Isaiah 43:5

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lucy's Bedroom Reveal

LOVE this specially made puzzle!!!
(Thanks K.W. and B.E.)
Orders can be taken for ANY name and ANY design

Since today marks 69 days of waiting to hear from China and I'm desperately trying to stay optimistic I decided it's time for a "FUN" post :)  I thought some of you may like to take a peak at Lucy's bedroom reveal!  But to appreciate it you need to see a little of what it looked like before the make-over!  While I think just about all seven of my children slept in this bedroom at one time or another, it was obviously made to be a boys room.  These pictures were hastily taken  before stripping down the wallpaper and pulling up the carpet.

  Without further ado..... BEFORE making it "girly"

jerseys and balls!
dormer area
The entire make-over cost a few hundred dollars - we were blessed to get a remnant piece of carpet at a local store that would fit her room for only a $1.00 sq/ft. and a fellow adoptive parent had it installed for nearly nothing, plus the cost of  a couple of gallons of paint!  We were also blessed to have Kurt and some of his friends help us strip the wallpaper and pull up the carpet and two other talented friends helped with the painting!!  Add some flower "stick ups" and a few goodies found at 2nd hand shops and this is the cheery bedroom Lucy will come home to!  Thank YOU so much to those of you that helped with this project!  I just LOVE, LOVE her room!
Found this picture and knew it belonged in Lucy's Room!
This says it all, doesn't it!
My Sadie girl napping in her "Aunt" Lucy's bed :)
Panda photo from bk. "The You We Adore"
Dormer area - my friend HAND PAINTED the"grass"

Ladybugs and Chinese Adoptions -- some of you understand :)

Special made bedding made just for Lucy and her room by a
sweet and talented friend!  (Thanks LK!)

special outlet covers add such a cute touch
Another cover

Flowers always brighten a room - just the right
POP of color on her yellow walls!

Now we wait for a very special little girl to come home to see her lovely bedroom!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Praying through the Process.....

We submitted our Dossier file to China (this is a big file that holds lots and lots of info on Merle and I and our family- birth cert, marriage license, our physical clearances, our police clearances, etc etc etc).  on March 27th, 2013.
This file would arrive in China at their adoption center, it would be logged in to their system(also known in the adoption world as the beloved "L.I.D. - log in date) , translated, and then China  will officially send us our Letter Of Acceptance aka Letter Seeking Confirmation. 
April 25th , was the day that we were OOT (out of translation) which basically meant our dossier (big pile of Zimmerman family documents) was done being translated...and the wait continues for our LOA (Letter of Acceptance aka Letter Seeking Confirmation). The official wait for our LOA started on 4/10/13 when received our Log In Date from China saying that they had received our Dossier and that it was starting to be translated. The LOA wait, we were told, can be anywhere from 30-90 days.  Although I know a few that were shorter then the 30 days and know of several that already exceed the 100 day mark!  Today, June 7th is day #58 of our official wait.  From what I understand there isn't a "first in/first out" method nor a chronological order method....I guess they spin a wheel and see "who's up?" (insert silly grin)
 This specific letter is the official piece of paper that China sends to our agency and then they send to us and we must sign it and check the box that says: Yes, we want to adopt our Lucy! Then we send it back and we start our immigration paperwork to work on leaving this country to bring our girl home!

Remember several months ago the post I wrote about   FAITH?  Well friends, I'm trying very hard to have faith that God's timing is best.  This faith growing is H.A.R.D. stuff.  Some days I think I do relatively well (shoot let's be honest some minutes I might do well) and other times -- ummm.....not so good!  But He is giving us strength for the journey.

Before I ask for prayer I'd like you to THANK GOD with us for all that He has already done in bringing Lucy Kim into her/our family.  Thank Him for
- His direct guidance and direction to our girl
- Support of so very many friends, family and others who we don't even know who have blessed Lucy and this adoption
- His  loving and generous provision of her "ransom" costs
- HIS timeline for this entire process
- His daily grace

Here are some specific requests that we're praying about and invite you to intercede with us to  to our Heavenly Father:

- Lucy's health and well being
- God's preparing Lucy in a supernatural way for her family and that the bond will already be there the day we meet
- God's preparation in our hearts to also be supernaturally bonded
- Grace and patience as we continue to w.a.i.t.
- That our dossier will be picked up and processed
- That visas and travel arrangements can be made quickly and without any red tape
- God given wisdom as we are already looking into the medical care that she will need for her physical disabilities 

Thank you so very much for being a part of this adoption journey and for your support!  Your prayers, love and support mean more than you can know!  Drop us a comment and let us know you're praying!