Sunday, December 13, 2009

From Suzie

at this time we are having boundary and discipline issues going on so I really can't take time to post information or pictures. i will take a moment to just tell everyone that yesterday (saturday) was her medical examination day. all went well with her exams but she had A LOT of attitude with me yesterday.

unfortunately today hasn't been much better when it comes to her attitude with me. we had several bad situations that finally came to a head. eric FINALLY had a long discussion with her and explained to her that all these things are not going to continue. we will see how things go from now on.

we did go out today with the wacap group to a jewelry store. eric and i bought several items for the girls to give to them on their wedding day. i don't want to go into detail in fear that cecilia will read this and all will be spoiled.

for now i must go. we are having computer issues so eric and i are trying not to be on here too much. alicia is wanting to contact her friends at the orphanage all the time and we are not in favor of this. we believe that for now the ties need to be broken so that she will bond with her forever family in a long time healthy manner.

we long to be home and are counting the days til we are back in america...6 and counting eagerly.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Calling prayer warriors

Hi this is Amy, friend of the Treanors...

Just wanted to give a brief update that the Treanors are doing well... they've got a lot going on over there right now but said things are going good... they are requesting that everyone continue to lift them up in prayer, specifically pray for peace, strength and joy for sweet Alicia.

I will try to continue to update as I hear from them.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Gotcha Day!!!!

OK... so today was the day that all the work we have been doing for the last 12 months finally came true... Eric and I became the proud parents of our 2nd beautiful daughter. Words will never be able to describe the feelings that rushed through me when I laid my eyes on her sweet, precious face. In an instant me and Eric's lives were turned upside down....WOW what a rush.

The hard part about all of today was looking into her eyes and seeing that she was terrified. All I wanted to do was to take her up in my arms and tell her how much I love her and all will be OK. I refrained myself though for fear that I would absolutely terrify her to the point of running the other direction.

Finally all of the paperwork was finished for Eric and I to have temporary custody of her and so then it was time to leave. First her nanny left which was very hard for her but mom and dad came to the rescue. We swooped in with tissues and a hug which seemed to help a little bit. Next it was time for the Treanor family to walk out the door. God couldn't have made this moment any sweeter. As we began to walk to the door Alicia came over to me and reached for my hand. At that moment I really had to hold back the wave of emotion. I got to hold my daughter's hand for the first time. I got to enjoy my first mom act with my precious Chinese princess. It is a moment that I will carry in my heart for eternity.

Our first adventure together was having our family photo done. This was too funny. The photographer had trouble getting the photo done because Alicia's hair kept getting in my face. We were all laughing so hard even Alicia. Our second adventure was being brought back to the hotel by our guide and our guide leaving. This was a scary moment. We didn't have anybody to help us communicate with one another. Yes we have an electronic translator but she's not wanting to talk back to us on it. We can't complain though because we have already had some great steps with her in just a few hours of being together. Like at diner tonight she feed Eric and I some of her french fries. Some of you might think this is nothing but to us it's EVERYTHING. She showed that she trusts us, that she's somewhat accepting us.

Now we are back at the hotel just sitting around staring at one another with occasional smiles. I long for the day when there is conversation but until then I will take the smiles. Well I shall say goodbye as I need to go get my girls settled down for bed. We do have another long day ahead of us tomorrow. Appointment at Civil Affairs and then off to get our adoption papers notarized.

I will try to post as often as time allows but for now we say goodbye....

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The End of the Treanor 4

Sorry we haven't been blogging for the last week but honestly our world has been turned upside down trying to get prepared to leave. It has amazed me with all the detailed things you have to do to get ready to leave for a journey like this. With all the things to get done on my "To Do List" has come A LOT of emotion. Every day there has been MANY tears shed. Eric and I are overwhelmed with what God is doing in our lives, with the MANY blessings that God has given our family, with the treasures that he has entrusted to us as parents of his beautiful creations. WOW do we have an AWESOME God!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's kind of a low down of the past week:

1) Wake here, run there, buy this, pack, run, run, run, run ALL DAY!!!!!

2) Wake up and repeat step 1

3) Wake and repeat steps 2 and 1

4) Wake up and repeat steps 3,2, and 1

OK now I think you get the picture.

The only thing to add to this list is why the title, "The End of the Treanor 4" Well one night earlier this week Eric and I were settling down and we could hear Cecilia and Konrad playing and giggling in Konrad's room. Eric was going to go in there and tell them that they needed to settle down and go to sleep when I stopped him to say, "Let them be. They only have these last days together as just the two of them." Then it really hit the both of us...WOW their life as they know it is going to change FOREVER in just a few days. This was one of my teary moments. To continue on through our week to last night when reality really hit us is when Eric voiced, as all 4 of us were bedding down for a slumber party in our room, "this night is our last night as the Treanor 4." Well as you can guess I had another highly emotional night. For almost a decade now we have been the Treanor 4. No just 5 days we will officially become the Treanor 5.

Well I'm off to go finish packing up Konrad's things so I can drive him to KY later today. Please pray for him. He will be staying behind as Eric, Cecilia and I go to bring our Princess home. We have never been away from him this long. He will be staying with all of his grandparents, so I know he will be well cared for, but I still worry about him getting sad.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

China Bound

I can only say a few words at this point because we are busy, busy with many things to get done because we are going to China!!!!!!!!!!! We are leaving in 13 days so no time to elaborate right now. Just know that the Treanor family is getting an ultimate Christmas gift this year..... WAAAAHHHOOOO!!!! Off to run errands....see YA!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

No TA This Week

Another week as ended and unfortunately it wasn't our week to receieve out TA (travel approval). Please help us pray that it comes this next week. We are so very anxious to have our little girl home where she belongs forever and ever and ever (on this side of Heaven).
Please, please, please pray for her, for the govt to finish the things that need to get done so we can go get her, and for the Treanors family hearts. Each day gets harder to walk through lately. We definately need more of His strength, peace, and joy right now.
Thank you.....

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Still Waiting

Yes we are still waiting. We have no travel arrangements still so we continue to just wait. Wait for 2 simple things... 1 have a paper signed and 2 have a court date assigned. This is just crazy that we are still waiting but we walk in faith that our Father is in contol and He knows what's best for ALL of us....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What a Weekend We Hade!!!!!

WOOOOOOOWWWWW did we have an incredible weekend with some incredible girls. If any of you didn't know this past weekend was Show Hope's (previously known as Shaohannah's Hope)fundraising dinner. With this special weekend comes many activities, along with the dinner night, and also many out of town visitors. This year we got to be the recipient of several guests. I can tell you that at several times through out the extended weekend we had up 14 people in our home. For those who don't know it makes it a little cramped but cozey due to the fact that we live in 1,950 sq. ft. of space.

