So, ok, it has been...erm...forever since I updated. Sorry, and I do get e-mails from those of you nice enough to check occasionally. And we're okay here. It's just been that we are still computerless, which has been wonderful for making sure that I'm properly cultivating my relationship with my family, but not so wonderful in that I can't stay in touch with people that I used to talk to so much.
Update? Would you like to hear one? Well, first and foremost, our China adoption is still going on. It' s like the Energizer Bunny. It won't stop. We had issues with our paperwork there for a bit, but now our dossier is at the CCAA and we are waiting for travel approval. Of course, we are still praying this comes sooner rather than later, but it really honestly could be October before we travel. It won't be much later than that, though.
And I know you all want to see the most precious picture of our little girl! This was taken in April by the orphanage director. All the loot she is holding came from that fuzzy pink bag on her shoulder and we stuffed it FULL of things for her! So, she looks happy, right?
I also realized that we had never really updated anyone on the grant situation. It's AWESOME! We did get that grant from Life International, and it was for $2,000, so we sent out notes to all our friends and family asking for donations. And we received.....over $3,500. $2,000 of that was matched , so they sent over $5500 to our agency. Of course we were SO thrilled, then we took a step back and wondered how the other $10,000 would come in. A couple weeks later we found out that we were given a $4,000 interest free loan from The ABBA Fund, a group that helps people bring home their adopted children. And again, we were really encouraged by this, and we started not to be really worried about the last $6,000 because God just kept providing.
And He didn't let us down. Again, right when we needed it, we got a letter from Shaohannah's Hope
saying that we had received a $4,000 grant. And all we have left is the money for our plane tickets, and we are going to put those on the credit card. So, we are good to go!
Doug is now recruiting in Joplin, MO. When he got back from Iraq he swore he would never recruit. He didn't want to put kids into the war. But, when faced with being in the Army for 16 years and then getting out, it seems better to just go the 4 more years until retirement, no matter how much it stinks.
And boy, does it stink! The station commander is a dufus. He has zero integrity. Doug says recruiting is like playing a game with a 3 year old....they're always changing the rules so that they can win. "Okay guys, you can leave early if you make 2 appointments!" So, he works hard, makes 2 appointments, only to be told, "Well, they don't count because one of them was a walk-in and the other only has his GED, not a high school diploma." Doug doesn't see why it matters. Either one could end up being the Sergeant Major of the Army some day.
So, yeah, he doesn't like that very much.
And Gwen...she's about to turn 4. She's HUGE and talking like she's in first grade or something and she can't wait to be a little sister! She's already named our next child, Kathryn Truth. Except that wasn't the name we were planning on, but I don't NOT like it.
And my time is officially up at the library. Good night.