Happy New Year!

Our year with adoption, bullet style:

  • January: (while we were working on our paperwork for our China dossier) we made the decision to pursue a concurrent adoption (do two at one time) 
  • February: we were contacted by Commonwealth adoptions regarding some new openings in their Taiwan program. (still working on China paperwork)
  • March: Josh turned 30 (woohoo!!) We were finally legally able to submit our China paperwork! (we both had to be 30) We also submit our application to Commonwealth, and wait for pre-approval from Taiwan.
  • April: our translated dossier went to China, and we were still waiting for the go-ahead from Taiwan.
  • May: we received our pre-approval from Taiwan on the 17th, and we signed on with Commonwealth right away. We also got our official LID (Log-in-date) from China (the 30th!)
  • June and July: we were assigned a caseworker with Commonwealth, and began gathering the paperwork needed for Taiwan
  • August: I turned 31 , and our Taiwan agency, Commonwealth, went bankrupt, and was forced to close it’s doors.
  • September: We were very blessed to have someone at Commonwealth stay and volunteer, until all the Taiwan families were transferred to a new agency. Gladney Adoptions, in Texas, became our new agency. We liked them right away, and were happy to be working with them. 
  • October: We meet with our social worker, Paula, to plan out our second homestudy. We went and got fingerprinted for our background checks.
  • November: Gladney received two referrals,  and the first draft of our Taiwan homestudy is complete.
  • December: Gladney received two more referrals! We have a new nephew! Aiden Justin Darrell Emmons was born on Saturday, the 19th.
We are currently waiting for our homestudy to be complete, and when it is done, it will be notarized, and we will receive three notarized copies. One of those will be sent, along with our birth certificates, and marriage license, to USCIS (United States citizenship and immigration services). They will review our case, and, after a few weeks, will send us an appointment to get our fingerprints done (again). After a short time (hopefully), we will receive approval to bring an orphan into the Untied States as a legal citizen. Everything will go to Gladney, get translated, and be sent off to Taiwan. We are hoping this process will not take long (hopefully around two, two and a half months. 
Then we wait some more, and hopefully, by the end of 2009, we will be matched with a baby!
Again, we are so blessed to have so many wonderful, supportive friends. We appreciate your continued prayers and love
Happy 2009 everybody!!!


  1. Unknown on December 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Hi there,I was reading your blog and just wanted to wish you the best with your adoption. I am adopted from China and I am 13 years old. Keep smiling,Kennedyhttp://yangzhoufundraising.blogspot.com/

  2. Alyson and Ford on January 4, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Aly and I also want to wish you two the very best with your adoption journeys!peacefm

  3. Anonymous on January 6, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Joanna,I always enjoy reading your blog and think that this is a great entry for everyone to read so they get the whole picture of all you and Josh are doing and how you both continue to persevere.Your Corner Bakery/Target Buddy

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