Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Look

So I figured since Christmas is over I should probably get a new look for my blog. What do you think? I figured since we WILL be going to China at some point this year I would go with a Chinese inspired look this time. Obviously for us to go to China we need to get our LOA (which by the way, today is day 106).

This wait for our LOA is excruciating. In comparison to being pregnant, it is like being overdue. With Blake and Emma I was exactly two weeks overdue. I was miserable, tired, achy, and pretty much done being pregnant. For me the wait for LOA is much worse. I'm not really sure why. I think it is because we are all so excited to have Drew join our family. We see pictures of him and get monthly updates. We know he is in a fantastic environment, but it is not home. Although the physical aspects of being pregnant are not there, the emotional ones are and in some cases worse. Right now is especially hard for me because I feel like we are at a stand still. At lease once we get our LOA I will feel like we are finally moving forward.

I feel so bad for Gabe. He is only five so he doesn't really have a sense of time yet. When we started this process we kept telling Gabe that we wouldn't go get Drew until sometime after Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone and poor Gabe keeps asking me when he is going to get his little brother.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers that we get our LOA soon. Even if we were to get our LOA this week the earliest we could travel would be the middle to end of March. UGHHHHHHH!!!! Sorry I am venting, but I know many of you completely understand what I am going through right now having been through this process before.

I keep reminding myself that everything happens for a reason and when God is ready to unite us with Drew He will but sometimes it is easier said than done.

This was the picture we received with Drew's December update. He looks so sad. I think he just wants his family.


Tisha said...


Love the new look! China here you come. :) Drew your family will be there soon to put a BIG smile on your face. C'mon LOA! I'm praying for good news!

Tara Anderson said...

Love the makeover! The Chinese theme is too cool!!! Praying that you get your LOA soon!

Shonni said...

I like the look also...really cute! And I also pray that you get to hold that sweet boy soon!

living4him5 said...

Hang in there, your LOA will come.

Love the new look!!

Amy <><

Carrie said...

I really hope and pray you get your LOA soon too, but I think it might comfort your momma's heart a little to know he was really just irritated because he was being made to sit still and not run circles around the room. :)

Adeye said...

LOVE the new look...so fabulous!!!

Know that you are not alone--you have friends PRAYING and trusting for that LOA SOON!!!!! God's got it under control friend---it WILL come soon. Can't wait for good news really soon!!

TanyaLea said...

oh Mandi~ I actually JUST got done praying for you before reading this post. I know it just has to be here soon!

I DO KNOW how bad your momma heart wants to wrap your momma arms around your sweet boy. This is the hardest part. At least once we have that LOA, we have a good IDEA of time until we travel. The wait is hard. But I guess this is where we leave it at HIS feet, as hard as it is. We had delays in other parts of our process, so I know the aches of waiting. I'm praying our LOA comes soon, too. We'd love to travel when our kids are on spring break, so that they don't have to miss so much school. ONLY God could orchestrate those details though, so we're leaving it up to Him. But the wait is very hard, I know! Wouldn't it be fun to see the beautiful spring cherry blossoms in full bloom though!?! Oh how breath-taking that would be!

I'm glad that Carrie was able to bring some 'peace of mind' to the photo, though. How cute...he was irritated because he had to sit still! TOO FUNNY!!! That's a little boy for ya! ;)