Friday, May 15, 2015

We've Got BIG News!

So I realized I've neglected this blog for close to two months- that time flew by!  
We've got a lot of updates!

Starting where we left off:   Evan was not chosen to receive the grant he applied for, but he was in the group of front runners who were asked for more info- I was so proud of him for doing that!  He did well on his fundraiser and raised a little over $200.  Thank you to those who helped support his fundraiser- you are wonderful! :)

Our dossier went to China on March 18th. It took awhile, but on March 30th, we got our Log-In Date (LID).

We've been very busy filling out grant applications during the wait for our Letter of Approval and want to again thank those of you have written so many reference letters on our know who you are! :)  We JUST received a 2nd matching grant and have decided to try another online auction on Facebook to raise some money to put towards this grant since our first auction was so successful!   It won't be as big as the last one, but it should be full of good stuff!   Part of it will be focused on finding the right gift for a dad in your life for Father's Day, but there will be things for you moms and for your kids too!  If you have an item/items you'd like to donate, feel free to let me know or send me a picture(s) of them and an approximate retail value if you know it. I'll unveil the link when I have it ready, but we hope to run the auction for five days, starting the morning of June 13th and ending in the evening on June 17th.  That should give us time to get any Father's Day gifts delivered in person or via the mail. We may move it up a day or two sooner if we are ready to go....more on that later!  

On to the best update!!!!!  We got a call from our agency today that our Letter of Approval (LOA) from China was in the computer system!  That is what adoptive parents would call the soft LOA.  For those of you who like numbers, that was 46 days from LID.  Not bad!  Better than our LOA wait for Lena of 71 days.  We'll technically have the LOA when it arrives to our agency, hopefully on Monday.  This means China has officially approved us to be the parents for Mei Hua!!!  

Macie Brynn MeiHua Henningfeld!

YES!  You did see that right.  We finally have chosen and revealed a name for our sweet hopefully I don't change my mind on the name or the spelling...
It's been almost 5 months since we got this photo.  We are so excited to bring this precious treasure home and to love on her and teach her a language.  Lena is getting very anxious too!   Today we are one BIG step closer.  On to filling out more paperwork for immigration and a few things on the US end and then to the last China step...the wait for travel approval.  Normally I'd say we'd be in China about 2.5 months from now.  That may hold true, but there may be a bit of delay for us and for a very good reason, but we shall see.  That will be another story for another day.  Thank you for praying for and supporting our family and for praying for Macie too!


  1. I don't know your family, but as I read your post I was amazed to find you are naming your daughter exactly what we named our oldest daughter- Macie Bryn. Prayers for your family during the final steps of your journey to your daughter!