Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Baby Update!

Sweet Rossi is now 11.13 lbs and 22.5 inches long!  As you can see in the
first picture we received the outfit that was sent by Donna Vincent (are we
correct in thinking that's a relative?).  The 2nd picture is so perfect
because whenever she is unwrapped from her blanket she just stretches and
yawns and it's the cutest thing! Rossi is such a good baby! She eats really
well and sleeps well too! She recently went to the doctor because of a cough
and we were told she has a soft larynx, but the doctor wasn't concerned
about it, and said it's something she should grow out of. She is becoming
very responsive when talked to and has such a sweet smile, but it's too
quick to catch on camera yet :)  We all enjoy going through her picture book
with her, so she is getting to hear your voices fairly often!
In other news, some of the older kids have recently been sick with colds/flu
so please pray the illnesses leave quickly and that the babies all stay
healthy.
Thank you and God bless!
Happy New Year!
Ted and Bev for all at the Home 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Court Date is Set!!!!

Dear Jason & Tara,
“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.”  Proverbs 25:25

We just got notice today that your court date for Rossi will be on January 18th at 10:00 A.M.  Praise the Lord and keep praying!

Happy New Year!

In Christ’s Love,
Ted for Bev, Rossi and all in
The Home of God's Love

OH YEAH!  THIS IS OUR TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 8PM.  WE'RE SO EXCITED AND THANKFUL!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas 2011!

Guess who will be on our Christmas card next year?  This is our 13th Christmas together as "Jason & Tara".  Next year, oh, next year.  But honestly, I want the next couple of months to fly by and then I want my world to slow down.  So, I'm praying for a Happy Valentine's Day 2012 card.  I'm so thankful for our years together.  I'm so thankful for Jason.  I'm so thankful for my family and friends. Merry Christmas All!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Court Date Request will be filed tomorrow!

Got an email that court date will be filed for tomorrow!!!  I have faith that this IS going to happen.  Ready to move forward and stop pulling back the reigns when I get too excited.  (Protection mode after all we've been through, I guess.) 

So...Last steps....
1.) Court Date will be filed for tomorrow.  This is where birthmother signs off legally.  From what I've learned - from "filing for court date and getting an official date set" takes 8-10 days on average. (to even get set date)
2.) Court date happens.
3.) After she signs on court date - she has 10 days to change her mind.  
4.) Then Ted files for AIT interview.  (This is OUR interview w/ baby in our arms.) From what I've learned from others - this will be a around a couple weeks away.  So THIS means a couple of weeks to pack when we learn interview date is set!!!!

So -  6-7  weeks average from this point? 4 steps and the 4th one - we're holding our baby girl!!
 Keep us in your prayers.  Speedy, efficienct process! 

Lord, it takes my breath.  I've even started baby registries at Babies R Us and Target!  I've talked w/ travel agent about our plane tickets. I've started substitute calendar/plans outline for rest of year.  So excited!!!! Praying.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Huge step forward!

I've learned this process has been out of our hands for years.  I tried to plan an early April baby so I could have rest of year off.  We planned "relations" around cycles for years.  Herbs, Accupuncture, IVF, many prayers.  I've been mad seeing former students without a care having kids.  I've been bitter.  There were many meltdowns when I just knew I was pregnant, and found out in an instant I wasn't.  But, I'm really on cloud 9 now.  I have this peaceful, easy feeling that I've NEVER had in this department, in anything.  We would have been great parents 11 years ago, no doubt.  But honestly, we will be so much more unselfish now.  People keep saying "Rossi will be so lucky.  You're saving her".  I really look at it as, "She's making us lucky..." Rossi Quinn is our baby.  Honestly, I've been scared to go overboard with buying and planning.  This will all come together.  This feels so right.  So, it has been out of OUR hands this entire time.  But, this paperwork is literally OUT OF OUR HANDS now!  Keep us in your prayers for a speedy, efficient process!  Paperwork is on its way to Taiwan!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Frankfort

Headed to Franfort tomorrow! Translated paperwork/notary approval. Big step closer!  Mom's going with me.  I hate to miss Hugo Cabret movie tomorrow.  I read this book w/ all 5th grade classes.  They loved it.  (Waiting list at library.)  I've called theatres and finally Owensboro is getting it. 

But, I'm ready to get my Rossi girl home.  I cannot wait to kiss those perfect lips.  I'm going to take the next step closer to her.

Continue to pray for the paperwork and process.  We're so thankful & thrilled.  (Can't deny - I'm a little nervous...hoping everything is in order.)  I've read directions over and over.  I guess w/ so much "let down" through the years, I get nervous/anxious.

