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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, October 30, 2009

Adopting the Waiting Child

This is a lovely video I found on Kristine Fornek's page at adoptionvoices.com. It is so wonderful, I had to re-post and share it with you all on our blog. Enjoy! - Ann

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gifts for Ray's 8th Birthday

A new Mickey Mouse t-shirt for our son...
he'll fit in this animated family quite well!

Showing off the drawing he sent us in March!
We also were able to track down a few items of Doraemon,
the Japanese cartoon character that Ray likes (to match stickers he put on our drawing). Thanks, Dad, for snapping these photos for us!

WACAP will be bringing these items to the TRC the first week in November, just in time for Ray's 8th birthday on the 4th. We hope he can feel our love from around the world!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Waiting Game

I went to an adoption conference on Saturday all about attachment and bonding that was led by the author of "The Connected Child," Dr. Karyn Purvis. It was very inspiring to see that, with the right kind of nurturing, any child can recover from a harmful or impoverished history. And you could clearly see that Dr. Purvis was very passionate about working with kids from hard places. It was touching yet realistic. I am glad I went and gained some tools and knowledge to help us for the future to bring Ray closer to us emotionally and help heal his wounds of loss.

I met up with the Huwe's at the conference and it was great talking to them about their Thai adoption of their son who's now been in their home for a year. They gave me some insight and reminded me that the waiting is so worth it. Plus, I realized that, although we started the adoption process in August 2008, the REAL timeline for processing started when the dossier is in Thailand. That happened at the end of February 2009. So, realistically, we have not waited as long as most families typically do for older children (about 12 months). Of course, the WACAP website says that waiting ranges from 6-12 months, in which case, we're in that time frame now. So, in our minds, we have adjusted the thought that we'd travel in November to being more realistic in thinking perhaps we'll travel by February 2010. It would be the most wonderful Valentine's Day gift on the planet!

Thanks, again, for all the prayers and support! We truly appreciate all your kind words!!!
- Ann
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.