Friday, March 28, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday

Hi All!

Here's a recent pic of John and the pups. Welcome Spring! We were "training" Kessy at my Grandma's house for fun. John would hide the items throughout the backyard and Kessy would always find 'em! Then she gets her toy. Tad seemed to enjoy the game too. Not that he would ever make it on the Bomb squad, but he tries:)

Well, these are our kids yet, so we just "baby" our doggies! We do hope that changes one day. For now, we are good giving them the much deserved love.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday..or Saturday

To say this Lent season has been difficult would be an understatement. The Lord has brought us to new paths and thoughts throughout this time. I am thankful for the learnings both John and I have endured. As a time of reflection, I felt this picture was appropriate. It is the Ironman swim start in the ocean. It is the beginning of the longest journey in many peoples lives. However, the journey usually begins much earlier. We are often unaware of where we actually are on our own journey.

At the end of March, we will make another decision about our adoption country. With the pending closure of Vietnam's program, we are already discovering different opportunities. It has been a time of peace for us though. WE know this is NOT in our hands. We have faith and trust in God for his direction.

More to always!!!
Happy Easter.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Favorite Photo Friday

A Celebration of February Birthdays! John, Katy and Sue in the last pic are the guests of honor. We went to my Dad's house last weekend and my brother Scott and sister Whitney were both in town. Good Times! Happy Friday!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Vietnam Update

Dear Vietnam Family

We are rejoicing with 5 families who received their travel dates this week. CIS approval of the I-600 still seems to be taking 5-6 weeks for our families from the time of submission. We still hope more families may travel in the month of March to Vietnam.

Previously, I stated that TB testing was now required for families adopting children over the age of 2 years old. Now the Cho Ray hospital has informed us that this will not apply to adoption visas. So we don’t have to worry about this additional tests for the kids.

Pam is diligently working on the March newsletter. It is late going out and she hopes to have it out in the next week or two. I know everyone looks forward to receiving the month E-newsletter. We are considering doing this every other month just due to the time involved in getting it out each month. Please continue to send us your stories, ideas and pictures for the monthly newsletter to Pam.

Nothing new to report on the MOU. Joint Council currently has a group in country meeting with both the US and Vietnamese governments. We are still uncertain if the MOU will be signed in September or not. If there isn’t written exchange between the two governments by the end of March stating that each side will sign it, then it will not be signed in September. Written exchange between the two governments is required 6 months prior to the signing. If we hear anything new regarding this we will pass the information on as soon as we receive it!

Favorite Photo Friday

Hi All,

Last weekend John and I spent time with some of our friends from high school. Yes, we still hang out together! Amazing, isn't it?!?! I love my girls! We also did the Hunger Walk on Sunday with our Youth Group. Much fun and a great cause. Oh, AND John WON the Alpharetta marathon...can you believe it? I am so proud. He didn't even know it as he had to get home for church. We are so blessed...and so busy. I hope you enjoy the weekend!