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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Passports and USCIS

Today Alexander, Stephanie and I received our passports in the mail. I have some video clips of them bouncing around in celebration of their passports. I will put it together and post here soon.

In other news we also go our I-797C from the USCIS yesterday. This is nothing big except confirmation that they received the last of our paperwork in their process. After this, the adoption agency sends other paperwork to China showing our approval and then China will send us permission to travel.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Fund Raiser!

Here is a new way to support our efforts to raise $5,500 for Qiu Miao's orphanage.
Our new store on Cafe Press has shirts, hats, coffee mugs, water bottles, and much more.
These items feature our personal design and our favorite slogan:
God made us, but adoption made us a family

You can get to them by clicking the CafePress link on the right, or simply click HERE!
No codes to remember, just make sure our store name is on the top - "Franks to China 2012"

Final Paperwork to USCIS

Our final paperwork (on our end at least) is on it's was to USCIS.
Our next step will be wating for our notification that we are ready to travel.
Mean while, we are still working on fund raising.
Thank you to everyone who has helped so far.
I am in the fianl stages of setting up another T-shirt company. It may be up today or tomorrow. They sell T-shirts, hats, bags, coffee mugs, water bottles, and much more. Plus, they will feature our personal designs.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Official Progress

We received our USCIS approval today! So the Government didn't take that long after all...

What that means: if nothing else, we have the confidence of the US government that we can raise 3 children!

On another subject, I learned from a Chinese speaking co-worker today who to say her name (Qiu Miao) and spell is phonetically... Chu Maow. The Chu is almost like the word chew, but with a hard C and the Maow is almost like a cat's meow but loose the e and replace with a hard A sound. But NOT saying
May-ow. I find it difficult to take the ehh sound off the A.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Qiu Miao information

I have had a few requests to post a picture. I was told by our adoption agency that China prefers the children's pictures not be posted on web sites, etc. In the interest of honoring China's adoption policies, we won't be posting any pictures of her until we are in-country. However, if you are interested in seeing her picture, send an e-mail and we'll be happy to send one that we have.

A few other facts:
She was born May 2, 2011, she is healthy and she is being cared for in a foster home. We have two different papers with two different provinces, those are Jiangxi and Guangdong. I suspect one is where she may be staying and the other may be the orphanage location since they are neighboring.
The last measurements we have are from last September and she was 25 inches and weighed 15 1/2 pounds.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Another way to Donate

I wanted to remind everyone of another way you can help us reach our goal to donate $5,500 and support Qiu Miao's orphanage.
If you want to make the most of your donation go directly into helping the babies and children at the orphanage; you can give a tax deductable donation directly through our adoption agency Hope International.
The direct link to their donation page is:
(They are also listed in our Other Important Links in the right margin.)

Once on their donation page you will see three options:
You can donate on-line with a credit card,
You can donate with a credit card by calling Dawn, or
You can mail a check.

If you donate on-line- select "Other" as the category. Then in the Special Instructions line, add our name (Frank family).
For check donations, write our name in the check note.

The bennefit to you is that this is a tax deductable donation (Hope International is a 501C non-profit agency) - The bennefit for us it that more cash goes directly for our cause.

Fundraising Starts Today!

By clicking the link in the right margin (It's the big Wild Olive banner) you can purchase t-shirts directly from Wild Olive. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE OUR FAMILY CODE FOR US TO GET CREDIT!!
Instructions from Wild Olive:
During the checkout process, there will be a coupon code option under the shopping cart. They will click on that box and it will open the coupon code field up in the left hand corner. That is where the code is applied.  It would not hurt if they mentioned the family code, or your last name(the family name), in the comment section when placing their order (though not a necessity!) Please let them know this code will NOT provide a discount on the Adoption fundraiser Tees. The code will be used solely to help us track your sales for your Fundraising efforts. 

We want everyone to know we are not asking for money for us! We are committed to a $5,500 donation to Qiu Miao’s orphanage (we haven’t decided on an American name for her yet). However, if by some miracle of God we are granted, or raise more than our commitment, we will give all the money to the orphanage to help the children we will be leaving behind.

Up to $10 per t-shirt purchased will support our effort!

Please… if you have any problems or questions while trying to purchase a t-shirt, please don’t hesitate to contact me.