Sunday, May 18, 2008

with fear and trembling

Birthday singing in A minor...

Déjà vu
A sensation that an experience has occurred before…
In October of 2005, we wrote to you that our adoption plan had changed. We were in process with Kazakhstan and the country closed (meaning they stopped processing adoptions).

We prayed and picked a new country program, Vietnam. As we all know Avi Joy did come home from VN and proved that indeed God does know what He is doing.
We have received the sad news that Vietnam is most likely closing and the chances of us receiving a referral are very slim. It is unfortunate that children will no longer be able to come home to their forever families. Families who were planning on adopting from Vietnam have to make the tough decision to change their adoption plan and this includes us as well.
We are excited to share the new plan that has been placed in our hearts.
We are going to do a US or international adoption and we are headed to China!
What?!? OK, please let us explain.
We are choosing to stay with our agency Dillon International and we are transferring our funds from VN to China. The wait for a referral for China is 3-5 years. China allows families to do a congruent adoption, meaning that while waiting for your referral from China, you can process from beginning to end a domestic or international adoption.

We started the process for China on May 23rd.
A child from our new adoption process will be our second child, then we will travel to China for our third child. We will keep you posted on our second adoption plans (country, timeline, fundraisers).

A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped us with our God’s Grace Adoption Ministry matching grant. We received news that our grant was matched and the total was over $6,000 for our adoption! We are just seeping with gratitude and are truly humbled by your giving. Thank you for taking an active part in helping our family grow!
Thank you God’s Grace Adoption Ministry,

Cali and Brant Hess, along with their cousin Allison Flory, hosted a lemonade stand to help raise money for baby Perryman! The Hess and Flory families live in California. They have been blessed through international adoption and desire to teach their children to serve other families just like their own! You did a wonderful job kids. Thank you!

These are a few of my favorite things...

Playing in bed! Peek-a-boo with daddy never gets old.

Going on dates! I am a real fan of cute boys. (i.e. Ian)

Watching Elmo! We went to see him Live for my birthday.

ALL NEW PICTURES- 2008 PHOTOS Feb- May, are on our website (for sure now)
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"Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." Philippians 2:12-13

Adam, Natasha and Avi Joy