Wednesday, September 14, 2016

L.O.A baby!



While I'm sitting in my bed with stacks of paperwork to all sides of me, I got a text from Brock, he had checked our email and we are LOA! What does LOA mean? It means Letter of Approval from China! They have received, translated, expedited and approved all of our paperwork! This is awesome!

This also means it can be just a couple of weeks until I am told I can go get our boys! YIPEE!

So much to do, tons around our house, time to start thinking about packing, more paperwork, Visas to apply for, etc etc etc. I will get there!

We are still in need of funds to complete the adoption. I have full faith that Gods got this! He will provide! Can you please pray for this part. This is a biggie, cause I cant travel to get them until we have everything paid for and travel costs also. We are around $22,000-250000 in need. If you can help us out, every dollar helps! If you cant, can you share our story? Maybe someone you know would like to help us get them home! And of course, please pray for us!

We now have a way to send tax deductible donations, you can send them to our church and they will get them to us. Be sure to write the check to Salisbury Church, but in the memo line write ADOPTION FUND. And on the back of the envelope write PAUL FAMILY ADOPTION
you can send it or drop it off if local:
Salisbury Church
2350 Madison Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

You can still donate through our PayPal account and directly to our bank also.

First Federal Savings & Loan
800 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
**Please write check to Paul Family Adoption**

PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/PaulAdoption

Not much longer now...Ill be going to get our babies! I can not wait!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

EXPEDITE issued!

I got the email last week (Thursday September 8th) that China has issued a medical expedite for the remainder of our adoption! What does that mean?! That means, they feel that the boys medical condition warrants a need for them to get home soon. They will process and approve our last steps quicker than normal so I can travel soon. How soon? As soon as 4-8 weeks, give or take a bit! WOW! 

We are super excited knowing the boys will be home soon. We are so grateful that they will be able to get the medical care, check ups, surgery, and therapies they need. Not to mention the unconditional love of a family! They will become loved sons, brothers, cousins, nephews, grandsons, and friends! They will go to church and learn about Jesus! SO EXCITING! 

There is so much to do and so little time. I don't know where to start. Bedroom rearranging, clothes to wash and hang, bedding to buy, car seats to buy and install, doctor appointments to schedule, screenings to schedule OK, I dont want to think about anymore! Ill just make a list and check it off as it gets done. Kind of like with giving birth, you can be so ready but dont really know exactly when they will arrive. Same with adoption, I can keep working away and may get a call in 2-3 weeks that says hey, go get your boys...or it may be 6-8 weeks. Either way...they are coming home! 

We are still in major financial need. We are over half way there with fees, but now the fees will start coming to us quicker as we will be moving along quicker. The most expensive part is travel, but it is 100% necessary. China requires a 2 week stay, 1 week in their providence and 1 week in Guangzhou, where the US Embassy is. At this point, I estimate we are around $24,000-28,000 short of completing the adoption, including travel. It ALL must be paid before I can go get them. 

Can you please pray for us, pray the finances are there as needed, we do not want to slow anything down because of money. Pray for us to be prepared to embrace the boys, to help us understand how to help them with their medical challenges, language barriers and fitting into our family. Pray for the boys, pray they remain healthy, pray the Lord prepares them for this huge transition in their lives. They will soon be taken from all they know and be given to a strange woman who talks differently, looks and smells differently and lives somewhere far far away. While this is a very happy time for us, this can be very traumatizing for the boys.  

If you can and would like to help us out financially, you can make a donation to our PayPal account, we get 100% of your donation thru here and 100% of it is going towards our adoption expenses. https://www.paypal.me/PaulAdoption 

You can also send or drop off a donation to our bank. If sending a check, please write it out to Paul Family Adoption and put Brock & Beck Paul in the memo line. Our banks address is:
First Federal Savings & Loan
800 West Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

Thank you! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Triple Special Day

Today is and always will be a triple special day for our family!

One this day in 2009 I was in China, I had Hudson in my arms for the very first time! On that exact same day, our twin boys Rowen and Rylen were born! How amazing that we will forever share such a special day. How amazing that I was in my sons birth country on the day they were born! WOW!

First about Hudson:

I will never, ever forget the day I met Hudson. It was so hot and muggy in Shanghai, we arrived a bit early to the civil affairs building. There was no air conditioning. I was nervous, but felt at peace, this was the day we had waited 17 long months for! My guide got a call that they were running behind, and the eventually showed up about 1.5 hours late. They walked in, telling us he had been sick in the car, he was ill, he didnt feel good. Hudson sat in a chair just out of arms reach from me. A very serious face and so quiet. I handed him a sippy cup of water, they tried to tell me he would get sick, but he quickly took it and took a few drinks. He gave me a little smirk. I met with the orphanage director and the nanny for a bit. As soon as they stepped out of the room, Hudson hopped down from his chair and came to me. I began to get out snacks and toys and he just gave me a bit smile! We took a selfie together!

