I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Phil has been updating so I've taken the passengers seat the last few posts. We are a team like that; when one is tired/worn-out/etc. the other one picks up the slack. Have I mentioned what a wonderful husband I have today? God has truly blessed me with the best family! I know we are not completed and He is still working to add more.
We do not know any new information about the adoption. We are constantly checking our e-mails to see if we have been matched. It's hard for me to just wait, but there is nothing else I can do right now. During this time, I've been very busy trying to fundraise. Some one asked me the other day why we have started so early since it may be 6-12 months before we leave for China. It's hard to raise a large lump sum of money all at once. We want to be prepared and not feel so pressured for the $25,000-$40,000 (this is per child) international adoption fees. We are saving and doing all we can to not have any delays due to fiances. All the fees are not paid at the end, but along the journey. A bulk part of the financial burden is at the end of the journey, but we still have fees along the way to pay. They do not let you continue to the next step until you pay the payments. I know most families have to take out another mortgage on their house, but we do not want to do this until we have to. No matter what we have to do, we will bring our child home! This is why we have started so early with the fundraisers.
Also, during this wait time, I've been trying to read and study; however it doesn't seem too often I have time. lol I have been reading on adoption, Chinese adoptions, and Chinese culture. I'm still learning so much new information! I am reading a book (actually I've started about 3! lol) by Xinran called Letters from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love. This book will bring anyone to tears! I'm anxious to read more from this author. She is a Chinese native that writes many books about China. I think her information is going to be very productive for me and I'm hoping it will give me better understanding on some issues.
And of course, during our wait time, our family has been enjoying our time together! I cannot believe school starts back so soon; it is going to be so strange to me. Both Colt and Macy Jade will be in school this year and of course Phil will go back to teaching. This process has strengthened, changed, and grown us so much! I never new the starting process (even prior to having our other children with us) could change everyone so much!
Colt is such a sweetheart! Sunday at church, we sat down from a family with a young daughter. I thought Colt was going to go sit by her; he kept saying "Look Momma, she is so cute!" Then that afternoon, we were fortunate enough to run into grandparents that had a 4y/o granddaughter from China. They showed us her picture and Colt went on and on about how cute she was, how precious she was, and wondering if his sister would look like her. When we got in the car, he said that he just couldn't help thinking about his baby brother or sister everytime he saw a baby. He is just a sweetheart! Macy Jade was excited too, but Colt was just smothered with love everytime he sees a baby!
Both kiddos have dentist appointments tomorrow in the morning so we will be in Corinth again tomorrow. If you want a shirt or have not gotten your shirt, you can text us at 415-0190 to meet us in town & pick it up. We will be going by some businesses tomorrow that have ordered shirts and delivering them. If you work in Corinth and want us to stop by your work for a shirt, please just text us to let us know.
I hope you all have a wonderful day & if it's as hot in your location as ours (103 today) then please stay cool! Thank you all for continuing to follow our adventure! Say a little prayer for us and all our children tonight! Love you all! Niki
"But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (NKJV)
Long Road to China - Our Adoption Story
Trustmark National Bank account set up:
Donations can be made nation wide at any Trustmark National Bank through the account:
Phillip Smith or Niki J. Smith's Adoption Account
If you would like to mail a donation, please mail it to
Phil or Niki Smith
P.O. Box 332
Rienzi, MS 38865
Rienzi, MS 38865