While we wait

So it has been a while since I posted on the blog. I guess I kind of went into summer mode :) , but I wanted to let everyone know where we are in the process. At the end of May our dossier (the big packet of papers we've been working on for forever) was sent and received in China! This was a big step for us and a huge load off our plate. Once this happened, our adoption agency gave us a call. We went through our medical checklist with them, learning even more about different medical needs and letting them know what we felt like we could handle as a family. To keep us updated, our adoption agency has a phone call (really like a Skype call) the second Thursday of every month for families with their dossier in China. They lay out how many people are waiting, any news we need to know, and then take questions from people involved. In a time where not much is happening, it is nice to have this to look forward to every month.

And now we wait. Our adoption agency gave us a general timeline of 6-8 months to match from when our dossier was received in China (which was May). That means in about that time frame we will receive a phone call and email from them with a file on a child. We will review it, have an international doctor at Texas Children's review it, and then we will decide if we want to be matched with that child. Once that happens there will be another 3-4 months of getting some more papers signed and getting our plane tickets and trip planned. Then we will go get her!

Waiting is hard, I'm not going to lie. At this point the process has been going on for us for over a year, and we are looking at almost another year till we get to see and hold our daughter. But there are some positives to waiting, too. Our boys will be a little older which makes me feel a little better :) We are also hoping to butt the 3 months I get with FMLA up against summer so we can have an extended period of time with her for attachment/bonding and a chance to get through a good portion of whatever surgeries she will need. Right now, it's looking like that timing might work out but you never really know with adoption in general.

So I thought I would share some things we've been doing as a family while we wait!

For our Christmas and birthday presents, my granny and grandpa took us to Colorado. They have a time share in Pagosa Springs they go to every year. It was the boys first time out of state, first time in a hotel, and first time to see snow. They loved it!

We were mentioned in the paper! The Victoria Advocate did a story on dad selling the car to get the word out. I was blown away at how many people shared our story on Facebook. Thank you guys so much! The story is here: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2017/jun/26/car-to-be-sold-to-help-with-adoption/

Caleb got his tonsils and adenoids removed and Jacob stayed at Nana and Grandad's by himself for the first time. As you can tell from the pictures below their experiences were very different! We had a little scare with Caleb coming out of anesthesia. His vocal cords snapped shut and he couldn't breathe for a little bit. It was then and there I knew I could never be a nurse or doctor and I am so thankful there are people that are and know what they are doing in that profession. Thank you doctors and nurses for all you do! He is still in the process of healing right now!

 Nana's not-so-subtle attempt to get Jacob to do the hook'em sign. It just looks like "Rock On" to this Aggie.

Nana's not-so-subtle attempt to get Jacob to do the hook'em sign. It just looks like "Rock On" to this Aggie.

 My sweet Caleb after surgery. We had to stay awhile afterwards till his oxygen levels stabilized. 

My sweet Caleb after surgery. We had to stay awhile afterwards till his oxygen levels stabilized. 

And the most recent thing we will be doing is having an adoption fundraiser in Victoria. It will be at the Pumphouse this Saturday (August 12th) from 2-5. It is come and go and there will be a nacho bar!! We'll be advertising the car (the silent auction ends August 31st), have some baskets of goodies you can bid on in a silent auction, and we'll have our puzzle piece fundraiser! Everyone is invited so feel free to bring your friends to hang out and have some good food!