Journey To Our Daughter.

Rick & Debby's adoption journey to their baby daughter Alana Danielle Dawn in China. COMING HOME SOON!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

China here we come!!!!!

What to pack, what to pack, what to pack!!!
We have been busy trying to get everything in our suit cases but keep it under 40#! We are allowed only one suitcase a person at no more the 40# and a carry on. Everybody knows how hard air travel is now a days! We leave in 2 weeks from now! Our first stop will be Japan as Rick's mom has always wanted to go there and we had a lay over anyway. So we will leave a couple of days early and go shopping and tour Japan. Then we will leave for Beijing China a day early as we found out we were only there for 1 day and we had so much we wanted to see. On the second day our travel group with Great Wall Adoption Agency will join us. There are 5 of us adopting from the Chuzhou orphanage. There is 1 boy and 4 girls being adopted I think. We will leave for Hefei on Oct 29. We will then get to see Alana for the first time on the 30 of Oct. A day I am sure we will remember forever! We have waited so long for this moment! Keep us in your prayers. We hope the transition is an easy one for Alana. We will then leave for Guangzhou and the Famous White Swan Hotel on Nov 3rd. We will go to the American Consulate to finish up paper work and Alana will see a doctor before she is allowed to fly home on the 8th. Thanks to all who have taken this journey with us! It truly is a journey of a life time and for us it is just beginning! One of our friends will be house setting and baby sitting our furry baby's for us until we get back. A BIG thanks to everybody who has joined us on our journey and has helped us with the process

Thursday, September 21, 2006


It is official!!
Today Great Wall got our TA. We will be leaving at the end of Oct. when China opens back up after their trade show! Soon our Alana will be home! Safe and sound!!! Such a long journey but one well worth taking!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006


So with everybody back from their vacations our agent called China and was told our TA will be in the next batch (in about 2 weeks). We are praying for it to go a little faster as that will put us in China in the first of Oct and China does not allow adopters to go during that time as it is one of their biggest holidays. So if it happens that way once again we will have to set and wait until the end of the months to go get Alana. Maybe even the first of Nov. I am so tired of waiting so I am praying it will happen quicker so we can go before China closes down. Anyway at least we have good news.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Your not going to believe this!!

The person in China who is working on our file went on vacation for 2 weeks. He was suppose to be back and we were to finally find out what was going on with our TA on Thursday last week, the only day our agency is allowed to contact the CCAA. On that Wed before, Rick got an email from our adoption agent to let us know she was going on vacation the next day (you got it) THURSDAY!!!! So we didn't hear anything last week as to what was going on with our TA. We are guessing we will hear this Thursday and hope this wait is finally over for us!! I don't think there is anybody left that hasn't taken a vacation that is involved in our paperwork. We are hoping this is a good sign. But let me tell you...." WE SHOULD BE THE ONES TAKING THE VACATION"!!! :-)

Saturday, August 19, 2006


We heard from our agency Thursday and were told that the people who are working on our file our now on vacation for 2 weeks! So we won't be getting our TA for at least 2 more weeks. But on the up side, the head of our agency did call the head of the TA department in China and talked to them about our file so they would be aware of who we are and what is going on. So our agency doesn't think this will go past this months.They think it will probably come to a head when the people come back from vacation. I sure hope they have a good time and are relaxed and in a very good mood and just stamp our TA when they get back!!! But as all of you who have done an adoption from China know,China closes it's doors in Oct. as it is one of their biggest holidays. So adoptions stop for the month of Oct. If we don't get our TA soon and our Travel Approval date to go before then we will have to wait to get her in Nov. She will be 2 years old on November 4. We wanted so much to get her home before then. Well there still is time so keep those prayers coming!
We are at day 114 in our wait for Travel Approval. My friend got hers 3 weeks after she got her referral and traveled 8 days later. We got our referral in April. We were told by our agency that there are 4 families at 140 days! UG!!!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Nobodys Home in China!!!

Or at least it is starting to feel that way! Still no TA. Our agency will call the CCAA on Thursday to try to get them to move along with it. Keep us in your prayers! We are at day 95 and counting!We were told to expect 2 to 8 weeks. The stress is starting to really get to both of us! I had a request for pictures but we have no new pictures. But I finished Alana's birth information cross stitch. I started it the day we started the adoption process. December 2004. It took almost 2 years! I am not a cross stitcher at all. I also finished Alana's 100 good wishes quilt. Not good at that either. I am going to have someone sew a nice one with the rest of the squares for Alana someday!
That's all for now. We should know something at the end of this week.
(We've all heard that before haven't we :-)

Monday, July 24, 2006


Still waiting and waiting and waiting.....
Yesterday we had a baby shower it was wonderful. Alana got so many wonderful things! Thanks everyone for all your love, support and gifts! We hope we will hear from our agency this week as we have now been waiting 80 days as of today, from the day our letter of intent was sent off to China. Sooooooooo we hope good things will come this week! Keep your fingers crossed and prayers coming.