So, we are into December and we have lots going on! We have received our visas, Provisional Approval, NVC Approval and submitted our DS-260. We are not waiting on Article 5 Pick Up and then Travel Approval. We were also approved for ten year visas which will make it easier to adopt again. We also had our trivia night, which was SO MUCH FUN! If anyone in adoption world ever needs help doing a trivia night, I would be happy to help because it was so much fun! So, now we are just enjoying the season, scouring the internet for China packing advice and waiting for the next piece of paper.
We did decide to do an orphanage call through Ladybugs N Love, which is the person we had used to send him two packages. I will include the questions I asked, because I also scoured the internet to find out what questions people ask. You got ten questions with the phone call. We asked:
1. What are his favorite foods?
2. What does he like to play?
3. Does he have any favorite songs?
4. Does he walk independently with his walker?
5. What does he dislike?
6. How does he feel about being adopted and moving?
7. What is his usual daily schedule?
8. What makes him happy?
9. What makes him sad?
10. What is he afraid of?
We also asked if the orphanage had any specific needs we could bring as donations when we come.
We were so incredibly excited to find out his latest sizes and especially to find out lots more about his personality. Unfortunately a few days later, we received an email that his orphanage only answers questions from a particular group in China so they would not complete an orphanage call. Remember my last blog post about things not working out the way we had planned them? Our agency contact has contacted China to see if we can get any of the information before we travel, but we know that there is a good chance that we will not here back. It's hard, but there is nothing we can do about it except to continue to pray for him.
It has been so long that we have been pursuing adoption and it has been 10 months since we first accepted his file. We have been so ready to bring him into our family and we are so thrilled that the time is getting closer! Please keep praying for his heart and his protection and for people to be sharing information with him about his upcoming adoption and move.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:2-5