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Dossier to China!

Our adoption agency just emailed us and said our dossier has been translated and has moved into review!!┬á­čÄë┬áThis means they translated all the English into Mandarin and it is now being officially reviewed by the Chinese government to ensure it all matches up to the original information we gave when we got first approval.┬áThis is earlier than they expected! We are shocked and excited! They told us that it will likely take 4-6 weeks to see the final seal of approval because the "in-review" process has slowed down recently. But this is still encouraging!┬á

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Red threads

Our bracelets and necklace arrived from China! Now we can match Pippin. The necklace is Chinese characters for mother and daughter. The bracelets are lady bugs (represent good luck in China and because we have taken to calling her 'our little Pip bug'- play off my nickname as a child). I look forward to recreating this picture with her little hand included. Marcie notices her ring in this picture too. It has an A and an O for Alpha and Omega. She wear it to remind her that He is the beginning and the end. He is at the beginning and end of our story. How fitting as we begin this new adventure. He is a good God. 

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How we got here

We have been praying about adopting a child with special needs for a year. We always expected that we would foster/adopt a child in the U.S. Each time we discussed taking the next step there were reasons that we felt it wasn't right. Then God showed us the struggle of children in China who have special needs and are waiting to be adopted. These children do not receive the kind of quality healthcare that is available here in the U.S. Orphans in China age out of the system at 14. We always thought that we would adopt a boy, but our hearts changed when we saw the sweet faces of the girls waiting for adoption. After lots of discussions, research,...

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