Coming Soon! The big LOA today!

Coming soon to our town is this little girl!

meilin alone at the toddler gate in orphanage

Her lonely little face will be lonely no more very soon. This picture along with several others was shared with us a couple weeks ago from another sweet momma who was my angel that day. I can’t help but look into those sweet little eyes and just feel her soul begging us to come hold her. We have another photo that we will not share for privacy but it broke our hearts. When we first got the photo we didn’t know it would have her in it. As soon as the image uploaded on my computer I saw one tiny little girl on the end of the row of children waiting lined up at the gate with only her arms stretched up as far as they could begging to be held. I couldn’t believe it, she was our little girl. She needs her mommy and daddy to get her fast. We want her to crave that love from someone but know if she doesn’t get it, eventually little ones give up and stop striving for it. We are ready to run to her and scoop up that little princess and hold her until she is 25!

It has been a very emotional and busy past few weeks in our family but today we were blessed with some amazing news. In the midst of illness,travel,big decisions, and heartbreak we received notice that we had our letter seeking confirmation or letter of approval as some call it (LSC or LOA) showing up in computer system! This was the last big wait for us and a big last hurdle. From here we still have lots of paperwork with various government agencies both here and there but the average from now to travel for most in our situation is just 4 weeks! We can barely believe it! I have been praying for another little girl waiting and her family that are facing a scary situation and became worried about MeiLin. I emailed our agency yesterday and there was no news. Today…. BLESSED! This came WAY before what is typical timelines. God answers prayers without a doubt and I have been on my knees many times in this process and not once has he left me to cry on my own.

Thank you God for the amazing way you comfort us and give us exactly what we need when we need it. My trust and faith in you is forever.

Little MeiLin we are coming soon for you! Everyone here cannot wait to love you for eternity!

To the rest of the world, get ready because I am going to look like a mess the next few weeks. We still have LOTS to do and prepare to make her transition home easy and our travel happen.

Keep us in your prayers and pray that our baby girl stays healthy and well while she waits for us.

Blessings!
Heidi

We got LID!!!!!!!!

Sweet MeiLin,
Baby girl we are trying so very hard to get to you fast. We pray for you day and night. We pray you are well taken care of, that God softens the hearts of those that come in contact with our paper work, and that he quickly brings you to us. We also have family and friends everywhere praying for you too! Today once again we found out how prayers work. God must have some really great plans for you sweet girl because today we got an email that read:

“……..Your prayers must be working. Your dossier is logged in and already in China! (we couldn’t believe it either!)…..”

For everyone reading this we were DTC Friday, getting a log in date (LID) is usually a minimum of a week and around two weeks most of the time. We just got it in a weekend!

There is still plenty of steps to happen yet but we celebrate milestones to our baby. This girl is no longer an orphan. She is a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, and cousin, and more than anything this girl is loved! Soon, her world will change and she will feel every bit of this love for herself.

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Three Little Letters for One Little Lady

Folks in the world of international adoption some of the most amazing uplifting days happen when your agency tells you that you have three letters. For us today was one of them. We are officially DTC!!!!!!!

DTC means our dossier (the paper version of every aspect of our entire life documenting each little moment in this process thus far and all the details of our family since the beginning of our time on Earth including medical exams, financial documents, letters, a home study including our life stories, photos of our family and our home, criminal clearances, immigration services approval, and sooo much more is ALL approved, done, and in the air to CHINA!!!!!!!

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

This photo was taken by Adam at a random post office he mailed it all from RIGHT after he picked it up from the China Embassy! This photo took him an enormous amount of work. You see, last week when we received our approval from US Homeland Security we thought we could be DTC really quick. Then we found out that using the system from our agency to complete all the state seals and Chinese authentications was actually going to take at least another month if we had them do it. There was a huge moment of disappointment, crushed hearts, and tears. THEN we went to action. We only get knocked down for a little while before we get up swinging and swinging we did. We called everyone, emailed everyone, and wrote everyone learning how to do it ourselves. We put a POA in place. Remember our POAs? Plan of Action. Hawkins family necessity. The plan was for Adam to run to Richmond (our state capitol), get yet another marriage certificate because the first was rejected, then run to the Secretary of State’s office and get the marriage certificate and approval from US Homeland Security sealed by the state. Following that he needed to drive straight to DC to the US State Department to get all the documents authenticated by the US then run over to the Chinese Embassy to get all the documents authenticated there. It all had to happen on this specific day because I was traveling out of town and he had to work. HOWEVER, in order to get the US State Department seals you have to get an appointment and they only give an appointment if you are traveling within 48 hours OR if it is a life or death situation. Here’s where things got real. You see, this is a life or death situation for our daughter. She must come home and we needed the appointment the next day.

