My heart is overflowing

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I remember when Lucy was a newborn I said “You make my heart feel so big!!!” Again I am busting with joy today as I got an update on lil Ruthie with pictures. It’s incredible how you can love the baby in your womb or baby across the ocean you’ve never met, but you can and oh, do I so much. I wish I’d get the cleaning frenzy going on like you do before you give birth. If you show up unannounced at our house right now you’d be sorry you did. But really, I know what everyone wants to see and hear.

Her height is 78CMhead 48CMweight is 12KGchest is 46Cm.She has 15 teeth. Her foot is 13cm.

She can eat some soft food like congee, steamed egg , cake, etc. She still mainly eats formula though. She can sing and dance with music. She is trying to learn talking now. She can say “baba”. (That’s Daddy in Chinese for all who want to know)

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Psalm 139:13-16  For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Hope and More

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We had a great Java Night with lots of great music! Thanks to all the musicians!!

Among other news we received provisional approval for the I800 paperwork and Ruth’s paperwork is on to the national visa center. Hoping to get that this week! China has a national holiday the first week of October so hopefully we’ll have travel approval by the end of the month!!!

I still have several necklaces, t-shirts to sell (mainly smaller sizes), and marble magnets to sell so leave a comment if you’re interested in one. Here’s what the T-shirts look like – grey, black and have 1 large pink.

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Java night previews……

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We just spent a great weekend with our friend Molly and her sister Sarah in Milwaukee and we got down to business with crafts for Friday night! Thought you might like a preview…… Necklaces, bows, marble magnets, and coasters….and t-shirts to come!

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A variety of necklaces

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Marble magnets

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Bows (thanks to Molly!)

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Coasters

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So, come on out Friday for some great music and help us bring Ruth home! 🙂

 

LOA!!!!!

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There have been some exciting things going on with the Tucker family. Namely, the LOA or letter of approval from China. We have had preliminary approval since February, but this is the biggie. This means China has reviewed our entire life story, huge file and think we’d be ok to adopt Yu Fen.

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So, Check this out!!! This was what all the jumping and screaming was about on August 20th. Now we await all the other immigration related processes and then China will issue us travel approval. Realistically I see us in China towards the end of October or beginning of November, but we’d go immediately once we have travel approval.

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Imagine the future

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Imagine…

 
Steve Jobs… Given up for adoption as an infant… Changed Technology as we know it
 
Nelson Mandela… Parents died when he was young… Changed the face of South Africa
 
John Keats… orphaned at the age of 10… one of the greatest poets to ever live
 
Johann Bach… orphaned at age 9… Changed the way we listen to music
  
Louis Armstrong… orphaned… the father of Jazz
  
John Lennon… orphaned age 9… taught us how to imagine
 
Rudyard Kipling… fostered from age 6… took us on grand adventures
 
 
Malcolm X… orphaned and fostered…
 
 
Ruth Yu Fen Tucker……imagine who she will grow up to be.
 
Imagine all these underdogs and the people they become.
 
Imagine yourself adopting…..because we were adopted first as sons and daughters of God.
 
 
 

Adoption Trivia Night

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We have been extremely blessed by the Girlfriend’s Ministry at our church who approached us with the desire to help us raise funds to bring Yu Fen home – which will be close to $30,000 by the time we are back from China with Yu Fen. Looking at this amount of money is mind boggling, but when God is at the forefront of taking care of one of His orphans, you learn to look past it. It’s been one of the greatest challenge of trust we’ve ever went through. We went to an Adoption and Orphan Conference this spring and we were told that most people can not afford to adopt, but if you put your hope and trust in God everything seems to fall into place.

The Lakeside Girlfriends Ministry will be hosting a trivia night fundraiser on Friday, July 27th  at 7:00 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome!  This will be a family friendly event.  Tickets are $10 per person to play and a light dinner of Sloopy Joes, chips and a drink will be available for $5 per person.  Start gathering your friends now and strategize your team. A Silent Auction will take place during the event so come ready to bid.  There will be a bake sale as well.

Sign up here through our church website!

http://www.lakesidechristian.com/Volunteers/TeachingPastoring/TuckerTriviaNightFundraiser/tabid/1048/Default.aspx

We appreciate everyone’s support! We have about $14,000-15,000 to go!

Blessings and the latest

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We have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness of several people – you know who you are and we are so thankful. Most of all, God has been present in this journey and we would not be where we are without His divine intervention. So far, with every payment we’ve made with our adoption we’ve had not more, not less, but exactly the amount needed to make the payment….usually within cents. Also, overall things have been smooth. I’ve had an overwhelming sense of calmness about everything – which is good, since I tend to stress too much about things I have no control over.

One year ago we had no idea that we would be adopting for sure, let alone be in the process to bring our daughter home. That these precious babies and children are abandoned and left in these orphanages is sickening and to be able to make a difference in the life of one of them is amazing. We don’t understand why this happens, but I found a quote by Max Lucado that says what I am thinking, but can’t put into words.

This is to you Ruth “Yu Fen” –  “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”

THE LATEST AND GREATEST…..

We were logged in to China’sCenter for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) on June 20th. At that point our “dossier” (all the legal paperwork) is translated. We found out July 19th that our file is actually in process. This means that our paperworkd has been translated and we are waiting for our “LOA” or Letter of acceptance – where we get to check the box that yes, we accept Yu Fen officially as our daughter. The amount of time to LOA varies. I’ve heard at little at 15 days to as many as 100+ days. But, fortunately most people that I know of have had more along the 15-30 day range. This means we may have LOA as soon as August 3rd! Travel occurs approx 2 months after this point. Many are travelling sooner than that. We pray to be in China before October – the first week is a week of holiday (i.e. country shut down) and after that is the big trade show in Guangzhou City (i.e. hotels double in price) – where we’ll be for the 2 weeks. We are used to roughing it with travel, but travelling to China to pick up a more than likely terrified toddler I want to stay somewhere that is more familiar with familiar foods. All who have seen me travel know my stomach takes about a week to catch up.

Among other news is our upcoming trivia night….I’ll do a separate post for that. Stay tuned!

 
Many thanks 🙂

The fabulous big sister

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Saturday morning we were getting ready to go out the door when Lucy came down the stairs and said “I have a lot of money so you and Daddy can go to China to get Yu Fen now.” Then she added, “But don’t spend it all, because I need some to go shopping with Yu Fen when she gets home.”