Drinking his water


Our first selfie

By the time it was time for us to leave the office and head to the hotel, Hudson was happy and eager to take my hand and go! It went so much smoother than I could ever imagined. I had prayed so many times for God to please keep me calm and ready to handle any situation. And for Hudson to be ready for us, ready to come to me and go home! God sure had His hand on us! 

The two weeks in China with Hudson was everything from amazing to crazy! I would do it all over again and again if I had to. I wouldn't of changed a thing. This boy was so loved before he ever got to be in my arms. We loved him so very much and this day is so special to me, today is "Mommy & Hudson day"! 

Now, today, Hudson is sitting in his second grade classroom. He is handsome, smart, funny and so loving. He is a typical 7 year old boy. He loves his family, school, and to pester his sisters and brother. He would live on his Ipod or TV if we let him and would eat snacks all day long. He loves Pokemon, I believe mainly because his big brother watched it with him and told him how much he liked it as a kid. Hudson is loved and cherished. We are so very blessed to have him as our son!
 
Mommy & Hudson Day 2016


Rowen & Rylen

These handsome little boys turn 3 years old today. I still can't get over the fact that I was in China, meeting their big brother, the day they were born just a few hours away! Amazing! 

These boys are so cute and we just can't wait to get our hands on them! I day dream every single day of what our first day together is going to be like. This time I am not traveling alone, Brock's sister Alicia is sweet enough to come with! She will be awesome help and I am so happy she will be there with me! 

We found out recently that they boys are now living with a family within the orphanage, like a foster family. They sleep, spend holidays and weekends with this family. We are so very thankful for them. We have photos and a video that shows the foster mom and she seems very sweet and loving towards the boys. We feel like this is a wonderful opportunity for the boys to get a glimpse of what family like can be like. Of course, they spend the day and meal times at the orphanage. I know this may make it harder for them to transition to me when the day comes, but it is giving them a chance to have a special bond with a mama figure, allowing them to be in a small setting, together. We have asked if they could please remain with this family until we arrive and I have been told yes! Praise God! 

Im a bit sad that they are not home celebrating their birthday. But, I am reminding myself that today is the last birthday they will have pass by them and not be recognized. All the rest of their birthdays will be filled with love, cake and gifts! They will be shown how special of a day this is, they will be celebrated and loved. They will be at their home with their family for all the rest of their birthdays. Sure, we missed out on the first three, just means we will have to celebrate extra big next time! 

I had a little fun with their pictures!


Now, we are still very short on funds. I have applied for adoption grants and hope and pray we will hear back and be granted something, but so far that isn't happening. We still have our 100's chart to get filled up! 

Each number in the chart represents an amount to donate...$1-100. You can choose as many boxes you want to sponsor as you want (ex. 7,8,16,19 to represent our children's ages...or any order for any reason at all). You comment which number(s) you want to sponsor then send the money via paypal (or if local you can hand deliver). I will cross out the boxes as they are sponsored. Once ALL boxes have a sponsor we will choose a sponsor to win a $100 giftcard to either WalMart, ITunes, or Amazon! Winners Choice! You get entered for the amount you donate...donate $20, you have 20 entries, donate $55 you get 55 entries! All of the money raised go towards our adoption fees!


If you can help out in this way or any other way, we would so greatly appreciate it! We are ready to get these boys home! 



Monday, August 22, 2016

One step closer!

DTC----Dossier to China!



We have finally made it, we got official word on Friday (8/19/2016) that we are now DTC. What does this mean? It means that all the important documents that we have done here in the USA, that were approved, got notary stamped, certified, authenticated, etc etc etc are all now all sent to China to have them translated into Chinese, reviewed and approved! This is a huge step in our adoption process.

We also received a few new photos and a video of each of the boys! We got to hear their voices and Rylen saying mama! They are so precious! We can not wait to get them home!

So, once you are DTC, travel can be 3-5 months, if there is no expedite. Since they boys have potential for things to turn bad fast, we have filed for a medical expedite for our case. This does not mean they will honor it. It will be up to the person reading the papers in China to decide if their case is urgent enough to issue the expedite. If we get an expedite, I would think travel could be 2-3 months, tops. We know this is all in the Lords timing and only He knows the perfect time. If we are not approved for expedite, I will rest assured that other children that are much sicker are getting into their families arms quickly as needed. Im not sure when we will know if they honor the expedite, I am guessing within the next couple of weeks.

