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I recently posted a comment on an authors blog about how absolutely wonderful her book was.  After I posted it I said to myself, “Self, you are a pathetic at maintaining this blog.”  Now, I never intend for anyone besides myself to read this, someday my kids might like it – they’d laugh at how horrible my punctuation was, I’m horrible at it.  Do I put too many coma’s in, what’s the dash for anyway.  I know where the periods go – take that!    Anyway, I’m not writing to win a prize or become famous, I’m simply writing to share my thought with whomever finds it.

Maybe I can post more often than every 5 years – just sayin’

  …at the conclusion of the last post, her oldest daughter was 12 years old…  she is now 17 and driving a car and her parents crazy… we now resume our regularly scheduled blog.

(You absolutely have to read that last part like a stuffed shirt TV announcer from BBC – it makes it more fun.)


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It’s been a while…

Okay, I realize it’s been WAY too long since I posted last – but I’ve been busy!

  • I’ve taught my newest daughter from China (whose 12) English.
  • I’ve struggled to maintain a sense of birth order between my Sierra, our newest daughter and Lily the baby of the family.
  • Getting assistance in public school for Sierra proves to be a bit more difficult that expected.  You just can’t test a native Chinese speaking child with an English speaking Hispanic.   She doesn’t need an Chinese translator to understand the testing proctor, she needs an English translator!!!
  • Spent a couple weeks traveling up to Chicago while my husband was in the hospital – he’s okay – now!
  • Celebrated a lot of firsts:  First Birthday in America, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas and first Chinese New Year.
  • Packed up my youngest Son for a 6-week mission trip to Calcutta, India.  We are now on week 2.
  • My Orphan Ministry at our Church is growing!
  • All of this and laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework, work, etc.

Like I said, I’ve been busy!

Our daughter Sierra is doing awesome in school – all A’s and B’s!  She blends right in with our family and I can’t image a day without her being with us – although it would be MUCH quieter!!

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I’ve been published!


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How disappointing was it to find out we couldn’t post while in China.  Thanks to FaceBook, we could still update our friends with the goings on with the Bruner’s.

Now that we are home things are settling down, we have developed a routine that helps Sierra know what to expect from day to day.  After breakfast we spend an hour or so on school work.  Lily is having fun with this, especially because Mommy is the teacher.  Sierra is learning new words everyday.

So far the girls enjoy playing together, how long this will last is anyone’s guess.  Right now I just enjoy the harmony of my girls getting to know each other.

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Sierra here we come – 5 more days and we get to see you and hold you.  We love you.

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We received word today that our homestudy and updated Visa 37 is on it’s way to the National Visa Center.  The NVC is in New Hampshire – from there it will be faxed to the American Consulate in Guanzghou, PRC.  This all needs to happen before June 22.  We are leaping out in faith that everything will happen as it’s suppose to.

We booked our flight to China – we leave on Thursday, June 11.   I’m not sure when we get Sierra yet but I’ll keep you posted.

Praise God, for His miracle never cease.

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Well, to continue the saga of our homestudy lost in space, if we fail to “get it right” this next time they could deny us.  What does that mean?  No one really knows for sure – and I don’t want to find out.

If USCIS would stop changing the rules on us it would be really helpful.  I have also learned of a new development in China that will have a great impact on us if we do not get Sierra out of there by July 1.

This was posted on our orphanage yahoo group:

So the US government has thrown another curveball to adopting parents before we can bring our children home. In case you have not heard, beginning July 1st, all children adopted from China between the ages of 2-14 must have a TB test at the medical exam in Guangzhou. If the test site shows a reaction, a chest x-ray must be performed before bringing the child home. If the test and/or x-ray are fine, then you get your child’s visa and can come home. Otherwise you have to have another test. If TB is shown, you could be in China for 6 months while your child is on meds.

WHAT???  Please God, work a miracle and get our paperwork approved soon so we can bring our daughter home by the end of the month!!!

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