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Time Frames & Prayer Requests

May 23, 2013

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Here is how our adoption timeline is looking right now:

1) Complete Dossier & Home StudyApproximately 6 Months

2) Wait for LID (Log-In Date) from China – Approx. 1 Month

3) Wait for a match/referralApprox. 1-3 Months

4) Wait for travel approval and final paperwork Approx. 4-6 Months

5) Travel to China

So, if everything moves smoothly/quickly, we could be flying to China in 12 months.  If things move slowly, we would be looking at traveling to China in about 16 months.

If these time frames that they’ve given me are correct, we are looking at a trip that will occur anytime between May and September of next year.  If you ask me, that would be the perfect time to travel.  The idea of packing up and dealing with large, bulky winter coats isn’t appealing to me at all : )  So, I’m thankful that it’s looking as though we will avoid traveling in the winter months.  Plus, traveling in warm weather would allow us to get out and explore/sight-see a bit while we are there.

Well, that’s the timeline we’re looking at……..now here are a few prayer requests that we have.  To say that we would appreciate your prayers is definitely an understatement.

If you happen to think of it, we would be incredibly grateful for any and all prayers on behalf of our son, our travels, and our family as we go through this process once again.  I know that there were many prayers lifted up during Grace’s adoption process a few years ago.  There were many who remained faithful in prayer during that time.  I know that.  And, if it isn’t too much to ask, I would love to have that blanket of prayer tucked firmly around our family, once again, as we set off on this journey.  Those prayers will see us through, just as they did last time around.

Please pray…

-For our son’s health, safety, and well-being.

-For wisdom as we decide who should travel to China to complete the adoption.  (We are really struggling with this decision right now.)

-For the daunting paper chase to move as smoothly as possible.

-For the bonding process.

-For smooth, safe flights as well as a safe, healthy, memorable trip to and from China.

-For proper preparation and packing for the trip.

-For Sidney, Jackson, Grace and Morganne to adjust well to their new brother.

-For the well-being of our family as we will inevitably be separated from one another for the (approx.) 17-day trip.

-For God to bring us the perfect little match for our family and be present in that matching room when the time comes.

-For the well-being of those who stay behind as we travel to China.

-For all legalities to be properly taken care of – nothing overlooked.  No major roadblocks.

-For peace and patience and strength throughout this process.

-For the finances to work out.

-For the enemy’s hand to be kept out of this journey completely.

-For those traveling to be healthy, at peace, and mentally/physically prepared to travel when the time comes.

-For our new son to handle this huge life transition with ease, and not be fearful of all of the strange people and changes that are to come his way.

-For a smooth transition once we return home and begin life as a family of 7.

-For our son’s orphanage caretakers (or possibly foster parents) to take great care of him……showing him as much kindness, gentleness, and nurturing as possible as he waits for us to come for him.

Thank you all, in advance, for your faithful prayers!!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. cpl permalink
    May 23, 2013 4:01 am

    Bulletin point 7= sister. Gender slip?

    Cheryl

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. May 23, 2013 12:23 pm

    Good catch, sista. Copied and pasted most of the requests from last time! Fixed it.

  3. May 23, 2013 5:17 pm

    Amen.

  4. May 23, 2013 5:27 pm

    🙂 Thank you.

  5. Mary Jane permalink
    June 1, 2013 11:24 pm

    Once again you will have our prayers. Love to you all. M.J.

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