Adam spoke with a not so nice person who would not give him an appointment. He told her it was life or death and she said she needed a letter from China saying so but agreed to let him email what we had (several letters from US physicians, specialists, and a national agency on her condition.) She finished with telling him the next available appointment was two weeks away. Again, tears, frustration, and get up swinging! I texted my prayer worriers and told them to get on their knees! Prayers work! We sent the letters via email and another containing our phone numbers because I left that part off. I then had to send another email with MY phone number because Adam was so tired I was afraid he would miss the call. Not seconds after I emailed my number, my cell rang. It was someone at the US State Department and she was LOVELY! She said she had received the medical documents and agreed to give us an appointment the next day!! Guess what her name was??….. Ms. Hawkins!!

Thank you GOD!

Game on again. I am telling you now this is a roller coaster of a lifetime. The next morning Adam left with his father driving him at 3:30am and me texting the prayer worriers again. He got the marriage certificate without delay then headed to the Secretary of State’s office. They nearly rejected one form but let the minor detail go and they all received their state seal!

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Off to Washington DC he went then! Prayer worriers were again updated and called to action. Through traffic and getting lost a bit, he made it to the correct office eventually for his appointment at the US State Department and all the documents received their authentications that they were all correct and signed by true officials in our country!

US State seal

Now his last stop was at the Chinese Embassy but it turns out the authentications really happen at a different office location for them. When he finally found it he only had 20 minutes before they closed. Again, all the prayer worriers were notified we need this big time! He walked in, took a number, and waited. Once he was called up the gentleman pointed out two problems. We were missing copies of the other seals (we already had copies of everything else for them along with the originals) and we had an outdated translation form. He handed him a new form and sent him off. Adam sent me a message to tell everyone to pray. So I did. He then ran to ask around for a copy location and was told by the security guard to go upstairs. There he found a worker who helped him copy everything while he completed the new form and put it all back together. He then ran back downstairs, went back in the line, got another number and waited. At that point it was 3 minutes to closing. They called him up at the last minute. They took his documents and gave him a return date. The next gentleman in line was turned away.

The next few days we prayed they would not reject anything. It had taken us months to get each of those documents completed we just couldn’t think of losing more time from our daughter. Then the day came to pick them up and learn of their fate. Prayer worriers once again were called to action and our God delivered!

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They were approved!!!! Every document received the Chinese Authentication!!

That was the last step in our dossier journey. Adam sent it overnight to our agency and they shipped it today off to China. Our dossier will be logged in (LID: log in date) translated (OOT: out of translation) and reviewed by the authorities that protect the little ones waiting for forever families making sure we are a suitable family after all for our little princess. Once the final review occurs we will receive a letter of approval (LOA) which will be followed shortly by travel approval. There are some steps in between we will need to do once we get LOA but no need to bother you with those right now. Let’s just celebrate and praise GOD we are DTC!!!

We also received an update today on our little pumpkin! We learned she drinks from a cup, likes to play with other children, is attached to the nannies in her area, and she falls asleep alone and “naturally.” We also gained some insight into her medical state, received measurements of her size, and perhaps most moving…we learned where she was found.

An emotionally full day for us around here but getting closer to our baby girl gives up so much hope and excitement to see what God has planned for her. We cannot wait to bring her home where she is going to be so loved by so many of you. It moves our hearts to have you with us on this journey of finding our daughter and getting her home. We could not have done without many of you. Saying thank you is not nearly adequate to express our gratitude.

Please continue to life her up in your prayers and pray her home fast :) While you’re on that calls with God, we ask that you also praise Him! He has blown us AWAY with his work through every single step and moment. He has rescued us so many times and without a doubt moved mountains to get her here. It is crazy to step back on it all and realize she was ours all along and he knew that she was there waiting for us and now is clearing paths for us to get her. Thank you my Lord for all your blessings!

He did it again!

