Monday, June 19, 2017

Travel Approval-The God Story (What Does it Mean?)

Our in country coordinator asked where our Travel Approval was today.  She was told it was still processing.  It would show up in the computer and then in a day or two the hard copy of the Travel Approval would come in the mail.

I was resigned to the fact that it was still processing.

Until our agency got their mail today...AND THE  HARD COPY OF OUR TRAVEL APPROVAL WAS IN IT?!  It never showed up in the computer AT ALL.


Remember how I said...

The most common phrase during this adoption has probably been, "Wow, I've NEVER seen that happen before."

Yup, it happened again.

In the beginning of this adoption God had impressed on me that Grace would come home, but not in the typical way.


The Travel Approval was NOT done, but it WAS?  Okay, I'm good with that (smile).

Yes, the pigs are circling.

So what does this all mean?

Tonight we requested an consulate date of July 25th.

Side note: The consulate date comes at the end of the 2 1/2 to 3 week trip to Grace and Hope's country.  Example: Consulate date on the 25th. Wait the required 48 hours to travel home.  Leave for Hong Kong on the morning of the 28th (flights are cheaper from there).  Fly out on the 29th.  Arrive back in the states on the 30th.

Most likely this will have us leaving around July 9th for Grace and Hope's country (there is a chance it could be earlier or later).    We can't book our flights until our consulate date is approved AND we have dates confirmed for the two separate dates we take custody of the girls.

Side note: Different orphanages have different days of the week (usually one day) that they will meet adoptive parents to grant them custody.

Basically, we work backwards from the confirmed consulate date.
1. Get consulate date
2. Find out what day we will take custody of each girl (two different provinces) based on the consulate date.
3. Book flights based on when we take custody of the girls and the consulate date.

So that's the gist.

Everything is definite, except actual travel dates.  We have permission to go, just need confirmation of a couple of things.

This means that we will have only about two weeks to book flights...during the summer when many travel.  This WILL be interesting (chuckle).

If you could pray our consulate date is confirmed QUICKLY (like within hours or days).  They said it could be Sunday before confirmation.  We are praying confirmation is MUCH QUICKER!!!! (The sooner we can book the flights, the less we pay most likely.)

Thank you all for walking this journey with us.

Though no specific funds came in today, we had a pleasant surprise from LifeSong for Orphans.  When asking LifeSong for the remainder of the funds in our family account to be sent to us, we had a pleasant surprise.  Instead of the $300 we thought the check would be for, it turned out to be for $488.  This means we only need $1829 to be fully funded!!!!  We appreciate prayers for the amount we have to be more than enough and for the remainder of the funds to come in quickly.


If you don't know what's going on, please read Mountains Crumble...It Happened!!! Peel Me Off the Ceiling!

If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to.  We now only need $1829!  We broke that $2000 barrier!

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.


Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry ----- with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.


PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all


2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $1,829 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

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