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Monday, October 11, 2004

 First Post

This is the first post of what I hope is many along the path to bringing our daughter home from China. First, some background on how we got to this point.

Anita and I were married on August 13, 1994 in Nashville, TN where we currently reside. We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We have been trying to have children of our own for more than 5 years. We have been through all the fertilty procedures up to the point but not including invitro fertilizaiton. At that point, rather than compromise our moral beliefs and continue to move forward in this vain, we decided to call it quits for a while. This of course was a very depressing time, but God started working on us and steering us towards adoption. It took about a year and half of convincing and serveral adoption seminars before we decided to take this plunge of faith. We decided on China for several reasons, but the biggest was because we feel that's what God has chosen for us. We were skeptical of the domestic adoption process, not to mention of the longer waiting times and higher costs. The biggest fear is the ability of the birth mother to change her mind and take the child back. We have been through too much to suffer that right now. Thinking internationally, China offered the quickest and least expensive process along with the best chance of receiving a healthy child.

We sent in our application to Children's Hope International the first part of July, 2004. When we returned home on July 17 from a mission trip with our church to New Mexico, we had a message on our answering machine that our application had been accepted. We have been hard at work doing paperwork since then and have recently completed our homestudy. Our fingerprints were taken on September 29 and the homestudy was sent in to C.I.S. on October 1. We still need to complete some State certifications but right now we are basically waiting on our I-171 form from C.I.S., which we hope to get by the middle of November, and sooner would be better. We are toying with the idea of taking our documents to Washington D.C. ourselves if it turns out that I need to attend some training in Baltimore. I'll let you know how that turns out.



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