Oh my goodness folks, God is moving mountains! We have been waiting for our officer at the USCIS to get out application so she could process it and send us our biometrics appointment. Well our officer went out of town and another has been filling in. She has been fabulous!! What a blessing this woman has been! She emailed us this morning to tell us she received our application and was working it. We replied and asked her to send us our fingerprint appointment by email if she could so we didn’t have to wait on it to be mailed and we would try to walk in earlier to get the approval processed quicker for our daughter. We told everyone we know to pray for her to say yes and send us the appointment! You see our daughter desperately needs us and we are committed to working very hard and doing whatever it takes to get her here asap! Would you believe we received another email this afternoon with the fingerprint appointment tickets!! I did a quick search to see if the office we were assigned to accepted walk ins and read that they did for some and for other parents they were turned away to wait for their official appointment often weeks away. Well we pulled out that mustard seed moment again and finished work, printed those bad boys, picked up the crew, and drove 3 hours to TRY to walk in for our biometric fingerprinting. I thought it closed at one time and we arrived an hour and a half before closing. HOWEVER, as I walked to the door the hours were actually different and we had pulled up just 30 minutes before they closed!! They were mopping the floors and no one was in there but us and the employees. They were so kind and helpful and took us right in (except the intimidating guard but she was lovely in her own right I suppose. She did let us in after all!! ) Anyway, we were in and out in 10 minutes and back home another 3 hours later. On the ride home we told everyone who had prayed to then send up praises to Him because he just did it again!! Time and time again when we put our faith in Him and just go with it He has pulled through the most amazing ways! I simply love watching His incredible work and find so much comfort in Him. Sitting here blown away….yet again.

PS Ya’ll send up some praises and tack on a little prayer that we get approved tomorrow so we can get our stuff out and officially be Dossier to China (DTC)!!!!!

Blessings,
Heidi

Ladybug Love!

The past couple weeks have been busy! Lots of news. We picked up our home studies in Greensboro, NC. All six of us road tripped down and walked in for that 30 second exchange proudly. When we got out of the car Lilly asked us sweetly “Are we in China Mommy?! Do we get her today?!”…oh poor baby girl, no I had to tell her we were not in China and she was not coming home today but we were getting some papers to hurry it up.

We shipped off the home study to our agency to go with the rest of our dossier docs and shipped another copy off to USCIS to get our I-800A (our permission to adopt internationally form immigration services.) We emailed first before sending it and sent over extra documents for expedition application. We tracked the package as it arrived the next day and called but they said it went to lock box first in Texas before being sent to their office in Missouri. So we emailed the lockbox with our expedition info as well. This was Friday and then Monday we received our receipt that it was received and our SIM number and called and emailed the center again applying for the expedite. Tuesday we received notice it was approved for expedite!! YAY!! They said as soon as they received the package from lockbox center(who said they sent it to them Monday in response to our email) they would send us our fingerprint appointment. Once we get that we can truck it up to Charleston and get that done and once completed I think we will be approved pending any RFEs. PLEASE pray there are no RFE (requests for evidence.) Once we have the I-800A it will go with our dossier as the last piece to be shipped off to China! Our agency is expediting the China side of things so we are hopeful we can get out little home soon!

I am seriously struggling with the wait. I had no clue how hard this would be. I knew it would be “hard” but had not idea it would DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAR type HARD! One day I was all stressing because I had not heard back from USCIS and went for a run after work with a lovely coworker. As I was puffing around the track a bug smacked me right in the face and stuck! I went to swipe it off and it flew to my shoulder. My friend said HEY IT’S A LADYBUG THEY’RE GOOD LUCK! Oh my gosh… they are more than good luck!! In the adoption world they are VERY good little symbols of luck and time drawing close to seeing our little baby!! EEK! So thanks little lady bug I needed to be smacked in the face :) I am working on patience but feel pretty confident I will never be any good at it. When it gets the best of me perhaps I just need a good smack in the face…with a ladybug.

Introducing….

We would like to introduce you to OUR DAUGHTER!! MeiLin is our sweet baby girl waiting for us in Shenzhen City, China. We received our official pre approval today and can now officially announce our paper pregnancy with her to the world!!

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A few facts: Our adorable princess is expected home this winter when we will travel across the world for 2 weeks to scoop her up and love her to pieces! She is 19 months old right now and from her videos she looks to be doing amazing. MeiLin is pronounced “May-Lynn” and was selected by ALL of us (can’t believe we all agreed on that) to preserve her culture but also give her a name that fits in with the rest of our little southern crew in sound.

Her first picture in the orphanage.

Her first picture in the orphanage.

