"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Friday, January 14, 2011

Adoption Update....

We are getting closer to Nathan with each baby step! We have our biometric fingerprinting appointment this coming Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. AND THEN, after that, we wait for the "golden ticket" aka I-171H approval from the US government that says we can adopt internationally. We are hopeful to get this approval soon so that we can travel mid-February to bring Nathan home!

Every now and then, we get additional tidbits about Nathan from the facilitator in his country, such as........

He eats very well

adores sweets.

He does not like toy cars,

likes soft toys.

He does not like noise,

and is afraid of

the toys with high volumes.

Doesn't he sound so cute and smooshy? AND, He will fit in just fine with the Burckhard clan if he adores sweets!

Here's another shot of this precious child:

We can't wait to travel! We are trusting God that He will provide the funds necessary to bring him home. We have been humbled and are so grateful to those of you who have given to Nathan's fund. We have been moved to tears! We estimate that we still need to save about $10,000 to fully fund the adoption. We know that God will pave the way....one way or another.

Love, Paula


  1. Paula,

    So happy to hear that your process is moving right along! It is exciting that your family and ours will be very soon traveling to E.E. to bring home our sweeties! It would be very cool if our travels overlapped and we were able to meet :) With all of us midwesterners adopting lately, I am thinking we should try to have a get together in the future. Wouldn't that be fun?

    Praying for you here in SD!



  2. Every time I see his little face it makes my heart stop. I will never forget when I saw the picture of him with hair and it was dark not blonde like I expected. Be still my heart!! :))) I am SO very happy he will soon be a Burckhard!!

  3. Such blessings!!! So happy for you guys!

  4. Angie, That would be too fun! Prayers from ND for you as well!

    Amanda, Remember his first photo when they thought he had alopecia? I didn't care and fell in love with him then. And then, we I saw him with dark hair....I couldn't believe it either!
    I miss talking with you.....

    Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement....these adoption journeys are not for the faint of heart, so your comments are treasured!

  5. What a great update! And we may cross paths in country. We'll see!

  6. Great to hear that things are moving along for you! :o) He's such a CUTIE!

  7. Hmm, wonder if it's the caretakers that like him to have the soft toys! LOL Praying you can bring him home soon :)