Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Friday, August 27, 2010

From Here To There And Back Here

What you see before you is the culmination of what we, in the adoption world, lovingly refer to as, The Paper-chase.   This pile of paper represents months of work chasing down the necessary documents.  Talking to the necessary people.  Securing the necessary appointments.  Just to  prove that we are who we say we are, we really do what to adopt a child, we really are healthy enough to handle it and we really aren't criminals!

And now it's pretty much over.  The chase is behind us.  We have secured all the papers.  We have even state certified all these pages.  Paul raced them to the state department the other day and brought them back with their shine seals all a-glitter.  So now what?

Now we send them from here to there and back here.  What?  Well, before that package can head to China it must take a little side trip.  So, that nice fat bundle of documents is on it's way to a courier in Washington DC.  Our courier will hand deliver it to the US State Department for their certification and the drop them off at the Chinese Embassy so they can authenticate them.  A few days later she will pick them up and then Fed-Ex them back here.

And this little side trip that our documents have to make?  Yep.  God provided for this step in our journey to Asher.  It was made possible by people like you!  People that read this blog and answered a call to help. You may have prayed for us.  You may have sent money.  But either way, I want to thank you!  

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I realize it doesn't look like we have much going for us, but you have no idea what that little bit means in the face of this adoption.  It represents God's provision.  That, my friends, is everything.   He provided what we needed, when we needed it.  And I have to hang onto the belief that He will continue to do that!  Provide as needed. 
All this brings me to the fact that as we speed {to use a hopeful word} towards this next adoption, I need to get a timeline posted for our little man.  Guess what I'll be doing this weekend? 


Shannon, Penny, Elias, Norah and soon to be Samuel..... said...

We are in the very same spot that you are in right now! Do you have your immigration stuff done? We are going to send all but the immigration - cause we dont have it yet - and then rush that through as soon as it is approved :) What courier are you using?

Sally-Girl! said...

Hurry hurry courier! We are officially DTC for gracie as of Friday. Come on let's meet up in China!!!

I see people are getting LOA's all the time in 30 days. We were 104 with Bryson and 76 with Gio.

Courier Courier run run as fast as you can you can catch me and be DTC by Friday!

Christine said...

Chelsea so glad to hear you are one step closer!