Here She Is!!!

It is with great joy that I introduce to you, Mia Luoshu Harvey!

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Wow! It is hard to believe that after so much prayer, so much waiting, we have a BEAUTIFUL face and NAME for our daughter!

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What’s in a name? If you have followed us on Facebook, you know that we have been struggling with finding the right name for her. It is different when you actually SEE her face. She doesn’t LOOK like some of the names we originally liked, and it is important to us that she keeps her Chinese heritage. Both of our boys have middle names from family members. It is only fitting that her Chinese name be used as her middle name. Guo Luo Shu is her full name, and it is very common for Chinese children to be given the last two parts as a middle name. After speaking with a Chinese American from our agency, we had great peace about her middle name being Luoshu. Shu means “kind, gentle, beautiful.” Luo is from her city, Luonang.

It was important to us that her first name mean something. As we considered many options, family names, and all the “rules” we had for our first two children, one name defied the rules and stuck with us anyway: Mia. Why did this one stick? The meaning: “wished-for child.” It’s just PERFECT.

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So, Mia Luoshu Harvey is our daughter! Don’t ya just wanna squeeze her?

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If you have been following our story, you know that this process has not been only since our agency acceptance on April 2, 2015. This adoption has been in my heart since I was 12 years old. It was then, that I knew I wanted to adopt a little girl from China someday. So, for 20 years, not only has God kept that desire in my heart, but He has fueled it and allowed that same passion to come into John’s heart as well.

Before we got married, we talked about adoption. Before we had our first son, Owen, we REALLY talked about adoption. And after our second son, Camden, we knew we had to start doing SOMETHING for orphans, even if we could not financially afford to adopt ourselves. We became Show Hope sponsors, and give to help orphans in special needs care centers and help families bring home their children through adoption grants. Check out www.ShowHope.org for more information on this amazing organization. My heart was pulled towards this so much that I applied to go on a Show Hope Sponsor Trip in August 2012. That trip not only opened my eyes to the needs of orphans across the world, but also burdened my heart for kids with special needs.

While I was in China, I face-timed John and told him, “We need to start praying about adopting a child with special needs.” He said, “Okay.” That was the end of that. When I returned home, there really was no discussion. Our hearts were prepared and we agreed to someday pursue adopting such a child. The children I met were amazing. All they needed were families to take them in. Some had had surgeries to correct their needs, others were still waiting. All of them deserved love and a family.

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When my Dad was fighting cancer and very very ill, I took the time to talk to him again about our idea of adopting from China. He knew it was always on my heart, but because I loved my Dad so much, I felt I needed to hear that I had his blessing in pursuing this adventure. What many people do not know is that my parents had talked about adopting from foster care while I was in middle school. They were serious about it, took parenting classes, and made sure that my sister and I were okay with adding to our family. Circumstances changed, and our family never did adopt from foster care, but I knew my parents always had a heart for adoption.

See, I needed my Dad’s blessing because I knew that we did not have much time together. He had set his affairs in order, and the savings my parents had worked so hard to build would never be used by them. He did not want my sister and I to spent it on things that don’t matter. Don’t spend it on this that will rust and be gone in a minute. I heard him loud and clear. So, with a deep breath, I approached him about our plan for international adoption. And with tears in my eyes, I listened to my Dad tell me what an amazing thing that would be. He was emotional because he knew he would never get to meet our child on this earth, but affirmed his love for us and our family and said that we had his blessing to pursue this dream.

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As we finally began this process of adoption, I knew how much money it would require. We had saved up. We had planned. But, still, as I crunched the numbers, the documents ended up taking more money that we initially thought. The market played a number on our investments. Things happen. So, I felt discouraged. I felt as though we had somehow failed. We wanted to be able to bring home our daughter all on our own. But as we took a look at everything, we realized it wasn’t going to be possible without reaching out for help. We are currently applying for grants, though many of those take weeks or months to get approval/denial. In the meantime, we wait for our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China, and will owe more money at that time. Our travel will hopefully be in the next six months or so.