Then, I remember and focus... During Yoga a couple of weeks ago, I dedicated my session to Rossi.  An image came to me and I'll never forget it.  We're supposed to visualize our intent.  It was Jesus handing me Rossi and comforting me that everything will be perfect.  That image has come to mind several times. Came to my mind tonight.  I love it and need it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Package Mailed!

Translated Paperwork in my hands!

Translated paperwork made it in 2 days.  How awesome.  A few things to take care of, then off to Frankfort and Atlanta!!! One step closer!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Awesome Update!

As I was chatting with a friend who understands, my email dings.  OUR PAPERWORK WAS SENT BY FED EX TODAY.  This is our homestudy that has been translated.  Can you believe this?  This is so awesome.  So thankful.  How this happened is so amazing. 
1.) We'll take this paperwork to Frankfort and Atlanta for approval
2.) FED EX back to Taiwan, then Taiwan files for court date. 
3.) Court date and birth mom signs off. (Hard to think about for so many reasons.)
4.) AIT (interview process for us in Taiwan) date is filed for. 
5.) When we get our date - we're packing!!!!!

Pray for this process. 

Update

Orphanage passed inspection and was told to continue as planned.  This thrills us. 

The following also thrilled us...

"I held Rossi during devotions last night and she went to sleep in my arms.  Since the weather is cold now, it was comfortable for both of usJ!" TS

Brother John, Jason and I had special prayer for process and paperwork yesterday.  Ready to get my hands on that translated paperwork.  Then we'll have to be approved by Frankfort and Atlanta.  Then court date will be filed for.  We'll be mailing Rossi's Christmas package this week.  We're working on a UK one for January.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Update From Orphanage

Melts my heart...  Love that she's cared for.  Love that she's loved.  Makes the waiting easier.


Jason and Tara,
Rossi is doing great and now weighs 8.4 lbs and is 21.25 inches long.  She
eats about every three hours during the day and sleeps 4-6 hours at night
between bottles.  Rossi is eating better and takes her whole bottle about
half of the time.  Other times she'll take half and ask for the rest in an
hour or so.  Occasionally Rossi will take her pacifier when she is fussy but
she isn't too attached to it.  She usually has a good burp in the middle and
at the end of her bottle and then snuggles on your chest, lays her head on
your shoulder, and goes to sleep. 
Rossi is playing more all the time and likes to stretch her arms out and
wave her hands around and kick her legs.  Her hands are so pretty with her
long fingers.  Sometimes she smiles in her sleep and she has a cute dimple
on the right side of her mouth.  When she is awake Rossi is very alert and
just looks at everything around her with her big dark eyes. 
Enjoy the attached pictures of your sweet girl!
Blessings this Christmas season....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meaningful Artwork

Must have for Rossi's room.  I've only seen Stevie a couple of times, but her music has touched me for years.  I wonder if Rossi will connect to me when she hears her music like I do when I hear James Taylor, Carole King, and Mamas and Papas... and think of my mom.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rossi's Village

We have a ton of great, lifelong friends.  Last night proved that, even more.  So many people feel involved in Rossi's process.  We're getting gifts, hugs, tears wherever we go.  Mom asked me if I feel like a Rock Star?  LOL People bought Harley raffle tickets, GOLD RUSH, Jo Jo's Zumbathon, Billy Mike's Christmas Meats sell.  Most importantly - the prayers.  All of this helped our process.  We're so thankful for each and every one of you.  I certainly believe "It Takes A Village..." and we're so thankful for ours.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Blessing!

We can't quit starting at her!  Look at those feet.  I just want to kiss her!  That is the cover and bear we'd slept with for months.  We're working on December package!  We love you Rossi Quinn!

Taiwan Timeline

July 11 - Found out Taiwan had reopened.

July 12 - Mailed our application and homestudy.

September 10 - Found out we were on the waiting list! (email was sent on 10th - we read it before church on the 11th)

September 16 - Fingerprints redone from Nepal to Taiwan in Nashville.

November 7 - Call from Taiwan!  Found out about Rossi!

December 5 - Got email that translated paperwork is being Fed Ex'd as we speak.  I'll travel to Frankfort and Atlanta in the next few days.  Worth it!!!!

December 17 - Fed Ex'd paperwork back to Taiwan!

December 20 - Paperwork back in Taiwan.  Next step - waiting to hear about court date.

December 21 - Ted emailed and has paperwork in hand.  He said he'll file for court date tomorrow!