Please lift her up in your prayers and pray for a QUICK process and to keep her safe and loved until we can get her. Pray also for her sweet family that had to make the difficult selfless decision to give her up so she could be loved by us.

We can’t believe she is ours!! Thank you to each of you who have been with us on this journey and have supported us in our paper chase to get her here!!

Blessings!!!

Adam and Heidi

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
James 1:17

How do you know God is working?

As I sit to write this I am still shaking with disbelief about what has transpired. Then when I put it into context with all of the other amazing things that this adoption journey has included it simply blows my mind. We are LOI today folks! That is officially letter of intent requesting permission from CCCWA to adopt our sweet girl!

A week ago I prepared for a Stella & Dot trunk show that I was doing to help raise money for our dossier fees. I set up a Facebook group for the guests and shared a sweet adoption video I had seen on one of my sleepless nights. From there my S&D director shared the video with another Stella & Dot stylist who had also adopted two girls form China. Then that stylist messaged to say she actually knew the family in the video. We were connected on a private message with each other (all of us fabulous Stella & Dot stylists ;) ) and I learned she was actually an adoption advocate and had all sorts of helpful information! She added me to a group that shares waiting children’s information in hopes their family will see. I kid you not just moments after adding me to the group a little girl meeting all of our requests popped up. No way right? So I looked at her, tried not to get too excited, prayed about it, talked to Adam about her, and prayed some more. Part of me couldn’t believe that had just happened. It had to be too good to be true! PS She was ADORABLE!

Before I fell asleep I emailed my home study agency, my placement agency, and the agency that has the little one listed. I inquired about the status of my home study final document which still wasn’t here and asked about how to get more info from my placement agency. Then before shutting the computer down I decided to pull her up again and was able to access her medical information. I shared the file with Adam via email with the file named “dimples” because she has some cute ones! I prayed again. He messaged back go for her, whatever we need to do. I told him let’s sleep on it and in the morning I would check in. So I did. I called but learned the woman I emailed about her was out (explains why I didn’t hear anything before the call) but I spoke with another lovely woman who explained I would need to fill out a form to be in line and that this little girl had several other families already interested in her. Okay so I tried to really not get excited then because several other families… So I couldn’t work the fax machine and ended up taking a picture of my form with my moms iPad and emailing the picture to the lovely lady who accepted it so sweetly. I showed my dad the medical file, we chatted about her, got excited, tried hard not to get too hopeful, and prayed HARD! Longest pray in history may have went down in a form of intermittence. I prayed if she was ours that God would send her to us quickly but if not that we would find peace in knowing she was not ours. Oh that was hard because every part of me wanted to pray please God give her to us!!! I didn’t though. I prayed for His will because we have trusted him through everything and not once has He ever disappointed us. So there it was putting all my faith and trust in my Lord again and resting it in his arms. I left my moms, drove home, went to say hi to Adam who had been out all day with Tay at a golf tournament. I told him I checked on her but there were several other families in front of us and we probably didn’t stand a chance but let’s just leave it to God and we will know if we are meant to be her parents then we will be so no worries. At that moment my email dinged! It was the agency telling me she was ours if we chose so!!! They could put her on hold so we could get a medical review but the decision was ours if we wanted her. Are you KIDDING ME! Did that just happen?! I still can’t believe it. We immediately had a social worker advocate, our NP aunt, and our cardiologist uncle all combing her file! We had our cousin later review her Chinese file too in which we found some fabulous news including the beautiful meaning of her name! We are very blessed with these people in our lives!! :) All couldn’t believe how amazing she was!! We can’t either but we may already be partial ;)

So yes, that just happened. I don’t know all the details of the next steps but the agency will walk us through them. I am not afraid of a thing. God has had us every step. And we have such a big ole mustard seed ;)

That is how God works and how we know he is working. He does things so ridiculously inhuman and seemingly impossible that there is no way to deny his hand was in control. We just had to let him have that control and trust in his plan for us. By all means his plan is way stinkin’ better than mine which was waiting forever to be matched old school! I mean WOW he just gave us our daughter!!!

So officially we wait to get the official pre approval then we can share her sweet face but for now pray for her and for us! Pray for an easy paper process from here, a quick paper process because she needs to be home, and pray for her care while she waits for us. Pray for the sweet selfless family that gave her up so she could get the care she needs and pray for her to transition well to leaving everything she has ever known. I can tell you this much: she is beautiful, doing amazingly well, and a gift from God and already SO very LOVED!!!