The whole weekend couldn't have played out any better except for the fact that the lady that has loved, prayed for, and introduced these kids to many of us was unable to be a part of every gathering. To you Sammye I say sorry again for not planning better for your involvement. I also say thank you soooooooo much for living out God's word to so many of us. Eric and I will ALWAYS be indited to you for introducing us to our future adoptive daughter.

At the beginning of this weekend I was sad that our WenDan (Alicia) wasn't home yet to be part of this reunion. By the end of the weekend I was grateful that God gave Eric and I this weekend without her. It was a weekend for celebration and reunited with loved ones, for some. To Eric and I it was a weekend of great education to show us what we are in store for when we bring our girl play and interact with 3 incredible children of God...and to bear witness to a piece of God's Glory.

Thank you Jesus for loving the Treanor family so much that you make every piece of this tapestry so beautiful.

Here is a glimpse of these wonderfully talented, kindhearted, silly acting, blessings from God girls....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today's Excitement

After a rough day of nothing going right including waiting at a doctor's office for almost 2 hours, without being seen, the day just kept getting better. Just a quick background. Eric and I have been repainting and redoing rooms, in the house, since we can't get it sold. We figured if we have to stay here we should go ahead and make some nice, fresh changes/improvements. For the last several weeks we have been working our tails off and have almost come to the end of the work. Eric thought maybe we should drag this process of constantly working out a little longer...I guess?? Check out the new look Eric thought our freshly painted kitchen needed....

For you guys that haven't know us the whole time we have lived in this house, this would be the third time a foot has gone through the kitchen ceiling. First by the previous owners, next by me, and now by my poor hubby. Man does our ceiling look bad. You see, we have textured ceilings so when you try to re texture just one area it doesn't match the rest of the looks pretty bad up there, oh well.

Visas Have Arrived

This week our passports returned to us safely with our Visa stamps. The kids came running inside shooting the UPS guy is here come on lets go take pictures with him. So we did just that... Eric, Cecilia, and Konrad took a picture with the same UPS man that delivered our LOA document. I was so glad to see it was the same man. He is a patient man and is good at obliging me with my craziness of trying to take pictures of everyone and everything.

God bless the UPS man...

Happy Halloween

Saturday was a great day celebrating Halloween with the kidos. Konrad was Anachen Skywalker...

See if you can guess who Cecilia was this year (hint...she's not a hippy chick).

We did our best to make her look like Alicia. All I have to say is she really chose a challenging costume this year.

Later that night Konrad seem to show some jealousy over Cecilia's costume... tell me what you think, yes or no?

We all had a great time trunk and treating at our church. This year Grace Chapel went all out...we had air jumpy things and an awesome band for even more entertainment. No I didn't take any pictures of my kids hanging off the bungy jumping because once again this mother dropped the ball and didn't take any...

Any HEEEHHOOOO not much else to report on our Chinese Princess. Still waiting for the magical phone call from our agency with our travel arrangements (TA). We are hoping that this call comes this week. :) :) :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Update on the Girl's Room

I know I promised pictures of the girl's room last week...but we just got things in some decent order yesterday so we haven't been able to finish all the decorating yet. When I can get it to where it is presentable to be seen by the public I will definitely post it to the rest of the world. Until then you will just have to wait for the unveiling...sorry I've hit a WHOLE new level of OCD these days. If you don't believe me you should just ask my hubby. I'm sure he would love to tell you all about how I've been driving him crazy with trying to make everything clean and pretty for my new daughter (and also my sanity). Would you guess I've started my nesting phase now??? YEEP my family thinks so. Oh well.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time to Get Visa Stamps

Today we sent all 4 passports of to Washington DC to get our Visa stamps for China. So yes that makes us one more step closer to going to China. How stinking cool is that???? YEEEESS, YAAAAAAAAAAAY, WAAAAAHOOOOO BAAABBBY!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on China send those travel arrangements. We are so ready to get our butts on that plan and start flying high with ANY international airlines. We should be getting that news in the next 2 weeks.

We took all our needed items to UPS and when all was put into the mailing envelope the kids and I gave the package kisses (for good luck) before letting our precious, very important items go into the hands of many strangers. There will be many people who will handle this package and so we are praying that all of them return safely to our hands quickly. Will let you know when they return....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Precious Phone Call

Tonight we got to talk to Michael. For those who don't know about Michael let me tell you. He is the most wonderful, incredible, sweetest man of God. Most of the time I just want to squeeze him like a big teddy bear. We Treanors just adore this man. We also owe a lot to this man. Michael, along with our dear friend Sammye, is the one who introduced us to these kids, our daughter. He has been working with the kids for the last 3+ years. He is the one who gave her the American name Alicia.
Eric and I look forward to years of close relationship with him. He is not only special to us but he is a great life line to our princess. For you Luoyang parents you know how precious a gift it is to be able to talk to him about your child.

We are still working on the girl's room so we don't have our after pictures ready to post yet. Hopefully we will get things finished this week and have them up next week...we can hope :) :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Season,,,New Look

OK so I decided to change things up and sport a new look. It was hard to do because I loved my old design. A sweet friend of mine worked so hard and did such a great job on it all. But as we see and feel a new season come upon us I found it appropriate to do as season do, change.

Today has been a glorious day...Eric and I started and yes we finished painting the girl's room. As we were begining to get a good start on the job I had to duck out on my hubby to go run an errand. When I returned, I walked into the room to find two walls covered in the new color. I couldn't believe what I was looking at not only Cecilia's new room but soon, very soon Alicia's also. WOOOW!!!! I had to take a step back and then found myself on my knees with tears trickling down my face. This is really finally happening...she's coming home. She's finally going to be my daughter. Eric and I shared another moment of blissful joy but only for a moment for we had to get back to work. Back to work we went with great muscle (especially my hubby). I'm proud to say that we did get it done...YEEEAAAHH!!! I will show you a before pic but you will have to wait til everything is back in place for the after photo...stay tune...

Friday, October 16, 2009

We Completed Another Step!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK only have a few seconds to put this out for all to know .....we just got our needed document from Homeland Security (UCSIS) for China to now schedule our court dates and formally invite us to come and get our girl...WWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

As things stand we will now wait for China to send us our Travel Arrangements (TA) in about 3 weeks and then we should travel 3 more weeks after that. Estimated time frame is 4-6 weeks from now we will be in China....YYYYYYESSSSS..praise you Lord...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Sweet and Precious Day from the Lord (from Sunday)

The Lord Jesus is sweet. The Lord Jesus is precious. The Lord Jesus is loving. The Lord Jesus is perfect in His creation of each day and boy did He give us a day of all these adjectives. Since the last post from today our day just kept getting better so I wanted to share what happened after the fundrasing lunch earlier today.