We are also still VERY short funds. I know I keep throwing out huge numbers on what we still need, this time I want to break it down as to what we need and what for, so some of you may have a better understanding. Here is what is remaining....

Agency Fees

* Program Coordination                    $3250
* Post Placement Supervision           $1000
* Post Placement Reports                  $1000

Country Fees

* Chinese Government                     $2000
* Care of Children                            $5800
* Host Fee                                        $1500

Third Party Fees

* Travel visas                                  $ 280
* Child's medical exam                   $ 140
* Child's passport                            $ 400
* Child's visas                                 $ 650
* Airfare                                         $8000
* Lodging                                       $2000
* In country transportation             $2000
* Misc fees, food, etc                     $4000

Grand total needed as of 8/23/2016  $30,020


Like I have said many times before, I know it is a huge number, but our God is bigger. He will see this thru. We are doing what we are called to do, we are caring for orphans. We are bringing them home, caring for their all of their needs, getting them much needed medical care, showing them they are loved, wanted and cherished. We are going to teach them about God, they will go to church ...things they would never get to do in China. We are going to change their world!

Would you like to help us get some of these fees covered? There are many ways to do so...

Paypal...there is a link on the top right of this page, or you can click the link below here. When you donate thru PayPal, we get 100% of the money!
https://paypal.me/PaulAdoption

Mail or drop off to the bank...of course donating to our bank, we get 100% of your donation!
First Federal Savings & Loan
Paul Family Adoption
800 West Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

Go Fund Me...we do not get 100% of the money this way, there is a small fee taken out, but we get most!
www.gofundme.com/paulfamilyadoption

You can also follow us on Facebook, we keep that page updated a little more than our blog. You can find it by searching....Paul Family Adoption or go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000528550027746/ 

Please continue to pray for the boys and their health. Please continue to pray for us as we wait and anticipate their arrival. Pray for those who are working on our papers in China. And please pray for the finances to be there when needed. 

       Rylen LeRiger Paul                                                                       Rowen Terry Paul

Monday, July 18, 2016

New fundraiser & update

We have been working hard to get the boys home! We applied to the US to allow us to adopt children from another country and that was approved, along with our FBI fingerprints proving we have not committed any crimes here or elsewhere. We are now finishing up our dossier (large collection of documents that represents who we are) and this week we will be taking them to get their final seals of approval from the US before sending them off to be translated and sent to China. Typically from the time our dossier is logged into China it takes 3-4 months until you can travel and that is without a medical expedite being honored. We are hoping they honor our request and the doctors request for an expedite, so the boys can get home quicker and into doctors for the proper care they need.

We are so thankful that so far this whole time we have continued to have what has been needed financially. We are blessed with generous friends and family who have donated, we have cut back on many extras we felt our family no longer needed, Brock is working extra and tutoring, and we have held a few fundraising events. But, our savings account is slowly fading, we don't have enough to cover any more fees or expenses at this time. We estimate that we still need $25,000-30,000 to complete the adoption. We need the money there when it needs to be sent out. While we really do hate asking for financial help, we truly need it. Every bit of what gets donated is going to our adoption. We have a separate savings account just for the adoption money. We contribute everything we can, but alone, it is not enough. Yes we have the finances to raise two more children, but we do not have the amount needed to complete an adoption, readily available. So, we have a new fundraiser and hope you will be able to donate and/ or share.


This chart represents dollar amounts to be donated...anything from 1-100. You can choose any number(s) and then pay via PayPal. (email me, PM me on Facebook or leave a note in your PayPal donation as to what number(s) you have chosen.) Our PayPal link is on the top right side of this page.

As the numbers get "sponsored" I will update the picture with the numbers crossed out.

Once the chart is completely crossed out, we will randomly choose a winner of a $100 gift card! Winner can choose from Wal Mart, iTunes, or Amazon.

The number you choose is the amount of times your name will be entered into the drawing. Ex. donate $50-get 50 entries.

If you are in our Facebook group, you will find this same chart, please share this fundraiser on your FB page. Every bit helps! You can also share the web address to our blog so others can read about our journey!

Please continue to pray over our adoption. Pray that the finances will be there when they are needed. Pray the boys remain doing well and have no major medical issues arise before we are home. Pray for our guidance and ability to listen and obey. The Lord brought us these children and we know He will get them home. We need to continue listening to Him and following His plan.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

More updates

Thank you to everyone who came to our skate fundraiser! We had a very successful fundraiser and were able to raise the remaining amount needed to pay the next fee, for our home study report to be completed! I love how the Lord always provides, it may not be all at once, but bit by bit, it has been there as we have needed it!

