Why we started this blog

Hello! Welcome to our blog which is dedicated to our son-to-be. We live in the beautiful Denver area of the western U.S. We have always wanted children but have not had the opportunity to have any ourselves. After many years of research and planning, we have been finally matched with a child of our dreams! We are so excited to bring John home this summer (2012). This blog is dedicated to helping us achieve this reality. Thank you for your support!

Dear friends, family, and anyone else who is sympathetic with adoption, we really need some help. Our total adoption costs are adding up to over $29,000. We have come up with $22,000 and need to come up with the balance before we can travel in July. Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated.

Link to make tax-deductible donation specifying Ziemann adoption:
http://intlcare.org/helpingus2.html When paying by check, please include a note saying it is for the Ziemann adoption (but please don't write it in the memo line on the check). If you pay by PayPal, there is a note section in which to specify our family name.

Link to restaurant gift card fundraiser:

Monday, June 18, 2012

We received our travel approval today!  We are likely leaving somewhere between July 4th and July 6th.  Ready or not, we are going to go soon!  It is overwhelming how much needs to be done between now and then. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yesterday we were asked if we can be ready to travel June 29th or July 6th.  If we agree that both travel dates are acceptable, the actual dates will be finalized in a week or so in conjunction with the date the Chinese consulate appoints us.  If we can't accept this time frame, we will most likely travel to John's province alone.  We hope to be able to scramble and make arrangements so that we can stand ready to travel in June.  Thanks everyone for your great support!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Well, we got our Visas yesterday, so we are ready for travel!  Actually, not quite, we do need to do some packing, purchase gifts to bring, and a few other things.  We are getting so close to travel, though, and we need to assume that we could be traveling the first week of July!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We were notified today that our Article 5 was issued.  Now our estimated travel dates have us leaving between the first week and last week of July.  The uncertainty about the dates makes it harder to plan for things like having the pets taken care of.  For anyone interested in the process, first we received our letter of acceptance from the Chinese government.  That was in April.  Then we had to sign and return it.  That is our final agreement with the government that we are adopting John for sure.  Then we had to submit immigration paperwork on John's behalf.    In mid May we received the  approval of the immigration application.  Then we received approval from the NVC.  We are now at the step after that and waiting for Article 5 to reach the Chinese government office where they will issue travel approval.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Good news!  We are getting very close to travel approval.  The process from finalizing our agreement to adopt John with the Chinese government until now has taken just over five weeks.  We expect Article 5 around June 11th, then it will be approximately 2-4 weeks until we receive our travel approval.  This means that we are likely to travel in late July or early August.

An organization called International Care has agreed that if anyone is moved to make a tax-deductible donation to John's cause, they may send a check made out to I CARE and mail it to:  International CARE, Inc. P.O. Box 1603 Bel Air, Maryland  21014 together with a note saying you wish to benefit the Ziemann family adoption, rather than putting our name on the memo line.  Anyone who wishes to donate by credit card may do so on their website at http://intlcare.org/helpingus2.html by using the donate button and specifying the Ziemann adoption as the recipient in the note section.  An extra 3% fee will be charged by PayPal.  Many thanks to all who have helped or wish to help us.

We have initiated a new fundraiser which offers $50 restaurant gift cards to donors for a $20 donation, and our adoption fund will receive $10 for each such purchase.  For those of you who love to go out to eat, check it out at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Help us bring John home!

 As you probably know, the adoption process can be quite complex and also frustrating at times.  We have been pursuing an adoption for many years.  After a lot of different pathways, we have finally found the one that we think will finally work for us.  We are so excited to announce that we are in the process of adopting a wonderful boy from China with special needs, named Chun Bai, whom we plan to call John.  John is 10 years old and has albinism and associated vision problems. If all goes well, we are very excited about traveling to China to get him, hopefully in late summer of this year.   One of the challenges of adopting overseas is the financial burden.  We have started a fundraising effort in the hopes that we might be able to make the last money to bring John home from the orphanage where he has lived for the past 10 years.

We have an arrangement with a the company called Just Love Coffee which will give us a percentage of their sales through "our" page on their site to help fund our adoption.  We have tried and enjoyed their coffee.  They also sell hot chocolate and gift items.  We invite you to take a look and see if you would like to buy anything while also helping us with our adoption.  If any of you coffee lovers wish to buy their coffee and benefit us, please call them and say that you want to benefit adoptingjohn because their system is not crediting us when it is purchased online. The site can be found here: