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I was looking at our “Timeline” and I can’t believe that we started the adoption journey almost 3 years ago. It is hard to explain but sometimes it seems much longer and other times it seems much shorter. Regardless it has been a pretty tough road, from changing countries to having a program close on us. Through it all Mommapea and I have stuck to it and more importantly we have stuck together.

Thankfully the waiting has now come to an end as we got our final papers yesterday and Noah is now legally our son.  We are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives!

We have some final housekeeping things to do with respect to his passport and physical, but he is ours and we will be coming home next week.

Thank you so much for all your support and prayers!  Needless to say we are overjoyed.

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In Taiwan

Hey everyone, we made it to Taiwan safely. Having already been on the West coast made the trip and the jet lag a lot easier. We saw Noah today and he is doing amazing! He is crawling, standing up and loves to dance! It has been 27 days since our first decree and 101 days since our court date. Still waiting on our final papers. Please pray that his final paperwork comes in so that we can take him home. Will post more later, but your prayers mean so much to us 🙂

First Decree

We got our first decree this week! Praise the Lord!  We are so excited and happy.  The first decree means that all the paperwork is in and that the judge has approved it.  The birth mother has to sign one more document and return it and then the judge has to finalize it and issue a final decree.  Once we get the final decree, Noah is ours legally!!!  Every case is different but from what we know we hope to be able to pick up Noah by early August.  Also until it is finalized the birth mother can still change her mind so it’s really not final til it’s final.  Please pray that everything gets finalized as soon as possible and that the birth mother/birth family is at peace with the adoption. 

It has been 76 days since our court appointment for Noah’s case.  Each day that goes by I feel a hole in my heart because I want our son home.  This has been one of the hardest things we have been through —- imagine leaving your son and having no control over when or what happens.  Yet through all this pain we have learned to listen to God and to trust in him even though it may not make sense in our hearts.  In our pain we can choose to grow stronger and lean into God.

Isaiah 40:31

31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is always hard for waiting moms. Especially today since we have met and bonded with Noah. My heart breaks because we are separated without any idea when the adoption will be finalized. I know I must trust in God’s timing and that is easier said than done! Today my husband got me this heart with a cross.

20130512-124946.jpg. On the back is Noah’s name and his birthdate. I wear it on the same chain as the solid heart with diamond that he got me on Valentines day. Wearing it makes me feel comforted. A reminder to lean into God during difficult times and the joy of our family to be. Happy Mother’s Day and a special prayer to those trying to start a family and waiting moms to be.

Court Date

 

We had our court date yesterday 4/19.  I wish that I could say it went well, but it was more complex than we had anticipated.  It was emotional and a little dramatic.  In the end, all parties agreed and it is moving forward, which is good news.  Though we learned that the birth family still needs to do their social worker visit/report.  We also learned that there are 3 separate social worker reports that need to be done (we expected one).  I know that the logistics of getting these 3 reports done will be tough.  On top of that, the judge said that the counties in which the reports need to be done in are really backed up and she said we should expect delays and we should prepare to be patient. 

We have no idea what time frame this will be completed.  In fact there aren’t many concrete answers – basically no one can tell us how long it will take.  Again, things are truely in God’s hands.  It’s hard to feel helpless especially when your child’s future/well being is at stake. Even though the kids are really loved at the orphanage I think we can all agree it is good to get the kids home asap.  We are also concerned since Noah has been in the hospital and is still not fully recovered. 

Lord we pray that the birth family has the wisdom to do what is best for Noah.  We pray that the social worker reports are submitted in a timely manner.  We ask you Lord to watch over Noah as he recovers and that his immune system is strengthened so that he can be healthy. Finally we pray for the well being of all the children and staff at the orphanage.

Amen

Taiwan Two-Step

After 24 hours of travel we made it to Taiwan and after a 2 hour drive we arrived at the orphanage.  Thankfully someone had waited up for us and we got to meet our new baby boy!  He is so precious, mommapea and I were over joyed to meet him! Since that time we have spent about 15 hours a day feeding and changing 24 babies and spending time with Noah.  poppapea has perfected the art of changing a dirty diaper with the baby on his lap and mommapea has developed razor sharp skills in getting Noah to finish his bottle.

We met with the social worker yesterday and that went great and Friday we go to court.  Thanks for all your past, current, and future prayers.

More later…

Thank you

Thank you for your prayers! Noah was discharged from the hospital and is feeling better. We were told the tests came back clear (we plan to get more details when we arrive). Just so thankful he is ok. We can’t wait to meet our son next week 🙂

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