Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas Day

Well we are done with the Christmas stuff. Time to work hard on the paperchase. I am really frustrated with our social worker. I am thinking about switching to someone new. We have not paid this one anything yet and I feel like I am on the back burner with her. I don't know what to do. I know of a couple others, but they are in Indy. I like the idea of having one close.

Tonight we had Christmas with my dad, brother and sister-in-law. Their last gifts were the poem I had written and their Chinese dresses. It only took them a minute to figure out what was going on. Talk about pandemodium. WOW! My sister-in-law just about knocked me off my chair. My dad was stunned. He did not even know we were considering adoption so he was pretty shocked. They were all happy and excited for us though. Lots of questions and explaining came afterwards. Well now all the secrets are out. The important people have been told so we can now talk freely.


Thursday, December 16, 2004

Another Day of Nothing

Oh this is gonna drive me nuts. Everything is moving so slow. I am just sitting around waiting on packets and paperwork to get here. We did get a call from A Helping Hand Agency that we have been approved and that our Family Coordinator will be Ebbie. (Bummer-I had already talked to a Grace several times and she was hoping to get assigned as our FC). Oh well. I just want to be doing something right now.

I love the site I have become addicted to reading all the journey to China stories. I just keep dreaming of the day I can travel to China to get our daughter.

Morgan is finally calming down some. The first couple days after we told her the news she would break down and cry. She is so excited that the thought of waiting a year to see her sister was almost more than she can bear. We keep throwing out names for our new little one. Yesterday she said "I wish you guys would hurry up and pick out a name already. That way we don't have to keep saying....the baby or the kid." She is so funny.

I got the Chinese baby booties I ordered. I think I am going to send them out to mom tomorrow. I made up a little poem for the Grandparents to announce our plans. I am going to put it in with the booties and see if my mom can figure it out. Grandpa Yoder will find out on Christmas as will Jon and Lisa. Mike thinks I should wait until we go out to Iowa to tell mom but I can't wait that long. I think she will be excited. She has been to China and I think she has a special place in her heart for the Chinese people. Little did she know she was gonna be the Grandma of one someday.

Well I am going to go read somemore China Journals.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Today I applied for my passport. That is it. I am waiting for the packet from the social worker now. It should come by Friday I think. I am trying really hard to not bother Grace (our Family Coordinator with A Helping Hand Adoption Agency) or Fran (Adoption Network-social worker). I need to start the paperwork for our homestudy. I am sitting in limbo right now. I guess that is pretty normal. There will be lots of times I will be in limbo.

I found a really neat sight. It is called

It is journals of families that are either in China now picking up their children or recently got back. It is really interesting to read them. I am sure I will be addicted to this sight for the next year.

Well off to sleep.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Starting Out

Wow! We have started the process. By that I mean our paperchase so we can travel to China and bring our new daughter home. That is what my focus is. I have not met her-heck she may not even be born yet, but right now my main focus is to get done what I have to do so I can go get her.

We have selected our agency, our social worker and our country. We have sent for our criminal background check, employer verifications and some other minor things. It sure seems like there is a long way to go. My goal is to pull off this paperchase in record time. I have not even met with the SW yet, but I have started collecting the documents she will need. I am not a slacker that is for sure.

I am sure friends and family are wondering what in the heck we are thinking. Well I myself am not real sure how this all happened. All I can say is that when God has a plan, if you are willing to listen, you better just hang on for the ride. He started out by planting seeds in my mind and heart. Articles in magazines, news reports on TV and actual TV shows. That started the thinking. So I planted the seed in my husband Michael's head and decided that if it really was God's will he would fertilize the seed. Meanwhile I am not one to sit around and wait so I started researching on the Internet. We are talking about 8 hours a day for almost two weeks. I started sharing some of my research with Mike (gotta water the seed too) and waited for a sign or answer from him. After two weeks of amused looks but no confirmation I questioned him as to his thoughts. He (after teasing me some) said "Fill out the paperwork, let's go for it".

The reason some friends and family might be surprised is because we have one son Evan who is about to graduate from high school and start his college adventure. We also have a daughter, Katie, who is a junior in high school and another daughter, Morgan, who is 9 and in the 3rd grade. So when we are 1 1/2 years from almost having an empty nest, we decide to throw another egg in it. Who knew? Not me. A couple months ago I was relishing the idea of less housework and less kids to clean up after. I guess that is not what God had in his plans for us.

Oh well, I will be posting here to help vent my frustrations and keep those updated as to where we are in our process.

China Mama to be