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!!!!