Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Yesterday was such an eventful day -  first of all it was the first day of school. I sent Katie on to 11th grade and Braden to 6th. I have a junior in high school and one beginning his last year of elementary school - it happened in a blink I tell ya. Just a blink - BAM they're 17 and almost 12. Anyhow, I made my way to kindergarten bright and early at 6:45a.m. It was a day filled with so much anticipation and excitement, especially after the phone call I received from our case worker. She and I have had some monumental phone conversations in my "office" at school. Ok, it's really my bathroom but I like to pretend it's my office. She called to inform us that the orphanage had received word from CARA that our NOC (no objection certificate) had been issued. This means no one in all of India objects to us adopting Ryan and everything was done ethically on all ends. The sister said, for the second time, that Ryan carries his photo book we made for him around all the time and kisses our pictures. So thankful the orphanage is fostering this relationship and love for us across many oceans. ALSO, Ryan turned 18 months old yesterday, too. Well technically it was today but with the time change by early afternoon here, it's already tomorrow there so it all happened on the same day. For some reason, I like to keep track of time like that.

I'm weird. I know. And I don't try to hide it.

So THEN today I received an email with a copy of the original NOC. The Sister from the orphanage is preparing to send it on to the high court. This is a HUGE step! Praying for a quick court date, a miracle, whatever it takes to have this sweet boy home SOON!

Our coveted NOC -

Our annual Back to School Photo. Next year Ryan will be in this picture too!!! :) :) :)  

Thanking God and praising HIM for these milestones.

In everything give thanks
1 Thessalonians 5:18


  1. Yay! Yay! Yay!! Glad that thing came!! Now I'll be praying for a quick court date. So sweet that he already knows your faces and is waiting for you. I pray that makes the transition so much easier for him!

  2. Thanks Natalie - the Sister at his orphanage has said at least three times that he carries around the photo book we made for him and kisses our pictures. I, too, hope this helps with transition since he will be too young to really understand what's happening when the time comes (assuming we travel before he's two)