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Hello all family and friends!

With great excitement, we started our adoption journey in August 2008. We are now first time parents through adoption of an 8-year-old son from Thailand. We have chosen to build our family through the adoption of a son from Thailand because this is where we feel God is leading us right now.

It took 1 year and 9 months to bring Ray home and it was totally worth it!

We appreciate all of your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Ann & Bryan

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's My Birthday

And I'm so glad for all the family and friends that surround me with love and support every day. I cannot wait to have a son to share in this wonderful life with me and my hubby.

I'm impatiently waiting for updated photos and video from WACAP. They said it would take 10 business days to sort everything out. So probably by my cousin, Molly's birthday (Nov. 10), we'll have some new images of our soon-to-be matched son! I probably won't share these photos with anyone outside our immediate family until the Thai government gives us the official match sometime next year. Just in case he slips out of our reach. But once we have the matched papers signed with WACAP, I may start giving out his name and some details...just cause we're so excited!

Love to all, Ann

Sunday, October 19, 2008

WACAP in Thailand

So, the CEO of WACAP is now in Thailand and we're so excited because this means when she gets back, we'll get updated photos, info, and questions answered about the child we're so close to having a hold on. In the midst of all this paperwork and red tape, it's nice to remember that there's a child waiting for a loving family...just like we're waiting for him.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Home Study Draft

Yipee! I just got our home study draft via email from Special Children. So tonight I can read it through thoroughly and check for errors, omissions, and grammar errors. Then WACAP will have to review it, and then the state/feds need to approve it. But this gets us one step closer!

Also, the CEO of WACAP is visiting the orphanages in Thailand next week and she is going to take a copy of the HS draft with her to show to the Thai social workers so they know about us ahead of time which, I'm hoping, will make the referral process go faster next year.

Yipee! Thanks for all the support and prayers...they must be working!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

All-Day Education

On Saturday, we went to an all-day international adoption educational workshop provided by Bethany Christian Services and located at Brookfield Christian Reformed Church. It was eight hours of full immersion into the world of adoption...talking about grief and loss, attachment and bonding, race and culture, and getting to share stories with other adoptive families and adoptees. I think is was great information, maybe a little overload for one day, and I'm glad we did it together. This will help us get on the same page for preparation of having a Thai child in our family.
Why are we adopting internationally and not domestically?
While we think adopting domestically is extremely important, our hearts are drawn to the waiting children in other countries. Some of our closest friends and relatives have adopted, are adopted themselves, or are planning to adopt internationally. This has been a wonderful experience for them, as I am confident our adoption will be for us.

Why are we adopting from Thailand?
The number one reason is simply...that's where our son is living right now. Also, the Thai people are extremely laid back and friendly and the adoption process is very straight forward in Thailand and has been around for decades so there should be no surprises or corruption. After researching our other options, the requirements to adopt from Thailand fit our requirements. If we decide to adopt again, we will reevaluate the different countries and domestic programs.

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