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:

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.