Thursday, July 24, 2008

I Made the PRESS!!!!!

About six months ago, I submitted photos of our vacation to Costa Rica to the AJC newspaper for the "Photo of the Day" section.... My photos FINALLY made it to the press!! TWICE too!! How cool? huh?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Third time is a charm......

We have reached our final step before receiving our INS approval certificate, we had our fingerprint invitations today...sigh :-0 It's pretty sad when we recognize the USCIS staff from the past four years...arrh! Please continue to pray for us that we will have Ellie home before our INS approval expires in 18 months! We know that God has chosen our child for us.....We pray and wait for Ellie to be with her mommy and daddy soon....

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Love without Boundaries.....

Dear Friend,
On October 26th, I will be running the 33rd Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. I am running to benefit Chinese orphans, on a team for Love Without Boundaries ( ) I have commited to run for this important cause and I am asking for your help to make an even greater difference.
There are over a million orphaned children in China, many of them living in institutions. The purpose of LWB’s foster care program is to remove a child from the institutional setting of an orphanage and allow the child to develop to his or her full potential in the loving care of a foster family. The money raised by Team LWB in the marathon will benefit over 300 children already in Love Without Boundaries’ 15 foster care programs throughout China and allow LWB to reach many more children. No child should grow up in an orphanage. The gift of a foster family can forever change a child's future. When a child is sponsored by LWB, they get to experience the love of a temporary family and often have their adoption paperwork submitted so that one day they may have a forever family of their own.
These children are more than just numbers or statistics. They are children, who through no fault of their own are abandoned, without a family to care for them. I am running on behalf of Julie, pictured above. Julie lives in Xinxiang, Henan and was born in July 2005. She is a beautiful little girl who has learned to walk since being moved into her very own family. She was born with cleft lip and palate - her lip has been repaired but she still needs surgery to repair her palate. The progress she has made since moving to a foster family is a true testament to the power of family!
I am writing to ask for your help. My goal is to raise $750, which will help support a child like Julie in foster care for one year. If you would like to help me reach my goal, you can donate online specifically for me by going to and click on the Sponsor button. Or you may send a check to LWB, P.O. Box 25016 Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0016. Please make the check payable to LWB and note my name and MCM 2008 on your check.
Love Without Boundaries is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2007 they delivered over one million dollars of direct humanitarian aid to children, while maintaining an overhead of less than 3%. Your donation will truly change the lives of children. Thank you for helping me give the priceless gift of hope and love to a child.
In hope,
Brian Dunn

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

We had a wonderful time at Cloudland Canyon, it's a beautiful park. We're very happy we did not bring our babies along for this hiking trip, they could have not handled 400+ steps down to the two waterfalls (which did not have any water from the fall) drought..arrh!
Look at Debbie go down those 400+ steps....whew!!! Oh, yeah.. I have to climb those 400 + steps on the return??! I'm surprised my legs and rear end don't ache today because I felt the pain climbing back up!

You might have the brains but I'm fun to be around!!!

"Beautiful Beatrice a.k.a "BB"

Here's our beautiful Beatrice on July 4th, she did not care too much for the fireworks. However, Fergie baby sat on my lap for the show!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy, Happy, Happy ...July 4th!!!

Today were not only celebrating our Country's freedom and Independence on July 4th...... this will mark our first "official" day on the wait list for Cathwel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, the waiting has begun for us. We have waited for a 11 yrs to be parents, this should be a piece of cake, right? Please keep us in your prayers that we get chosen by a birth mother very soon and this time next year, she will be home with her new mommy and daddy!

Happy July 4th everyone!!! Check out this video that's flying through internet this July 4th!!!