Monday, March 18, 2013

I am on my way!  I cannot believe that this day is already here! I am sitting in the San Francisco airport getting ready to board my last flight before I will be with my baby girl FOREVER!  Words cannot express the emotions I am feeling right now!  God is good.

The next 14 hours are going to be rough but totally worth it!  We have had so many people praying for us along this journey and I know so many will continue!  So blessed!

This morning we sang a song at church that sums it up.....

"Never Once" by Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Thank you Lord Jesus for being faithful!!!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Our adoption process is FINALLY complete! 
We got an email this morning that our Final Decree had arrived yesterday at THOGL!  Kenzie is 100% legally ours and nothing can change that!  We are allowed to bring her home!

In the email Ted said that it had been a whirlwind day.  When he received our final decree, he quickly got Kenzie to Taipei to get her passport and then made an appointment so Bev could take her tomorrow to get her final visa physical!  These are just the mandatory steps that must happen before we have our AIT appointment and can leave the country!

I am so excited that our process is done!  It has been a long, frustrating, painful process at time....but totally worth it.  God is good and His timing is perfect (even though most of the time it didn't line up with mine...haha!)

So the rest of the week for our family here in the states is going to be crazy!  Tomorrow night the wonderful teachers I work with our throwing me a shower, Friday night we have Kyler's 6th birthday party, Saturday we are hanging out as a family of 3 for the final time, and then I leave on Sunday!  Phew.....when will I pack??!?!???  So if anyone wants to come over and clean my house or help me organize life....feel free!  :)

Please continue to pray for bonding between Kenzie and I.
Please continue to pray for our traveling....that all goes smoothly and that Kenzie and I don't cry too much!! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Travel plans are set!!

I'm leaving on Sunday, March 17 and returning home (WITH KENZIE!!!!) on Sunday, March 24.

God is so good and we are so blessed that we finally get to bring Kenzie home to join our family!  Our family of four!  (I love how that sounds!)

Our AIT/Embassy appointment is on March 21.  Please pray that everything goes smoothly!

We still cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has joined us on this journey.  We could not have done it without you! God has truly blessed us with some of the most amazing friends and family!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.”  Proverbs 25:25

For those of you who have adopted from THOGL you know that when you see that verse at the beginning of an email it is going to be good news!  

That was the verse that came across our email today!

Kenzie is officialy ours and we are so excited.  

The only thing left in our process is for our Final Decree to be issued and to have our AIT appointment.  So I am leaving the week of March 18 to head over to Taiwan to (Lord Willing) finish up our adoption process and bring our baby girl home!  

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we see it!  

Thank you for your prayers and keep them coming!  We are not quite done but one HUGE step closer!     

Friday, February 15, 2013

We have a due date!!!!  

One of the hardest comments that has been made to me through this process is "well at least you do not have to wait as long as a pregnancy" or "your wait isnt that bad...when you are pregnant you have to wait 9 months".   If you are reading this blog and you have ever said that to an adoptive mommy or have thought about saying it.....either apologies or refrain.  That comment hurts! 
With a pregancy you have an END DATE.  You know that around a certain time (due date) your baby will be in this world, with your family, part of your life.  When you are adopting you have NO IDEA when you will bring your baby home or when you will have an END DATE.  One of the hardest things about adoption is the unknown.  So friends....I ask you....please DO NOT compare it to a is completely different. 

But in saying all of that.....
I actually have a due date!  I know about when I am going to get to see my baby girl again!  PTL!  Richard and I have been praying for the past couple of weeks about when I could return to Taiwan and bring our baby girl home.  Well the courts are not cooperating with us on the paperwork (ha ha) so we changed our prayer.  We began praying that God would open a door so that I could be with our baby girl again soon.  Since the moment I have left Taiwan I have missed it.  I miss the smells, the weather, the people, the orphanage, the babies....but most of all my precious girl Kenzie.  I have been so jealous of the mom's who have gotten to stay in between court and decrees.  But I knew because of Kyler I could not be gone that long.  So.....

