This Face

This is the little face I see every time I pick my phone up. This is the face that is driving Chris and I to work so hard to get all this paperwork and running around complete. This little face has no idea he has a big sister that can not wait for him to come home. Morgan told me all she wants to do is hold him. Morgan telling me that really touched my heart. She has accepted this little face as her brother!

As far as our Great paper chase it looks like it is coming to an end. Our Homestudy is this weekend. Once that is complete then we can turn everything into USCIS. Looking at all the boxes checked off but the few for our homestudy are gratifying.

I am constantly thinking and wondering about Baby C. For some reason this past week I have had a few sleepless nights hoping our baby boy is ok. Praying he is ok and that something inside of him knows he has a family working hard to bring him home.  I can honestly say we love this little one and we will do whatever we have to bring Baby C home.

 

XoXo,

Tia

 

Boxes

This past week we continued to get those boxes checked off. We really just have a few left 1 being we had to redo our FBI fingerprints. We had them done already with the results back but we found out we needed the results back on the FBI watermark. So that being said since tomorrow is a holiday we should have them back Tuesday to then turn around and mail them off to DC to be Apostilled. We are also still waiting for our Homestudy. Which is a huge piece to the puzzle. Once we get these missing pieces we are complete with the boxes. Well that’s just As far as our great paper chase goes. I was really hoping we would be able to submit all of our documents before the shutdown in Eastern Europe from 12/10 – 1/15. But unfortunately that is not looking very realistic at this point. Before we can submit in EE we have to turn our Homestudy into USCIS and the turn around is about 8 weeks.  I keep reminding myself God has a plan. Everything will workout how it’s supposed to.

This little face is why we are working so hard. This face is what is driving us to get those boxes checked off. Whatever we have to do to bring Baby C home as fast as possible we will do. 

XoXo

Tia

The Aftermath

It’s been a few weeks since my last update. Things around here have been pretty crazy. Lets just start with the obvious Hurricane Irma. The morning before Hurricane Irma made her lovely debut I woke up with an awful soar throat. However seeing we needed to get things done around the house there was no down time at all. Sunday morning we started to get rain and slight winds. While I felt absolutely awful. My sore throat now is accompanied by nonstop coughing, aching body, fever, pretty much everything you don’t want especially during a hurricane. The hurricane did end up turning and it was coming for us. All the reports all week said it would be more east but that was not the case anymore. About 8pm  Morgan and myself did end up in our “safe room” which is really the hallway outside Morgan’s bedroom. Chris was manning down the fort in the living room. The weather got extremely bad and it was pretty scary listening to the wind and rain. Our power did unfortunately go off. All day Sunday it flickered but Sunday night it finally went out.  Monday morning when daylight came we really got to go outside in the yard to access the damage we were pleasantly surprised. No major damage at all. Our power was out for a good 24 hours. Our cell phones did not work well at all VERY spotty service for about a week. And the ultimate worst part about everything for our wonderful 15 year old was no cable or internet for 13 days!. YES 13 whole days! Chris and I thought Morgan was going to literally dye of boredom. It also did not help that during that time there was no school for a week so she was home all day.  I am actually still not recovered from the crazy cold I had. I still have this cough and a runny nose. Hard to recover and get some down time when you are trying to put your house back together. But all and all our town was extremely fortunate it could of been a lot worse.

On to another note during the past few weeks I never thought I would get some much satisfaction in checking boxes off. We seem to be moving along quite well and accomplishing many things with bringing home Baby C. We have sent papers to Immigration and over sea’s. We are almost complete with our Home study packet which was pretty big. Just a few items left to go. I am always questioning myself trying to make sure I am doing everything correct. I am probably driving our facilitator Nancy from handofhelpinadoption.org crazy. But she is the best always is extremely helpful and answers all my questions.  Every box we check off means one step closer to Baby C. So check check check……

We are trying to get to you as fast as we can Baby boy. You have a family here that already loves you very much!!!

 

XoXo,

Tia

 

Irma

As I am sitting here tonight watching the news my mind is going a million miles a minute. Chris put all the hurricane shutters up which is really a strange feeling not to have natural light in the house.  We don’t really know what to expect but we do know bad weather is coming this way. As for now Sarasota looks as though we will be in the cone of the storm. Which it is natural for anyone to worry about their family and house. However these days I seem to be worried about a few extra things. I find myself always trying to figure out what time it is in Eastern Europe. Thinking about Baby C and him always being 7 hours a head of us. So every morning when I get up and start getting ready for work it is lunch time for him. I am always wondering what time he got up, what did he eat for breakfast, what’s he eating for lunch, did he sleep well the previous night. What if there was a storm is he scared of thunder? I am constantly running all different scenario’s in my mind. So tonight my mind is racing thinking about this monster Hurricane that is going to run through Fl and I am wondering/worrying about our Baby boy.

Please take the time to pray for the people who have been and will be affected by Irma. Also please pray for all of our sweet innocent angels who have been orphaned in EE.

 

XoXo,

Tia

 

West Family of 4

Yes that’s right! We will be a family of 4! Chris has been bugging me for years to start a blog. I can tell you I never thought this would be the blog I would start. We are over joyed to announce that we are currently in the process of adopting a beautiful baby boy from an Orphanage in Eastern Europe. He has Spina Bifida and is about 1 years old.

A few months ago while on Instagram I fell down the rabbit hole. I somehow ended up reading  blogs from the Cox Family. This family is truly amazing. They have adopted 2 children from Eastern Europe. After reading their inspiring stories that lead me to another website. Reece’s Rainbow! The more I read the more I wanted to learn about these poor orphaned children. My heart was truly breaking for all these innocent angels.  Did you know in Eastern Europe if Children are born with special needs they are considered a curse. They are usually sent to live in Baby house (orphanage) until the age of 4-5 which at the point the child are sent to an Adult Mental Institution. And the conditions are absolutely terrible. Chris and I talked about the idea of adopting from EE. I secretly think he really thought I was losing my mind. There was and still is A LOT of what if’s. But the minute we saw that sweet face everything changed for both of us. We both knew that was our son.

If you would of asked me 6 months ago if I would be on this journey I would of probably laughed at you. But here we are. And here we are with all of our heart breaking unanswered prayers from the past few years of why we could not get pregnant. it used to drive me crazy when people would say everything happens for a reason. Well I am here to say yes it truly does. Chris and I got our answer finally. Our son is waiting for us to take him home from half way around the world .

 

I will be updating with more details and you can always go to Handofhelpinadoption.org or Reece’s Rainbow for more information.

XoXo

Tia