Jesus said “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” - Mark 9:37

Friday, June 8, 2012

This has been a GREAT week!

Monday, 6/4/12, one of our Boston Terriers had puppies… one boy & one girl, which is exactly what our kids wanted to be able to raise and show themselves.

This is Zoe’s own girl that she trained, showed and finished her championship herself. So this is the kids first very own litter. Momma and babies are doing well!

Tuesday, 6/5/12, was a once in a lifetime opportunity… Steve and the kids went to the planetarium and saw Venus dance by the Sun on its transit trip that won’t happen again until 2117.

Wednesday, 6/6/12, we received our I-797 Approval Notice from USCIS!!!

It came by mail in the afternoon and the approval date on the notice is 6/4/12… That means our officer whom I spoke to on Fri and was told it was on his desk and he expected to get to it next week, got to it Monday! That is so awesome!

Thursday, 6/7/12, Steve was scheduled to work the day shift, but thankfully was able to switch his work schedule around and get up early and drive our I-797 & our home study to Austin, TX to be certified by the Secretary of State. And he made it back in time to still work the eve shift. J

Friday, 6/8/12, today… we overnighted the last 5 documents needed to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC to Assistant Stork.

It will arrive tomorrow, Saturday. Then Monday the 5 documents (our birth certificates, marriage license, home study & certified copy of I-797) will be authenticated by the US Department of State and dropped off at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC. After the embassy authenticates them , they’ll be picked up on Friday and shipped our adoption agency.

Then hopefully soon we will be

Dossier to China

Today, still Friday 6/8/12, Steve received $ money $ from the US Department Of Defense that he was owed for back pay 9 months ago…

Enough that we were able to pay the $4,000 agency fees due in order to submit our Dossier to China!!!

God is ALWAYS right on time!

Now we had kicked fundraising into overdrive… a car wash tomorrow and plate lunch sale on Sun and next Friday. We also still have Puzzle pieces and the Video Camera Give Away. Plus we have bracelets for sale which I haven’t even posted yet. We were prepared to work hard to get what we needed to submit our Dossier.  But Steve’s money came at just the right time because we still needed $2800 to submit our Dossier, plus over $300 we paid today to get the documents authenticated. Of course we are still going to do the fundraisers, because there will still be lots more money due to bring Eli home.

Oh, and one last little cool thing…

Levi & Zoe both have a collection of Build A Bears. Well we want Eli to get to have the Build A Bear experience and so we ordered him & Levi each a limited edition Year of the Dragon- Dragon…

Well they arrived today, Friday. What an awesome Friday today has been!

The Dragons are not stuffed yet, because we will take the kids to Build A Bear after Eli comes home, so they can build their Dragons and name them together.

Well, June is sure shaping up to be an amazing month. Cannot wait to be DTC & I will sure keep everyone posted as soon as we are. Until next time, Praise God for the blessings in your life.

Smiling momma,


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