Team White has beautiful news to share with all of you.
We have been pursuing a Chinese Adoption and have accepted a referral for a beautiful baby boy!!
Carmen and Trevor's baby brother!!!!!!
His Chinese name is Wu Jun Hao and he is 16 months old today. We have changed his first name to Jake, while keeping Jun Hao as his middle name - Jake Jun Hao White. Jun Hao is pronounced - Jun (june), Hao (how) and translates as: Jun: gentleman/monarch, Hao: great/good.
We received approval from China last Monday and anticipate traveling no later than July 31st to bring Jake home!!! He will be 21 months when we meet him.
Jake Jun Hao White
We were pulled to adopt from the special needs program in China. Jake has a cleft lip and palette. His lip has been repaired at Shanghai Hospital but we will be providing Jake with the excellent care and treatment he deserves to repair his palette.
Jake was found in a park wrapped in blankets on October 12, 2012. They estimate his birth date to be either October 8th or 9th, 2012.
This entire process started 12 months ago with Heather and I came to the realization that we had a child waiting for us in China. It is hard to remember clearly anything that was happening in our lives in the early part of 2013 but this one decision seemed to be out of our hands. As many of you know, the adoption process is long and full of incredible amounts of paper work. We do not want to say it was difficult, because this was one of those beautiful things that doors continue to open for us one after the other. The administrative part of the adoption, simply just flowed from one step to the next. Heather is definitely the expert on the journey and she will share a more detailed post at a later date.
Part of the special needs adoption process was us filling out a medical form that lists conditions that we felt we could provide care for. On this same form we indicated that our son or daughter would be between the ages of 1 and 4. After we became logged in LID in China December 19th, 2013, we knew we could receive a referral anytime from that day forward and even waiting a year or more for a referral was not unusual.
Adoption Documents. Over 1,000 pieces of paper reviewed, completed, submitted, mailed, tracked and finally approved.
Henan Province, China. See you soon Jake.
Early in the morning of January 20th, Heather woke from an extremely vivid dream that we had received a referral for a child from our adoption agency. I had already left for the day to train before work. After Heather dropped off Trevor to school at 7:55am, she received a voice message from the adoption agency!! They had called her only one other time since we signed with them last February! Before Heather called them back she excitedly called me at work to tell me about the dream! I was fascinated by her dream I was anxious for Heather to call the agency back to hear what they had to say.
When Heather spoke to the agency, she let them know before they could saying anything that she had a vivid dream about receiving a referral last night. After a pause.....the agency said...."Well.....that is incredible....because we have a referral for you! A beautiful baby boy!!"
Heather learned a little information about Jake over the phone, including his estimated birth date of October 8th or 9th, 2012....Heather about hit the floor and knew immediately this was our child!
Words could never describe the overwhelming feeling of peace and clarity that came over Heather and I, after hearing Jake's estimated birth date. Despite, knowing in our hearts that adopting a child into our family was perfect for us there were certainly times that we wondered how we would KNOW the child referred was OUR child. With the wide range of ages we provided to the agency, to receive a child referral with an estimated birth date of when Carmen became spirit is the sort of divine intervention that you simply can not make up.
When Heather and I reflect back on our last moments with Carmen here on earth, we now understand that she was already working with her spirit guides to ensure certain things were in place before she became spirit. We believe in our hearts, that Carmen needed to go to a special place so that she could help so many of us all at the same time. To watch over us and her new brother Jake.
Though the timing between approval and being able to hold Jake will be longer than we would like, we are comforted knowing that Carmen is with Jake every second telling him all about his new parents, brother Trevor and dog Roxy.
And....then there is Trevor! He is SO excited to be a big brother. We wanted to capture this life changing moment to be able to show Jake when he's older! Here's is a video link to us telling Trevor about Jake: Trevor you are going to be a BIG BROTHER Video!!!
There are some other amazing things that have happened during this journey that we would like to share, in the theme of this blog post - "you can not make this stuff up".
During this journey we have been fortunate enough to meet people who are truly gifted intuitively. Some we have sought out, others have approached Heather and I to share their insightful and powerful messages. These messages have come from a place of love however they do not usually provide much context to help us understand their meaning. Fortunately, Heather took the time to right down a few points from these conversations. The two images below are of Heather's notes. The first from last May and the second from August. You can clearly see on the first note: 8 to 9 months, baby boy and putting him in my arms, blue. The full conversation, was surrounding a vision shared with Heather of Carmen putting a baby boy, who was 8 or 9 months, wrapped in a blue blanket into Heather's arms. The second note states the words, June and At Peace. At the time, Heather did not understand this message but it certainly makes sense now that we are about to welcome Jun Hao into our family.
We are so exited for this next chapter in our journey and look forward to sharing more with you as we have more information.
Love and Light
A picture of the care package we are sending to Jake.
FYI, the Dum Dums and cookies are for the nannies and older kiddos. The white cloth hopefully will go to Jun Hao as a snuggly as they usually are given a white wash cloth at bed time to snuggle with rather than blankets or stuffed animals.