The Road Uncharted.

Mountains are moving for our girl!  Can I throw up a Hallelujah?!?  Because I feel like we deserve it.

On Sunday night, I received an email saying that our dossier was showing up as ‘Reviewed’ in China’s tracking system for adoption paperwork.  Holy Moses!  That means that between 7/31/14 when it was logged in to the system, it had been translated to Chinese and reviewed to make sure it had all the necessary components and to make sure FPD and I are okay folks.  This process usually takes 4-6 weeks.  It took 11 days for us.

On Monday mid-afternoon, I received an email saying that our LOA was showing up in the same system.  Um…now we’re entering the category of disbelief.  LOA stands for Letter of Acceptance, it’s also known as Letter Seeking Confirmation.  It’s China’s way of saying ‘it’s done on our end’, or ‘you’re good to go!’  This has been taking another 4-6 weeks.  Again, we had it in 11 days.

All for this girl…

Poppy Painting


Our agency had issues at the beginning, but they came through BIG TIME.  They have been nothing but wonderful with communication.  I am extremely thankful for that.

There are worries about whether or not the foster home will be able to keep her or whether or not she’ll have to go back to the orphanage.  For now, she is receiving IV antibiotics daily to clear whatever infection kept her from surgery before.  She has moments of happiness like the one above, but there are a lot more moments of discomfort.  For Poppy’s privacy, I won’t show those.

I would be lying if I said I’m not upset about this.  The idea of her having surgery is upsetting, but the idea of her not having it and being shipped back to the unknowns of her orphanage is upsetting too, maybe even more so.  I have no control over this though.  None whatsoever.  So the only thing I can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other to get to her as fast as I can.

I’m filling out visa and immigration forms like a mad woman.  And, when I’m in between forms, or there’s a lull in phone calls and emails, I’m trying to enjoy the last weeks of summer with my kids.  We hiked four miles today since it was too brisk for swimming lessons.  We talked, laughed, prayed in a little hilltop chapel we found, and talked about the family we have now, and the one we are continuing to, form.  My kids learn so much from these moments and from the memories we’re making in them.  When there are no distractions, we get to explain so much to them, to really talk to them about our life choices, and how we got to where we are.

I love those moments.

As we hiked through the quiet forest, with no one else around us, we found this sign in the middle of the woods.  It was as if it was put there just for me.

The Road Less Traveled


We are currently traveling the road less traveled.  In fact, we might be traveling the road uncharted.

–FullPlateMom, who is okay without a map.  She’ll take the road uncharted and embrace wherever it leads.  God willing, it will be to her girl.

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