Archive | January, 2015

Article 5

We got an email from our agency today that our paperwork was dropped off today at the US Consulate in Guangzhou!  We are officially in the wait for our Article 5.  It takes approx 2 weeks to get it, so most likely they will pick it up on Monday, Feb. 9th and we’ll be in the wait for our Travel Approval (aka TA).  Once we get travel approval, we’ll most likely head to China within 1.5 – 3 weeks of getting that TA.

We also got another update on Philip – probably our last one before we travel but it helped us to know more about his size, also we learned he must know a considerable amount more of Mandarin than we thought – our report said he could sing 6-7 songs in Chinese but could not yet write very well!  I would say that is pretty great for a 2 year old!!!  We must start learning some Mandarin right away.  We also got some new photos!

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In other news, I just started a new bible study by Beth Moore called “Children of the Day” on 1st & 2nd Thessalonians.  A week in and it’s really good.  Check it out…

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Other than that we are just hanging out by the fireplace A TON and eating a lot of Vitamin C to try and stay well (me) AND get better (Wes & Rand).

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Nesting

We got our 1800 Approval!  Now we are in the wait for our Article 5.  I guess I’m probably the adoption equivalent of nearing 8 months pregnant – we think we could even travel as early as the very beginning of March if we get TA (i.e. “travel approval”) before Chinese New Year (in Feb. when everything shuts down in China for a week for their biggest annual national holiday).

I remember before Rand was born all the “unfinished projects” we hustled to get done…here we go again.  Not that any of these require being done for us to travel, but I sure will feel better if I can finish a few of them before we go.  They are:

-Cleaning out the garage – probably the most important but least fun!

-Finishing up the kitchen, not sure when it will end but it is SO CLOSE

-Making the guest bedroom into an actual guest bedroom/playroom (not much to do there except clean out all the stuff we stashed back there while the kitchen was being done!)

-We re-arranged the living room and took out some furniture and so I’m looking for two chairs and 2 rugs to define the 2 separate spaces we made

-Shutters and an exterior landscaping plan (we won’t be able to plant anything until spring, but I want to have the plan)

-Boys bathroom – Rand has always used our bathtub because his had a door on it that wasn’t conducive to taking kid baths/adults helping so we are taking it off and switching it to a curtain.  I took down the granny window treatments and it left holes in the wallpaper, also the mirror is cracked and dangerous so we may have it cut down and put a frame on it…here’s what I’m thinking currently:

This “look” (image sourced here)

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Here’s what I’m considering to get the look:

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1. Add wood to original mirror & stain it 2. use some vintage boat pics we already have, add gold or wooden frames 3. This wallpaper 4.  This shower curtain x2

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