December 30 - Got email that courtdate is OUR Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm.

January 17 - (our 17th) Court Date went well.  Birth mom signed off and waived her 10 days.

January 23-30 - Government Offices closed for New Year.

March 29 - Ted said courts/social workers haven't been able to find Rossi's birth mom.  She had finalize some paperwork in report.  This terrified us, but we started our prayer chain.

March 30 - Answered Prayer!  They found her.  This will slow down our process.  We're just so thankful she's well taken care of and loved.

May 24 - Ted emailed and paperwork is in!!!!  We'll be traveling soon!  Glory to God!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gift!

Look what Misty Maddox made us!  Precious!  So, precious!  How thoughtful Misty.

Moving Right Along

Rossi got her 1st care package.  It melts my heart to know she's snuggled up with our scents.  Our homestudy has been translated. Paperwork getting her closer to home is in the works.  Mailed family and home pictures Friday for Taiwanes judge. Just ordered Taiwanese Culture books w/ photographs.  Gracious Plum is meaning of her birth name.  Found these to put in a basket, something.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Whew!

Vote went through, but it will take a few years to set up.  We were told that we're probably "Grandfather'd in", anyway.  Thanks for the prayers.

 Rossi Quinn!  I love you baby girl.  Daddy and I talked about you all day (like everyday) and he said, "I wonder what she's doing right now?"  We love you.  We can't wait to get you home.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Prayer Needed

I'm just learning of this vote that may change things... Pray... Copied a post below - someone who knows more than most about situation.  We have Faith, but have to admit we are nervous.  I was heartbroken when Nepal closed when we were so close.  Can't stand to think of something this time.  Praying and looking at Rossi Quinn Whitmer's picture.  God help us.


I am trying to keep everyone as up to date as possible on the "Child and Youth Welfare Law Amendment" that is in the works in Taiwan. At this time we do not have a lot of information except for what is about. Which basically is Taiwan wants to keep more adoptions in Taiwan. They want to make this happen by allowing a child to be matched to 3 couples. Each couple gets a 6month "trial period". If it... doesn't work out they can return the child. If all 3 couples return the child then the child will become available to be adopted to the States. At this time we have not been notified of any changes and until we are told otherwise then we will continue on like normal. As we all know then things in the government always run slow so hopefully nothing will be affected for quite some time...if at all. Just be in prayer for everyone involved in making the decisions in the next 24hrs. It is in its third and final stage today (Taiwan's Friday)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rossi - Special Memory #3

Your family and friends surprised us with a small celebration.  Had to be in our garage because UK was playing and you'll learn how your daddy will be in front of the TV when Kentucky Basketball is on.  Mamaw bought balloons and decorations.  Aunt Amber had a "It's a Girl" cake.  Cole handed me a precious card and pictures of you.  Bris handed Jason and UK sock monkey.  Papaw Jimmy, Mammaw Regina, Mammaw Donna, Papaw Louie, Aunt Ashley, Uncle Clay, Aunt Amber, Cole, Bristol, Heather, Tyler, Sara, Billy Mike, Tony, Debbye, Jordan, and  Kenzie.  What a surprise!  It's a Girl!  We've all been waiting on your for a long time!

Rossi - Special Memory #2


This is the first picture I laid eyes on you! Pictures came right through.  I was talking to Aunt Ashley when I opened this first one.  I lost it.  She said, "I'll be right there!"  We hugged and balled.  One of those built up, heartfelt, loud cries.  I thank God Ashley was at her Graham home.  God planned this day...No doubt in my mind.

Rossi Day - Special Memory #1

Ted wanted to tell us both at same time.  Thank goodness I was home.  Jason was at work.  We freaked out, trying to figure this out.  We did a couple 3 way call trial runs with Clay.  Jason's boss finally got it working!  We found out about Rossi at 8:30am.  It was a long 40 minutes from Ted's first call.  (It was 10:30pm in Taiwan).

Rossi Quinn Whitmer is born!

We got THE call from Ted yesterday.  Rossi was born on Halloween at 11:43am.  She weighed 6.8 1/3 and was 21.2 inches long.  We have cried, prayed, cried, hugged, prayed, squealed.  Lord - we thank you.  It has been a 12 year roller-coaster, but she will sure make it all worth it.  We've lived a few lives already - or so we thought.  Our lives are just beginning.  I've been up since "daddy" (love the ring of that) went to work staring at pictures.  Thrilled to learn more.  Praying to get you home, baby girl.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Waiting...