This last week my school sent me an email letting me know that they had approved for me to not come back after Spring Break until the end of the year (and still get paid).  They wanted me to have as much time as I could with my baby girl!  Plus with the class that I have this year it would make for an easier transistion.  So that got Richard and I thinking.....what if we could work out the details where I go ahead and go on over to Taiwan during my Spring Break and then spend time there until our adoption is final and I can bring Kenzie home.  We knew a few things would have to work out for Kyler and we also wanted to make sure the orphanage was okay with it, but we got confirmation this morning that it is a GO.  So...

Around March 17 I will be leaving to head to Taiwan to help out the orphange and spend time with our precious baby girl until I get to bring her home.  I am so excited! 

We are still praying that all of our paperwork will come together before then so I can just go for the week, finalize things up, and come home.  But if least I know that I will get to be with her while Richard and Kyler hold down the fort at home!

The biggest obstacle we still face is financial.  It is going to cost more for a plane ticket right now because of a few reasons.  It is Spring Break, I have to get an open ended ticket, and we have to pay for a plane ticket for Kenzie (we'd have to do this regardless of when we go).  We know that God will provide for us.  I would like to be able to book my ticket in the next week or so in hopes of getting a cheaper rate but since it is going to cost more we have to have more time to save (waiting on paychecks).  So the closer that it gets to the time....the higher the tickets go.  So please pray that it will all continue to come together and we can get a great deal on a ticket!

So with all of that said....
Pray for us! 
We are so excited to have a DUE DATE but also trying to trust in God to work out the details!

Love you all!  

Monday, February 11, 2013

It has been 4 1/2 weeks since we appeared in court.  These past weeks have been the hardest and longest of my life.  I just sit and stare at Kenzie's picture wondering if we will ever have her home.  It still all seems like a distant dream.....not a reality.
This week the courts are closed for CNY.  So in a weird way I am relaxed this week....I still really want to have her at home with me and in my arms.  But I also know that I do not have to wake up each morning wondering if I have an email or if today will be the day. 

So I am going to be honest....I have a goal for this week while the courts are closed....
My goal is to spend this week praying, fasting, and working on my heart.  I have had a lot of jealousy over the past week.  Their have been couples that have brought home their babies home recently and it is very hard to see their excitment and how their babies are growing and changing when my sweet girl is thousands of miles away....and right now we have no end in sight as to when we will bring her home.  So God and I need to have some time to work through these issues!

We celebrated Chinese New Year with our THOGL friends this past weekend.  It was so much fun!  I enjoyed catching up with new and old friends.  I am so thankful for the people that adoption and THOGL has brought into my life.  Some of my very best friends!

Please continue to pray for us...

*Pray that as soon as the courts open back up we will get our first decree.
*Pray that Kenzie remains healthy and safe.
*Pray for our finances (we are still short on plane ticket money....trusting God to provide).
*Pray for my heart as we wait.

Love you all!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


I long for the day when my entire family is under one roof.....then maybe sleep will come.  During this entire process their has only been a short time where I have felt rested.  It was right after we got the call for our court date.  My body relaxed and I was just able to enjoy life. It was wonderful.  I know that once we bring Kenzie home my sleep will be different because I will have a baby but when I do sleep it will be peaceful.  I wont wake up through the night checking for an email.  I wont go to bed with thoughts of her and how she is doing on my mind.  I will finally be able to relax.  I so desperately want to enjoy this be wait on God's rest in His goodness and peace.  But I know that it is not going to happen.  I know myself.  As much as I try to fake it to everyone around me....I am a mess.  I feel discouraged about everything.  I just want an email....I just want a call.....I just want to be with my baby girl....

Monday, February 4, 2013

This week we are praying for BIG news!  Next week the courts shut down for Chinese New Year.  We have been praying since we returned home from court that we would get our first decree issued by the week before CNY.  So we are praying that it comes this week.....I am sure that if it doesn't there will be lots of emotional moments for me....but I have to remember that God is in control and His timing is perfect.

There is another possible BIG news item that could happen in our family this week.  We would also love for it to work in the way we have been praying but we also know we have to trust in God if it doesn't.  I hope to be able to share that news but I can't until it is final! 