Our day first started out with hard work but great blessing in return at our fundraising lunch. We came home to rest our barking dogs for just a moment before we were out the door again to our home group. This group is new for us, we've only been going to this group for a few weeks. I tell you this because of a sweet moment that Eric and I experienced through the host family's 5 y/o daughter Mabry. What a precious child of God is she. Jesus has a tight hold on this little girl and what a gift we were given from God to be the bearers of a gift through her.

Mabry helped her mother earlier in the week make brownies for our fundraising lunch (I'm guessing this is where she learned about our adoption of Alicia). Anyway, the Treanor family was moving out the door after when Mabry came to me and in a very soft voice said that she wanted to give me some money. I bent down to her level and said to her, "What Mabry, I didn't hear what you said?" she repeated, "I would like to give you this $ to help you bring your daughter home. I hope this helps bring her home faster." I WAS SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!!! This sweet, kindhearted, little girl obviously heard Jesus speak to her heart. She heard Him speak and she acted on it obediently. I stood there still speechless but now with tears streaming down my face telling her, "Jesus is deep in your heart...don't you ever let Him out. That giving spirit that you have comes from God and don't you ever change." she then looked at me with her big but tender eyes and said very softly, "OK."

I believe I cried the whole way home that night. How sweet and caring is our Father that He cares so much about every detail of each blessing He gives you that He makes sure we see Him well inside each blessing. I came home and immediately taped that dollar bill up on our bathroom mirror so I can look at it often and remember the sweetness of my Savior through the heart of a precious little girl. That dollar bill is a wink from God. That dollar bill is worth more then the thousands that have been raised over this last year. God uses all his children to show His heart... to show His miracles. Yes God even uses little 5 y/o girls in Spring Hill, TN in the year 2009 to perform His miracles.

If this wasn't enough from the Lord for one day he just continued to give. We came home to find 2 wonderful emails. The first one was one from our friend Michael, that used to work in the orphanage, with our girl. He told us that he had talk to her, on the phone, that night. She shared with Michael that she knew about us and knew we coming for her soon. She actually gave a specific date but I will wait on sharing that with everyone. Just want to see if the Lord has something to do with her getting this specific date in her head or if she came up with it another way.

Our second email was from a mom who just returned from adopting her daughter. She sent us these amazing up close pictures. She told us that God told her to take these pictures. She didn't know that she was our daughter. She didn't know if she was one of the ones to be adopted. She just heard God speaking to her. These pictures are amazing. I've always said that she is a real beauty but my goodness...she is strikingly beautiful. I can only get one to copy over to my blog. Unfortunately it isn't the best on but it's still good.Eric and I say that we can see through her eyes straight down to her soul.

Sunday October 10th will definitely go down in our books as one of best days we've had this past year. Well at least until we get to go to China and have our "Gotcha Day"
Thank you again to ALL our friends and family for your support today. We love you all so much and look forward to sharing the end of this journey with you....

Sunday Fundraiser

Today was absolutely incredible. God left us in AWWWWW with the hands that helped us work. A big thank you to Greg Buzek, Jerry and Corrine Remus, Bonnie Brio, Tracy Mihnovich, Stacy Crouch and girls, Kim and Hope Conrad, Sammye and Steve Lee, Wayne and Sally Woods, Kathy Wood, Michelle Hicks and family, my mommy, Barbara Baines, Tim, Phil and Beth Stoner, and all the people that donated desserts.

The Lord was so good in bringing people in to eat, bid on the raffle and some just donated to our cause. The day was a GREAT success and I can honestly say that after God it couldn't have been with out the love and support of an amazing body of Christ.

As for any new news there is nothing new to update. We are still waiting for our final approval from Homeland Security. We hope it will be here this week. After that approval China will get together our Travel Arrangements (TA) and tell us when we can come get our "Princess." Until then please continue to pray that there are no delays with the end stages of this process.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fundraising Lunch Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our fundraising lunch at our church. We have done all that we can do to prepare the field, the soil for harvest... so now Eric and I will sit back and watch all the amazing fruit (blessings) that our sweet Father will gift to us tomorrow afternoon, on top of many blessings He has already given us through our preparation for this event.

Along with serving lunch tomorrow we will also have some gift cards to some great restaurants, bath products from a wonderful local business, and gift certificates for several one hour massages up for raffle. Did I mention that all these items were donated...yea awesome is that? Well let me tell you how more awesome it gets. Several friends and members of our church have donated the food items of for this lunch. And the blessings just keep poring in folks.

Tonight I sit here in AWWWWWWWWWWWW of His love for me, for my family, for my Alicia. Thank you Jesus for Your sweet love. Lord, may tomorrow Glorify your name, your Kingdom, YOU...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Week of Work

This week is filled with preparations for our fundraiser lunch. On this Sunday, October 11th we are serving lunch after 2nd service at our church Grace Chapel to help raise funds for this adoption. We will be serving an appetizing spaghetti plate and dessert for $5 adults and $3 kidos. We are also hoping to have a few raffle items to help bring in a few more bucks too. Come on out and have a nice meal along with some great time of fellowship...hope to see you there. :):)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Pictures of Alicia

I've been recently blessed with some more pictures of my Chinese Princess...YAYYYY for the Treanor family!!!!!!!!!!!

As we are almost to the "count the days down stage" these little gifts from our sweet Savior make each day easier to get through. It's becoming so real for all of us this week. I don't exactly why but my heart tells me...get ready mom, mommy, momma...prepare for your daughter's arrival.

Cecilia is talking about her sister nonstop to whoever will listen. If there's a chance you might see her prepared to get your ear talked off and see our Alicia album of pics. Every day this girl is making some new art creation for her. When I was tucking her into bed tonight she showed me today's drawing. Maybe I should post pics of her creations...HMMMM I will have to work on getting that posted for all you artistic folk out there...OK stay tuned for a "Cecilia's art" posting in the next days to come.

