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:

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

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