Sunday, September 11, 2005

A little history on us...

We are Rick and Coco Maier and our two boys, Trace and Caden. Before Caden was born we had said that if he was a boy we would adopt a little girl. The minute he was born I clearly remember thinking to myself "we're not done." I KNEW our family was not complete. We initially started out looking at Russia. However, after months of talking and reading on the internet, I was still unable to feel 'right' about any agency. Nothing was falling into place like it should have been. So, we agreed to stop pursuing Russia and try one more time for a biological child. After two very easy conceptions, we found ourselves unable to get pregnant a third time even with Clomid. Deep down we both knew that God was holding us to our committment to adopt. So after a year, we tentatively started looking toward China. I found myself amazed at how easily and naturally everything fell into place. We knew without really researching it much what agency we would use - Holt International, and from there everything felt right! That isn't to say we haven't had our share of hangups! First, our homestudy took three months to write, then INS took 7 weeks to get us a fingerprint appointment and another 8 weeks to return our documents! Then we found out our homesutdy had been notarized in a different state than we live in! Then our documents were returned THREE times from the Chinese consulate! But miracles do happen, and we were finally DTC on July 15, 2005. As of now, we are just waiting for our LID.

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