Konrad, well Konrad is Konrad. He looks at her pictures next to his bed every night and asks how much longer til he gets to have two sisters. I tell him, "I don't know you will have to take that up with God sweetheart. It's all in His timing...His perfect timing." The cutest new thing that he's doing is obsessively checking the mailbox 5 and 6 times a day. When the mail is in the box he quickly pulls all of it out and starts searching for ANYTHING that looks like an envelope that could have passports enclosed. Yes for those of you that don't know we are planning on taking the kidos with us to China. As long as all finances go well they will be flying with us to that continent named Asia.

Eric and I are just stinking excited and find ourselves looking at each other and saying, "Guess what? were going to China. It's so close now we can almost start counting the days." and then we both start laughing. We have to be the goofiest couple that God has ever created. I can see Him now looking down at us and saying, "Look at those silly Treanors. There they go again acting all goofy."

Well I think I did state in the beginning of this email that he, he ...I HAVE NEW PICS OF MY PRINCESS.....WAAAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! And so here she is our Alicia....

Alicia on left with Uncle Michael and friend Kate

Alicia on Left with her friend Emily

Alicia (in front) with good friend Ginger (who now lives in Atlanta with twin sister Maggie..oooww so close YES!!)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 Weeks Out Now

today we are 3 weeks out from when we received our LOA (acceptance from China). we don't know how much longer it will be before they send our traveling arrangements but we are praying it is REAL soon. she's been on my mind so much these last weeks. we are getting soooooo close to being able to see her, hold her, and hopefully hear her call me "mom" i can almost taste it. every morning i wake and i feel my heart beating a little faster, just a little stronger and then i remember... WOW.... i'm one day closer to calling her "my daughter." thank you Jesus for this beautiful gift.

so with all these tender hearted moments going on with me, we decided to celebrate this 3 week mark by going to get alicia's bed today. dumby me didn't remember to take the camera with me...bad mommy you will have to wait til we put it together for me to show pics. we finally decided and luckily found a bed just like cecilia's so now the girls can be matchie mathchie little twins. when all is finished with the construction on the girl's room i will take some good pics and post them for all to see...

Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm Susan Again (Suzie)

Today we made MANY attempts to get someone on the phone at vital records with no success. So instead of having a well orgaized, incredibly knowledge learning school day with my kids we all packed up in the car and made the drive to downtown Nashville to get the name issue resolved.

Can I tell you that they aren't the most organized or hardworking people I've ever encountered. It's no wonder we couldn't get anyone on the phone...they would rather stand around talking about other women's cooking skills (or lack there of). Eric, the kids, and I patiantly waited for them to get their act together and finnaly I was awarded back my birth name....Susan Anne Greene (Treanor)mother of Vincent Konrad Treanor. Next stop office.

Arrived at the post office to be greeted by an incredibly nice and very funny passport worker man. He called the kids up to the counter and started playing it up with them. Cracking jokes about needing a drivers license, asking them how many times they've been married, and have they commited any fealonies. After the questions were finished and the kids pulled their jaws off the floor (from being shoked by the crazy man) they were sworn in and the passport apps where sent on their way.....YAAAAAAAY!!!! The kids will never forget that experience thanks to a man with a great heart who took the time to make them feel special. It's nice to know that there are still some fun loving people out there that get it when it comes to making things special for kids.... God bless the passport worker man and thank you Jesus for having him there for our kids....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Pics of our Princess

We were blessed to be sent these recent pics of our princess. God creates such beauty and perfection it truely overwhelmes me. Take a look and try to tell me that she's not a vision of beauty....

Friday, September 18, 2009

My Name is Now Usan

Every day this week has been well lets say an adventure in getting to places, trying to get a good school day completed, or working on my 2nd job... adoption paperwork.
Yesterday was no different when it came to a day of purely chasing my tail.

If you don't already know, Eric and I have decided (if money allows) to take our kidos with us to China. With this being sad we now have to hurry up and get their passports right?...right!! OK here's where I share with you about why I'm changing my name to Usan. I am unable to find Konrad's birth certificate so I had to go down to the health department to get a copy. This sounds like an easy errand to accomplish right?....WRONG!!!!! When we arrived there it was POURING POURING rain to begin with. Needless to say Konrad and I had a challenge of trying to avoid puddles, running through the parking lot, seeing that the entire parking lot was one BIG puddle. We made some fun out of it and splashed through the inches of water...WEEEEEEE!!! We arrived in the building to be greeted by some very nice people at the front desk who told me that they could have his birth certificate ready for me in a matter of minutes. WOW I thought. This is going to be easy and we can get the passports with no problem.... WRONG!!!! Just a few minutes later the kind lady calls me up and as I'm pulling my money out to pay her she asks, "How do you pronounce your first name?" I thought this was an odd question seeing that my name is simple, so I replied with the answer...Susan. She looked at me oddly and said, "It is stated on your son's birth certificate Usan not Susan." All I could think of at this moment was "here goes Satan working his schemes again." This very kind lady went to make a few phone calls, to see what she could do for me, to only find out that I have to make an appeal on this manner. She gave me the number for me to call to find out how to get it changed and we left empty handed to then go run back through the puddles to the car. We came straight home and I got right onto the phone to be hung up on several times due to phone problems in their department (honestly I think it was it's Friday and the end of the day phone issue). Anyway, when I did finally get through to someone I was told that the lady that deals with this issue was out of the office and will return on Monday....UUGH!!!

Well I started thinking (dangerous thing for me to be doing) the way I figure it it would probably just be easier to stick with this new name that, without my knowledge, was given to me over 9 years until further notice I will be dropping a letter from my name and be going by Usan instead of Susan. Well at least it's less writing for me....

Monday, September 14, 2009

13th Wedding Anniversary!!!!!!!!!

Today there is no new news on our journey of "Bringing Home our Princess". We predict that we will be waiting for 6-8 weeks for a TA (travel approval).

With no news to report on our adoption I will make my post about the specialness (my invented word)of this day to me. 13 years ago today my sweet, adorable, silly, honorable, and handsome husband and I got married, hitched, tied the note, took the plunge. WOOOOWW 13 years!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every year it gets harder to believe that we have been together for so long. Where has the time gone? It seems like a week ago we were getting married and yesterday we were becoming parents. The reality is though that today I can say that I've lived out and journeyed through 13 years with an amazing man that loves and adores me greatly. He has to love and adore me to have put up with all the stuff I've thrown at him over these years. He's a truly incredible man and I'm a truly blessed woman to be able to call him my husband, my best friend, my confidant, my soul mate, the lover of my soul.

Thank you Eric for loving me, caring for me and giving me two almost three beautiful children. I love you more and more every day and I can't thank you enough for making me your earthly bride. I look forward to growing really old with you so we can sit around staring at each other and laughing at how wrinkled and saggy we've become...He, He, He... I do really love you and look forward to cherishing the next 365 days together. CHEERS BABY....