(and she has dimples!! awwww!! )

Thank you all for your continued support, your kind words, your prayers, and your love.

Blessings,

Heidi

They’re Here!!

Wooohooo!!! Okay, so I know many of you well traveled souls already have glamorous passports stamped with amazing places however, ours are magical! They are going to take us across the world to get our next child!! Their arrival signifies there is an end to this journey and we are one step closer to meeting our little one. They are tangible tokens of our milestones. We don’t get sonogram pictures this time so these are our treasures.

This has been the most incredible learning experience for us overall as human beings in this world, as spouses, as Christians, and parents. Traveling will be a large aspect of that learning process. This trip across the world will be a huge milestone for us. Neither of us have ever been out of the country, we have never even been on a plane ya’ll!!! Our first flight will take us across this world to experience another culture, learn as much as can while there, and GET OUR CHILD!!! Oh. My. Gosh. Of course, this is SO my style. I ALWAYS set big giant seemingly impossible goals and dreams, feel very overwhelmed in the intermittence trying to forge forward by my own accord, and then have the most incredible things happen as God makes it all reality and overcomes the impossible. We are living life a little fearless you might say but really nothing is impossible with Christ. Not even two country high school sweethearts who had their first child as unwed seniors in high school flying across the world for the first time to get their fifth child. Adam has a terrible fear of flying to boot so this will really be a new experience, conquering fears, and persevering to get our child home where she belongs. 

Currently here is our status: Waiting. I know, so exciting :) Apparently that is what adoptive parents do a lot of. We are learning to be patient people in this process as well ;) Our home study work is done, we are simply waiting for it to go through all the edits and to have a final document to send to immigration. In the meantime we have had time to do some fundraising for our dossier fees through my Stella & Dot business. That has been an amazing blessing and we are so thankful each order and hostess who help us shorten our red string to China! 

Please continue to lift us up in prayers that nothing is wrong with any of our paperwork and that it is all processed quickly and efficiently. Pray for our little one wherever she is. That she is found quickly, being loved, & well nourished until we can get to her.

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My Cup Runneth Over

Wow! Tonight was a remarkable night I want to document for our little girl so she knows just how loved she was before she was even here. I could not imagine a more fabulous group of people to bring our daughter home to!

I have been working hard to earn the adoption fees for the last big legs of the process. Part of my efforts is working my Stella & Dot business hard to earn the money. Check out my online boutique here www.stelladot.com/heidihawkins I have been booking trunk shows to get started and the gratitude I have towards the ladies who have hosted is beyond words. I had one tonight, have one tomorrow, and two beautiful souls are gathering orders with a traveling tote show. Oh I want to earn these ladies so many free jewelry credits and then some to show my gratitude!

Tonight I had my first in home trunk show towards the adoption fundraising efforts. My hostess was gracious, generous, and so much more. The ladies in attendance were equally amazing, loving, supportive, ……. I genuinely cannot say enough. I am just home from the show and am still speechless about the experience. I love them. truly. I adore each and every one of those women who came to support us and who are ready to embrace us and our new little one. They made us feel cherished. They made us feel loved, supported, and blessed. They hugged my neck and they told me they can’t wait to meet her. I cannot believe the outpouring of love, support, and funds that were made for us from their generosity. Of course they all will have beautiful Stella & Dot pieces and there were some stellar deals in June (who doesn’t love Stella & Dot? ;) ) but these ladies took time out of their day and ordered their accessories from me, ordinary me, to help us support our baby. As I sit trying to wrap my mind around how I would ever repay them for what they showed me I am ever more certain there is no way to match the way they made me feel. My heart may really burst! I cannot wait to share her sweet face with you!! She is going to be surrounded by the most caring community of ladies EVER! 

Tonight could not have come at a better time either. Tomorrow is our final interviews and home walk through for the home study portion of the process. Those gals tonight sent me off feeling loved and confident, ready for tomorrow. After our session tomorrow I will go to another trunk show with another loving hostess with another crew of people ready to love on us. Our little girl is SO LOVED already!! Wherever she is, whoever our daughter is, she is ours and we pray that she is loved and cared for until we can get her here where I have no doubt she will be cherished by many! 

