Friday, December 21, 2012

Meet Our Son!!!!

We woke up to a WONDERFUL Christmas surprise this morning.  We received PA - (Pre-Approval) by the CCAA for us to adopt our little boy!! So we did not want to delay any longer! We wanted to introduce you to our son, Shepard. :) We think he is just PRECIOUS and cannot wait to meet him in person!!

We have chosen to give him the American name, Shepard. The name Shepard means - "A Gentle Leader".  The Lord has been such a Gentle Leader to us during this whole process of leading us to adoption again and through this adoption. We also believe it is a very good declaration over our son for his future!!

We will keep his Chinese name as his middle name.  We can't post it here on a public blog.  But we feel since he is 5 years old it will be important to keep his Chinese name as well as for him to have an American one! :) We're not sure if we will give him another middle name to go with his Chinese one or not...but for now...he is our little Shepard boy!! :) Next...we will be working on a care package to send to him!! We can't wait to send him some special things from us!!

What a wonderful Christmas present to receive today!! We could not WAIT to share with you all!! Thank you for your prayers and support in helping us give this precious little boy a forever family.  What a blessing...for all of us!!! Praying you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

We Are Logged In!!!

Real quick just had to share with everyone that we were "officially" logged in with the CCAA (Chinese Center for Adoption Affairs) today - December 17th!! We are very excited about this!! We should be receiving our PA (pre-approval) for the little boy we have been matched with by our agency.  As soon as we get that...we can share with everyone his precious little photo we have!! :)

Thank you all for continuing to pray for smooth paperwork and financial provision for the rest of what we need for the adoption!! (We still need to raise about $22,000) God is SO faithful!! We know He will provide!! We can't wait to watch all that HE is going to do!! Thank you for your faithful prayers and encouragement! It means the world!!!

We'll keep everyone posted as soon as we get info! Thank you SO MUCH for keeping up on our process!! We'll post again soon!
Mark & Buffi

Thursday, December 6, 2012


We are so excited to share that I just found out today that our Dossier went to China last week. This is such awesome news!!! I'm waiting to find out the exact day it went...but I do know it went out last week!! :) Soon we will find out what our LID (Log in Date) is.  Once all that takes place...China will match our paperwork with the little boy our agency matched us with.  Once China gives us PA (Pre-approval) for us to be matched to him...we get to share his precious face here with you all!!! We cannot WAIT!!! AHHH...our paperwork is finally in China!!!

After 7 months, 80 families, OVER 240 hours of editing around 6000 photos - We have "officially" ended our $50 Family Photo Fundraiser!! WOW!! What an AMAZING 7 months it has been!! Because of God's provision of those wonderful 80 families we raised close to $7000 to go toward our adoption expenses!! This is AWESOME!! There are so many people who have helped us make this happen....but we'd especially like to thank Dawn Miller Eaves Tara Hall, andMarissa Hooven for helping us with locations for our photo shoots and Jennifer Daugherty for camera equipment. The photos would DEFINITELY not have been as good without you ladies helping us out!!! Thank you ALL for so much support and encouragement!! We are praying about how to continue with Family photos in 2013. We'll keep you posted!! Can't wait to see what God is going to do next!!! Please continue to pray for provision for our journey!!!

Grafted: Preparing the Way for Adoption
I am excited to share with everyone a new book that my husband has written titled, "GRAFTED: Preparing the Way for Adoption." 
If you or someone you know are considering adoption....I believe it would be an encouragement to you! Our hope is that 
it will help families prepare spiritually to bring a new child into their family through adoption. Adoption is God's heart!!  If you know of anyone in the adoption process, please forward this to them... I believe it could be a great encouragement to them. You can purchase the paperback or Kindle version on Amazon. Details below!

If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can borrow the ebook for FREE for a limited time!!

For a paperback you can order it here:

For the Kindle version you can order it here:

Mark and I have been working on a project to help some of our friends The Bohlingers raise money for their adoption.  We've created a 2013 Calendar highlighting children from all over the world who have been adopted.  Its an awesome calendar!! All the proceeds will go to their adoption expenses!! Thanks for taking a look at it on  Amazon here:

That's all we have to share for now!! Let us know if you have questions!! PLEASE continue to pray for our process and God's provision.  He has provided SO MUCH already!! We are almost half way to our goal!!! It's going to be exciting to see how He is going to provide!!!

We appreciate you all so much!! Blessings!
Mark & Buffi