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Our Letter of Confirmation or Letter of Acceptance (LOA) arrived at exactly 2:08 today via UPS man who was very patient with an extremely excited adoptive mother and posed for this memorable pic....

I had a very dear friend tell me yesterday that it is a very beautiful document....WOOW was she correct. There's nothing more beautiful then to finally see an official document listing your name and your adoptive daughters name together. It really helps to make this journey we are on so real and tangible....

Check out what beauty is created when you accept to receive a tremendous blessing from our Father...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WE GOT IT!!!!!!!

YEEEEESSS, A-AMMEENN, PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY !!!!!!!!! The day has finally come, the day is here, today is magical day!!!!! We got the phone call we have been waiting to get for what seems like a very long time. Our agency informed us that China has given us our final approval to adopt Alicia (Luo Wen Dan) and make her an official member of the Treanor family. For you experienced adoptive parents out there.....WE GOT OUR LOA today. So now tomorrow a UPS man will be pulling up to our house to bring us the most beautiful piece of paper Eric and I will ever lay our eyes on...China's official document showing the first connection of Luo Wen Dan to Mr and Mrs. Eric Treanor....WOOOW I think 9/10/09 will go down in the history books as one of the top 10 best days of my life.

For those who want to know what is the next step and wounder when we will be going to China here is a run down of a few answers...We now will be rushing to get the rest of our paperwork done so that we can get final US approval to adopt her into our country and also get Visa traveling approval. When it comes to China's side they will now be working on our travel schedule now. We hope to get our TA (travel acceptance) with in the next 2-4 weeks and be on our way to China in the next 2 months.

I will be signing off til tomorrow with pics of the official Chinese document.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Great Night With Great Friends

Hello All....
Nothing new to report on our princess coming home...still waiting for the magical awaited phone call.

I can report though that we (the Treanor Fam) had a wonderful evening with two wonderful friends that have met, played with, and loved on our little Chinese Princess. Man do I love how God just sends such perfect and sweet blessings to help get us through this waiting time. These two ladies are by far the bestest and most funnest (lovely english aahh?) girlies to eat Asian food with and of course topping it off with treats at Starbucks is like adding whip cream and a cherry on the whole evening. One of these ladies (Catherine)informed us of a dream that she had about Alicia. In this dream Alicia expressed her happiness about her new parents knowing God. Isn't that cool? Catherine also said that in her dream she saw on our blog that the date September 11th was on our list of important dates....Hmmmmmm.... now wondering is that the day that we get our magical phone call? Hmmmmmm... well I guess we will have to wait and see....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Still Waiting

Well I know it has been a long time since I last posted. Things have been quite kaotic and crazy around our house lately. I have been trying to get all things together for my kids to start their home school days. We are finally getting some days under our belt...our feet a little wet. I feel a little overwhelmed right now but I know that God will see us ALL through this year with great success achieved on the other side.

As for our any updates on "Bringing Home our Princess" everything is still the same...just waiting still. Waiting and waiting and then when were done waiting some more. The Lord will deliver that next call from our agency on the perfect day, at the sweetest moment He could create for all of us involved until that day..... we will keep waiting, praying, and preparing for that phone call. Will you please join in with us in prayer for her soon arrival.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

More paperwork

Well here we go again... a new stack of paperwork has come in for us to sign, have notarized, fingerprint with our blood, and send back to them with our first born enclosed. Ha, Ha,Ha. Just when you think that you have told them everything and signed every paper comes a new stack, a new set of questions, or in some cases the same forms that you filled out several times but now you have to do it while standing on your head with one arm extended out at a 90* angle and petting your kitty while singing "I Will Survive....I Will Survive, HEE, HEE!!!"
What one will do in the name of love has been a HUGE lesson for Eric and I both these last months now. We both would walk through fire for this girl...oops I should be careful what I say because that could be the next thing they ask of us. Well off I go to see if I can figure out how to fill out these Visa forms.

Monday, August 10, 2009

WE DID IT!!!!!!!

WAAAAAHHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!WE DID IT......YEEEESSSSSS!!! We just got an update from LifeSong for Orphans and I can now officially post that we have met all of our matching grant. YYAAAAAYYYY!! A HUGE, GINORMOUS, MONSTER BIG thank you to all of you that contributed. We are a blessed family surrounded by many that love and support us. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the entire Treanor family. We all are not only overwhelmed by all the generosity shown to us but also extremely humbled.
May the Lord bless you all greatly!!!
The Treanor Family

Friday, August 7, 2009

A Family Needs Prayer

We have a family (the Woods) at our church that is adopting from the same orphanage. They have been anxiously working at adopting two boys that aren't blood brothers but in their hearts are tried and true brothers. These boys really want to stay together but the Woods have been told that they can only adopt one of the boys. The family is struggling with this but I know they aren't giving up this fight to bring the both of them home to their home. Please pray for God to melt the mountains that are in the way of making this family complete, to give the Woods great strength to keep fighting, and that they have great peace and understanding through these days.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ask Him and You Shall Recieve

This title rings so true to us this week. We have RECEIVED abundantly this week from Him. Yesterday we recieved a letter from Show Hope awarding us a $4000 grant. And if that's not enough we had 2 $500 donations to our LifeSong for Orphans matching grant which leaves us only $300 shy of reaching our $4000 goal. So if you add all this up we have gone from $4000 total last week to $12,000 total this week (only $3000 left) Praise You, Praise You, Praise You Jesus!!!!!! for such a beautiful blessing. To all of you that have helped us get to this point we say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! from the bottom of our hearts. Your love and devotion to Bringing Home of Princess means so very much to our WHOLE family....may the Lord Bless you all ABUNDANTLEY!!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

We are in Print

This week our adoption was featured on the City of Franklin website. Click on site below to read the article.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Fun Day With My Kidos!!!!!!!!

