Monday, December 11, 2006

Prayers needed

Ok, so there is bad news and good news. I spoke to our agency this weekend via email and today by phone. I feel like we have one of the most reputable agencies around. They are just awesome and do not tell you anything unless confirmed by China!
That being said, things in China are changing May 2007. I am only going to post what affects Michael and I so if you are thinking about adoption, please email me and I will send you to other sites.

1)China fees are actually increasing January 1, 2006. Not too much, but enough for Michael and I to look at the budget again
2)Weight is a big issue now. Michael does not have to worry. It all has to do with the BMI or body mass index. It has to be a certain number. In order for me to reach that number, I need to lose 50 pounds. I have done this before, its not impossible.

If we can get logged in by May 1st or have our dossier (the whole paperwork thing) in China by May 1st, we will be okay. After that, the above applies. I do have a doctors appt this Wednesday to go over this. Its a blessing that our Dr is also adopting, because she knows what its like.

This is a bit of a stress but its not impossible and we are in no way giving up. Either
A) we get our paperwork really going which means finding extra money sooner to get our stuff done or
B)prepare to love weight quickly and find lots of support.
The good news is I have needed to lose weight for a while and regardless of when our dossier gets to China, I will use this as an extra incentive to lose the weight.

So that's what's going on, plus the wait time is increasing. They cant say how long but the sooner we get our stuff into China, the better. The last piece of our home study will be the drs notes and me finding Michaels employment letters. Then we apply for finger printing and then we get the governments permission to adopt from China and that takes about 3 months so we have lots to do.

More to come after I have had more sleep. Thanks for checking in!


Cyndi said...

Praying for you , and I know that you and michael are in God's hands.God Bless,cyndi

Anonymous said...

praying for you all-emma

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Anonymous said...

I can't believe they are going to make you lose weight to adopt a child. What reason do they give? If you don't mind me asking...I'm just curious.

Weight Watchers really worked for me when I needed to drop some pounds. I ended up losing close to 30 pounds in about 2 months...maybe 2 and 1/2. The main thing was the whole drinking water instead of soda (or as we say in PA pop). I drank a lot of Diet Pepsi, too.

I'll be saying prayers for you. I know that this is something that you really want and that you ARE ready for this. I know you are up to matter what anonymous posters may ramble about. :)

Jeff said...

That's ridiculous. Weight restrictions? Let me know if I can help. You know, such as walking to Lake Lanier to see the lights next time.

tiggerprr said...


I can't believe that weight would be an issue in adoption. I hope that everything works out for you and Michael!

Mick & James said...

You can do this!

Mommy Spice said...

I am getting worried about these changes as well. You know we're getting fingerprinted this week. I read some more changes this morning that are speculated, and it may cause a problem with us adopting. My husband and I were thanking God last night that we have our Spicy Girl. I just hope we can get our Mei Mei. I know that God can move mountains. He can certainly move officials in China. I will keep us all in prayers.

Cami said...

I'll add you to my prayer list. Adoption is a lot of work and with a mighty God all will be well and He will bless.

Join curves, it is a lot more fun than Weight Watchers and you'll have fun. I still don't understand why they say that but you might as well enjoy losing weight if you have to.

cami said...

these prefilled things don't let stuff work right

Presentstorm said...

I will keep you in my prayers. It sounds like you are going through quite a few things all at once.

I do have a question though... what does your weight have to do with adopting a child?

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and am proud of you. It was nice to see you last weekend!!! Love and hugs! Mom

Sparky Duck said...

Oh thats not that bad at all, well except for the budget thing. Must you can make it work. I was worried you had to become fluent in Mongolian or something

TC said...

I find it a bit rediculous that they require you to lose weight! That is terrible. That being said, good luck you have the best motivation in the world. It can be done.

Anonymous said...

Saw this and thought of you ... for what it's worth.
Robyn Trowbridge