Our Journey To Charlie & Levi...

After 17yrs of marriage and "8" amazing children, God has continued to keep the fire for adoption burning in our hearts. Crazy?... Maybe?!?! But....Doesn't God call all of us to do CRAZY things for him? Isn't that what it means to Live for Christ? To make a difference ONE orphan at a time. So after months of praying that this little guy would find a forever family, he FINALLY has!! OUR FAMILY!! Join us as we pray, cry, fill out mounds of paperwork & fundraise to bring our son home. We give God all the glory for choosing to adopt us & for giving us the opportunity to Choose Charlie...And because we could not get Zhora(Levi) off our minds and God obviously placed him in our hearts... We're bringing him home too!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Two Less Orphans in the World...

Here's a quick summary of the past 2 days...We started out our journey back to the boys in the Dallas airport, only to find out after over an hour delay that our plane had mechanical problems and our flight would be cancelled!!! And... there were NO other flights out that night!! TEARS:( This meant that the next flight would get us in at 1:15pm and we had court at 2:30pm. This was a serious problem. I will spar you the stressful details, but after much begging and pleading & tears we were on another airline sitting in 2 of the last 3 available seats!!!!! A HUGE thank you to Golden Rule for the info that there were in fact available seats:) So we arrived in EE at 10:30pm. Praise God for getting us here in plenty of time:) Wed. morning we were able to go to the U.S. Consulate for Sid to sign documents (and they were super nice) Plus it's SO nice when there are 75+ people and you are moved to the front because you are American! SWEET! Then we went to the notary to sign the documents which had one thing in English on them...Charlie Josiah Harper & Levi Preston Harper!!! We had a 2hr break and then we were off to court. Court went great! Every person in the court room was very nice and everything went so smooth. If you ask me what all I said, I can barely remember. Ha! Thank you God for just the right words:) We did ask for the 10 day wait to be waived and she was very apologetic saying that, "If she could she would waive it but that it is a law" :( We were sad, but not suprised. It is 10 calendar days, however the court decree can only be picked up on Wed & Fri. So, it will actually be 14 days before anything can be done. Then there will be another 4-5 days of medicals, picking up 2 new birth certificates, and several trips to get the boys passports in our hands. So It will be somewhere around the 1st week of October when we fly home. Boy, I can not wait! Missing my kids at home already!! Sid left for the airport at 3:00am and will arrive in Dallas thurs. at 2:30. So thankful for everyone that continues to help with out kiddos. We could not have done this without all of you and are forever grateful.

The best part of the whole day... We arrived at the orphange and found out really quickly that the boys (especially Charlie) knew exactly what was going on. Charlie kept pointing to the gate and saying something in his husky voice, and was ready to hit the road. We had wondered if they really understood & they do!!! Now that we have had court the nannies seem much more excited. They talk to the boys a lot (wish we knew what they were saying), and we hear Mama & Papa over & over from all of the staff. They are both healthy and doing good and we can't wait to tuck them into their own little beds:)


  1. Precious! It's good to see how affectionate Charlie's caregivers are with him, too. Both little boys look well-cared for and happy - but there's no place like home (and family). I am so glad the boys have joined yours.

    Susan B.

  2. I cannot type right now through my tears of joy streaming down my face. I'll have to come back later....I am too happy for words. Seeing them in the video makes it SO real and the joy on their faces is priceless. The are BEAUTIFUL boys!! Having a son with Ds myself, I can tell you there will be no shortage of love and hugs and kisses coming from these 2. You are all so very blessed. You'll have to excuse me as I feel the need to cry more tears of joy!!!! Lots of love...and feel free to post more video, it's incredible to see them in person!!

  3. Wow, I am so happy for all of you. Brings tears to my eyes. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!


  4. I agree with Lisa.... will have to comment more later, I can't see the keyboard through the tears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you guys!!!!

  5. Oh I'm all teary eyed! Finally got to see them. Levi reminds me so much of Ava. It was fun to see the nannies looking at ourpictures. I'll have to show John.