Hello Everyone
Today's post has NOTHING to do with our adoption journey and EVERYTHING to do with being silly, daring, and some might describe stupid. When I say stupid I do mean ME the one who had NO business participating in her kids special playtime today. I started out being a spectator but after watching my kids having so much fun I aloud the flesh to take over and quickly found myself at the top of the stairs. So as I'm sitting at the top of the stairs ready to take off I conveince myself I can do this once and I will be fine. Even after developing a headache from the one run down, did that stop me....NO. I was hooked!!! I went back to the top of the stairs again but this time added some extra weight with the help of my daughter crawling inside the sleeping bag with me. Now I've taken two trips bouncing vigirously down the staircase and feeling even worse mind you...did I stop?...NOOOOO of course not!!!! I must be fair to both my kids right? Now as my exit trick I will add even more weight to the trick and take my son down with me. As you can see in our photo (the evidence) we went much faster and it scared and hurt more then the first two times. We reached the bottom of the stairs and every area of my body hurt tremendously. So now even though my back, neck, and head are killing me I will answer the question that is probably racing in your head...Does she regret what she did? NOOOOOOO I don't, not at ALL! It was fun while it lasted, I made my WHOLE family laugh so hard we ALL cried, but most importantly I gave them a memory of me they will never forget Fun, Crazy with a side of STUPID!!!! Have a great day everyone see you tomorrow...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Loving Gifts

Yesterday was sweet. The Treanor Fam handed off the care package for our princess. On Friday Fried Rice (her stuffed dog) and the letter with pictures of us will get on a plane and take a long trip to a distant foreign land. I pray that it is delivered into her hands by someone who will take the time to explain everything to a little girl who doesn't understand or know who we are and what the whole adoption thing really means. I pray that the Holy Spirit visits her and helps her to understand so she isn't scared. I pray that she receives us well as she looks at the pictures of her forever family. Please pray these things along with our family...AMEN

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Care Package

Today we have put together a care package to send to Alicia. Included is a stuffed animal dog named, Fried Rice, a girly journal with appropriate matching pen and then the best pieces... a personal letter from us introducing ourselves as her forever family along with pictures of all of us...including our cat Mocha. We are so over joyed that we FINALLY get to tell her who we are and that we love her so much. Please pray with us that our friend, who is delivering it for us, will be able to get it to her personally.

Here are pics of our package:

So off we go to deliver this into the hands of our friend that I pray will be able to hand deliver it to her....good bye for now

Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Video of Pictures

Last night my daughter Cecilia worked very hard at putting together a video of all the pictures we have of our Chinese princess Alicia. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch the video. Before clicking on the video make sure to click pause on the pink the my music box below the video so that you can hear the song on the picture video. Enjoy watching her life as we know it to be.....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blessed Beyond Belief!!!!!!!!!

Today is a blessed beyond belief day...especially since we have been walking through several days of warfare. Eric and I have been bearing witness to Satan really being MAD at the Treanor family...We say GOOD, AMEN, GLORY TO GOD for that!!!!!! If Satan's mad then we are doing good for God's Kingdom. YAY score one for the Treanor Fam!!!!
In these last several days well no I need to say these last several weeks Satan has been causing repair issues on our home. First it's a wall in our daughter's room that has to be completely torn down and redone from a crack that is going ALL the way from ceiling to floor...CHA-CHING!! Next I came home (after ladies In the Morning breakfast 2 weeks ago)to find that we have had a leak going on under our kitchen sink (secretly) that found it's way straight down and out to our wood flooring and finally announce it's self to us with warped and buckled wood. My first though was are you kidding me!??!!! My next thought (as I was on my knees cleaning the mess up under the sink) was just laughter. God showed me who was responsible for this mess and so I then broke out into laughter while telling Satan NO!!! you aren't going to win... I will keep fighting!! Our last strike from Satan came to us last Thursday when our AC went out. At this point I did start to panic and get upset. This isn't something that you can just put on your "To Do List" and get to it when you have the money. You need AC in the middle of the summer. So Saturday afternoon we where finally able to get someone out here to look at it. It was what we were afraid of...we need a new coil... CHA-CHING!! Monday morning we get a call on how much it will be... $1400..OUCH!!! Our hearts are broken now because this means we have to use money that we have been working hard to save for our adoption. All I can think about is the things that we sacrificed as a family (vacation, daily outings) to put that money away. We have no choice though we have to get it fixed. So we agree to everything and are told it will be Wednesday morning til they can get it done. Man, two more days and two more nights of this. Thank you Jesus for unusually cool temps. Tuesday morning we get a call from Eric's boss (who took upon himself to check out another business) that he has found a place to do the same work but for $350 less. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! PRAISE YOU LORD!! So all in all we got the AC fixed Wednesday morning and are loving the sound of cool air blowing through the vents. So this was blessing #1 from my sweet Savior.

Blessing #2 came to us last night. We have been given an opportunity to send something to our Alicia. We have been able to do this a couple of times already but this time is very different. This time we get to send pictures of us (sharing with her who we are), we get to send a letter telling her, "We love you Princess!!" How sweet is that? How precious is that gift? I only pray that we can put our heart onto paper. That we can share us with her in a way that she understands and receives us as we truly are....a family that loves her dearly.

Blessing #3 just shows truly how much God loves us, that we are doing what He wills for us, and how powerful He just is. I went to get the mail today and what did I find in the mail but a letter from Eric's brother (the executor of their father's estate) with a check enclosed(from a sale of the estate) that not only covers the cost of the AC bill but extra, quit a bit extra. This is my sweet Savior's way of saying, "I got it all under control and I will make sure that EVERY detail is taken care of perfectly. My grace is sufficient for you. Lean on me and I will see you through." Yes He is and Yes He will...Amen

With all of the many details falling into to place lately I truly feel deep in my heart that Eric and I will leave soon to bring our Chinese Princess home.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Great Times!!!!!!

This is an old post that I forgot publish. I actually wrote it on July 20th.

Last night Eric and I got to spend a wonderful evening with two amazing women of God. One of them works for Show Hope and the other one has been on a missions trip to Luoyang, China (where our daughter is from). The both of them have met and spent time with our Alicia and both of them have fallen in love with her. It's a great gift from God when you get to sit and hear stories about a girl you've never met before but love so much. At the same time it's also hard to hear descriptions of where she lives. This time with my new friends could easily be described as bitter sweet I guess. We bid a big thank you to our new friends for not only sharing about our daughter with us but also treating us to some great Asian cuisine... Good food+ Good friends= GREAT TIMES!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Matching Grant Update and other Fund Raising

We have to date now received $1,840 (of $4,000 that's needing to be raised and will be matched dollar for dollar by Aug 27th)to our matching grant with LifeSong for Orphans and Grace Chapel. Thank you too ALL that have contributed to it. Every dollar given is being matched and so we are that much closer to bringing Alicia home. As you can see on our personal fundraising account...CHIPIN (Scroll down to icon on bottom right) we have received $550 and adding this to our personal savings we have $2,200. This money will help Eric and I when we are actually in China with expenses that aren't covered by the matching grant funds.
On behalf of our whole family we thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. In your obedience to God's calling on your heart you will be blessed greatly by our loving Father.

