Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Almost there!

I just got an email today that our Article 5 paperwork (our last bit of paperwork) was picked up and is on it's way to the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption).  This means we are officially in the TA (travel approval) wait!!  Our agency says 1.5 to 3 weeks is the average wait, but just recently we've been seeing a lot of families getting TA in 6 days!

We also found out this last week that our second attempt at getting Asher a care package was successful!  Our sweet boy finally knows he has a family coming and what we look like.  I hope he will be able to recognize our faces and this will make the meeting and transition a little less traumatic for him.

We are getting so close and it doesn't seem real yet.  I'm not sure if we will be home for Thanksgiving, but we will for sure have our son in our arms by then!  It's also very surreal that in a month we will be hopping on a plane (something I haven't done in almost 9 years), and taking a 15-18 hour plane ride to China.  We are very excited and I'm starting to feel a little nervous.  Please continue to pray for us as we will have a lot of things to get put together after we receive travel approval.

I will leave you with the video we recently received of Asher playing.  It brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.  God is so good!



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Getting SO close!

It's been several weeks since I posted, so I thought it was time for an update :)  We received LOA (Letter of Approval) from China last month which was a HUGE step!  We then sent our I800 application to the immigration office, which was also approved and sent back.  We are moving right along!

We have just applied for Asher's visa and we have everything together to apply for our visas and will be able to send that out as soon as we get the money to do it.  It will cost $490 and we are just a little over $100 short at this point.  We hope to have that by next week sometime.

Our next steps after that will be waiting again, but hopefully not for too long.  Paperwork needs to be sent back and forth between here and China, and then we will be waiting for TA (Travel Approval) from China.  After we receive that, we will be able to request a court date.  Once a court date is approved, we will then have definite travel dates and we will be able to purchase airline tickets!

I can't even believe we are this close and that by early to mid November (hopefully!) we will be flying to China to meet our little boy!  While I am extremely excited, I am also starting to get a little nervous.  This is such a big deal!  Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to travel and start the next part of this adoption journey, which is bringing our boy home.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, support, comfort, advice, and most of all, prayers.  You will never know how much it means to us.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Another step closer!

Yesterday, the 21st, we received amazing news.  We have soft LOA!!  This means that the Chinese welfare system has approved us to adopt Asher, and we just need to wait a few days to receive the hard copy of this approval.  I can't tell you how excited I am!

So what's next?  Well, tomorrow we will be mailing all our completed immigration paperwork to our agency.  They will hang on to it until they receive the hard copy of our LOA, and then they will send everything off to the immigration office.  We then wait for their approval followed by TA, or travel approval, from China.  We will then request a court date, and once that is approved, we will have travel dates and prepare to get our boy!  We are still on course to travel in November, hopefully the beginning.

Tomorrow we will also be mailing out a care package for Asher.  Included in this package will be the little photo album I put together to introduce him to his family, our home, and our pets.  I am SO excited for him to know we are coming and see our faces!

Family and friends, we are getting so close!  We are still a couple thousand short, but I'm not worried.  We still are waiting to hear about the fundraiser I mentioned in my previous post and we still have our puzzle fundraiser.  We are now only TWENTY-FIVE pieces away from a complete puzzle!  How exciting is that?  For only $10, you can sponsor a piece of our puzzle, and I will write your name or family name on the back.  Will you help spread the word so we can finally complete this beautiful puzzle and get it hung up on Asher's wall?

Thank you all so much!  We love you!

~Carly Duvall

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 :)


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!


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!