Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bon Voyage!

Hey Everybody,

Just wanted to post our last blog as a family of 2.5!!! It has been an exhausting day of running errands and last minute packing, but I think we are finally reaching the finish line! Tomorrow morning, we will head to the airport for our first flight which goes from Minneapolis to Chicago. Michael and I will have a small layover there before boarding our next flight to Belgium! We'll arrive there Friday morning around 9 am and have about a 4 hour layover before heading onto Liberia! Our kiddos are so excited that they will be meeting us at the airport! By Friday evening, we will be holding our babies in our arms! The thought of that is SO overwhelming!! God's goodness never ceases to amaze us! He did it! I know we still need the paperwork to make it official, but HE DID IT!! Depending on how the internet is, we'll try to update Facebook and our blog as much as possible! Hopefully, we'll be home around the end of March or beginning of April!

Thanks friends for all of your support! We couldn't have done this without you!!

Big hugs!
Michael & Carey

Monday, February 19, 2018


Hi All,

I had to take a break from work to share with you everything that has happened today! God is SO good! I know that we say that a lot, but He REALLY is! First, we received an email from our agency this morning and the director of the orphanage (Oretha) found us an apartment to stay in instead of the hotel, which will save us over $1,500!!! YAHOO!!! It has a/c, a kitchen and is 2 bedrooms! Amazing!! Then I received a message from Oretha stating that our kids know about us. They have seen our pictures AND WE GET TO VIDEO CHAT WITH THEM ON THURSDAY!!!!! Michael & I are SOOOO excited! I have been crying happy tears off and on all day today! If that wasn't enough, then I received an email from UPS that our visas are on their way back to us and we should have them on Wednesday!!! Unbelievable!!! They turned it around in a single afternoon! I still can't believe that, but God is good friends!

Okay, that is it for now, but the day isn't over yet! ;)

We'll update the blog after we video chat with the kids on Thursday!! Hopefully, we can get through it without crying the whole time!

Love you all!
Carey & Michael

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Quick Update

Hi Loves,

Just wanted to check in & let you know where things stand with the adoption. Many of you saw my post on Facebook this past week about our immigration issues, but I am happy to report that everything is taken care of. Some wonderful friends have been through the same situation and they told us exactly who we needed to contact. It can take up to a couple of weeks to get the approval letter, so we are praying that we receive that before we go. Otherwise, we are good to go. Thank you JESUS! I cannot tell you how much I was stressing about this, but God worked it all out!!

On the 22nd, the new president was inaugurated in Liberia and our agency felt that was the reason for the hold up on our paperwork. It seems the inauguration went alright and we haven't heard of any violence or conflict this past week, so hopefully we will hear something soon. Our agency best guess at this point is that we will be traveling in Feb which would be perfect. I would love to be in Africa with our kiddos celebrating my birthday on the 23rd!!!

On a side note, I did like 12 loads of laundry yesterday getting all of our kiddos' clothes washed, so we can start packing their stuff! It was so fun looking at all the cute clothes that people so graciously gave us! We cannot thank you all enough & we still have more clothes in our garage to go through! It absolutely crazy to us, but we are SO grateful!!!

We are getting close my friends! We can feel it in our bones!

Stay Tuned!

Michael & Carey

Monday, January 1, 2018

Financial Update

Hi All, 

Happy New Year!! Michael & I pray that you all had a wonderful and safe time ringing in the new year with the ones you love! We kept things pretty quiet just playing games with family, resting up before the craziness begins. Michael's going to check in with our adoption agency tomorrow to see if they have any news and we'll update you all as soon as we know anything. As I mentioned in my last post, we are the next family to travel, but we don't know what that means at this point. Our thought process is that we will be traveling in January or February, but we'll see. The bags that we are taking down to the orphanage have arrived, so we figure that is a pretty good sign that we are close to going. Please be in prayer that we will at least find out when we will be traveling soon! This not knowing is driving us crazy plus it's really hard to plan when you don't know if you are going to be in the country or not. On top of that, we just entered into January which is the most stressful month of the year for me and my mom, so please be in prayer that we can get a lot done before Michael & I travel or that people will come out of the woodwork to help my mom get W2s as well as 1099s out the door. Thanks for the prayers friends! We really appreciate it & all of you!!

I also have to apologize! People have been asking for a financial update and I am only a couple of MONTHS late in getting this information out there! With the puzzle fundraiser and some last minute grants, our adoption is FULLY FUNDED!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!! The only unknown at this point is purchasing our plane tickets which could be pretty expensive, but we received a grant to help us cover part of that expense and our hoping we can cover the rest between what we have in savings and/or with our credit card. So hopefully, we are good to go as far as our finances are concerned! Thank you all that have given financially or been in prayer for us! We couldn't have done this without you! Michael & I cannot wait to introduce our babies to you, so you can witness firsthand what your sacrifices have meant for our family!! I have included pictures of the completed puzzles for the kids. The pictures are not very good, but we'll post better photos once we get them framed for the kiddos. 

Well, I think that's it for now! Hope you all have a great start in 2018!

Michael & Carey 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Miracles

Merry Christmas from the Granicas!

I apologize that it has been so long since our last post! Many people have been asking for updates on how the adoption is going and we haven't had anything positive to share, so we decided to hold off until we had some good news! That day has finally arrived! Michael and I heard from our agency on Saturday and we're the next family that will be traveling to Liberia to bring our babies home! HALLELUJAH!!! It sounds like our agency is waiting for an email and then we move onto the next phase, which she hopes will happen after the holidays! EEK! We should be heading to Africa sometime next month! As soon as we get more information, Michael & I will definitely pass it along, so everyone can be praying for our trip!

In other news, my little brother sold his house in November and has been really searching non-stop for a new place, but nothing has panned out. He was starting to think that he was going to have to rent a place until a house came on the market that met his requirements, but I am happy to announce that his offer was accepted on a beautiful home in Blaine today! Eek! We are so excited for him and can't wait to have our first family gathering at his new place, especially since our family will finally be complete!

God is so good you guys! A friend just mentioned yesterday that she could see us traveling and my brother moving in January and now it is actually happening! Crazy! Please be in prayer for my mom. January is the busiest time of year for our business, which is only going to be compounded by my being out of the country and my brother moving. Thankfully, we have some amazing friends that have offered to help my mom out in any way that they can and I know she'll be taking them up on that.

That's it for now! I will post more as soon as we hear anything!

Love you guys!

Merry Christmas!
Michael & Carey