Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I have a feeling 2009 will be one amazing year for us...and for a lot of you that are adopting! Thanks for sticking with us in 2008...I hope 2009 will prove to be the best year yet! :-) I have no doubt that it will at least be as interesting! :-) When is the adoption journey NOT interesting?! :-) We love you guys and thank God for you.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...from Terence, Trennon, Ryden and Carala

Monday, December 15, 2008

....another day

Wow, I was just updating our "adoption timeline" and man, have we ever done a lot of steps! It's kind of rediculous! :-) Normally they are not so long. And to think...we are so not done yet! HA!

Anyway, it's a cold cold morning! -30!!!! Brrrrrr! But, you know...you kind of just get used to it! You have to...or you just couldn't live here!

Hopefully it warms up enought to use the snow we have....skiing is just out of the question at the moment! Anyway, gotta run get Ryden from Preschool. They are preparing for the big Christmas concert on Wednesday! I can't wait!

Love,
Carala

Friday, December 12, 2008

Documents are sent!

Well, I sent our docs today to Choices. What a great feeling. And, we won't have anything else to do for quite some time. Kind of nice with Christmas just around the corner now. :-) Now it's time to bake some goodies and wrap some gifts! :-) I wonder if our daughter will get a Christmas present this year? Probably not. :-( The greatest gift she will have this Christmas is that God is there with her. And, that we are praying for her.

....Carala

Thursday, December 11, 2008

lawyers today!

So, we have an appointment with our lawyer today to get our passports and marriage certificate notarized. I couldn't believe we could get in so quick. I hope to get our stuff out by Fedex tomorrow morning. Then, we can relax until the New Year sometime! Who knows, maybe the translator will start doing her thing right away. :-)

Well, just a short update today! Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful Christmas season!

Love,
Carala

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

documents are here!

Another wonderful day! Boy, it's like Christmas around here!

We got our documents to sign for Russia. So, we need to sign them and send them back to Choices along with a bunch of other stuff. If we get them to her before the 24th she'll get the translator to start translating them! Wahooo. She said our stuff should take no longer than 3 months. Hey, nice to know our stuff will go! Oh boy, this is so fun! Now, hopefully our lawyer is ready this week or next to sign some of these papers! The sooner the better! With Christmas coming...couriering will get slower I'm sure. This is why we need to get on this ASAP!

So exciting!!!!!!

Carala

Thursday, December 4, 2008

another day....

I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. Isn't God good?! I could just feel God at my side this morning...almost as if He really had his arms wrapped around me. It feels so good when you know you are walking on the path God wants you to be on. No doubts, no worries...just peace.

As soon as I got Trennon off to school I came home to email our home study off to Choices along with our passport photo pages. It felt so good to hit "SEND"!

Well, I need to finish up my cookies for the cookie exchange I'm doing. It's nice to stop and celebrate this news...but life still goes on! With Christmas just 3 weeks away...I have things I still need to do. Plus, we have Terence's work Christmas party tonight! We're so excited to get dressed up and go out and celebrate!! What perfect timing!

....Carala

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

APPROVAL IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness!!!!! I'm boucing off the walls! We got our home study back from the AB government. I was volunteering today at Ryden's class and then at the ski hill with Trennon's school...and so when I got home at 4pm...what was on my step? Our Approval for Russia!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know we've been expecting it...but it's hard to believe it's really here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so stoked!!!!!!!!!

I've gotta run...but I'm sure I'll write more later when I figure what what we're suppose to be doing with our dossier etc!!!!

Thanks for praying guys!!!!

Love,
Carala
** WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

bad news for Taiwan

It's a sad day for those who are still with the Taiwan program. Our agency just wrote today and announced that after May 2009 the Taiwan program for Choices will cease to exist. The people in Taiwan said that nationals are adopting healthy infants so there aren't many, if any for inter country adoption. Since our file never made it to Taiwan...it still was on the wait list in Victoria, BC...it will be returned to us. And that's it. Those who have their home studies in Taiwan will be given until May 09 to accept a referral. If a referral isn't accepted by May 09...then their files will also be returned to them. It's so crazy how this program started and ended so quickly. It only started for Choices 1 1 /2 years ago. With only 2 families getting referrals and only one of them is home with their daughter. So disappointing. I feel for those that are dealing with this news today. My heart goes out to them.

For us, we went through our grieving process this past summer when we realized Taiwan wasn't moving forward as fast as we'd like. It was a very difficult time. And I know exactly what people in the Taiwan program in Canada are going through today. It's devastating! We went through so many emotions...it wasn't fun.

But today, we do see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. It may be only a little flicker of hope...but it still is hope nonetheless! For me, today is another confirmation that we are following God's plan for our family. It was hard to let go of Taiwan...but now we see why we did it this past summer. I can't imagine having to start the process again, now. God saved us 6 months! 6 months we could have been still waiting for Taiwan...but now we are almost ready for start our Russia dossier(as soon as AB govt gets their butt into gear!). God is good. Though there are days(like yesterday) that I can get so frustrated and mad....he gives us little gifts that keep reminding us that He is in control and wants the best for us. If we just listen for his sometimes quiet voice of reassurance and keep trusting in Him...He will reveal his plan to us in his timing. Today is a tough day...but at the same time...I know he has great plans for our family...including a little girl that is waiting oh so patiently for her family just like we are!

I will be praying for those families that have a lot of thinking to do about the closure of Taiwan. It's not an easy time and so I want you to know you're in my prayers. I want you to remember that there is hope! Your child is out there...waiting for you! Don't give up! I know there are days where it seems so hopeless. Keep hoping! Your day will come when you get to wrap your arms around your child...and never let go.

Well, it's with a heavy heart I leave this post. I feel for so many people right now. It's almost hard to believe. There is so many changes happening in international adoption right now. I just pray there aren't any more changing coming for other countries.

....until next time (hopefully we'll have good news about our home study!)

Carala

Monday, December 1, 2008

...patience

Well, almost another week has gone by. Almost 5 weeks since our home study was sent away. I'm still hopeful that we'll get to start our Russia dossier before Christmas...but we'll have to see.

Thankfully the AB government will be FedExing our homestudy to us...because our postal system is terrible. I don't mind paying for something...to ensure it does get here before Christmas. I hope I get an email this week from them saying our stuff is on the truck. It would be nice to start doing stuff next week. We're finishing up our photos so they will be ready to go for the file. I'm just a little anxious to get our stuff going! I know our little one is only ready when she's ready....but who knows...what happens if we are to meet her at the end of 2009...that would be the most amazing Christmas present ever! I know Russia is not the nicest place in the winter...but at this point I really don't care. I've been there at New Years and it's no different than here! I just think....could God grant us an early referral and could we really be going next year at this time? We can only pray for a miracle to happen. I know God knows our hearts.....and he knows where our daughter is at. I just pray that we will have the patience to wait...if needed. :-) I just can't imagine another Christmas without her. It's such a family time of year....and our family isn't complete without her. I know we'll most likely face another Christmas after this one...without her. And that...makes me sad. :-( And here I thought pregnancy was long! HA! I guess this is why God doesn't want us to know the future...cause I'm sure I would have hesitated a bit if I knew what we'd go through. I'm thankful for not knowing...cause I so badly want to wrap my arms around our daughter. I wouldn't miss it for anything! So, if we have to wait....then so be it. God will and has given us patience.

Now, back to pictures and some more patient waiting!

...Carala