Thursday, January 27, 2011

First course!

So we have had our first Hague adoption course, and it was wonderful. I can't talk about what went on or the content, because we signed a confidentiality agreement. But I can say that it is helpful to be in a room full of positive people. Even though we have 4 children already and have had numerous adoptions in our extended family, we are learning. I am beyond over the moon with having this journey started. Our official paper start will begin soon. And that is the next amazing stop on this journey to you, Wu.

Loving you little Wu,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hague Courses!

We are super duper excited because we are about to start the Hague accredited courses, which will allow us to begin our homestudy for the dossier! One more step closer to you, little one. The courses total 10 hours, and are held once a week for 2 hours over a period of 5 weeks. When we finish the courses, we will be 1-2 weeks away from being old enough to submit our OFFICIAL application to our child placing agency. We are so excited to begin the process to finding you. Can't wait until we see your face!
Until then,
Praying for & loving you,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hey there little one

Guess who .... that's right its Dad-e-o this time. Mom's filling out paperwork for you as I type. We are hoping and praying for you to get the best care by others at the moment and you can bet that there is a whole bunch of loving ready for you from team Robichaux (Mom, I & your brothers and sisters). Our time with you now seems so far away yet closer than ever before. Can't wait for the day when you're here. Its late so good night and God bless my little one in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit (you'll soon see that this will be our night time routine after prayers and harmoneous whining of not wanting to go to bed).

Finding Balance

A piece of my heart, or parts of my heart are hidden in China. And parts of my heart are here... I have been consumed with blogs from families who have adopted from China. I have searched their timelines, hoping to see someone that has experienced our issue- not being old enough yet to start the paperwork, but just inches away from being able to do so.

On our prospective agency's website, it clearly states that we have to wait until we are both at least 29.5 years old to apply. Yet I search to see if I can start something else early. Are there forms that I can get a head start on? Could we take the classes for adoption early? Once we get started, what will the timeline be like? Answers are what I am in desperate need of, and there are so many questions left unanswered. And if you know me, then you know that I don't do well with the unknown. Not for this long anyhow. And I know we are just scratching the tip of the iceburg here, if that much.

My lateset "research" has produced a list of common abbreviations associated with China adoption. I will post these in the sidebar. This way, I can abbreviate common words, and you don't have to feel like I am speaking... well, Chinese! ;) Technically, it's Mandarin, but anyhow... LOL

A proud moment for me yesterday, was when I was watching an adoption video and the baby was getting their handprints and footprints taken for their adoption certificate. The lady who was printing the baby was speaking Mandarin to him, and I UNDERSTOOD what she was saying!! Joey was proud of me as well! See, she was counting for him. It was a simple 1-2-3, but I understood it. I am hoping I will learn much more Mandarin before picking up our little Wu, so I can understand some of their needs that I wouldn't otherwise know of. And I am hoping it will give them some comfort to hear their native language a bit, even if it is just at a toddler level (that's okay, because they will be a toddler too).

I can't say enough about my teacher... a little game for the DS called My Chinese Coach. It is probably one of the most effective tools I have ever encountered for learning a new language. It still amazes me that I can learn a new language on a video game!

Well, my presence is requested at the refrigerator. Seems as if there is a great need for cheesesticks at this very moment. lol

Little Wu, we are loving you!

God bless,
Tasha (aka Momma)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2 months Until Paper Trail

Only 2 months left until we start our official paper trail! Daddy and I are really excited! We've been reading blogs, going over SN (Special Needs), and praying about whatever decisions we need to make to lead us to you. We know that God knows who you are, and He has chosen you for us, and us for you. We just need to follow Him on this journey to finding you. We can't wait to see your face, and to meet you!

Loving you,

Monday, January 3, 2011

We look "GREAT"

Happy New Year baby Wu!! This year is already shaping up to be quite fantastic. Today, I received a phone call from an agency we are interested in, and they said our pre-application looks "great!" I feel a step closer to you already, and it makes my heart jump leaps and bounds! Mommy and Daddy will send them a little more information, and we also hope to schedule an orientation meeting this month with the social worker who will be visiting us soon.

Sending our love to you, and thinking and praying for you often,

Momma, & Your Family