Picked up a lucky penny in hall at school today.  (On heads).  Couldn't hurt, right?  Been "journaling" in baby journal.  Cell phone is by my side 24/7. (My students know I'm waiting on THE call.  They help listen.)  Praying...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

A little about us...

Our time counter says we've been waiting a little more than a month for our baby.  If you know us, you know that my first miscarriage was in 2000.  I got pregnant in a couple months of trying.  Had ultrasounds.  Picture on frig.  Miscarried at 12 weeks.  Had to have D & C.  So, we decided to enjoy "us", but still try.  We've traveled... been to Mexico several times, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mountains and Florida - over and over.  We built our home.  We built us.  Then several years later, we decided to start fertility. (Although we've been to several doctors and kept hearing, "You are normal.  No problems.")  Several IUI's that didn't take.  We went on to the big on InVitro.  Jason gave me several shots a day.  We ended up pregnant, but miscarried in a couple weeks.  So, after much prayer and tears - we moved to adoption.  We first met with Foster Care lady, but that wasn't for us after all our heartbreak.  We had to be a little protective of "US".  We felt led to All Blessings International in Owensboro.  They are precious.  Helpful.  Honest.  We signed up for Nepal 2 years ago, but then US stopped adoptions in Nepal because of "illegal actions".  Jason kept saying, "Tara, you are enough for me.  You and I are enough."  I tried to get in that mode.  Prayed to get in that frame of mind.  I felt I was born to be a momma.  Couldn't grasp the thought of never being a "Mamaw".  But, I kept trying to get there.  ABI friend called and told us The Home of God's Love was taking applications again!  We prayed.  We turned in our info.  We were put on the official waiting list for Taiwan September 10.  (Mandee was wonderful through this process.  Thanks girl.)  We feel so right about this.  God's timing is perfect.  We'll be even better parents at our ages, having so many years of marriage together, wonderful jobs, etc. etc.  I've told Jason - he is my gift from God over and over.  We now know we're getting another gift.  Our spirits are lifted.  We're so excited.  Gave our anxieties to God.  Who cares about the $25,000+++ we lost in fertility and failed adoption.  We don't.  Thank you Lord, for your blessings on us.  And the one in the works.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog I can't quit looking at....

http://justunderthesun.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/1014/  Is my baby in one of these pictures?  Mamaw Donna said she wants them all.  I agree.  Precious.  This is Ted and Bev's nephew.  They run the orphanage and have for 40 years.  They should be back in the US the end of this week.  My cell phone stays on my desk.  My students know to be listening for it!  Can't imagine that phone call!  Whew!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Vacation!

Just got home from family vacation to Panama City.  We had a ball.  I bet we heard, "Can't wait to have an addition to family on next trip."  10 times on our trip. We are thrilled.  We were "OFFICIALLY" put on the list September 10.  We don't expect to hear anything for a couple more weeks, when Ted and Bev go back to Taiwan.  Can't wait to meet the baby God has chosen for us.  Can't wait to find out if he/she is born.  Can't wait to love Ross/Rossi.  Well, we already do. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Necklace!

Look what Momma is putting on the second we get our call!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

1st Gift for Baby

We are sleeping with blanket and bear.  This will introduce baby to our smells and begin w/ bonding.  As soon as we get word baby is here and he/she is ours, these will be in the mail.  I swear it takes my breath...

Dream...

Had an awesome dream.  Jason and I walked into Taiwan's Home of God's Love.  I picked baby up for first time.  (It was baby girl in the dream.)  I snuggled her up, cried and cried.  Texted Heather this morning about it.  She said maybe our baby was conceived or born last night.  ;)  Exciting to think about.  Jason said he choked up when I told him about it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homeland Security Letter

Received a letter from The Department of Homeland Security.  Our fingerprints processed, changed from Nepal, and sent to Taiwan.  We're thrilled!  I smell, feel, love my baby already.  We're sleeping with Ross/Rossi's blanket and bear.  We're planning, praying, and smiling all the time.  Thank you Lord, for your blessings on us.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fingerprints - Check!!!

Had our fingerprints taken at Department of Homeland Security yesterday!  One step closer...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Approved & Waiting Family for Taiwan

Boy!  Tears have been flying, we've hugged so many times, church service was so appropriate, etc.  We are OFFICIALLY on Taiwan's waiting list.  Should hear from them in a couple of months.  We thank God.  It's been a long rollercoaster of miscarriages, IVF, US stopping Nepal adoptions when we were so close.  But, I'm so thankful Jason and I have had 12 awesome years of marriage.  He's my gift from God.  Now, we're getting a BONUS!!!!!