SO needless to say.....we are praying for a BIG week for our family this week.....will you please join with us?

Also if you look at the below post there are several items that I listed that need to be prayed about....please continue to pray for those items! 
We appreciate everyone who has prayed for us and who has walked this journey with us so much!  We COULD NOT do it alone!

Love to you...

Friday, February 1, 2013

5 months ago....

Richard, Kyler, and I had been at my mom's house celebrating Labor Day.  It had been a fun day with cousins and siblings.  The entire weekend I had been in a weird mood.  More than once I had mentioned how much I wish we could adopt from Taiwan again.  Even that day I had mentioned to my mom and sister...."I feel like we should just give up on adopting again....God is going to have to clearly show us what He wants us to do because I am so confused."  My mom and sister really didn't know how to reply.  They were both "wishing" we could adopt from Taiwan again too. 

9 months earlier we were told that we would not be able to adopt from Taiwan because the new laws were really weird and THOGL was no longer adopting to second child families.  We were crushed, frustrated, and confused.  I felt like we had waited to long to pursue adoption again.  If only we had contacted THOGL several years earlier maybe I would get my baby girl.  But God had other plans. After being told "no" by THOGL we told them we appreciated their honesty and that they could take us off the list because we would be praying about other adoption options.  That email broke my heart but we both really felt like God was closing this door. 

Over the next several months Richard and I would still have various converstations about adopting from Taiwan (even in the midst of another country failed adoption attempt), neither of us could shake the longing but we knew we had to find peace in the was out of our hands.

So Labor Day...
After we got home that evening we were all getting ready for the work/school week.  Kyler was in bed fast asleep, Richard was in the living room watching TV, and I was in our bedroom getting ready for bed.  It was 10:30pm.  As I was climbing into bed my phone began to buzz.  It was from a number I didn't recognize, I knew it was an international number but it didn't register.  I almost didn't answer but because it was late I figured it had to be someone we knew and I was praying it wasn't "bad" news.  As soon as I said "hello"....I knew!  The person on the other end didn't even speak yet but I knew it was THOGL calling.  As the converstation began (and I ran into the living room to get Richard on the phone) small talk was made.  I remember thinking is Ted just calling to check in or what is going on?  I honestly was confused until he said...."So the reason that I am calling is because we have a precious 5 week old baby girl that would love for you to be her mommy and daddy".  CUE the ugly snotty nose tears.  I couldn't even talk.  For those of you who know me you know that is nearly impossible!  The next few moments were a a blur as Richard and Ted talked.  I finally got myself together long enough to ask "Are you sure?"  Ted laughed (not quite the response most would probably give).  I was just in so much shock that I thought he had made a mistake.  Over the next 30 minutes we learned details about Kenzie and how the new laws would work.  It was an amazing evening with NO sleep.  Richard and I just laid in bed talking, rejoicing, and thanking God was faithfulness and miracles.

So 5 months......
That is how long ago since we go our referral.  It has been the longest 5 months of my life but some of the happiest 5 months of my life because I know that we are over the half way point.  We will get to bring our sweet baby girl home soon.  And all the glory, honor, and praise will go to God!

Please Pray:
*That we will get our first decree issued before next Friday (that is when the courts close for Chinese New Year)
*After the first decree is issued pray that we will quickly get our second decree issued (this is the point we will be able to go get Kenzie).
*That Kenzie will remain happy and healthy
*That we will enjoy our final days as a family of 3 as we prepare for Kenzie to come home.
*Please pray for our friends who are also on this journey with us.  They have the exact same emotions we have and long to have their babies in their arms soon!
*Finances.....we thought we had all the money we need for our plane tickets but we found out we have to purchase a plane ticket for Kenzie because it is an international flight.  So we are about $500 short.  We are financially maxed out (our first trip tickets cost more than we had planned for) and so we are asking for prayers and help!  

