Monday, August 18, 2014

Waiting, waiting, waiting.

This waiting process is SO HARD!  While we've been on this adoption journey for a year now, all the waiting time before was also filled with doing.  There was always something for me to work on to feel like I was doing something to move us forward.  This LOA wait, however, is different.  This is just plain waiting.  Today is day 54 of waiting for LOA.  I could definitely use extra prayer during this time!

We are so, so close to being fully funded!  We still have 50 pieces of our puzzle left to complete.  To sponsor any of these pieces will just be $10 now.  You can do this by clicking the Paypal Donate button at the top left of this blog and then letting me know what name you'd like written on the back of your piece.

We also have one more possible fundraiser in the works, but because it isn't a for sure thing, I can't give any details yet.  If it does happen, it will be awesome!

Thank you all so much for your continued support!  We are so blessed by everything you've done and continue to do for us on Asher's behalf.  We are so very excited to bring him home and share him with you :)

~Carly


Friday, August 1, 2014

Where we stand.

Well, I've received emails back from our agency and I've been doing some calculating.  It appears we are still several thousand away from being fully funded.  Don't be discouraged though!  God has provided up to this point and He doesn't intend to leave us hanging now :)

I've got some jewelry left from our Compelled Designs fundraiser (ending soon!) and we've still got a puzzle to complete!  Jon and I will be doing our very best to raise any extra funds we can on our own, but we are continually praying for God's provision and God's leading others to keep coming along side us in the journey to bring this sweet boy home.

Here is a current picture of our puzzle.  If you'd like to sponsor a piece, you can donate $25 through our Paypal donate button at the top left.


We are resting in faith as God's plans unfold!

~Carly

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More good news; God is good!!

GOD IS GOOD!  There is no other way to start out this blog post.  He called us to this seemingly impossible journey of international adoption, and along the way He has asked us to build our faith in Him.  He has sustained and He has provided, AMEN!  We got a phone call last night from the last grant foundation we were waiting to hear from and they have awarded us a $2,000 grant!  I am just so overwhelmed!

I have emailed our agency to see where we are at as far as funds needed, but I *think* we are $1500 or less.  Can you believe that?!?!  At the beginning this mountain looked too big to get over, but God has continued to show us that nothing is impossible for Him!  We are walking this uncertain path, but we are certain of who is leading us.

Today also marks 37 days of waiting for our dossier to be approved.  Wait times are still as unpredictable as ever, but we are still hoping for November travel.  On Friday, Jon, Avery, and I will be starting our immunizations for the trip.  Somehow that makes this seem that much more real.  Each little milestone gives me a boost of energy to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  There are definitely days where the waiting is HARD, but again, God sustains.

Thank you all SO much for your prayers and encouragement.  God is using each and every one of you and we are so grateful!

~Carly Duvall

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

I am still in shock!  My sweet daughter went to get the mail and said "Mommy, there is a letter for you!"  When I saw the name of one of the grant foundations we applied with, my heart beat faster.  I knew they would send a letter whether it was good news or bad news.  When I opened it I couldn't believe my eyes!  "We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded an adoption assistance grant in the amount of $7,000."  Ahh!!!  I screamed, I laughed, I cried.  What an incredible blessing!  We now only need roughly $3,000 to be fully funded!  We went from needing $30,000 to only needing $3,000 in LESS THAN A YEAR!  God moves mountains people!  He has walked every single step of this incredible journey with us and it's been amazing.  To see God working in so many ways and through so many people for one of His precious ceations is just overwhelming.  I can't wait to tell Asher how much he is loved and treasured by so many, but most importantly by the One who created him.  God has plans for this sweet boy and we are beyond blessed to be a part of them!  We thank all of you for being a part of those plans too.  God has used each and every person in the right way and at the right time.  Amazing!

Our dossier is now out of translation and waiting to be reviewed.  We are hoping to get approval some time in August.  I am just so excited and so overwhelmed with joy!

Please continue to pray for God to prepare Asher and our family for all the HUGE changes that are coming.  It won't be easy, but knowing that the Creator of the universe is walking along side us, sometimes carrying us, completely wipes the worry away from my mind.

Love you all!

~Carly



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

We are LID!

Today has been an incredible day and I am overwhelmed (in a good way)!  First, I get an email from one of the foundations we applied with, and found out we received a $5,000 grant!  I can't even being to describe what an amaing blessing this is!  We are now roughly about $10,000 from being FULLY funded!

Now, just minutes ago, I received an email from our agency saying our dossier had been logged in to the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption)!  I can't believe it, I'm on cloud 9!  Now we wait for LOA (Letter of Approval), which will be our officail approval to adopt Asher.  Those wait times vary so much, so it's almost impossible to guess, but I've seen someone get LOA in 35 days (VERY rare).  The average seems to be anywhere from 60 to 100 days.

It feels amazing to be getting so much closer to our little boy and I can't wait to announce that we have LOA.  Please continue to pray for us during this journey, and that God would prepare Asher for the HUGE amount of change he will soon face.  We get so excited that it's sometimes easy to forget how much he will be giving up.  There will be a great deal of grieving for such a young child to face and we just pray that God would prepare him and us for this.  Thank you!

~Carly

Monday, June 16, 2014

We are DTC!!!

On Friday the 13th (I know, so weird), we were finally DTC (or Documents to China)!!!  It's been 8 months since we received our pre-approval to adopt Asher.  8 months of paper chasing and craziness.  I am SO happy and excited to finally be here!  I got an email today that our agency's people in China delivered our dossier to the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption) today and we should have a log in date within 3 weeks.  Once we are logged in, we will have a new to-do list, and I'm not exactly sure what to expect, but I am so ready for it!  We are almost there Asher Jiu!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has helped us get to this point.  We are beyond blessed by your kindness, love, and generosity!

~Carly




Saturday, May 31, 2014

God is faithful!

It was just days ago that I blogged about still needing $479 to pay our next two fees due that would allow us to get our dossier to China.  Guess what??  Not only did we meet that goal, we EXCEEDED it!!  We will be paying our two fees on Monday and then we will have $550 to put towards the next fees when they come.  PRAISE THE LORD!  He is faithful!  When God calls, He provides.  It might not be how or when we think it should be, but it's always in His perfect timing.  I can't wait for my next blog post, hopefully coming next week, where I will be able to announce for sure that our dossier is enroute to China!

~Carly