A Time of Many Emotions

Today my heart is filled with mixed emotions. I'm full of praise because I have a Savior that loves me as far as the east is from the west, a husband that will go to great length to care for me and our children, two (almost three) beautiful children, and a member of a church that truly is the body of Christ. Every day that I walk through the doors of Grace Chapel I'm immediately touched by Jesus' hand touching deep into my heart and soul. I'm surrounded by many friends that love and support me right where I am at that moment in time. When I leave through the outer doors I'm a changed person after hearing an incredible sermon spoken from our Father through our obedient Pastor Steve Berger. On Wednesday night Pastor Steve taught us about intercessional prayer. He spoke of three characteristics that you would find in a person that knows how to pray in this manner. (This is where my emotions become mixed up). The one characteristic that has stuck with me is agony. This one is the one that I've been wrestling with in my heart during prayer time and didn't know what was going on in me. When I'm in my prayer for our Chinese Princess I'm brought to a place that is hard to sit in, that is hard to understand, that is hard to pray through (at times), that is hard to come out of. I know that God has me there because I'm to identify (another one of the three characteristics) with at some level what my daughter lives in on a daily basis...but is that really possible? Can I ever have a good taste of how my daughter feels living where she lives, what she is thinking? Will I ever be ale to understand even a little of how this has effected her? Will Eric and I be able to help her heal from the scars that have formed deep inside her soul. The only way that we can ever have a shot is through Jesus. He is our ultimate Physician!!!!! Our Healer and Redeemer!!!!!!!!! Today I cried out to Him..... that He make things right for her, that He take me down to her level of agony, that He teach me and prepare me so I can identify with her, agonize with her, and then lastly bring her to a place of authority (the third and final characteristic) where we can all (as a family) stand strong knowing that she has won this battle in her life. With all these things being said...I ask for you to intercede and pray on behalf of our family and all the orphaned children of the world. We have a battle (along with many other families) to continue fighting and Satan is trying to take us (along with other families)down because he doesn't like the work that we are doing for God's Kingdom

I ask for prayer on these things:

1) our son has had two seizures now in the last 10 days. I know this is Satan trying to bring me down through my son. Please agree with me in prayer that I won't stop fighting the fight. Also please pray for healing in my son.

2)The the Lord's hands of protection surround Eric when he is at work. He recently had a very dangerous day at work that could have ended in great tragedy but Jesus interceded....Praise Him.

3)That the paperwork involved in all adoptions across the world get done speedily and all the orphans be given their families and all the childless couples be made parents.

I ask all of these things in Your Mighty, Mighty, Mighty name JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In AAAHH of My Savior's Hand

Today I sit here trying to find the words to relate the amazing work of my Savior's hand. He is so sweet and kind, so generous and loving to a level that has always been so unimaginable. Today my Savior shared a glimps of His sweet, kind, generous, love He has for me and my family through the almighty American dollar. You know how He tells us that He will always provide you with all your needs? My Savior does more then our needs on a daily basis but even an over abundance with our adoption. OK your probably getting tired of me going on and on and want to know exactly what He has done. Here we go.... we got an update today on our matching grant that we've been awarded through LifeSong for orphans and Grace Chapel (our church). In just one week since our support letters went out we have had 6 contributors totalling $1,440. Now here's even a bigger piece of the I mentioned it's a matching grant so that $1,440 already raised is actually $2,880. WOW!!! In just one week!!!! So now I'm going to top the big piece of pie with some whip cream. We also have a personal fundraising account on this blog(This will help pay for our food and other day to day expenses while we are in China, that the grant doesn't cover). That account just received a donation from a complete stranger that some how found his/her way onto our blog and being moved enough by our story gave to our cause. BIGGER WOW!!!! Now here's the cherry on top of the big piece of pie topped with whip cream...the money that's come into our matching grant, one of the contributors gave $1,000. This man has a huge, incredible heart for orphans and I don't say that because he gave all this money I say this because I've watched him put his blood, sweat and tears into bringing awareness to these precious children of God. I keep his name to myself because he does it not for the fame of this world but to give fame and glory to something much bigger and better....My Jesus!!! Thank you, my private friend, for all that you do for these children, for loving our little princess so much, but most important, for loving our Father with such a deep passion....

Thank you God for loving, caring, and giving so much to our family. I know that Your presence is deep not only in our hearts but also in the hearts of our friends and loved ones around us...thank you Lord Jesus,thank you... In you name I pray this to you...Amen

Monday, July 13, 2009

Uneventful Week

Last week was uneventful when it relates to our adoption. If you ask my family they would tell you that we all stayed pretty busy. Swim team wrapped up with our last meet, our dear friends Sammye and Steve welcomed home their new granddaughter Elizabeth from China, and we attended a farewell cookout for a good friend who is leaving for West Point in just 3 days. This week we will be working on house projects (YAY fun!!!) Eric says I'm hitting that nesting phase. Our new princess may not be growing in my tummy but I still am always wanting to clean, redo, and/or clear out areas of the house. You just deisre for everything to look pretty and clean when you bring that new addition into their new home. Well off I go to hand my hubby his "honey do list".... Hope to have some big news the next time I post.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New button!

You can grab the code below (just copy and paste) to add to your own blog, myspace, or facebook! Help us spread the word about our princess!!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Today passes and no word comes from our agency. These days are hard because you feel as though your not accomplishing anything for a girl that needs so much. Luckly my God is good at reminding me that every day I think about her it then leads me to begin to pray for her, I begin to pray for the people caring for her, I begin to pray for the other kids in the orphanage that she calls sisters and brothers and that is doing something for her.....that is doing a lot for her.
Lord I thank you for the moments that you bring Alicia to mind so I then pray for my princess. Thank you for being so precise in how perfect every detail must be before we are called to bring her home. Please continue to craddle her in Your arms and whisper Your words of peace and love into her heart. Thank you sweet Jesus for loving her and all the other orphans. Raise up the workers oh God to care for these sweet children. May more parents be obediant to Your call to adopt them. Give them courage and provide the funds needed We thank you Lord for all that You do.....In your name.....Amen
Good night to all..

