An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. -Chinese Proverb

Our Journey

September 4, 2003
Adoption seminar announcement in our church newsletter; Started praying, talking, thinking about the Idea and began contacting agencies.

December 25, 2003
A special gift from daddy ("& Kirby"), symbolic time to move on and get started.

December 30, 2003
Application sent to America World Adoption Association in McLean, Virginia.

January 13, 2004
It's official, we began the adoption process with AWAA, the "paper pregnancy".

February 17, 2004
First Home Study appointment.

February 19, 2004
Second Home Study appointment.

February 22, 2004
Third Home Study appointment.

March 1, 2004
Fourth and final Home Study appointment.

March 11, 2004
Received the final version of our Home Study Report.

March 24, 2004
BCIS finger print appointment in Charleston, South Carolina.

April 1, 2004
Blood tests, no fun for Temple!

April 25, 2004
Home study Finally mailed off to Atlanta office of the BCIS.

May 21, 2004
Approved by Homeland Security, BCIS (whatever they were that week), for Adoption from China.

May 24, 2004
Received H-171 in the mail.

May 27, 2004
To Columbia, SC for Secretary of State Authentication.

May 28, 2004
Dossier off to Washington to the US Secretary of State, and then forwarded to the Chinese Embassy.

June 1, 2004
Dossier arrives at State Department.

June 4, 2004
Dossier leaves State Department for Chinese Embassy.

June 7, 2004
Dossier arrives at Chinese Embassy.

June 10, 2004
Dossier leaves Chinese Embassy headed back to us.

June 14, 2004
Dossier arrives back in Cheraw.

June 15, 2004
Dossier off to AWAA.

June 18, 2004
Dossier off to China.

June 25, 2004
Dossier officially logged into the China Center for Adoption Affairs, and the wait begins.

December 13, 2004
REFERRAL DAY ! After a long wait, we received our call that Kirby was waiting for us in Shanggao, Jiangxi Province, China.

Thursday, February 17, 2005
Leave Cheraw for Beijing, China.

Friday, February 18, 2005
Arrive Beijing, China.

Saturday, February 19, 2005
Tour Beijing; Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace.

Sunday, February 20, 2005
Church and Great Wall!!

Monday, February 21, 2005
Morning Flight to Nanchang... Afternoon: GET KIRBY!!! (GOTCHA DAY)

Tuesday, February 22-24, 2005
Chinese Adoption Process in Nanchang, China.

Friday, February 25, 2005
Afternoon Flight to Guangzhou.

Saturday, February 26 - March 1, 2005
American Adoption Process at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Leave China for the U.S.A.

Thursday, March 3, 2005
Back Home to Cheraw.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, "Abba, Father." - Romans 8:15 NIV