Friday, September 21, 2012


I can't believe it but we are LID! Our dossier was mailed to China on the 13th, it was received on the 17th, and logged in on the 19th! The agency told us to expect it to take 3 weeks after receipt and it happened in two days!! I am in shock today! Now we are officially available for a referral!  Everything has been moving super fast and I hope it continues! We'll have our little one before we know it-although there is still much more waiting to come-one HUGE step forward today!!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Our dossier was mailed to China yesterday! Woo HOO!!!! I've been too busy to stop and post, but news this big couldn't wait any longer! I'm excited, nervous, in shock! You name it and I'm feeling it. I can't believe we've come this far thru the process. We are so ready to get a photo and file on our little girl. One of the boys mentions her every day. The sweetest thing I've heard this week was when Grayson and Brooks were talking about her and Gray said "our baby sister is waiting for us to come get her.". Brooks followed with "yes, she's saying where is Connor? Where is Grayson? Where is Brooks?" I'm so proud of our boys and how they have embraced this sweet girl on the other side of the world. They love her and they don't even know her. Haven't even seen a picture of her yet. It's an amazing example of the ability children have to love unconditionally.

I'll post pictures of the room progress soon! Now, I will say the boys have been in her room a few times looking around-one of them was brave enough to ask if ALL of that space will be her room! Haha! We'll see how that turns out when it actually looks like a room!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Small Steps

Small steps today....

The framers are here decking out the rest of our attic so we can move all of our treasures out of the walk in attic that will become a bedroom for our sweet little one! While we were building our house last year, our walk in attic turned out to be such a cool space that Eric had it insulated and prepped for a/c and electrical so we could build it into "something" later. We just didn't realize that "something" would become a little girl's room one year later! 

Our VERY LAST document needed to complete our dossier was hand delivered to the Chinese consulate in Houston today! As soon as they certify it and stamp it, we are officially DONE with the dossier! This is huge in the adoption world! The dossier is all of our paperwork, financials, home study, family photos, passport photos...pretty much our entire life, past and present, wrapped up in a nice red folder.  So what does this mean??? The minute it gets mailed to China (within the next two weeks), we are eligible for a referral! Which means they will start looking for the perfect child to become a Newberry!!