Friday, September 25, 2009

PRETTY IN PINK.....

At the end of June of this year, my best friends son Jordan, and his wife Rachel, went to Taiwan for a month long mission. They stayed with John and Cheryl. When they left, I had bought a pretty little pink dress with a matching hat to send with Rachel to Taiwan. It was just wishful thinking that we would get a referral while they were in Taiwan. As it turned out...we got our referral while Jordan and Rachel were there in Taiwan!!!! The pink dress was way too big so Cheryl saved it for Mylee until she grew into it. This past Sunday Mylee wore that pretty little pink dress to church! I think she looks absolutely adorable!!!
Pretty in pink
My sweet little angel
Cheryl and Mylee

Moriah and Mylee

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

CATCHING UP.....

I haven't been doing a very good job updating my blog...so I am going to try and get caught up on all that has gone on in the past month or so.

After we recieved all of our translation papers on August 15th, we needed to get them State certified and then sent to the TECO office in Chicago. God definitely had a hand in the timing of all of this! My best friends son Jordan, and daughter-in-law Rachel, were moving to Chicago the very next week. So Rachel offered to hand deliver them to the State office in Chicago and then take them to TECO for me!!! This would definitely save a lot of time instead of sending them in the mail! Rachel dropped the papers off at TECO on August 25th and I recieved them in the mail on August 27th!!! I couldn't believe how quick it was!!!! God is so Good!!!

The next day, August 28th, I sent everything to Taiwan via Fedex! Then I found out that the paperwork was submitted to the courts on September 4th. YAY!!! We're one step closer to bringing Mylee home!!! Now we wait for the court date! Which could be anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

On September 13th, I was skyping with Cheryl and Mylee. Mylee had her face all up in the computer and was smiling at me! I think she was even trying to hug me through the computer screen! She is just way too cute!!! Before I hung up with Cheryl, I told her laughingly that the next time she skyped me I wanted her to tell me that we had a court date! She laughed and said okay!!! She even told me that she said, "God, wouldn't that be neat if I could call her later and tell her that." Well, guess what? That next morning at 6:30 am my phone rang and it was Cheryl from Taiwan! She said, "Gina....you have a court date! It's October 7th at 3:15!" I couldn't believe it! God must've thought it would be neat too!!! I'm still completely blown away how fast everything is going to bring Mylee home to us!!!

Then on Monday, September 21st, I found out from Holly and Trena that the court ordered the homestudy on Mylee! This is such a blessing! It will make things go even more quickly! Our Lord and Savior has been so faithful! He is continually blessing our family with answered prayers!!! Praise be to God our Father in heaven!!!!

On September 29th, we will go to Louisville, KY to get fingerprinted! I am praying that our I600A approval is wired to Taiwan quickly!

Mylee is changing every day! She is so stinkin' cute! And that hair...I can't wait to do that hair! She is such a happy baby! It is very obvious that John and Cheryl absolutely love and adore Mylee and are spoiling her rotten! Words cannot even describe how grateful we are to them! The have taken our baby girl into their Godly home to care for and love on until the day they can place her in our arms!!! We love John and Cheryl and their entire family with all of our heart!!!

Below are some pics of Mylee! Ain't she adorable!




Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A DAY AT THE BEACH.....

At 27 days old, Mylee got to go to the beach for the first time! It looks like she pretty much took it easy and relaxed most of the day. Except for when Cheryl dipped her feet in the ocean for the first time...she obviously didn't like that at all! But just look at the picture of Cheryl holding her and letting her know it will be alright! Donnie and I thank God for the Dunn's each and every day and their willingness to take care of Mylee until we go to Taiwan! They are true blessings and we love them very much!












Tuesday, August 4, 2009

NEW PICTURES.....

16 days old
19 days old
3 1/2 weeks old

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

SKYPING WITH MYLEE.....

We are so blessed to have John and Cheryl Dunn take care of Mylee until we travel to Taiwan to pick her up. They are such a blessing to our family and we thank God for them each and every day. We have been able to Skype with them several times and see Mylee. I just want to reach in that computer screen and hug her and kiss her beautiful little face! She is absolutely precious! I can tell that John and Cheryl are so in love with Mylee too! It is such a comfort to know that she will be loved on and cared for by two wonderful Christian people...we are blessed! These are some of the pics from our Skyping sessions. They aren't the greatest in the world...but they are priceless to me!



Thursday, July 16, 2009

WE GOT A REFERRAL.....

NAME: Li Kai Shing
BIRTHDAY: July 8, 2009
AGE AT REFERRAL DATE: 8 days old
WEIGHT: 2955 grams
LENGTH: 48 cm
NATIONALITY: Taiwanese and Aboriginal (Ru Kai Tribe)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

PLEASE PRAY.....