Monday, July 6, 2009

I will praise you Lord

Hello All
I'm sorry we haven't posted in several days. Eric and I had an very eventful weekend with our son. We had to take him into the ER late Saturay night (due to a childhood illness) and needless to say we are all still trying to catch up on rest. With all that went on, that night, God's peace and love was all over the situation and I continue to praise Him for that today. Some of you may know but others may not know the difficultness that comes with having a child with an illness. When they are first diagnosed your life as you know it is changed forever. You don't know if you will ever get back to normal. You think that life will have control of you from now on. You believe that this all will last forever. But then you call on a Savior that is Sovereign, is loving, is full of mercy and grace and all of a sudden you can breath again and you see that life doesn't have control of you... Jesus is the one in control. PRAISE YOU LORD!!!!!!!!!!! Even with this incident on Saturday I know that He is in control. I may not like the fact that we have problem days along the way but I will always cling to Him in the good and the bad. As the coach in the movie "Facing the Giants" says, "We will praise Him when we win and we will praise Him when we lose." and Peter tells us in 1Peter 4:11; in all things God may be praised.

Today I received new pics of our princess. I usually love to get new pics of her because it enlightens me, my love for her grows deeper and I simple love to just look at another pic of her. Well these pics didn't do that today. They made me sad. They made my heart break. She wasn't smiling in any of them. She was just standing there stairing into the camera. Because she isn't herself in them I choose not to post them. I choose to share the true side of my princess... spunky, happy...the queen of the orphanage. I did come to find out that she along with the other girls, in the photo, were sad because some of their friends were adopted into their forever families and now leaving. I ask you to please pray for these children. It must be very difficult and hard to understand why your friends have left. I pray now that all of their hearts are filled with our Father's love and peace and that all fear and sadness be gone in the name of Jesus......

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Birthday cake and Blessings to our Princess

Last night was amazing. Cecilia and Konrad had a great time making Alicia's cake. I was very pleased to observe the both of them working so well together. As you can see in the pictures my family enjoyed not only celebrating but eating the half pink icing and half whipcream yellow cake. My boys don't care for icing so we made a family compromise so all could enjoy. In one of the pics you see my fam doing the famous peace sign. They did this in honor of all the kidos at our orphanage that make this sign in almost every pic we have seen of them.

As I say goodbye for now I must tell our Princess Happy Birthday one more time....we love you and can't wait to celebrate your next one with you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Chinesse Princess

Today, July 1st is my Alicia's birthday. Oh how I wish we could celebrate with her but we will just have to wait til next year. For this year though we will be celebrating stateside. The Treanor Fam will enjoy some cake and icecream in honor of our Chinesse Princess this year.
Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday sweet princess...Happy Birthday to you. We love you sweet girl!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Pics Today

If you have just come onto my new blog please refer back to June 2009 (first post for the Treanor Family) which is the begining of our story on our journey of adoption.
Today was kind of an uneventful day until I was blessed with some new pics of our princess.
To get new pics of her is such a treasure to me for a few reasons:

first: my love for her grows deeper,
second: I have more to put in an album so that I can have some kind of baby book for her when we do finally get her home
third: it's just plain AWESOME
Look at her face and tell me she's not beautiful...that she doesn't melt your heart.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

First Post for the Treanor Fam!!!!

Good Morning to All
I sit here at my desk stairing at the computer screen asking myself..."How do I start this first blog, what do I say?" I tried to do this last night and failed at getting anywhere so I turned off the computer, walked away, and went to bed. As I was falling asleep I started thinking about my evening and how special it was. Then it hit me BOOM.... share that, talk about that!! So here I go this is how I got to spend last night. My evening was spent at the Nashville airport watching a dear and precious couple bring home their son from the Ukraine. They have been on their adoption journey about the same time that my husband (Eric) and I have and now the final chapter of their story was completed last night. It was a sweet moment to stand back and watch all the people that came to witness this family unite together, once again, more complete now then just seven months ago. When my friends had had enough and were ready to go home, mom came to give me a hug goodbye and said, "No more blogs....he's here now." That statement rang in my head last night and that's when the BOOM!! hit me. Her blogging days are finished and so I think it's my turn to pick up at the keyboard where she has stopped and now FINALLY start blogging the Treanor family journey. So now I'm going to begin... well right after I give this all to the One who put us on this journey to begin with my Abba Father.
Amy, I loved how you started your blogging. Giving it first to the One who is to get all the praise and glory so I would l like to do the same..
Lord Jesus, You are the One who set Eric and I on this path, on this journey and so we first give all praise and honor to you for choosing us to be adoptive parents (for those adoptive parents out there you understand what a blessing it is to be choosen to do this for His Kingdom). We thank you for the people You have brought into our lives since we started this journey and we also thank you for the people that have been there from the beginning. These friendships alone are such treasures for Eric and I. From day one we have given each day to you and asked you to help walk us through each minute (some days each second) and you have done without fail...thank you Jesus. Today we do the same...we give this day to you and ask you first, lay next to our daughter, as she goes to sleep, craddle her in your arms through out the night. Help prepair her heart to receive us when we are finally are able to go bring her home to her forever family. Secondly, be the author of this blogg... may I only be the transcriber of Your words...Thank you Lord again for this incredible journey you have us on...May You and You alone receive all the HONOR and GLORY for it...Amen
Now after all of this long blog I will tell a little of our story. I hope your still with me. Eric and I started this journey back in November of 2008. At that time we were just praying about what God wanted to do in our lives and telling Him that we wanted whatever His will was for us. One night at a friends house He showed us. We got to hear the stories of some amazing kids. After some more prayer and patience to hear Him tell us what we were to do, we found ourselves on what we like to call.... a journey of great blessings. So now I will jump ahead and lay out what he has done for us since we started ths process. Keep in mind that we were called to do this at the beginning of the holidays so we didn't really get a good start on our process until after New Years. When God wants something in your life and you accept it watch out because He can make things happen VERY quickly....
January 2009: we start our Home study and begin gathering paperwork
February 2009: Homestudy complete
February-April: we gather more paperwork for dosseir
April 4th- fingerprinted by Homeland Security
April 15th-approval letter from Homeland Security received (WOW that was fast!!!)
May 19th-We send letter of acceptance to China
June 1st- PA (Peliminary Approval) from China YEAAAAA!!!!!!
June 22nd -LID (Log in Date) WAAHOOOOO!!!!!
June 28th- We finally make our first blog posting
So here we are, a family of four on a "journey of many blessings" having gotten very far in a short amount of time due to an AMAZING and GRACIOUS ABBA FATHER!
We will say goodbye for now because it is time to go to church so we can worship and praise Him.
As we do say goodbye we would like to remember a wonderful young man of God who went to be with Jesus earlier this week. After service today we get to honor and celebrate his life. Brandon was a young man that many would describe as a man deeply devoted to God. To Brandon's family we give our condolences and say how truly sorry we are for your lose.
In Him,
Eric and Suzie Treanor