Wednesday, October 29, 2008

homestudy gone to AB gov't

Our homestudy went to the Alberta Gov't today! It's a good day!

...Carala

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

another day...

Well, it was a bit of a frustrating day....our original criminal checks were lost for part of today. I was dreading having to go back to the cop shop and ask for new ones. I was not impressed. Then our agency called and said...we found them! Boy was I happy to hear that! It was our fault for giving our originals to them in the first place...we were supposed to give them copies, not originals! You'd think we would have known this before getting ourselves into this mess! Anyway, nothing ever goes as planned. And, it was another typical day for the Jellemas! But, everything is fine! We both went to our agency today to sign off on our homestudy. Tomorrow morning our homestudy should go off to the Alberta Government for approval. If you think of it...could you pray that they have a little sympathy and push our file through a little quicker than 6 weeks. This is the 3rd time we're asking for approval for a country...it would be nice to get priority...since we've been on this road too many times. Though, at the same time...everyone else has to wait. So, we'll just have to wait and see what they say. I don't know that they really care who we are and how many times we've been down this road. We know our daughter just may not be ready yet...so I'm ok to wait if that's what we need to do.

To our daughter,

We are fighting hard to get to you as soon as we can. It's been a long road to you...but we think we're headed in the right direction now! Things are going well...so far anyway! We think that's a good sign! :-) Since we are asking for you to be 18 months to 36 months...you most likely are born and sitting in a little orphanage in Russia! Wow! For so long I've prayed for you. I may not exactly know where you are....but God does. So, I still wait as pacient as I can! It's hard some days...but God must have someone so very very special waiting, that he had to take us around the world and back so you would have time to be born into this world. I can't wait to meet you. I know you will fit into our family so well. Your brothers are so excited to meet you! You will not lack attention I know! They are already loving you with all their hearts.

I know one day when you read this blog...you will see how much we wanted you in our lives. Everyday for the past 1 1/2 year we have fought for you. We went through hard days and good days. We've experienced great joy and and a lot of sadness and frustration as this journey to you has been so hard and long...but we never wanted to give up the fight. Your mama has great endurance! It's a great gift God gave me a long time ago....and though I've used it in a lot of situtations in my life...he really needed me to have it so I could get to you! I know you need a mama right now. I know you need a family. And we're coming. In a few short months our file will go to Russia...to your home land. It is then that the real journey starts! The people in Russia will take our file and go on the hunt to find you. The perfect girl for us! Then all our lives will be complete...just how God planned it all along. I love you girl. And we all can't wait to have you in our lives forever.

Love,
Your mama
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Today was another step towards our daughter! And, a very exciting day that we celebrate! Tomorrow we start thinking about our Russian dossier that will go to Russia with all our documents. We need to prepare picture of our lives etc. These will have changed since we did our Taiwan ones. The boys have grown so much since last year. It will be fun choosing new pictures!

Thank you for all your love and support. These last few months have been so tough. But, we feel so much closer to our girl than we've ever felt before. Pray for her when you think of us. We know God is keeping her safe. It's been an emotionally draining time in our lives...we know as we exit this time in our journey, God has great plans for us and our daughter! I know there are good times to come and we look forward to all the fun God has planned for our family!

Love,
Carala(for all my boys)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

exciting day!

It's so exciting to see the wheels in motion. Today I heard that our homestudy has gone through the editor and is now being reviewed by our agency. They said it should go to the Alberta Gov't by Monday. That was such great news today! I needed that! So, it normally takes between 4 and 6 weeks with the gov't...so early December we should have our homestudy back. Then, we will send it to Choices in Victoria and from there they will start putting our Russia dossier together. That normally takes anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks to do. Plus, add Christmas in there... Anyway, I'm very excited that this part is going well. God is good! This has been the most positive news in so long. And, to most of you it may not seem so big. But, with so many things that have gone wrong over the last serveral months...something just went right. And, I kind of feel shocked by it. Something actually can happen earlier than expected? That's amazing! :-) Anyway, thanks for keeping up with our journey and being happy for us...even in the little successes! :-)

And, I'm off to Edmonton tomorrow to go see Celine Dion with Terence! Then a weekend of seeing friends and going watersliding with my cousin! It's definitely going to be a fun weekend and this just started it out with a bang! Wow! It feels so good right now. I just want this feeling to last....

