Kids

Leaving my babies is soooo hard!

Almost all of my worries, sad thoughts, and sleepless nights come back to leaving my sweet children behind. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I will be gone SIXTEEN DAYS!

My parents will help during the day while Erik works. The older kids help when they are around.

I will be gone SIXTEEN DAYS!

When the kids ask "mommy why do you have to go?" I remind them how I traveled around the country or the world for them. But I do understand....mommy's are supposed to stay home. I agree!

 I made a paper chain for the kids to count down the days until mommy, Alex, and Henry Mingyu comes home ๐Ÿ’™ Each link has the date and what city we will be in that day.

A treat bag for each kid (with each treat labeled....didn't want to cause my mom a sorting nightmare later!). I hope the kids are given these treats about half way through our trip.

At Madeline's graduation I asked my mom to take a picture of Erik and I will each child. I got fancy and bought dollar store frames! This is the gift they will get the day I leave.

We got a kindle on amazon prime day for $30. I am not bringing a lap top this trip and blogging on my phone is impossible! I am testing out the kindle blogging with this post and it seems to be working (besides not being able to center the text...oh well!)

grateful, Sandy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hills and Valleys!

So many emotions today as I:

* Call our credit cards to prepare for international travel
* Load a VPN on our traveling devices (so I can access this blog, email, and facebook)
* Figure out how much cash to travel with 

Still need to:
* Pay for international texting on my phone 
(calling is too much money so hoping to make skype work too!)
* Register with the US Embassy
* Load WeChat on Erik's phone
* Try and load VPN on the kindle
* Make gift bags for kids staying home
* Start packing!

A sweet friend who is adopting Henry Mingyu's foster home buddy sent me this song today

It is sooo perfect - so many hills and Valleys coming my way.


GOD is WITH ME during ALL the hills and valleys!!

Thank you for praying for us friends ๐Ÿ’—


Monday, July 17, 2017




Just typing that makes me feel ALL the emotions!

I had dinner tonight with some sweet foster/adoption moms ๐Ÿ’—

A treasured gift from a friend

God provided this amazing group of women - who get me ๐Ÿ’—

grateful, Sandy

Friday, July 14, 2017


PRAISING GOD - we received our Travel Approval  and Consulate Appointment  

We meet Henry Mingyu on July 31  

(Alex and I leave July 26 and return August 12)

grateful, Sandy

Thursday, July 13, 2017

So Excited!



sooo HAPPY to announce we GOT travel approval TODAY!!

Our agency has submitted our request for a consulate date (August 9).

It can take a couple of days - but we are hoping to hear back tomorrow so we can book our airline tickets before the weekend.

The tentative to China on July 26 and arrive back home on August 12.

MEETING HENRY MINGYU ON JULY 31 ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

grateful, Sandy

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Wait

Oh the wait for Travel Approval....

Just a couple of weeks ago families were receiving their approvals in 2, 3, even 4 days!

We have now been waiting 10 days.....

I am weary....

Every step involves MORE WAITING...

I am not good at waiting...

I am tired of waiting....

o - when - o - when - will that travel approval come?!!

Each day I wake up excited that THIS might be the day....

IF we had the approval TODAY we could have traveled for Henry Mingyu in ONE WEEK!!

Now we are hoping to have the approval in time to leave on July 26....

Two weeks seems long right now - praying it flies by....



FIVE more HOURS to ORDER a SHIRT! We are waiting on our travel approval from China. Alex and I expect to be getting on a plane to China TWO WEEKS from today! We can't wait to meet Henry Mingyu  To show him he is a part of a family - he is LOVED  he is a son, brother, nephew, grandson  And BEST OF ALL he is LOVED by God  

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Adoption and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day!

Thursday started out like any other day. 

When we arrived at swim lessons I had a message on my phone asking me if I had seen all posts on the facebook adoption groups. I hadn't. And when I did I thought our world might be crashing in...

"The China Center for Children’s Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) has issued new qualifications for families adopting from China, effective immediately."

One of the new rules:

You can have no more than 5 minors living in your home.

We have 6 and Henry Mingyu makes 7.

We are DAYS away from getting our TRAVEL APPROVAL from China.

We could have received it THIS WEEK.

HOW can we be SO close to bringing Henry Mingyu home - but yet it feels SO FAR away?!

We prayed, we trusted, we cried, we wondered why, we read our bibles, we sent our urgent prayer requests, we called our agency for reassurance, and we waited....


The agencies didn't know - they guessed all would be okay - and we all waited for China to wake up so the agencies could clarify the rules. 

At 9:10pm the messages started appearing:

"From CHI: Fresh from the cccwa, families with PA will not be effected by the new rules!!! "

rep confirmed the same thing, those with LID or PA are not affected ❤


and then on Friday we received an email from our agency:

The CCCWA has confirmed that the new qualifications will NOT apply to dossiers already logged-in. Pre-approvals for families matched to Waiting Children will also still be honored (provided of course that the information presented in the dossier is the same as what was submitted at the time of locking the child’s file).

Henry Mingyu will still be coming home ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Our sense of urgency is SUPER high - praying we get our travel approval on Monday!!!

My heart just BREAKS for all those families affected - all the kids who won't have families racing to bring them home. Can you join me in praying for their broken hearts and that China may in time change their rules?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Visit?

I was excited to learn that this trip to China I will be traveling through Beijing.

It is a "port city" - so one of the ways to enter China.

Henry Mingyu is currently living in Beijing in a foster group home.

I was hopeful that I might get a chance to meet the nannies that have been loving and caring for our Henry. I wanted to take pictures of the home, the bed where he slept, the room where he played etc.

I was also excited that on my THIRD trip to China I would get a chance to see the Great Wall of China.

I asked an independent guide to contact the foster group home for me.
She was able to make contact yesterday and asked if I would be able to visit while in Beijing.
The home said that Henry Mingyu's orphanage does not allow visits to their home.
They have to follow the rules set by the orphanage and the orphanage says no.
I am bummed - BUT I do LOVE that they are rule followers.
I am a rule follower.

I am hopeful that after we get back home I will be able to contact the foster group home again. 
I would love to see if they have any pictures of Henry to share with me.
I would also love to be able to share pictures of Henry as he grows up with the home.

I have had contact with Darren and Bryan's orphanage and nannies since we have returned home. 
They seem to love to see current pictures of the boys.
It makes me happy to have some contact with the boys past.
I LONG to tell their birth families how much they are LOVED 
how much they are CHERISHED
how HEALTHY they are now with medical treatment...
Sharing that with the orphanage and nannies is the best I can do.

Longing to meet Henry Mingyu,

Monday, July 3, 2017

Art 5 Pick Up!


We had article 5 pick up today!

It happened as scheduled - but in adoption there are ALWAYS bumps and at each step you don't know if you will hit one. 

That unknown and insecurity is hard....but gives us a VERY visible opportunity to put our TRUST IN THE LORD ๐Ÿ’—

He knows the bumps we are going to hit. 
He knows the VERY best time for Henry Mingyu to join our family.
So we TRY to trust in Him and His timing!

Our agency says it will take 1-2 days for our paperwork now to be dropped off with the CCCWA.
Then the CCCWA will have all they need to issue our travel approval.
(This typically takes 1-2 weeks...but can take as little as a couple of days!)

Once our travel approval in uploaded into the CCCWA computer system our agency can request our consulate appt. From our consulate appt. our Gotcha Day is set!

We will likely travel THIS MONTH!!!!

July 24 and July 31 are both VERY real possibilities for meeting Henry Mingyu ๐Ÿ’—

Back to waiting......