I am asking you all to be prayer warriors for our family. We are at the point in our adoption process to do nothing but wait on God's timing for a referral. "His Hands Taiwan' does not like families to progress beyond this point until they have received a referral. If we get too far in the process we may risk wasting money if the referral does not come before the I-600 or other documents expire. As babies become available "His Hands" prays over all of their applications and places the child with the family they feel God is laying on their hearts. Right now "His Hands" have no referrals to make.
The hardest part of the journey is waiting. But we are faithful that God's timing will be perfect! Please pray for peace for our family as we wait for a referral. I am also asking that you pray that babies will become available to be placed into the arms of their "Forever Families".
I received this scripture from "The His Hands Team" and it will definitely be one that I cling to as we wait. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5 & 6
Thank you for your prayers!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

GOD IS SO GOOD.....

The Farmer family was on quite a roller coaster ride in 2008. As a lot of you know, early in 2008 we prayerfully decided to adopt from China yet again. We were very excited and couldn't wait to start the paperwork process. Then in July, our agency was denied their Hague Accreditation and we were told to find another adoption agency. I was totally devastated and very upset--but we pressed on. This would mean we would have to completely start from scratch...a new home study, new birth certificates, marriage licenses, physicals, etc. Have them notarized again and send them off to be state certified...again! Our family and friends had selflessly helped us and were still helping us raise money for this adoption...and now those funds were gone! What were we going to do? Through endless prayer and lots of support we sent our application in to another agency. But, I was still very uneasy about the finances. Only through a miracle would we be able to afford this. But you know what? God sent me an angel...and her name is Cheryl Dunn!

Cheryl and her husband John are missionaries from Taiwan. Their family came back to the states on furlough for 7 months and lived in Mt. Carmel. Our church supports John and Cheryl and their ministry. They are a wonderful Christian family spreading God's love to the people in Taiwan.

I began to talk to Cheryl about our adoption in China and all of the ways Satan was trying to stop us from getting our baby girl! I spoke with her about the money and how I just didn't know how it would be possible--especially since we were wanting to take our kids with us this time. Then I began to ask her about adoption in Taiwan. We talked on several occasions and I asked her to please pray for our family.

I had been praying for God to please make it clear to me if this was His will. Sometimes I can be a bit oblivious when God is trying to tell me something. I needed Him to give me a clear answer--either open the door or slam it shut! Guess what? God's answer was as clear as day!

I remember the day like it was yesterday! On the morning of December 8th, I received an email from our adoption agency that the orphanage fees were going up to over $5,000 plus the wait could very well reach 4 years. There was no doubt in my mind that this was a slamming door! I quietly thanked God for the answer--even though I was extremely upset. Did this mean I wasn't going to have another daughter to love? My heart was completely broken! But I had accepted God's answer. I talked with Donnie when he got home and explained to him what God had revealed to me earlier that day. We cried and prayed with each other and felt this was God's will--not to adopt from China.

Then, around 8:30 pm I got the call that changed our lives! It was Cheryl Dunn! She began to talk to me about a non-profit organization that she was going to start working with when she got back to Taiwan. They are an organization birthed from the desire to build relationships with Taiwanese women. They are devoted to helping pregnant women who have no place to go and do not want to have an abortion. Cheryl had spoke to one of the women who runs the home and told her about our family and our circumstances. (She was not aware of what had gone on earlier that day) They were very excited to hear about us and told Cheryl to tell us to send in an adoption application. They were wanting to start doing international adoption and would like for us to be their "guinea pigs". Plus, Cheryl would be the foster mom to our baby before we went to pick her up! Is God not AMAZING?!?! He had slammed one door shut and opened another one for us--all on the same day!

But--all of this happening in one day totally freaked me out! TOTALLY!!!!! I called my best friend Debbie crying my eyes out hysterically! Before I could even get the whole story told to her, she was in her car and on the way to my house! Debbie has been such a great friend to me through all of this. There will never be any way for me to show her how much I love her and appreciate her friendship! God definitely blessed me immensely when he gave me my best friend and sister by heart...Debbie Jo! By the time she left, I was calmed down. But I was still worried about how we were going to afford it!

On December 12th I talked with Cheryl again! I just came out and asked her, "If we decide to do this, can our family stay with you in Taiwan when we pick up our daughter?" Her answer was like music to my ears! "Of course you can! We would love that!" Another answered prayer!

On December 17th, I emailed them our application and we were approved! After Wednesday night church, Cheryl called Taiwan to ask them a few questions. I had her ask them exactly what the cost was going to be. I really needed to see for sure if we could afford this. What Cheryl told me brought me to tears! They were going to waive all of the Taiwan fees--they did not want us to worry about money. They just wanted us to focus on bringing our little girl home! PRAISE JESUS!!! Our biggest and only expense was going to be airfare!

Someone recently sent me this scripture: "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4 I am reminded in this scripture that even though our plans were to adopt from China--God had bigger and better plans! He knew our daughter, Mylee, was in Taiwan all along. I believe that our journey throughout 2008, even though we walked through many a valley, helped us to be drawn closer to God! After all, isn't that what God wants. James 4:8 says "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." And just look at the mountain we are standing on now! Shouting God's grace and mercy to all who will hear!

This journey for us is not quite over! Not until our daughter from Taiwan is placed into the arms of her forever family! Which will more than likely happen this year! All I can say right now is...GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!