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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, April 10, 2009

Easter Surprise Video

We got our WACAP package in the mail today with the CD of photos (which were already emailed), a video CD and the actual drawing that Ray made for us! I never thought we'd get the real thing and am SO excited. It's on our refrigerator already!!! PLUS...the video is wonderfully touching. On it, they show him opening our gift of Packer and Badger clothing...which he is not too thrilled about since he was probably looking for toys. Then, the SW pulls out our letter with the photos of us with his clothes and he instantly has a HUGE smile on his face and starts to put on the Packer jersey with excitement. I could (and probably will) watch this video over and over again. It made both Bryan and I cry to see the connection we already have with our little guy, even if we're worlds apart.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Photos

We got new photos of Ray via email from WACAP today! He's looking so much older...makes us want to bring him home even more now. Best of all, WACAP took a photo of the picture he drew for us of him flying on a large bird towards Mommy and Daddy. It brought tears of joy to our eyes!
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.