Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Duvet :O) fundraiser SOLD Praise God!

As we draw near to the end of this tunnel and the beginning of our lives with Drew.. it is becoming apparent we need to 'step' it up a notch.

Is anyone interested in:
a Silk duvet cover (no inside filling) that was bought in China last year. It has never been out of the original cover. It comes with 2 pillow cases/covers and one duvet (queen size). There is a design of some sort and the colors are tans, mocha's, light blue (so infrequent that i almost missed this color) and creams.

I bought two of these duvets while in China last year.. I paid a little over 200 for EACH of them. I used one for several months and it has been put away, still in excellent shape with one tiny hole at the stitch line caused by me (oops). The one I didn't use is in perfect condition.

If you are interested in giving a donation (over or equal to the purchase price) to us, we would love to give you this item.

I purchased these duvets from a "government-run" facility. We were able to watch and participate in the "silk process". It is amazing.

First come, first serve.

Monday, August 25, 2008

SO much ..

has happen over the past few days.. :O)

I learned through another blog and friend that CA's (consulate appts) are booking into October.. sigh. I keep repeating and believe that God is bigger than that and can get us an appt any time He wants. amen. I would love to spend Drew's birthday with him...
I after pouring out my heart to our Lord (again :O)) I not only received two photos of Drew through a friend's friend.. whom went to the SWI last November on a missions trip. oohhh it is so sweet to see my child's face.. I so desire to hold him and chase him and love on him... what a blessing from the Lord!
After swim team practice (seriously you did't think for me right! ;O)) with Sarah Grace, we checked the mail and the most AMAZING NECKLACE was there.. it is BEAUTIFUL. It says in chinese, Faith, Hope and Love !!!!! from 1Cor 13.13 Enclosed was a card with well wishes and prayers offered. I was flabergasted and in awe of our awesome God who takes care of every detail and gently takes care of our needs.
Last we just got an email from our agency saying they fully expect the SWI (orphanage) fees to GO UP>> from 3000 to 5000. I should say two things about this.. one is in the regulations (US and China) it has stated for YEARS that they could charge from 3000 to 5000 for that specific fee. So it is of no surprise. And for us, we have only had to pay the 3000 for each Daniels and Sophia adoption SWI fee. The second part is that I "planned on paying" the 3000 to the original SWI and giving a major amount of money to the SWI where Drew is now (staying somewhere else while he had surgery ect). ugh.
My good friend Wendy who is also an awesome Pampered Chef guru said she would do a fundraiser for us. this is her site. Please consider purchasing items.. maybe a b-day gift, Christmas gift or something special for yourself that you can now say is benefiting you and Drew! All you have to do is let her know it is a purchase under "bringing home Drew" our last name is Sheltons. She is prepared to give to our adoption fund all proceeds from this fundraiser - that is so huge and very kind of her!
once you place an order, you will see a link to "host".. BRINGING HOME DREW - is the HOST name.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


No not TA but ... the judge signed off on Daniels re-adoption!! August 13th 2008 Daniel was officially re-adopted. (we just go this news in the mail yesterday) Which means a US Birth Certificate. We already have his passport and social security card but this is niiiccee! Especially right before we go to China.
I just feel that God is completely getting everything in order for our trip. :O)

Congratulations Daniel.. the United States officially recognizes what God has already confirmed for us.. "it is just as Daniel Robert DiJiang Shelton was born to Robert and Jill Shelton..." You are our son and you are a Shelton, just as God intended.
i love you sweet boy

Friday, August 22, 2008


Hi friends and prayer warriors,

I have two major prayer request.
1) my mom is very sick and they can't find out what is wrong with her. Please pray that the doctors have wisdom on how to treat her. And if it is God's will, to completely heal her (my desire!)

2)My Kansas (KBI) prints came back illegible UGH> I have to go again to get them to fingerprint me.. We have to do this b/c of the move out of state and the SW requires them to sign off on the addendum. Please pray that my prints today are great and come back quickly.

I have started nesting.. not sure if it is wishful thinking or truly a sign of things to come soon :O) either way, i don't want KS fingerprints to be holding me up!! yikes!

Thanks and I will write soon

Monday, August 18, 2008

I forgot...

I completely forgot to get a "100 wishes quilt" started! YIKES.

If you want, please send me a 12 x 12 - 100% cotton quilt square with a note of whatever you want to say/wish/prayer to/for Drew so I can put that in Drew's book.

The square can be anything you want (style wise). If you want to participate send me a note and I will get you my address.

AND if you are doing a quilt, then I can send you one back if you wish!

Here is the 911 on wish quilts;

What is a 100 Good Wishes Quilt?

