Today we received a letter from CIS stating they needed more documentation from us.  We’re a little frustrated that it wasn’t sent/requested originally but excited that we are finally in communication with them and that they do, in fact, have our petition. I think we’re mostly frustrated that it’s a Saturday and we cannot do […]


For everyone we’ve talked to about waiting who has been so outraged at the system, we thank you. Your support and empathy has meant a lot. However, I feel an incredible peace about our wait though. Not to say that I don’t emerging moments of anger, panic, and frustration. I just feel that God has […]

the last mass email

Hello all! First, let me thank you all for your prayers and support. We raised over $10,000. God has provided the rest between our federal adoption tax credit and 2008’s return. We’ve also been encouraged by all the inquires to when Ty will actually come home! Our immigrant petition is moving through the National Visa […]

Wait Well

Wait well. I’ve been reading a devotional that Shaohannah’s Hope sends to prospective grant recipients. It’s been inspirational and challenging to read other view and journeys of adoption. The last section had advice from families who have been there. A running theme was to not waste your waiting time. Mmmm…interesting concept. With 2 young kids, […]

Still waiting…

I wish there was more to report but that’s about it.  Apparently CIS is researching what happened to our I-600 but that doesn’t really change the above statement. We’ve been dealing a lot with irrational fear around here lately too.  There are varying theories between Patrick and me as to what the precipitating event was, […]

When God closes one door, He always opens another.  We were told by 3 different organizations this week that they did not have sufficient funds to financially aid us on our adoption journey.  As dissappointing as that was, we were encouraged by extra support from an unexpected source and we landed another offer that got […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year…a little belated. It’s been nice getting back into our normal schedule.  The last of the Christmas decorations will finally go away today.  Our tree was up for over a month.  It was pretty obvious by the carpet of needles that it left behind.  Patrick actually tried to Shop-Vac them off before he […]