Stops Along the Way


Our updated count for Lucy Joy’s Puzzle Project tells a wonderful story
of the generosity of many who have contributed…
We are almost half way there!
Let me share a few more details with you, you will be blessed!

Many young people that we know have sponsored puzzle pieces themselves, by crafting, baking, and babysitting to raise the money.  Perhaps we have not heard all the stories, and we do not have pictures of everyone’s hard work and service, but here are a few that have been shared with us!

“All Proceeds go to the Rothfuss Family Adoption Fund!”

hand made note cards!

rainbow loom keychain charms!

We look forward to the day when we can share these stories with Lucy Joy,
stories of how she was loved and anticipated by so many.

Our Dossier should begin its journey to China tomorrow,
with a few stops along the way!
First, it needs to be sent to the state of Alabama (where Lifeline Children’s Services is located) and Shelby County (the county where their Birmingham office is located).
This should take about 1 week.

Next, it will need to stop off at the Chinese Consulate in Houston, TX.
This will take about 1-2 weeks.

After that, it is off to China,
hopefully by the end of May!
Once we are DTC (Dossier to China), it will take 3-4 weeks to be logged in.
After we have an LID (Log in Date), we should receive our
Letter of Approval (LOA) in 2-3 months.
We should be able to travel 2-3 months after receiving our LOA.
If you have been counting along with me, a conservative estimate
might put us traveling sometime between October and the end of the year.
Will you pray with us that all of this (and more!) will be accomplished in
God’s perfect timing?

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him…
Psalm 37:7a

It’s really starting to come together!

We are so grateful to all of you who have sponsored pieces in
Lucy Joy’s Coming Home Puzzle Project!
Some of you we have never even met,
and yet you have contributed!
Thank you!


It’s really starting to come together!


We are also piecing together the last few details of our Dossier.  Kirstin’s passport has arrived and Jason is starting a new job.  Thank you to everyone who prayed into that transition with us!  God continues to provide everything we need as we walk through this adoption process, this journey to China to bring Lucy Joy home.


It’s really starting to come together!

To see our original Coming Home Puzzle Project Post…

Puzzle Project Update!

Thank you to everyone who has
contributed to our adoption fund by
sponsoring pieces in
Lucy Joy’s Coming Home Puzzle Project!


To see our original Coming Home Puzzle Project Post…

If you would like to see a picture of Lucy Joy,
be sure to go to our “About Us” Page!

Now, just for fun,
We’ll let you watch it coming together!

Approval Received!


We have received our I800-A Approval!!
This is one of the things required to complete our Dossier.
(As a side note, Kirstin’s fingerprints were never accepted by the Citizenship and Immigration Service, but they allowed us to use other means of establishing she was not a criminal!)

We have a short list of things left to gather and will then be able to send it all to China.

This is very exciting!!

Some of these items are simple to obtain.
For example, as soon as Kirstin’s passport arrives, we will
submit a copy of it to Lifeline.

There are a few other items that appear to our human way of thinking
to be on the difficult or impossible side.
We will have more to tell in the future,
and for now are believing that God has a plan in our current
circumstances to provide a family, home, and future for Lucy Joy
and in doing so provide a testimony of who he is to our world!

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