We got news today that our dossier should be submitted to the MOJ next Wednesday. If it is, that would be wonderful. I’m starting to feel pretty excited now and travel doesn’t seem that far away. There is another family traveling next week to the same orphanage that Allysen is in. They are hoping to be able to see her. If they are allowed to see her, they said they would take some pictures for me and try to figure out what size she wears so that I can buy her some clothes. I am so excited about this as all I have of Allysen is one very old picture.

As for fund raising, we have come up with the idea of a benefit concert. My son, Michael, will be performing a piano concert at our church this Saturday, the 28th. A love offering will be taken, and all proceeds will go towards Bella and Allysen’s adoption.

We have a pretty small congregation at our church, but we are hoping that some people from the community will come. I’m very thankful to my son for doing this for us, and also feel very blessed that our church was so willing to allow us to do this. They have even worked on our behalf to promote the event.

As usual, here are some pictures:



  1. Hooray! I sure hope they're able to get pictures of Allysen!!!!!

  2. I just found your blogthrough Reece's Rainbow. I had an idea for a fundraiser for you. You take some of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen. Have you thought of doing a senior picture photo shoot? It seems like you would have no trouble getting people to take you up on it.

  3. Suzy, You are very kind, but I don't think I would ever have the confidence to do that — I would be so afraid that they would not like their pictures. I would love taking the pictures, as that is one of my favorite things to do, but I would be worried the entire time that the seniors would not be satisfied with them — that's just me. But, thanks so much for the compliment.

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