Sunday, September 19, 2010

Meet Grace


Dearest Friends and Family,

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families . . . "  Psalm 68:5-6a

God has brought us a precious little girl and we would like to introduce her to you.  It will be about 6 months before we hold her in our arms but we are so excited to know she is the one God has for us!

Meet Grace (Rongzhi)!




 They have estimated her birth date as November 12, 2009 and she is from Fuzhou City. She is from the special needs list and has some deformities of her fingers and toes. A pediatrician, who specializes in international adoptions and health, reviewed her medical file with us regarding her health, development and bilateral finger and toe deformities. She believes Grace will have no problem adjusting and learning how to use her hands and feet but will refer us to pediatric orthopedic and hand surgeons as well as a physical therapist to work with her to ensure she has full use of her hands and feet.   

As I mentioned, it will take about 6 months for us to get over there due to quite a bit of remaining paperwork.  We would ask for your prayers for a smooth and trouble free process.  Following is the estimated time line of the remaining events as I understand it:

First, we will receive our Adoption Pre-Approval (one to two weeks from Friday).
Then, the Chinese Adoption Officials will review our dossier (2-3 months) and send a letter seeking confirmation from us that we will proceed with the adoption.
Next, we have to receive our I-800 Approval from U.S. Immigration (another month).
Then, we need the Article V Letter from the Chinese Consulate in China (another month)
Finally, Travel approval, visa interviews etc. (3 to 8 weeks)

Prayer Requests:

  

1) Prayer for the safety and health of Grace and for all three of us as we prepare to become a family.

2) Prayer for a speedy paperwork process as we wait for our little girl, that there would be no problems with the paperwork and for our patience as we wait.

3) Prayer for sources for the remaining funds needed for our adoption.  For more information on this, check out our Adoption Finances Page.

 We have decided to call her Grace after Hannah's story in I Samuel 1.  While I was dealing with infertility, God used Hannah's story to encourage me and we wanted to always be reminded of God's grace, love and provision.  Her Chinese given name is Liu Rongzhi with Liu being her last name. We would like to keep her Chinese name as a part of her name to instill in her a love and understand of her culture and heritage.

Blessing in Christ,

Suzanne and Adam Meledeo

5 comments:

  1. praise God! suzanne i am so happy for all of you and look forward to meting Grace (and Adam too!)

    -kara

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  2. Suzanne, I am so happy for you and Adam. Grace is one little lucky girl to be getting a you as a momma!

    Love, Stephanie

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  3. Oh Suzanne ~ I am so happy to meet Grace! She's a beauty!!
    I'm praising God for bringing the three of you together and I'll be praying as you move forward toward holding her in your arms!

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  4. This is so exciting! We prayed for ALL of you in Bible study today! She's so beautiful!

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  5. Oh I am SO SO SO excited to hear this joyous news!!!!! Grace looks ADORABLE. It must be the hardest thing in the world to be so far from her right now... I'll be praying for you that these next 6 months or so fly by. :) Grace is a beautiful name. And no worries about her fingers and toes - kids are amaaaazingly adaptive.

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