Home Study Complete

checkbox1We just received word that our Home Study was completed and approved. This is a huge milestone! We have been working on our Home Study since August 2013.

Next Step: Apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to be deemed suitable to adopt, then wait 2-3 months!

Technically the application form is the I-800a or the “Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Convention Child.”  A “Convention Child” is a child from a Hague Convention country.  A Hague Convention country is one that has signed the The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, but I won’t get started on that right now.

With our Home Study complete we can also apply for grants, and hopefully set up an account to allow people to donate money tax-free if they are so inclined.

More to come, thanks for being on this journey with us.


Language Lessons



After dinner language lessons taught by Becca.

And… be still my heart… Michael can say “Sparrow” and if you ask him,

“Where is Sparrow?”

He runs to the refrigerator and points to her picture!

Pre-Approval Received!

We heard today from our caseworker at Lifeline that we have received our

Pre-Approval to adopt Sparrow!

We are so excited!

We will continue on through the process now, hoping to be able to travel during 2014.

We were first drawn to this precious 8 year old little girl in November, but at that time we were told her file was spoken for.  Our caseworker called us in December to let us know that her file was available and after praying together as a family, we believed we were supposed to pursue adopting her.

Did I mention that we are all quite excited?


Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.  Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things, let this be known to all the world.

Isaiah 12:4-5


His Eye is on the Sparrow

We are learning as we go how the process to adopt a child from China works.
So many details to attend to…
Sometimes people ask me questions about what is next,
or how something works,
and I have to admit that I just don’t know yet!

We have prepared our I800A to go to US Immigration,
and now this week have some exciting news to share!
We are also planning to submit to China our Letter of Intent,
asking permission to be matched with a particular little girl.
We are not able to share anything else with you at this time,
but I am thinking of her as
Do you know the song?

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me

It is so obvious that his hand is on this whole process of adoption and that he truly does watch over these little ones. Some good friends of ours recently shared with us, just as I have shared with you today, that they were so excited because they believed that they knew which precious child they were supposed to adopt from China. Just like today, they were not able to share any other information with us at that time. She hoped that they would be able to get back to us in a few weeks. Well, we prayed for them and waited and did not hear anything. Then came all the business of Christmas and we still did not hear anything. As we progressed in our own journey through this process, we sat down a little over a week ago to look over the lists of precious children available for adoption from China. We asked the “big” kids to join us and we hoped that the Lord would speak to us if one of the faces we saw was the little brother or sister to join our family. We made a short list of names to pray over. This last week, I checked back on each of these children and we were so happy to see that one little girl had been matched with a family! We had been drawn to her and prayed for her, but felt no disappointment – only happiness for her. Today as I reviewed some emails, I realized that our friends had emailed us 11 days ago and I had missed it! The email shared more information about the little girl that they are now pre-approved to adopt, including a picture – and it was the same little one who we had been so happy for when we saw that she now had a family! Isn’t that special that the Lord would lead us to pray for our friends’ new daughter?

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families…
Psalm 68:5-6