Friday, August 31, 2012

I800 Sent!

Isaiah 40:31 "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."

We mailed in our I800 today! This normally takes about 12-14 days to be approved, however, with Labor Day on Monday, I figure we can't start the countdown until Tuesday. Still, we are getting really close. The end is in sight!! After approval we will just await our NVC letter and our Article 5...then travel approval will be given! We are still hoping for October travel but with our holiday on Monday and China has a holiday the first week of October we may get pushed into early November. We are praying not, but know God's timing will be perfect. On the bright side, it looks like Ethan will be able to go with us, so Levi will get to meet all of us, together!! And we will all get to serve in his Foster Home for a few days and be part of his foster home family!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

LOC on its way!!!

Just checked my email to find this:

"Mark and Kris, Great news! I just heard from Rocky that your LOC was just mailed out by the CCCWA, I should have it within a week! I will let you know as soon as I get it. Yay! Praise God! Tiffany Williams"

WOO-HOO!!! We should have it by late next week! Then we can file our I800, which is the last step before travel! Hoping for October!

Levi's 3rd Birthday

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart" Jeremiah 1:5

August 19, was Levi's 3rd birthday. We had arranged to Skype with him a day early so we could celebrate his birthday with him. We had sent some presents and had arranged for him to open them with us. Unfortunately, a volunteer was there that day and could not find the gift we sent. Poor Levi seemed to have no clue it was his birthday. He looked a little confused as we sang happy birthday to him. We were quite sad. However, we knew Karen, the director, would be having a birthday party for all the August birthdays later in the week. We knew she would make sure he got his gifts. While we were disappointed not to see him open them, the staff at ND took pictures for us!! We just received them this morning!! Happy birthday, sweet boy!! Wish we could have been there, but we are coming soon!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Visa's Have Arrived!!

Our travel visas have arrived! It too a full week for them to be completed and two days then to arrive, so I am happy we did them early so we are not held up in traveling when we receive TA!! One step closer!!

Also, Levi received our care package today, his time, and we were able to watch hom open his gift. His favorite things were the letters from Meg, the candy and the animal crackers. This boy LOVES to eat!! Enjoy the pictures!!