Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shopping Day

We had a productive weekend -- we have a crib! Well we will soon have a crib, it was ordered and will be delivered to Pottery Barn Kids in Chandler in just a couple of weeks! It is a beautiful crib as you can see - we ordered ours in Espresso (this crib is pictured in the Honey color).

We already have our bedding picked out and just have to wait to see if we get a boy or a girl to order it!

We hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Family and Friends!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Visiting California families

Last week while we were in Northern California for our meeting with Lesley and Taz, we had the opportunity to meet a couple of families that have already adopted from Japan that we have been communicating with via e-mail.

It was very nice to catch up with Eryn, Gregor, and their girls Emi (adopted from Kazakhstan) and Miya (adopted from Japan) as well as Nancy (her hubby Tim wasn't able to join us this time, but we're hoping to meet him in December when we visit) and their kids Tripp and Kira (both adopted from Japan, *before the requirement was in place that you are only able to adopt if you don't have other children). The Cech's treated us to dinner at Taro's, along with another couple going through the process - Brian and Ju from Florida.

Back left Brian and Ju, us

Front left Nancy and Tripp, Miya and Eryn, Gregor and Emi

These families were the first and second to go through the Japan program, so of course we appreciate their insight, and seeing their adorable kids is an added bonus for us - it always helps to see that at the end of this journey we will really have a baby.

Here are a couple pictures of us with Kira - Kira is just 4 1/2 months old and very sweet and snuggly. I'm not sure Miya or Tripp would have appreciated us wanting to hold them, as they very mobile at almost 2 years old, but Miss Kira was very accommodating.

Jennifer, Dean, and Kira
Kira and Jennifer

Aren't they cute?!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Paper Ready"

Paper Ready!

As the saying goes in the adoption world - Dean and I are officially pregnant on paper - what does that mean? That means that our paperwork is done and ready to go to Japan with Taz the next time she goes!

As you may have read below, our I-171H arrived in the mail right before we left for California for our meeting at ATWA. The above photo shows Lesley (ATWA director), Me, Taz (Japan facilitator) and Dean at our meeting Monday.

We now begin the wait process. Keep us in your prayers, we are hoping that our baby is growing in a very special birth mother, that she is taking very good care of herself and that she has an uneventful pregnancy and an easy delivery. Please keep her in your prayers as well.

Our preference is that we do not know when our file is being viewed. We want to find out once the baby is born, we have been chosen, and the birth mom has signed the pertinent paperwork. We have NO idea when this will happen - all we know is when the baby that is supposed to be our baby is born --- we will find out. We are patient and we believe that our baby is out there and we will find each other when the time is right.

We ask that you check here --- we will update our blog as soon as we hear something!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Last weekend I put this on our wall above the fireplace in our living room - I truly believe what it says!
As you know we left for California Thursday evening. Before we left Dean and I were driving home from work and I saw the mail lady in our neighborhood, I had a moment or two of worry because my brother was due at our house for the weekend, and I worried that he may have parked in front of the mailbox - when I saw her I said OH NO! The mail lady... I hope that Matt didn't park in front of the mailbox! Dean asked "Why" - I said "Because if he did - she won't deliver our mail." - Dean had kind of a puzzled look, and said "You're not still holding out hope for that paper (before we go to CA)." - I commented "Of course I am, today is our last shot before we leave!" (Mind you, on the way home from the grocery store Monday night I chanted I-171, I-171, I-171 all the way home!) I ran in the house, grabbed the mailbox key and went to check the mail - low and behold there was an envelope in the mailbox from Dept. of Homeland Security - however it was only addressed to Dean, so I reluctantly handed it over to him, upset that it must be a 'problem' with our prints or something, since it was only addressed to him. Dean read through it, and handed it to me - I read through it and didn't know what it was exactly. This looked like any everyday correspondence - white typewritten paper, nothing special - until I glanced at the VERY bottom left hand corner to which I saw - I-171H (in very tiny print)!
Our Immigration paper had arrived! I was sooooo excited - our last piece of paper was here, all we needed to send our paperwork is now complete!
Dean and I celebrated yesterday at Mikuni's in Roseville with Dean's cousin Greg - we had a nice lunch together and filled Greg in on our excitement!
Monday we visit with Lesley and Taz and we will give them all of our paperwork, book, and letter for potential birth mom's - and afterward we will meet up with Eryn and Nancy and their kids - we are excited to finally meet everyone. We will post more pictures when we get home.