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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, August 18, 2009

One Year Since Application

It's hard to believe that today marks one year since we submitted our applications for adoption with Special Children and WACAP. It seems long and yet we cannot believe where the time went.

We received an update phone call from WACAP yesterday to let us know that they are expecting to hear of our DSDW approval letter any day now but also that they do not understand why it has taken this long since all paperwork on our side and the TRC side is complete. Kate seems just as frustrated as we are with no answers. She also mentioned something about Ray's child history/medical info being possibly outdated since it was July 2008. She was hoping to get some answers from her boss and from the TRC this week.

Please keep Ray and our family in your prayers for some answers and some movement in our process.
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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