To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei, or 100 Good Wishes Quilt. It is a custom to invite friends and family to contribute a patch of cloth with a wish for the baby. Part of the patch of cloth goes into the quilt for the baby, and the other part of the cloth can go into a creative memory notebook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.

officially started school

YIKES. It was our first day of school today. We did have fun however, during our history lesson, both Sarah and I FELL ASLEEP during my reading! LOL The thing is - it wasn't boring.. and i went to bed last night at 9:30! So much for a rested teacher... Bob came in from work and laughed and laughed at us!
Tomorrow is a new day...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

getting ready or not- ramblings

last night as i laid in bed.. i couldn't sleep.. it was 130 am and i realized that i have NOTHING ready for this upcoming trip to China... "why" was the question that kept coming to mind.. we should be traveling next month and i am completely unprepared.
so not like me..
perhaps i have learned in my three prior trips to China; i don't need much. I will be taking med's, two pair of shoes and 3 pants and some shirts, some boy toys for my little ones... okay perhaps my hairspray.. what respectable girl doesn't carry her own hairspray?
everything else I know I can get and be happy with there. perhaps i am keeping my heart guarded b/c we were matched with daniel in july and it took til jan to travel.. i am praying that we travel in sept. i really wanted to be there for drews birthday in sept... it is so unlikely but God can do anything he chooses.. so i hold out hope for that. we were matched in june and had pa three weeks later.. we never received a pa or loa or anything for daniel.. just went from loi to ta.. and eight days later we were in china.. interesting how each of our three children's adoptions are so very different.
as i laid in bed i realized that the only thing i have is one suitcase,
60k northwest airline miles that i hope and pray we are able to use and my clothes that i haven't even picked out yet.
most of the time i am extremely out of character by being calm..i thank God for the peace he is giving me. then i get in the way and sometimes i am just beside myself waiting for CCAA to say 'come on over girl and bring this boy home!'.
I hope i can travel with three families that i have met.. we are all going to the same place and it would be amazing if it could happen..
interesting how I said i didn't want to adopt from Guatemala b/c i couldn't handle seeing a child's face for a year and waiting to go get that child.. but here God is saying you can handle this if you trust me, look to me and know that my plan is always perfect for you.. I have seen Drews face in my dreams since the Fall of 2006... and now we are about to be united.. in the Fall of 2008.. in China
Fall is my favorite time of year - it always has been..
so here i am with no plans, no bags packed and finally trusting the one who loves me best!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to ME

hehehe, they say its your birthday.. alalalalalal,, well its my birthday too..lalalalalal

Bob left a message on my mirror this morning.. it said "Happy 38th Birthday" with a drawn bouquet of flowers and hearts :O)

isn't he sweet :O)
We are going out (as a family) to dinner tonight for mexican food YUM and as Rachel Ray says, DELICIOUS!
We don't go out much these days so tonight is a TREAT...

love to all Jill
Thanks mom and dad and God for making me ;o>

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Book Tag

I have officially been tagged.. and I am a loser b/c i was tagged on the 25th of July.. and I am FINALLY doing this. I am officially wearing that 'L' on my necklace!
Get the book nearest to you, or one that you are currently reading that is over 123 pages.

Go to page 123.

Find the 5th sentence.

Post the 5th sentence.

Tag 5 people

Okay, the book nearest me is "the out of sync child: recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder" by Carol Stock Kranowitz
I bet you all are saying Gee how lovely.. I can tell you I said, geesh why was I not beside my bed!
Okay, page 123 and 5th sentence says " To keep upright, we make subconscious, physical adaptations, called postural background adjustments."..
So like Barbie who tagged me.. I am going to find a better sentence while keeping on the page 123.. b/c this really is a GREAT book. One of our kids has mild SI and this book has helped in so many ways..
New sentence.. "Joe, ten, can't quite get the hand of riding his skateboard, although he practices every day and works hard to master this skill."

So now I can tag 5 people.. Ginger, Alice, Kristy, Robbie and Charlene .. and I am stepping way out of the box and tagging Lori too :O)
see how not following directions runs in my family...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

fingerprints and prayers

Hi, i would love for you to pray about our fingerprints.. since we moved.. KS is a state that requires a KBI and local background check and fingerprints... in order for our SW to do a little paragraph saying we moved and our house is fine to bring a child into... not that we haven't done this before.. okay I am submitting to the "rules" and going to get fingerprinted... I have had a bad attitude about going through so much again just for a paragragh (she needs all the certificates, work letter, financial letter, fingerprints, 5 page info sheet on us.. and more..) it is hard for me to not just say "look at our homestudy- it is all in there". I want drew home and I will give her everything she wants but it is so frustrating. ugh. So perhaps I should ask for prayer for my attitude.
Good news, our fingerprints were FREE at the military post we are at :O) bad news.. cop didn't like the one on my finger.. but said to send it off anyway- YIKES.
So my prayer would be for the prints for Bob and I to work the first time and for the checks to come back quickly.It appears that TA's are coming in on day 70ish. That puts us a month and a half away - another prayer :O). We are on day 34 of our wait from our LID. And day 50ish from LOI. I tend to go with the flow and think it will be counted from LID.

Thanks everyone for your awesome prayers. AND thanks for blessing us through our Chip-in!