Saturday, April 19, 2014

She is coming home!

This past week on Wednesday we were given our travel dates.

Our sweet girl will be arriving in the US on May 24th!

Britney, along with our sister-in-law Lucia, will be flying out on May 16th.
Early on the morning of May 19th they will be scooping up Meira and returning to the county capital for her US Embassy and medical exit appointments.

We are thrilled!!!

We were hoping that we could all be together as a family for our 4th anniversary on May 29th, and we will be, all of us!





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One week later, yes we are still waiting...

Last week we officially became Meira's parents and we could not be more thrilled!
We celebrated the day by putting up 'Its a Girl' balloons and having a dinner with our dear neighbors.
(And yes, I have been told 'how good I look for having just had a baby' and people have really enjoyed my response that our baby is actually 5 and a half and is not even home yet!)  We continued to have a great week of big and little celebrations, since her little sister turned 3 two days after on April 3rd!


 
We really didn't expect things to feel different because from day one when we saw her she was 'our daughter' to us, but somehow, it did feel a bit different... perhaps like when you are pregnant and you love your baby as he/she grows, but then the day of their birth comes and your loves grows more.
We are sure this will happen even in a deeper way when we bring her home - FINALLY!

So WHEN will she come home you may be thinking?  
So are we...
Right now the court decree is being issued (that takes 7-10 days after the court hearing).
Then her new birth certificate will be issued (that take 1-2 weeks)
THEN, we will be assigned 'travel dates' by our adoption agency in her country.
When we get those 'travel dates' we will let you know!

In the meantime, we continue to prepare for her arrival home and miss her immensely. 
 
Here are a few photos of how our Skype visits go:




The girls really adore one another already and try to share toys through the screen which is sweet but sad too.  They recently count together and cheer one another on after they are done.  And of course we end each conversation with long, draw-out minutes of declaring 'I love you' in both English and her home country language.  Aila constantly talks about Meira and whenever she gets something she will say, 'And one for Meira too?'  She understands that she is coming home very soon and Meira is understanding a bit more too and even knows she will come home soon on an airplane!

This is one of my favorite photos of a papa with his little girl... he had a rough time saying goodbye to her this day. 

Today, this fell out of my jeans after the wash

The evening we were given our official 'match' we bought Meira a shirt that I would take over on trip 1.  When I got to put it on her I peeled this sticker off and put it in my pocket.
Each time I would put on pants, I would place the tag into the pocket.
I have been carrying this tag around with me since late December because I could not seem to throw it out... but soon I will trade it in for the real deal, Meira herself - forever!

Thank you for your love and prayers.
We are really grateful to have such a loving and caring community found in all of you - those near and far - and we are so thankful Meira has you as her community too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today we passed court!

Introducing our daughter, Meira Aleen.

Our beautiful
 Cute
 bike-riding (almost!)
cocoa drinking
 sweet and perfect 5 year old!!!

WE LOVE YOU, MEIRA!
Love, YOUR FAMILY!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring and...

When we began this adoption journey in January of 2013, the fact that 'the end' could be 12 month, 16 months, 18 months or more away did not seem to bother us.
It was a long way away and we were so busy with paperwork we just accepted it.
But as the months crept on and we passed the 12 month mark it started to hit us.
We wondered, when would it end? When would we get to bring our daughter home?

Well, next week, it ends.
Next week our court date will occur and hopefully, as long as everything goes well, we will official become a family (legally) forever!

Will you please pray for our judge, our in country attorney who will represent us and most especially for our little one as she is now so close to coming home for good!




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our final family fundraiser... our BOOK!

As of tomorrow it will be a 4 weeks since our dossier was submitted for the final signature.
We rechecked with our agency attorney and yes, we should be hearing 'more or less' a month after it was submitted... so we hope to hear this week or next about our court date... oh, lets be really honest, we are hoping for this week...

In the meantime we decided to start our very last family fundraiser.

As many of you know, when we started this adoption journey we were living in China.  One of our daughter's favorite things to do when we would head out and about each day was to pet the lion statues on their toes (or sit on them, if the time of day was right).  We did it so often that we started to make up a story about them.  We finished it just in time for our artistic friend, who was visiting with us, to put illustrations to it.  

Then it got lost in the shuffle of visits and moves and setting up home in a new place...

Recently we found it and got it printed.  And now it is ready for YOU!

For every $15 given towards our final adoption costs we will give (send) you a copy of our little story book.


 Simply click the donate button to the right on this site to donate.

Then, please email us at middlekingdomcarrs AT gmail.com with your mailing address and we will make sure the book (or books, depending on how much you donate!) are mailed to you promptly.  If you donate more but only want one copy of the book, please let us know.  And yes, shipping cost is included in the $15 donation.

THANK YOU for all your love and support during this adoption process.  

THANK YOU for loving our newest little one in such a special way!







Thursday, February 27, 2014

Update and such...

Since we started our journey of adoption it seems between all the piles of paperwork and fingerprints that one word happens often.  Waiting.

It seems we are always waiting - for a clearance to arrive, for an email/phone call to be returned, for the 'next step' to happen.

For the most part it seems that just at the time we get tired of waiting, the thing we were waiting for has arrived and we sigh, smile and move on to the next 'thing to do'.

And...

We are still waiting, but now we are waiting for the last thing - court

Yes, we are waiting to hear, 'Your dossier has now been submitted to the courts, your judge has been assigned, your court date is...'

We promise, as soon as we hear, we will let you know.

We are just starting to become a little impatient, perhaps it is just around the bend, or not.

Yet while we wait there is a little girl who is not waiting any longer.  With her foster family she is flourishing and knowing this makes our waiting seem easy (kind of...). 

While not every kid gets to play in the snow (after all, it does not snow everywhere)  it is a pretty amazing day to be a 5 year old and play in the snow for your very first time... especially since it has snowed outside your walls every winter since the time you were born...




Yes, little one, snowmen are amazing!!!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Article 5 - CHECK!

Yesterday our Article 5 meeting occurred at the US Embassy  in her country.  At this meeting all the paperwork we have sent to US immigration is reviewed with our agency's attorney (and someone at the Embassy) and we are either granted approval or more paperwork is need for our little one's visa.  We were approved!

Once this letter of approval is translated and authenticated it will be added to all our other documents and our dossier is finally and utterly complete!

It will then be submitted to the government of her country for final signature and approval and after all that is gathered it will be submitted to court, assigned a judge and given a court date.

Thank you for being a part of our adoption journey, friends... it is not over yet, but we are coming closer to the finish line... now we just have to be patient... each day, patient.