The Road To Ren

Our adoption journey to our son Ren William.

Musings by Elaine and other Blitherings. This blog was origonally intended to document our China adoption journey to our son Ren. Now we are home and this blog is about our family. I would love to have you sign my guest book.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

The waiting game

Currently we are paperchasing. This is where we madly dash about gathering papers for our dossier. Our dossier is a boat load of documents that we send to China telling them everything they need to know about ourselves and asking for permission to adopt Ren. This includes a homestudy, birth certificates, marriage certificate, medical physicals,FBI clearances and the list goes on and on. We are doing this a little backwards this time. We have identified a child we would like to adopt first and our adoption agency is asking China for preapproval for us to adopt Ren. So while we wait for China to give us the OK sign that we can adopt Ren, we are madly trying to put together our paperwork and get it over there as fast as we can. When they do say OK we will be ready to
travel to China to get him!

Preapproval is the key here. China has the right to say yay or nay to us. If they feel for some reason that we are not the appropriate parents for Xi He Ren they may say no. So we wait on pins and needles, trusting God that if this is His will they will say yes! There is a lot of waiting for a foreign adoption, waiting for preapproval, waiting for china to tell you when you can travel, waiting for others to finish your documents and send them to you. Its a real exercise in letting go of control you don't have!

Meanwhile we have pictures of Ren to keep us occupied and wonder about what he is doing throughout the day. Is someone giving him hugs today? Is he having a good day? I can't wait to kiss those cheeks and squeeze him. Here is one of the adorable pictures we have to keep us wondering until then.

""Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a
pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used
up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!"
Attributed to Bill McKenna,

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