Today I was able to pick up our officially completed and certified home study report! This is the first HUGE step in the adoption process. Of course there are many more steps, but that was a big one. We are so excited to be able to move on to the next step. The next HUGE piece to the adoption process is called the dossier. The dossier is basically ALL of the paperwork that has to be completed, notarized, certified and later translated and sent to China. Of course we still have some steps in between before we are ready to get that going...fingerprints, many more documents, and I think we still have one more required training ahead of us. We will get there bit by bit! We also received the medical expedite letter from the neurologist. We are hoping that this will help encourage the workers who have to review our information and process stuff for us, to do so quickly. 

It is exciting that Hudson is getting to see all the work that goes into adoption. He has said to me many times, "what took you so long to get me mom"? And, it breaks my heart. I've explained to him many times that if I could of just jumped on a plane to bring him home I would have, but there is a process and LOTS of paperwork and MANY people are involved in the adoption of each child. I think he can somewhat see that now. Hudson is excited to have two little brothers, from China like him, who have weaknesses and will likely require some leg brace(s) like he does. He told me the other day, "we are special" and I said, "yes, each of my children are special!" He laughed and said "no mom, just your China boys!" Oh yes, my China boys sure are special (and so are my bio children). I love all of my children, I am so blessed to be a mama to these children. If you would of told me 5-10 years ago I would have 4 boys and 2 girls I would of laughed! Now, I couldn't imagine my life any other way! 

So as we are moving on to the next steps, will you please continue to pray for us? Pray that the steps continue to go smoothly and quickly. Pray that the medical expedite will be honored. Pray that the money needed for each fee is there when it is needed. Pray for the boys as they wait for us. Pray for our family, as adoption can be stressful and we don't want our children to feel the stresses from us. And please pray for each of us as we prepare to change our rolls a bit....the boys will be sons and brothers, Hudson will be a big brother, the older 3 will now have 2 more little brothers, Brock and I will need lots of new found energy to keep up with two little boys! 

Thank you so much for all your love and support. Without your prayers, kind words, and financial donations, this adoption would not be possible. If you would like to make a donation to help offset some of the upcoming fees, you can use the Paypal like on the top right of this screen or mail a check to our bank at:
Charleston Federal Savings & Loan
Attn: Paul Family Adoption Savings Account
800 West Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Updates!

We have had a few families from the boys' orphanage be able to see the boys, they have all told us that they seem happy and to be doing well! We also got some new photos, videos and measurements from the orphanage. We are so happy with the progress that we can notice in the new videos compared to the ones we were first given in January. The littlest of the two (Rylen) is now wearing a brace to help with his weakness and his foot turning out when he walks. We are happy to see they are working with him! They both seem like happy 2 year old boys!

We are having a skating party on May 15th to help raise some of the needed funds to complete the adoption. We hope lots of family and friends are able to come, have a good time and learn more about our boys! It should be a good time for all! It is so hard for us to ask others for donations, so we are trying to plan a few FUNdraisers! This way everyone who joins us should have a good time while we are able to accept donations to help offset some of the fees!

Next week I will have my first phone conversation with the adoption agency, besides with the first lady who was in charge with getting us "locked in" with our boys. I'm excited as I realize it means we are getting ready to start the next step in the process! Our home study report should be ready very soon and then we will be ready to move on to the next steps.

Our agency is filing for a medical expedite to be able to get the boys home quicker so they can receive the medical care they need . We won't know for a little while if that is granted. What it will do is help take some of the wait time out of some of the steps. Please pray over this. With the boys diagnosis they could develop seizures or hydrocephalus and this could cause brain damage if it is not treated. With there being so many children in a room and only a few care givers, we fear that if the boys were to have any complications, they may go unnoticed for some time. All we want is to get them home and the medical care they need, as quickly as possible. With the medical expedite, I could travel as early as 4 months from now.

We appreciate every donation we have received, 100% of every donation goes towards the many fees associated with the adoption. We have cut cable, the newspaper, eating out as often and a few vacations we would of normally taken to continue to be able to put back money for the fees as well. We hope that with some continued cut backs, side jobs, a few fundraisers and possibly grants, that we will get the adoption completely funded in time to travel with no delay.

Can you please continue to pray for our family as we continue to work hard to get all the paper work completed correctly, get the fees paid on time, and for us and the children to be prepared to welcome two little boys into our family. Pray for the boys, for the health and safety, that the Lord begins to prepare their hearts for a family. We appreciate everyone's love and support, we have some amazing friends, family and even strangers!

                                                                              Rylen

Rowen