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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

Friday, January 16, 2009

Dossier Found!

Whew! Kate called late today to let us know she found our original dossier docs! What a relief. I knew it had to be there somewhere and Kate wasn't going to rest until she found it. Hopefully now she can get them processed through the US system ASAP and over to the TRC so we can keep movin' right along. Thanks to all for your prayers...they must have worked!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Discouraged

Well, I'd like to say that the new year is starting off on a good note for our adoption BUT it's not. I know it's not Kate's fault that she stepped into Andrea's job and cannot find our WACAP dossier documents. I'm just frustrated, disappointed, and sad. Thank goodness I made copies of everything before I sent it. But I still think I'm going to have to redo some documents and I have to take new outdoor photos (in winter...yuck). It feels like one huge step backwards. I just wish our dossier could have been processed in December since I sent them Dec. 5th and WACAP received them Dec. 8th. But there's nothing I can control once the paperwork is out of my hands. So I just have to pray that now that there's been this mistake on WACAP's behalf, they will work even harder and faster to get our files organized and processed. There's really no one to blame...it's just human error. But Ray is still waiting...that's what hurts the most.
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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