12334279_10153159524731781_1043906491_oThe idea of fundraising is a tricky one. Not everyone agrees that we should ask anyone for help in getting our daughter home. Some believe that it makes adoption into a “charity case.” We have wrestled with this for sure. But, all I can think of is there is an army of friends and family out there who have committed to praying for our family. They have committed to praying specifically for our daughter. And sometimes when others echo our passion,  they ask how they can help us. While we don’t know what size she will wear, and we don’t know exactly what we will need in physical items, we DO know that we still need funds to bring her home. So, what we are offering is an opportunity for you to get involved.

First, please please PRAY about this. If you feel that God is leading you to give financially, we have created a way to do that through GoFundMe.com/BringMiaHarveyHome. This is a site that allows online donations and is safe and secure. We are able to retrieve these funds as we need for our adoption and travel expenses. If you do not feel as though you are wanting or able to contribute, please consider praying for our family over these next few months of waiting. Every prayer, every dollar, is greatly appreciated. Your love and support mean the world to us.

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Big News November

Wow, it’s been a HUGE month for our family. We spent much of it chasing down the last bit of paperwork for our dossier to be absolutely completely complete! Our agency reviewed all the information and made sure it was perfect before sending it off to China for approval from the CCCWA.

November 24th I checked my e-mail to see that I had missed a VERY important one from the day before. 11/23/2015 we were officially Logged-In as an acceptable family for an adopted child from China! This LID (log-in date) is another HUGE milestone in the process. Yes, tears of joy were shed all day, every time I talked about it! I couldn’t believe that the dossier was finally DONE.

We were one step closer to our daughter!

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This “high” came right before our Thanksgiving break, so we just road on cloud nine all the way to visiting family and friends. What an amazing feeling to know that we just needed to wait to be matched!

The same day I posted in our CCAI family facebook group about our LID, another person posted a similar timeline and said that they were LID about the same date last year and matched a month later! How cool would THAT be? So, I just kept thinking about what our timeline could be and a summer “gotcha day” actually seemed doable! (For some reason, when we started this entire process, I just kept thinking MAYBE we would travel the following summer. I still don’t know what our EXACT time frame is, but summer has stuck in my head.)

After our busy week of traveling, and Camden coming down with a bad cough and low fever, I was busy today with catching up with things at home and taking Camden to the doctor. Then, we picked up Owen from school and pulled into the driveway.

The phone rang.

It was from Colorado.

We don’t know anyone from Colorado, but our agency is there.

I answered it. I listened as the sweet lady on the other end said they had a match for us, and a file if we wanted to review it! WHAT? It’s only been ONE WEEK since LID!! Wow! So, of course I listened. I said YES, send us everything! Then, I told the boys what was happening and called John right away. We had homework to do, karate to get to, groceries to put away, but for that moment, the boys and I rushed to the computer to see the email file that was just sent from the agency.

We saw her face.

Oh, that face!

Then, there was a short video attached as well. We must have watched it 20 times before we REALLY had to put groceries away and get things started before leaving for karate. The kids just kept saying how cute their sister is!!!

It’s a weird feeling when you think you might finally be seeing your daughter. Your daughter who is on the other side of the world. She looks nothing like us, but yet, she looks like she fits PERFECTLY into our family.

So what is next?

Next, we take her file to our pediatrician for his review tomorrow. We have a VERY tight time frame. We needed to email back within 24 hours if we want to have the three days to review her file. Of course, we sent that confirmation this evening. Her file is brand new. No other family has been asked to review it yet, and the agency only has three weeks to place an LID-only child (which she is) with a family before her file needs to be sent back. So, we have three days. Crazy, right?

As of now, we cannot post any personal details about her in any online format, so when we are able to, we will share our joy with you, our family and friends.

After we “accept” her file, we will write a Letter of Intent (LOI) for her. Then, we wait for a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). This could take some time. There are more forms and documents that will be involved before we can make travel arrangements. BUT–now we finally have a FACE! (Yes, we are working on a name, too.)

Please continue to pray for our family and for our daughter on the other side of the world. God is SO GOOD and SO FAITHFUL and He is holding her in His hands RIGHT NOW. We are truly blessed.