December 29, 2008

Court Date

Our court date in Addis Ababa is 2/2/09

We have a 30% chance of failing due to bureaucratic issues that are beyond our control.
We have a representative through our wonderful adoption agency - AWAA - who will be representing our case. We don't have to be in Ethiopia for this court date.

If we pass this court date - then baby Chan is legally and forever ours.
And we will leave for Ethiopia a few weeks later - and have him home in February!

If we fail this court date, then it could take 1-2 months just to get another court date.

We need prayer.

December 18, 2008

Christmas carolers

Testing out the mobile blogging feature. I had a surprise last night
at my doorstep and of course, had my phone on me. I couldn't resist
taking a picture of their sweetness.

December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas Baby Chan

This pretty much sums up our Christmas this year... along with many others that are adopting children right now.

December 01, 2008

Nebraska Traditions , Thxgvn 2008

Here's a few iphone photos from our annual turkey and Cornhusker pilgrimage to Nebraska. I was too focused on food to take photos with our real camera. We love our time in Hastings and Omaha...each year. Aunt Linda once again amazed us with a perfect feast... and we found out again that a year's time doesn't improve our card-playing skills. Grandma beats us every time.

November 25, 2008


Yes, this is the official announcement!!!

We first started the adoption application process in the Spring of 2006. Here we are, 2 years later, and we finally have a referral for a 2 month old beautiful baby boy from Ethiopia! We received the referral on 11/25/2008!

We are so happy, so excited and can't wait to bring our little boy home. We are hoping that all will go well and we'll be able to bring him home in early February 2009. We will see - please pray for us. We will be able to post photos of the handsome little one, as soon as we pass court in Addis Ababa. Again, prayers needed!

We always knew that adoption would be a part of our family, but we never realized it would be this soon and this wonderful! We are so grateful to God - He is building our perfect family - just for us.

We are also grateful for Ethiopia - a wonderful place for adoption. We can't wait to get there.

Updates will continue in the coming months. . . stay tuned!

November 19, 2008

Gotta Break it down to Build it back Up

Oooh, the joy of home renovation. Such parallels in housebuilding projects as to the patterns of life... we have so much to learn.
Right now, we are in the . . .
1. Tear down and destroy phase.

This phase is quite therapeutic for those who are doing the destroying. I participated as an active destroyer for a few moments, and can attest that the physical exertion of pure destruction not only destructs free radicals ... but any other negative molecules that might be bothering you.
It basically gives you superhero powers as soon as your hand wraps around the tool that you may be using (mine being a large axe. . . I highly recommend that one.)

This phase, however, is not therapeutic for the homeowner, especially as the homeowner is standing back to watch the "show". I highly do not recommend watching. Stay at the office, go to the dentist, clean out your neighbor's gutters. Anything to keep yourself away from the destruction. A bit like watching someone taking your own freshly manicured fingernails to scratch against their chalkboard.

November 05, 2008

Houston Birthday Happiness

As William traveled for business, I drove to Houston for a quick trip to surprise my mom on her birthday, bday cake in hand.
Here's a rare photo of my brother, mom and me. Mom is proudly displaying her brand new Guatemalan jewelry and scarf. Happy Birthday Mom!

October 29, 2008

Working in a Guatemalan Orphanage

I had an incredible, life-changing and heart-wrenching experience working in an orphanage in Guatemala. The babies and children were all so beautiful, and of course, I wanted to take them home with me - especially the one above! He was mi favorito!

I don't have the best photos because I lost my camera, but I do have the shots from my iphone.
It was quite a moving experience and I must do it more often - I hope to bring along the rest of the Chan Clan in the future and continue annual mission work as a family tradition. It does wonders for the soul, especially for the spoiled and unaware American (which would be myself). William lived through me vicariously on the trip as we spoke often - and he fell in love the kids too as I sent him photos through my phone. Yes, amazingly, the iphone (old version) works in the middle of rural Guatamala!Not only are the children of Guatemala beautiful, but so are the people! And the country...ahhh!
I had a better view than a 5 star hotel.
I hope to go back soon...and bring William.

September 10, 2008

Goin' to the Lake

Mom and Charlie came to visit so we took them to the lake.

July 24, 2008

Rocky Mountain High

That's right, John Denver coming at you.

We just returned from the mountains of Colorado!

Here are some of our friends that lived in Glen Eyrie...a retreat were we were staying in Colorado.

Glen Eyrie was a find. It's a peaceful place - and very beautiful, and very, very easy on the wallet.

Can you find William?
Can you find Shelley?
The grounds were gorgeous - in the heart of Colorado Springs. The Glen Eyrie Castle was originally a house for the founder of the city. It was given to the ministry - The Navigators -
and is today used as a facility for Christian retreats (and for vacationers like ourselves who are lucky enough to discover it).

Here we are at the Garden of the Gods...

Here we are heading up Pikes Peak on the Cog. This was definitely our favorite on the trip...

Some moments of pure bliss...

The place where Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write America the Beautiful

The Seven Falls...

We decided to see what all the fuss was about and checked out the Broadmoor.
Excitement was in the air because they were preparing to host the Senior Open.

Here's the view from our room.