Archive for January, 2014

Court Submission!

Court Submission!  That was the subject line on the e-mail I received this morning. Thomas had already left for an appointment, so I managed to restrain myself from going to our secure site to read the full news long enough to forward the link and shoot off a text.  We were submitted yesterday, and were told to expect it to be about 4 weeks before we are informed of a court date, and those appear to be about 3 weeks out from notification.  So, it is looking like we may be traveling for Spring Break this year.  (For our out of Iowa friends, that is the third week in March, I know we do it way before anyone else, call it cabin fever.) This timeline would fit in just right with our goal of making it there on/before his birthday – so we are praying we stay on course.

Also, thanks so much to those that have donated to our Brittany’s Hope Matching Grant! We only get total amounts from the agency, but know we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal.  we have about $1400 to go (or 140 people donating $10). This grant is designed to specifically help with some of the extra expenses associated with adopting a child with special medical needs – to this end, we would use the match from the organization to cover medical expenses for Little Guy including co-pays and fees for some of the extra tests/services he will need in the first year here.  If we don’t raise our half, they will give us the donations that people have made on our behalf. Consider making something fun of it and help raise awareness for adoption at the same time. Maybe take some treats to work and have an info sheet and/or donation jar by them. Ask co-workers to give what they spend on a coffee each morning, take a load of items you would donate to half price books, or a consignment store, do something related to the Super Bowl or check out our list of ideas on this previous post. We have a flier I would be happy to send you – just let one of us know.

Thanks to all of you for your prayer support as well.  Going forward our prayers are:

  • That our paperwork moves swiftly through the court process and we are able to have court by Little Guy’s birthday
  • That we will all be able to be home by mid-April and Easter
  • That we are positive ambassadors for adoption both here and while we travel
  • For Little Guy, and his foster family as they prepare for this transition

Thank you all for sharing this journey with us!



Quick Update – January 19th, 2014

Earlier this week, Brittnay’s Hope sent us an update to our fundraiser. Let me pass that along to all of you!

  • The current donations stand at $470.
  • That’s roughly 1/4 of the way there.
  • We only need 153 more $10 donations!

What does all this mean? First, it means that we owe thank you cards to several folks for their donations! A special shout out goes to those who shared the link to our blog and by extension our fundraiser. It also means that we’re moving along towards our goal. If you haven’t yet, would you consider donating $10 towards our goal of $2000 to help with the costs of this adoption? You can click here to donate and if we hit our goal of $2000, Brittany’s Hope will match your donation! Where else can you get a return on your investment like that?

In other adoption news, we still wait for news about submission to court and then the court date. Another family whose blog I read just received word on their court date and it looks like they received about three weeks notice before court. Another family blogged that they had about four weeks. Those of you who know me and how I like to plan a trip also know that three or four weeks to plan an international trip to a country I’ve never been somewhat freaks me out. But I also trust that everything will fall into place.

As I write this post, I realize that today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. And as I think about our Little Guy in Korea right now, probably winding down his day due to the time difference, I am grateful that his mom chose life for him, even when an abortion would have been the easier thing to do. Then I look over at Luke and remember how we were pressured to have an abortion because his brain was “abnormal” and laugh because he’s smart enough to spend $20 on apps this morning at Amazon (thankfully all cancelled and refunded!). I’m grateful to God because He has blessed me with two sons, one here now and another on the way and both are here because someone chose life and not death.

How you can pray:

  • Pray for a quick court submission and that our court date would be before the middle of March.
  • That we would raise the remainder of our matching grant. Click here if you’d like to help answer that prayer!
  • Safe travels for Julie and I for both trips to Korea.
  • For the 153 million orphans around the world – that they would all have a family soon.
  • And especially today, for that unknown woman who is debating and that she would chose life for her unborn child.

Another day of good news

Has it really been nearly two weeks since we updated the blog? Wow – time flies as you get into a New Year!

When I checked the mail on my way home tonight, I pulled out a large white envelope that I initially thought was some sort of junk mail. Then I flipped it over and the return address read “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”! A smile broke across my face as I knew what this meant – we have approval from the US government to bring our little guy home. I walked in the door and tossed the envelope on the table and she immediately said, “YES!” After a typical manic Monday, this was very welcome news.

Where does this leave us? Well, right now the only things we still need are submission to Korean court and a court date! Once we have those, the rest of the initial trip will fall into place and we’ll finally get a chance to meet our little guy. Hopefully, we’ll be able to travel by his birthday towards the end of March and we’ll get to bring him home by the end of April. Right now, everything is tracking towards that end.

We are immensely grateful for all your prayers and support during this time. However, we still need your help. The fast approaching travel date means we are running out time to raise our matching funds grant from Brittany’s Hope. Right now, we still need 196 people to step up and donate $10 at this link to finally be done with all our fundraising. Also, if you could share our blog with your friends and family, we should be able to hit this in no time.

I know I said a while ago that we were done fundraising, but that was counting this matching grant. We are still going to adopt this little guy regardless, but if you could take a few minutes and donate $10 or share the link to our blog and ask your friends to help us out, we would be very grateful. And we still appreciate your prayers – we’re almost there!

Happy New Year!

As we start this new year – I think about all that we are hoping for in 2014 – and how different things will be by the end of this year.  I think we are are as ready as possible. (OK, maybe we need to work a little bit more on the Korean language app – but that is definitely a goal for January -(I am listening to Lucas and Thomas practice with our new Mango app right now.)  I also realize, no matter how much we prepare, there are going to be things that will throw us for a loop. Just like bringing a biological child home, or even adopting an infant – there are the unknowns.  

We are in another waiting period now while our documents are being prepared for court submission in South Korea, and for our final immigration approval from the US. We had already been pre-approved for little guy to be immediately considered a family member and US Citizen, and are now getting him specifically approved. 

As we move forward – of course timelines are flexible, but our prayers are for

  • Submission to Court by the end of January
  • Brittany’s Hope fundraiser (matching grant) complete by February
  • a Court date by the 3rd week in March
  • bringing little guy home before Thomas’ birthday in April

We are very thankful for each of you following our journey and appreciate your prayers and support more than we could ever express. Thank you and a Blessed New Year!