Monday, October 31, 2011

SO way beyond excited!

I have some very exciting news.... WE RECEIVED OUR TRAVEL DATES for our first trip!!!!! Now before you get too excited let me explain what this trip is. When we go to Eastern Europe this time it will be to meet Baby A and officially commit to his adoption in Eastern Europe. We will not have court this trip and we will not be bringing him home this trip. But I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to know we are going to finally get to meet our BOY!!!!  I have thought  about this day non-stop for almost 9 months I can't wait to love on Baby A! We are not going to be sharing our travel dates but I will say we will be going before the end of the year!

After this trip we will come home then we will have to wait two or three months for a court date. Once we get a court date we will go back to Eastern Europe to adopt Baby A. Once we are approved in court there is a ten day waiting period before we can take Baby A home. We still have a long way to go but we are getting so much closer!!!

Please be praying for a safe trip for us and that Baby A will not be freaked out by us being there. I am so hoping to get some amazing cuddle time with our boy but I know the reality is he might not want a whole lot to do with us. Either way I just can't wait to be in the same room with him!!! Please also be praying for some paperwork that we are trying to get for court. The wording has to be done a certain way but so far it hasn't been done exactly right so please be praying we could get this taken care of quickly.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More exciting news!!!

I found out that our dossier is  translated and will be submitted to the Ministry of Education soon!!! I am so excited and I will update y'all once it's submitted!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AHHHHH SO EXCITED!!! Adoption Update!!!!

I just found out the office that accepts dossiers is back open!!!! As soon as our dossier is finished being translated (I thought they were done with it) then it will be submitted and we should get a travel date not too long after that. I will not even try to guess timing on this because I have been wrong every time but I am so excited right now we can move forward again!!! WOO HOO! God is so so good! 

Giveaway has ended... Kindle Fire Giveaway for Anton!

The giveaway has ended. Thank you guys so much for all of the love, prayers and donations! Your support means the world to us! 

Congratulations Tony D. we will be contacting you by email

We are giving away a KINDLE FIRE!
Participate in this fun ‘givaway’ for a Kindle Fire and help bring Baby A home!!  

Don’t need a Kindle for yourself?  Participate anyway, and consider this as a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one!!  Think about how far a $5.00 donation can go… one less Starbuck’s coffee, one less happy meal,  that is it!!!!

Coming November 15, 2011.

Details (from Amazon):
Full color 7'' multi-touch display, with wi-fi

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing - Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor

A video demo!

(For more product information, click HERE!)

- For every $5.00 you donate, your name will be entered. ($20 = 4 chances)
- All proceeds to Baby A's adoption fund!
- Tweet about the giveaway and you will be entered in the giveaway (make sure you leave a comment letting us know you did this)
-Share the giveaway on FB (make sure you leave a comment to let us know you did this)
-Post a blog about the giveaway and you will be entered  (make sure you leave a comment to let us know you did this)
- The winner will be chosen by  The winner will be contacted through their PayPal email address. If the winner does not respond within THREE days, a new winner will be chosen.
- You may submit entries until November 18, 2011.
- You must be a United States resident to be eligible for the Kindle Fire.

Don’t Miss Out On This Opportunity!  Spread the Word- FACEBOOK IT! TWEET IT! BLOG IT!
Or any other way you can spread the word for Baby A!!! Thank you so much for your help!

Remember, you have until November 18th!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Video of Anton

This video was taken right after they transferred Anton to the better hospital I'm thinking he was about 11 months old. The lady holding him is his nanny and the only Mommy he has ever known.

Our Boy

Having to make this blog private is kind of bitter sweet. I am totally bummed out I can't share it with all the people who have followed Anton's story for so long but I am so excited I can now post pictures since it's private. With that being said PLEASE NEVER NEVER take any content off this blog and post it anywhere else.

This is Anton somewhere between eight and ten months old. This is when he was in the first hospital. They didn't know how to care for him so they swaddled him all day and as far as we know never really interacted with him. He had pneumonia several times and the doctors have said they don't know how he survived. What amazes me it despite all that he is still smiling.

This is Anton around 11 months. He had been transferred to a different hospital where they love him and take amazing care of him. He has a nanny that lives at the hospital with him and all the staff really care about him. They are all super excited that he is coming home to us but are also really going to miss him.

Here he is at about 19 months old. He is doing so good and is getting so big. I long for the day when I get to hold our boy and kiss those cheeks!
Our dossier is in Anton's country and is translated but the Ministry of Education is still closed down and we can't move forward until they reopen. It was getting really hard to wait not knowing why the Ministry of Education was closed down and not really knowing how long they were going to be closed I was getting super frustrated but then I was reading the Book Respectable Sins (confronting the sins we tolerate) and it said this "If I complain about the difficult circumstances of my life, I impugn the sovereignty and goodness of God and tempt my listener to do the same." I was so convicted by this statement. I will say all day long that God is sovereign and I trust Him but when it comes down to it if I am complaining and saying I want to be in Anton's country NOW and I wont be happy until that happens then I am not trusting that God is sovereign. I am wanting my way and my way now. I have repented for doing this and I pray you will forgive me if by my complaining I have cause you to doubt the goodness or sovereignty of God.

If you don't mind praying for us we would love that. Please be praying that we would glorify God through this process and that in His perfect timing we would be able to go get our boy.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
         And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
         And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sorry if I scared you.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to start out by saying I am so sorry if I scared some of you by making this blog private. A few days ago we were advised to make our adoption blog private due to some issues going on in Baby A's country (nothing major it's just a precaution). It is very important that we are not linked to Baby A online at any point in this adoption until he is legally made our son on that amazing day in court. We have decided to make this blog private and just put updates on our family blog. They won't be super detailed but I will make sure and post the important stuff like when our dossier is submitted to his country, when we get a date to go meet him, when we get a court date... all the important stuff. I will be very careful and be very vague about who we are adopting but don't worry Baby A is still our boy.

We can't wait to bring him home and the way I look at it is I can either post way too much information on here (posting pictures and sharing information about who we are adopting) and risk losing our referral or I can keep quite for a few months, bring our boy home and share him with you all the time. I choose option number two...

I know so many of you have invested your time, money, prayers and love into this adoption and I can not tell you how amazing you have all been. I hope you are not hurt by this but again we have to do what's best for Baby A and our family.

I will leave the blog public for a week in hopes that everyone will get this update. You can still follow us on our family blog but PLEASE PLEASE don't post anywhere online (until after court) our blog link and say we are Baby A's family. If that happens I will have to make our family blog private too. You can also email me at any point if you have any questions

Thank you again for everything!