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Richard snapped this picture as I was holding and seeing Kenzie in person for the first time!  I LOVE everything about this picture and just looking at it right now brings tears. 
To my precious Kenzie,
The moment I saw your picture on Sept. 3, 2012 my life was changed.  I knew you were my girl.  Your chubby cheeks and scrunched up little body was perfect.  I knew that at that moment I was willing to do anything to bring you home so that I could help raise you into an amazing woman of God. 
You are so loved.
The journey to get you has been one full of ups and downs.  Your daddy, big brother, and I have literally been all across the state, country, and world to get everything in order so that you can join our forever family. 
You are so loved.
As I write this letter to you, I have no idea when I will see you again or have  you in my arms again but I promise you that I am praying every single moment of every single day that it is soon.  My heart aches for you. 
You are so loved.
God has brought you to us and we are forever indebted to Him.  We want you to know that through our entire process we want His name to be glorified because He is who matters!  You are a miracle.  We never thought we would be able to adopt a precious baby girl from the same country as your big brother is from, but God is good.  He heard our cries, our pleas, and our prayers and blessed us with you! 
You are so loved. 
Sweet baby girl...
You will be home soon.  We cannot wait!
I love you so much.
Your mommy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

There has been some movement in Taiwan....PTL!  Two babies that Kenzie is at the home with will be coming home this next week.  We wish it was us that was bringing our baby girl home, but we are still thankful that things are moving forward with the courts. 

We also found out that everyone who has been to court before us has received their first decree.  We know that the judge does not always go in order but technically we are next in line for our first decree.  So assuming that our BM report and SW report are done (like we have been told) we pray that we get our first decree within the next few days.  It would be great to get it this week so that we can have a week of wait towards the second decree under our belts before Chinese New Year!

This week has been so hard for me. Each night I have cried myself to sleep and wondered if the whole process will ever end.  I know it will but I miss her so much and want her home so badly. 

Please continue to pray for us!  Pray for BIG paperwork news this week!  We know God is able!

Love you all!

Friday, January 25, 2013


That is how long it has been since we had our court date.  My life is measured in weeks now...Friday to Friday.  Another reason 2 weeks is significant is that is how many weeks we have until the courts close for 2 weeks because of Chinese New 2 weeks is a bittersweet number to me. 

I am praying that in these next 2 weeks we will be issued our first decree.  I know that it would be super fast in the world of adoption paperwork but because of paperwork that has already been completed in our case it is very possible.  It would just be nice to go into Chinese New Year knowing that the process is almost complete!

Kenzie will be 6 months old on Sunday.  Happy 1/2 Birthday sweet baby girl.  I cannot wait to celebrate many more halves with you! 

Thank you friends and family for your prayers!  This is a journey that is not for the faint of heart....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This week I went back to school.  It was good to get back into the normal routine of life...but my mind has been a million miles away.  It is so hard to focus on anything else but Kenzie.   
It has been fun to share with my students about sweet Kenzie.  I really think they love her as much as we do!

As much fun as it was to talk about Kenzie and to show off her picture the question I was dreading came....
I wish I could answer that question.  All I know to do is pray and to ask you to pray.  SO PLEASE PRAY!  Waiting is hard and I am sure that God will teach me something during the waiting but that doesn't mean that the waiting will be easy.  :) 
My heart aches for her.  I want to hold her, cuddle her, watch her, experience new things with her.  UGH....
So friends and family....I ask you.....keep me busy!  When I am busy, I do not have as much time to think about going to get her.  I know we are on the downward side of this process and honestly I am so happy and relieved.  I know that we are blessed because we have a referral.  This time last year we NEVER thought adopting from THOGL was possible again...but God had other plans. 
So pray...
Continue to pray...
Start to pray....
Daddy and Kenzie

I am a big girl! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First of all I apologize for not updating the blog while we were in Taiwan.....for those of you who didn't hear or didn't get my FB message my blog would not work properly in Taiwan.  So sorry! 

I have so much to catch you all up on....

The most important thing you should know is KENZIE is perfect!

We have fallen in love with this precious baby girl and cannot wait to bring her home!  Many have asked when that will be and honestly we have no idea.  There has been so many variations in processed cases that we do not even have an estimated time.  We will know more once our first decree is issued...but until then all we can do is trust and pray it is soon.

