Friday, September 25, 2015


Just thought I'd let you all know where we are in the process!  After receiving our I800 approval we were issued a GUZ # from the NVC (National Visa Center) that allowed us to fill out an online application for Hannah's visa.  That paperwork was then sent to China where an Article 5 will be issued.  Once that is dropped off/picked up (I'm told it will be September 29th) we will officially be in the TA (travel approval) wait!  There are upcoming holidays in the end of September and the beginning of October that will delay our travel and possibly delay us in getting TA, but I'm fairly confident that we will be traveling in mid to late October to bring home our girl!

We were excited the other day to receive all 7 of our passports back with our fresh 10 year visas in them!  All the kids and my brother-in-law will be traveling with us this time and I'm really excited.  It was incredibly hard to be away from our boys a year ago when we were in China to bring Asher home.  It's CRAZY that we will be in China pretty much one year from the time we were there last year!  If things get pushed back enough, we could potentially have close to identical travel dates.  We left last year on November 7th, Gotcha on the 10th, and CA on the 19th.  I definitely don't want to wait until November to meet our sweet Hannah, but if we have to, it would be pretty cool to have the dates be so close.

We have also finished our puzzle thanks to the generous donations that came in through our GoFundMe!  We are now roughly (it's pretty impossible to be exact at this point) $7,000 from being fully funded.  That is still a large amount, but our awesome God knows what He is doing and nothing is too big for Him!  We are SO thankful for the outpouring of love, support, and donations.  It has truly touched our hearts and we are so excited to share photos with you of Hannah in our arms.  It has been the body of Christ that has made all this possible!  We love you all!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015


We received our I800 provisional approval today!  We are moving very quickly and will be applying for Hannah's visa at the end of the week.  After that, we will have Article 5 and then wait for travel approval.  Because there is a holiday at the beginning of October, we will not be traveling until after October 13th, which is good because we got some disappointing news today.  After the long application process and waiting 90 days, we got a letter from Show Hope telling us we did not receive a grant.  This is very hard news, but we have faith in God's plan.  We still have puzzle pieces available to sponsor and will will be praying for God's direction for the rest of the funds.  Will you pray with us?  Thank you!


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!


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 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! :)


Wednesday, August 5, 2015


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!


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