Anyway, Survivor is on soon......can life get any better?!!!!!


Love,
Carala

Thursday, October 16, 2008

gone to editing!

So, our homestudy ended up going to editing today!!! So exciting. And, she said it probably wouldn't take long as it had been edited for our first homestudy. So, with the minor changes it shouldn't take long! So exciting! Maybe we really will have our homestudy back to us by Christmas! What a great gift that would be!

Anyway, had to share my HAPPY news!!! (any little bit of hope is exciting!!)

...Carala

one last document!

So, we're waiting for one last document to come back from the gov't and then our homestudy will be off to editing!

So many baby steps. I can't wait for this to be over. Doing it once was tough enough....I hope we don't have to go this road again. Life is busy though...so we keep occupied with Trennon's soccer, my soccer and Ryden's skating lessons. Plus school, work and church stuff. It will be great to have it off to the Alberta Gov't for approval. Hopefully in Early November that will happen. I'll keep you posted!

...Carala

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

homestudy update...

So! Our homestudy update for Russia is Friday! Yah! I'm excited. It will be good to get our part of the work out of the way. I'm learning to let things go alittle and let God really be the one doing it. At the moment I'm feeling pretty good about where things are at. We heard recently that a Canadian family got a referral for a sibbling pair from Taiwan. That's exciting. It wasn't in our agency...but that's still good. I really pray things start moving with Taiwan. I think it would be incredible to get a child from there...but you know....I'm really learning that it's really about getting a child. Doesn't matter from where. God knows where our daughter is. And, sometimes he uses situations like these to teach you to depend fully on Him. Not saying it's always easy, cause man, some days suck. But, how would you ever grow as a person, and why would you ever want to rely on God if it was always easy. God wants you to draw to him for strength and guideance. If life were easy....it would be boring, really. Challenges in life make us stronger people...and you know, the reward is that much sweeter, cause you worked for it and fought hard to get it. Thankfully, it's not all about what we do. God can take all the glory when we finally reach out and wrap our arms around our girl in the end. After all we've been through...I can honestly say I wouldn't be trying again...our 4th try, at a country if it wasn't for what God has done for us. There were so many days I just wanted to wake up from this horrible night mare. Cause it felt like it was. Nothing was going right...everything was going wrong with every country that we started. But, I see the path that God has brought us on, and the people he has brought around us to support us...it's been incredible. I know our battle isn't over. For all we know, there could be bigger obsticals ahead of us. (hopefully not!) But, I know we won't stop until we find our girl. Trennon was talking today about how he loved to push his friend Benjamin on the swing when he was 18 months old. I said, your sister will love it too! His eyes lit up! "Really?!", he said. "Yes, she too will love the attention and love you will give her because you are her big brother." It's times like this...that I want to make her magically appear. I can't wait for the day Trennon and Ryden wrap their arms around her. She is as much a sister for them, as she is a daughter for us. This is huge for them. And, because of their ages....they will remember it for a life time. I love how God planned this. I love how he takes a long, horrible process and makes it a wonderful, exciting one! Through the good and the bad....we will persevere!

Well, that's all for now. I will definitely keep you updated as time goes on. I know the months will fly by now. Christmas is right around the corner!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you spend your weekend being thankful for what you have been blessed with. We truly have been blessed by God. Our family is amazing! Our boys, how did I get so blessed with two incredible, loving, sensitive, God loving boys?! Wow....anyway...I just love them to pieces!!!!

c-ya!

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