Leaving Kenzie was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  My heart shattered into pieces when I had to say good-bye.  Writing about it right now brings the tears and the emotions.  Surviving over the next several weeks or months until we can bring her home is going to be so difficult.  I ask for your prayers, support, and encouragement.  I am going to do my best to focus on my family right now....these are our last days of being a family of 3.  So I want to give Kyler the attention he needs before his world drastically changes too.

So Taiwan....
Everything was amazing.  We had the chance to do some sight-seeing and a tiny bit of shopping.  We mainly hung around THOGL and helped out with the babies.  There are SO many babies there right now that they need all hands on deck.  Plus it was important to keep Kenzie on their schedule since we would be leaving her. 
Our social worker appointment and court appointment both went amazing.  Richard and I were so nervous, but God went before us and all went smoothly. 
Besides meeting Kenzie the highlight of the trip was meeting Kenzie's birthmother and grandmother.  It was such a special meeting and God was glorified.  There were lots of tears and questions...but we all left the meeting with a since of hope and love for each other.  I am so thankful that I was able to take pictures to show Kenzie one day.  What a special treasure that will be for her.

There is so much more to our trip that I want to share...but that is all I have the energy for right now.  As a few of you know...when we got home (on Thursday) I got super sick.  I call it my "jet lag curse".  Everytime I come home from going somewhere internationally I get sick....vomiting and all of the not fun stuff that goes with that.  I am finally feeling a little bit better this morning.  Thank you Jesus!

Please Pray:
*Our paperwork will be processed quickly and decrees will be issued in record time.  (It's been one week since court)
*The bonding that we started with Kenzie will not be completely lost
*That God will provide someone to travel with me on the second trip to pick up Kenzie.  (We cannot financially afford for Richard to go so I am going to be traveling by is very scary to think about traveling internationally by myself and then bringing a baby home internationally by myself.  We know that God will give me the strength but it would be amazing if someone could go with me or we could come up with the money for Richard to go.)
*We have several adoptive family friends who are also waiting on decrees right now...please pray that they will get those decrees soon and that they can bring their babies home! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The craziness is in full swing....

I have not stopped all day.....

Packing, cleaning, making lists, running last minute errands......ready or not baby girl......we are coming!  (I think she is ready...haha!)

Please be praying for us...
We fly out Monday morning.  Our plane leaves at 8:30am, after a layover in Dallas, we leave from LA heading to Taipei at 2:30pm (which is Joplin 4:30pm).  As you head to bed on Monday night please pray for us as we are heading across the pacific ocean to meet our baby girl!  We are so excited. 

We will continue to update daily on this blog so dont forget to check each day!

But here is how you can begin to pray for us:

*Pray for our Social Worker appointment that we will answer the questions honestly and that all will go smoothly
*Pray for our court appointment.....we will meet Kenzie's birth mom at this appointment and we will be standing before the judge answering adoption questions.
*Pray for our time with Kenzie and the bonding that will begin over this short period of time.
*Pray for our time at THOGL that we can be a help to Ted and Bev and the babies that are there.
*Pray that our paperwork will be processed VERY QUICKLY and that I can travel back very soon to bring her home! 

Thank you so much friends for joining us on this journey!

 Love you all :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

I had intented to write this post yesterday but we had a fun filled day hanging out with my family and it just didn't happen! 

I am so incredibly excited for the year 2013.  Big and exciting changes for the Jett family! 

This time next week we will have spent an entire day with our sweet baby girl.  We heard from THOGL yesterday and Kenzie's birth mom has been notified of our court appointment and plans to meet us there.  We have so many emotions about that meeting.  Please begin to pray now for us as we meet her BM.  Please pray that she will know our heart and we will be able to communicate our gratitude towards her. 

Nerves are really starting to set in about our trip over....tomorrow I will post more about how we are feeling and how you can specifically pray!  Right now I am going to hang out with my little is his last day of Christmas break and this momma is going to give him my undivided attention!

Kenzie Ann Mei-En Jett
5 months old
Weighs: 16.6 pounds
Length: 23.5 inches long
2 teeth