We are inching closer and closer with each step accomplished and after tomorrow we close a big chunk :) This week we had our appointment with our physician as well to learn more about the various medical conditions. The appointment was very helpful and even though I thought I understood some things, I did not and he gave us so much hope and comfort going over many conditions I was more worried about. We also made our first purchase to prepare for her! Whenever I became pregnant we would always make a first purchase to make it tangible and to help with the wait between obgyn appointments. Since we do not know what size she will wear to buy her first outfit, our little one’s first purchase for preparation was safety locks for cabinets, doors, outlets, etc. Silly to some but to us it is a tangible thing in our home now that reminds us each time we have to push in the button in order to open the basement door that someday there will be a little one trying to pull that door open. Check out our selfie. We are obviously no pros at selfies but we did have to use the back camera of Adam’s phone since the front is cracked and we are not replacing (every penny saved counts right? ;)  ) so I don’t think it’s too bad. It was document though and we have our first purchase, our concrete reminder all the paperwork has a purpose. 

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I am going to bed tonight blessed beyond measure and amazed at the outpouring of love I got to experience tonight. I will never forget tonight and I will cherish this event to share with our little one. I should have taken a picture of that group! 

Hanging in there……

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We received this sweet card this past week and it was soooo perfect! We are hanging in there, marching onward through the steps, and moving forward. It was such a comfort to know someone else apparently knew exactly how this feels and that they were praying for us! It reminds us we are not alone. The process of adoption is a balance of perseverance, persistence, and perfection.

We are also in the midst of closing another school year which means closing my work cases for the year and ALL the end of the year events for the kids. Does anyone else feel like the last month of school is a marathon and if you survive you are due a medal? There are field trips and field days, end of the year testing, parties, and more. I must admit I did not blaze through this marathon without injury.  There was the morning I made breakfast for Isaiah’s entire class before they went into a major test only to arrive after they were already gone to test in the lab (That day I fell apart thinking I let down all those kiddos and totally found myself being picked up by two colleagues who came to my rescue at his school.) My next epic failure was dropping off son1 at baseball practice then going to drop off son2 at his practice and attempting to push him out onto a field while he protested saying it was not his team. As I demanded he get on the field pronto, HIS coach drove up and I realized HIS practice did not start for another 30 minutes. That realization sunk in about the time son2 was throwing his bat bag on the dusty field and yelling at me across the field and parking lot saying “THAT IS NOT MY TEAM!!!!!!” for the 30th time. Oops. When practice was over I went to pick up son1 since son2’s practice was running over. I was so pleased with myself to arrive 5 till 8:00 until I drove up and he was one of only two kids left at the whole rec park! As son1 plopped his things in the car he asked what took me so long because practice was over 30 minutes ago. Oops again. Then we wouldn’t dare want to find retribution on the last day of school so that morning was marked by the dog (aka gazelle)getting loose and making it a game of catch me if you can, me promising the kids I would take them to breakfast only to realize I left my purse at the house, forgetting I needed a fill in babysitter because the usual one was in another state and calling my Dad at the last minute to watch Lilly, and son1 calling me to say he forgot his yearbook on yearbook signing day. Yes that was the last day of school for my crew. Definitely not supermom.

So as I close out May I am hanging in there. :) School is over for the kids and nearly over for me (for now) so that will be a nice reprieve. I am however still in the middle of pouring our souls into finding our third daughter, planning my sister’s wedding, hosting her graduation party, organizing and hosting her bridal shower, studying for my boards, getting boys to and from baseball games and practices, hosting birthday parties for my sweets, and more. I am not half way through 2014 but it is shaping up to be a year to remember. It’s a lot BUT it is all AMAZING! How blessed I am to have this much to stress about, to have this much to celebrate, and to have this much to work so hard for! I am so grateful.

In the words of Maya Angelou  “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

Our friends and families have just wrapped their prayers around us and offered help and support in so many ways I cannot begin to name them all. Each day it brings me to tears what people are doing for us. It happens when someone asks how the adoption is going, tells us they are praying for our family, offers to host Stella & Dot trunk shows to help us raise funds, sends us beautiful sentiments in cards, donating money to our adoption fees, filling out paperwork, notarizing papers, or writing letters, giving us a hug, or just listening to me gush on and on about a process that is probably foreign to them but they listen and share in my excitement. I just cannot wait to bring our daughter home to this community of loving people who love us and will love her.

So right now we are hanging in there but it is blissful to have something to hang on to. We are hanging onto faith, hope, and love that next year we will have even more celebrations.

Please continue to pray for us in this journey and always know how thankful we are to have you, whoever you may be reading this, along this journey to little miss with us.

Blessings,

Heidi