Thursday, August 27, 2015

Exciting news!

We received soft LOA yesterday!!  This means that China has officially approved our family to adopt Hannah and we are just waiting for the formal document to get to our agency.  That went crazy fast!  With Asher's adoption, it took right at 60 days for us to receive LOA and at that time that was pretty fast.  This time it only took around 14 days!  Because Hannah is aging out soon, the CCCWA is moving her file through faster than normal to make sure we have enough time to get to her before her birthday.  This is such exciting news and I honestly didn't expect it to come quite that fast.  We are still around $10,000 short of being fully funded and we won't hear back until September sometime about the two grants we applied for, so we are just trusting that God has a plan for these funds to be available when we need them.

We did have a very generous anonymous donation of $500 so we were able to add more pieces to our puzzle!  We have 88 pieces left that need sponsors and we would be so blessed if you'd consider being a part of this journey to bring Hannah home.  Will you share with your family, friends, and churches?  This is a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus and give a precious orphan a forever family.

We love you all!

~Carly


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Puzzle update!

Our dossier is officially in China as of Monday!!  Now we wait to hear that it has been logged into China's system, and then we wait to hear it's been approved.  The timing on this part of the process is completely up to the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption) and has no rhyme or reason.  Our agency has asked for them to speed our process up because Hannah is aging out, but it's up to them whether or not they do it.

Barring some unforseen obstacle, we are roughly 2 months away from travel and still several thousand dollars short of being fully funded.  We recently found out about another grant that we are eligible for and we were able to get our application in right before their last deadline for the year.  We are now waiting to hear back from them and from Show Hope.  Other than that, we only have our puzzle fundraiser that still has the ability to raise more funds for us.

We just received a few more generous doantions and that leaves us with 140 pieces that have yet to be sponsored.  At $10 a piece, that has the ability to bring in $1,400 and that is a huge amount for us.

If you would like to be a part of this journey to Hannah, and sponsor a piece (or pieces!), all you have to do it click on the Paypal Donate button at the top left side of this blog page.  You can email me at carlyduvall1628 at hotmail.com to let me know what you'd like me to write on the back of your piece(s).

I will leave you with an updated picture of Hannah's puzzle.  You can finally see mama panda's eyes! :)

~Carly


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Update!

We are moving right along!  We got all of our dossier papers through the notarization, certification, and authentication process and now our dossier is at our agency for review.  After they have everything put together, reviewed, and translated, they will send our dossier to China and we will officially be DTC (documents to china)!!  God is again providing and your awesome generosity has allowed us to have the funds needed at each step so far and we are beyond grateful!  Our agency will be asking the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption) to expedite our dossier by first logging it into their system faster than usual and then reviewing it faster than usual.  IF they comply with this, we could possibly be looking at mid October travel!  (I'm still kind of in shock at how fast this adoption has gone compared to Ashers!)

We also just ended our t-shirt fundraiser with a total of 21 shirts sold and a $190 profit for the adoption.  Thank you all SO much for your continued support through this second journey of adoption.

We will continue to have our PUZZLE FUNDRAISER going until all the pieces have been sponsored and you can click the link above for more info on how to support that.

We recently sent a care package to Hannah that included a translated letter from us, a photo album of family pics, some candy to share with friends and nannies, and a flash drive that they will hopefully fill with pictures of our sweet girl.  The amazing Angela from Ladybugs 'n Love put it together and will keep us updated on it.

We are getting SO excited to travel to China soon and meet our Hannah.  We are so very thankful that the whole family is traveling this time and we will all meet her together and have a wonderful two weeks of bonding time in Guangzhou.  My brother-in-law will also be traveling with us to help with the kids and experience the awesomeness of China :)  I'm anxious and nervous to find out how transversing the Hong Kong airport and then having a 14 1/2 hour plane ride with 5 kids will be!

Please continue to pray that this adoption process would proceed according to God's will and timetable and that He would prepare Hannah for all the changes that are approaching.  We love you all!

~Carly

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

T-shirt Fundraiser!

Because we are only 3-4 months from travel and still $11,000 short of being fully funded, we've decided to have a tshirt fundraiser!  We have to sell 11 to go to print but we'd love to sell at least 50.  We would love to have everyone sporting these awesome shirts that not only help raise awareness for adoption and orphans, but will also help us get to Hannah before she ages out.

Everyone has been so amazing, generous, and supportive and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Tshirt Fundraiser Link


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Update

We are still waiting for our I800a approval, but I thought I'd do a puzzle update and give everyone an idea of where we are.  The immigration approval we are waiting on could come any day.  As soon as that gets here, we will have all needed documents for our dossier, we will just need to take them to Indy for the stamps/signature and then send them to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago for more stamps/signature.  After that, our documents go to our agency who will add them to a copy of the dossier we sent for Asher last year and they will send it to China.  At that point, we will be DTC (documents to China) and will begin the wait for final approval to adopt Hannah.  I went back and looked at Asher's timeline and it took 4 1/2 months from the time we were DTC until we traveled.  Right now, we have right at 4 1/2 months until Hannah ages out, so we are starting to get down to the wire.  I contacted our agency today to make sure we were still making good time and would still be able to get to her in time.  They said that yes, we were still looking okay and they would do everything in their power to get us to our girl in time.

At this time we are in need of two things: prayer and financial support.  We would love prayer that God would continue to guide our steps and things would happen according to His will and timing.  We also are about $11,000 short of the funds we will need to get to Hannah.  We have applied to Show Hope and will hear back in 90 days.  We also applied to Love Has Come but have not heard anything yet.  We received a grant from our church for $2,000 and are so very thankful for that.  It will help us get our dossier to China.  We also have our puzzle fundraiser still going.  We have 159 pieces left to sponsor and we would be SO very grateful to anyone who would be willing to come along side us in this journey.  It is $10 to sponsor a puzzle piece and we will write your name or family name on the back of each piece that you sponsor.  To sponsor a piece just click on the Paypal Donate button at the top left side of this blog and then email me at carlyduvall1628@hotmail.com if there is a different name you want on the back of the puzzle piece(s) than the name you use to donate.

We are so excited to meet Hannah and can't believe our whole family will be in China in 4 months or less!  Thank you all for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support, it means so much to us.  Below is a picture of our puzzle so you can see the progress.  Love you all!

~Carly


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Another step forward!

Just a little update!  Today we received our hard copies of our updated homestudy from our social worker so I will be mailing that, along with other paperwork, to the USCIS ( U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) office.  Because our fingerprints haven't expired from when they were taken for Asher's adoption, they will be able to be refreshed instead of having to travel to Indy to get new ones done.  We will then wait for approval to come back.  When we have that, we will have all neccessary paperwork to update our dossier!  We will just need to go to Indy for the stamps/seal from the Secretary of State office and then we will mail the documents to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago for their stamps/seal.  After that, they are off to China!  I can't believe how much faster this dossier process is with a reuse instead of starting from scratch!

We are so blessed and excited to be Hannah's parents.  We've gotten her room (she will share with Avery) together and we've been buying clothes and things for her.  Yesterday I layed out one of my favorite outfits we've gotten and just imagined her in it.  I can't believe we will be meeting her in 6 months or less!!

As always, thank you so much for your continued support through prayers, donations, and encouragement.  This is truly a village thing and we wouldn't be able to do it without you.  Love you all!

~Carly