Monthly Archives: July 2017

Just waiting for TA

There are so many points in an adoption where you are just waiting for the next approval, and here we are again!  Our paperwork is all done, we are now awaiting Travel Approval (TA)!  This takes anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.  Once we have TA, we can really begin to plan for our trip to bring Rowan home (by way of 2 different cities in China, then 2 different states, lots of traveling in between, and then “home” to Mexico)!  We’ll be praying he understands “home” to mean together with us in our family, regardless of the traveling, and we’ll be bringing out all the tips that we have used with our girls as well in the many transitions they have also been through.

I will post more stories of all the ways God has provided for our adoption of Rowan Hao, because I am encouraged by them and I hope you will be, too!  But first, we have 2 weeks left of summer camp here at the Ranch, so I’m updating quickly here, and getting back to work!  (Camp has been GREAT with over 90 kids coming each day! God certainly has a way of keeping me in the present, that’s for sure!)

We were able to facetime with Rowan via a nanny in his orphanage and it was amazing!  We were so very thankful.  Rowan called us Mama and Baba (Daddy), pointed to us, and tried to share his lollipop with us the entire time!  We feel really encouraged that he seems to know that we are coming for him, and that the nannies took the time to allow us to have this short communication with Rowan!  They also sent us a picture of him with them, among many others!  In every single picture Rowan is smiling!  He sure seems like a happy kid, and that’s what they keep telling us.  Please keep praying for him.  We are about to take him from everything he has ever known.  Pray for his transition and ours!  It’s looking travel really will happen toward the last 2 weeks of August.  Praise the Lord for that provision; the timing is really working out to the best for our family and the Ranch ministry! Thank you for all your prayers and love and encouragement!!!!

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Another Step Closer

We received our provisional approval from the US government last week and have the hard copy in hand now!  We are waiting a few days for our file to be transferred to another government office and then we will be completing a visa application for our son, and from there, our documents will go through several more steps being sent between government offices and we’ll receive travel approval!  We are in the home stretch now are just so excited to meet Rowan.

We also have the exciting news that we will be able to facetime with Rowan this Thursday evening.  Our agency and the orphanage where he is have given us permission to be in contact with one of his nannies, and she has been sending us a lot of great pictures and information on Rowan (through our Chinese tutor of course!).  Pray for our Thursday “meeting” with Rowan.  We’re a bit nervous, of course, and aren’t expecting much more than to just smile and wave, but we pray it will be a good step in preparing Rowan to join our family!

We’ve also received official updates from the orphanage, and want to share our absolute favorite picture so far of our son.  In everything we are hearing about him and in literally every picture, he is smiling so big and is described as a cheerful little boy.  You can’t help but smile when you see his face!  Of course, we’re already biased, but he’s pretty much the cutest little guy around! I have told my friends to just consider me 36 weeks pregnant at this point…all I can think about is going to meet our son.  But, of course, work continues here!  And not just regular work…summer work.  My prayer is that my longing to bring my child home would transfer into deep compassion for the children we work with here, to love them and serve them the way I want Rowan’s nannies to be caring for him!

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