Thursday, August 28, 2014
Things are moving along really quickly in our process at this point. There are so many things that have to happen in order to get a court date and most of the time, it takes months and months to get the process complete. God has shown us such mercy and blessed us incredibly and we flew through the process in 47 days. We are again in Awe of our God and his incredible power. Court is closed for the rainy season and will re-open in 39 days. 39 DAYS! As soon as they open, we are praying for a court date shortly after to bring our baby girl home. I am confident that God can do this. He has already moved mightily on our behalf. At referral, I was praying that she would be home before her first birthday (next Feb). Then when we submitted to PAIR, I started praying that she would be home before Christmas. But now, as quickly as things are moving, I am praying she is home before Thanksgiving. In the meantime, we have gotten some amazing pictures and video of her from people on mission trips and families traveling to see their kids. It has been such a gift. I look at them all day every day. I cannot wait to hold her in our arms. She is beautiful and I cannot wait to share her picture for everyone to see! She has already stolen our hearts. Keep praying for our girl. She needs prayers for health and that we can get her home soon!
Posted by Erica at 11:09 AM
My baby boy started kindergarten. This was so hard for me. He was so excited and could not wait to start school. I think I cried for about two hours and then I picked up the pieces and headed to lunch with the hubs and to the newly opened Home Goods Store to look around. In the peace and quiet. No whining, or hiding in the racks. Just me and a friend walking each and every aisle.
I was so excited to see the bus come and watch my baby boy run off the bus with a huge smile and stories from his day. The silence is hard and I know I am going to miss having these guys home all day, but four days in, I think I can get used to this!!! The silence won't be for long. I will have sweet Annie home soon.
Happy first day!
Posted by Erica at 10:59 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We LOVE the beach. Nothing to do all day but relax. We have not been on a vacation in several years and it was way overdue. I have 7 million photos to download and edit, but I have a few that I love. Sadly, a family photo did not happen this year. The wind was strong and my hair was sticking straight up in every photo. The Halpins do better with unplanned photo ops. That's just how we roll. We spent the week in Destin, Florida and we had a blast. Elliot loved to boogie board all day long. Oliver loved digging in the sand all day long and Clayton, it depended on the moment. I read a few books. Jumped the waves with the boys, played some football. Spent some evenings hunting crabs and Oliver spent the days diving for crabs.We spent the days with the Creasy Fam and soaked in a ton of sun. Running on the beach was on my bucket list, so I had a chance to do that too. It was VERY difficult. Overall, we had the best time. I loved making some new memories
Posted by Erica at 11:31 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This is the first step in getting our daughter home. We are thrilled that this happened so quickly for us!!!! 2 weeks and 2 days after our referral. This is just a whole bunch of paperwork that needs to be submitted for Pre-Approval Immigration Review. Basically, they review all of the information and determine if any further information is needed. Once we pass through this, we can get a court date. We expect this process to take 2-4 months. Praying it happens quickly!
Posted by Erica at 11:52 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It happened. It Finally happened. No more DTE dates to record. 39 months, the last and final. 39 long months. We got the call and accepted the referral for the most beautiful 5 month old baby girl I have ever laid eyes on. We are so completely in love! God has done immeasureably more than we asked or could have imagined. It is so surreal. I feel like I am dreaming!!!
This happened on Monday, July 7th. It was at 2:34 pm. I was at work and I was in the middle of feeding a baby. I had my phone in my pocket and felt it vibrating and I peeked in and saw the area code of my agency. I screamed out "it's my adoption agency". I put the baby back in bed and ran out of the room shaking. Two of my sweetest work friends heard about it quickly and ran into the breakroom as I was on the call. They conferenced Joel in and she told us all the details. I could not stop shaking and I still cannot stop shaking. It may not seem real until she is home in my arms. We are hoping and praying that she will be home before her first birthday!!!
The best phone call I have EVER received!!!
Posted by Erica at 10:48 AM
Saturday, June 28, 2014
What have we been up to...
1. Sleeping Late (my favorite)
2. Swimming (Lots of swimming)
3. Elliot swimming lessons
4. Clayton to California (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal)
5. Clayton Church Camp
6. I was one of the church camp speakers.
7. Clayton and Oliver to Camp Gigi
8. Not menu planning. Eating lots of sandwiches.
9. Staying up late. Watching movies together.
10.Oliver to SMAK (Summer Musical Activities for Kids)
We have fit a whole summer's worth of activities into one Month. July is just as busy. Today is the first day I have had all three kids in one place this entire month. We have already made so many memories!
Posted by Erica at 1:42 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I felt so discouraged today. I felt like God had forgotten me. That maybe he wasn't listening. But, he led me to this verse.
You are precious in my eyes,
and I love you.
Then, this evening, I walked outside to the most beautiful rainbow and sunset. He has not forgotten me. He loves me so intimately that he would put a rainbow up in the sky just for me. His promises are true. He is good.
Posted by Erica at 1:36 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Everyday, the wait seems so long. We are at the very end and this has been the hardest part so far. Waiting on pins and needles every day for that phone call. Expecting, hoping....but, it hasn't happened yet. I woke up one morning and saw this posted on facebook by one of my sweet friends. She asked people to pray and change their profile pictures to this. How awesome is that!!! Keep praying for our girl. It's happening soon!!
Posted by Erica at 1:32 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
This boy has been so excited to turn 5 for months and months. Every day he has asked "How many days until my birthday?" It finally arrived and it was everything he thought it would be. We had donuts for breakfast, he wanted sandwiches for lunch at home, Kid Mania, Mcdonalds for dinner and birthday cake to top it all off! He got some new Imaginext stuff, legos, and new clothes. We are so excited to see what 5 brings for this little guy. He has so much to look forward to this year. He will be going to kindergarten and he will be a big brother!! Big stuff!! Happy Birthday to my favorite little 5 year old!!
Posted by Erica at 1:28 PM