Welcome - ยินดีต้อนรับ

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, December 23, 2008

Holiday Thoughts

In this Christmas season, I try to remember that thousands of people waited years and years for Jesus to arrive and when he did, it was more of a blessing than anyone could imagine. So, we can certainly wait one year or more for Ray to arrive and I am sure it will also mean more to us than we can imagine.

Merry Christmas, Ray! And thanks to God for guiding us on this path together.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dossier Completed

Phew! The last document was notarized at 9:00am today and I mailed the packet of Dossier forms, photos, and copies to WACAP right after that via Express Mail so they should have it on Monday morning. What does this mean? We made it through all the major paperwork until we hear back from the Thai government next year. That's a load off our shoulders! And as soon as our homestudy makes it into the right hands at WACAP, we'll have our USCIS papers submitted and Andrea will get going on approving the Dossier and getting it over to Thailand hopefully sometime in January or early February. So now we wait. AND now its time to get serious about learning some of the Thai language. Never a dull moment!!!
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.