“Thank You!” – Ella Jo

Happy Thursday Everyone!

We just wanted to say thank you!!!!! It’s literally the only words our family can find when we think about all of the baby girl items, prayers, and money we have received from so many!

14907229_10210763368622185_4742624357822456517_nQUICK UPDATE:
Ella Jo is home and doing great! She is sleep amazingly, eating well, and yes we forgot how very stinky baby diapers are! Ella has the best entertainment in the world three older brothers. Additionally, these three boys have surprised us and have become the most caring, protective, and loving boys ever! Her very first birthday is this coming Tuesday (11/15)!!!!! So exciting!

Lastly…we are having a Welcome Home party this Sunday, details here, we’d love for you to stop by as you all had a part in this journey. This celebration is just as much a celebration of you and a small way to thank you for your heart in helping us bring Ella home as it is to celebrate our daughter being home. We will have a large African Market set-up during this time with many great Christmas gifts ready for purchase. If you live out of town we will miss you and if you have any questions, or would still like to donate please email us at thebolingproject@gmail.com!

Much Love.
– jb, e, h, k, g, ej, nana

The Process

This post will be kinda boring with just a synopsis of the process and journey we are on, but many people have asked questions so we want to try to answer those here.

Ugandan adoptions are intense with tons of paperwork, requirements, appointments and waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting)!
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  1. Choose an adoption agency and get approved – ✓
  2. Complete Homestudy (several visits with a social worker and paperwork) ✓
    1. 24 hours of adoption education classes ✓
  3. Complete Dossier (hundreds of legal documents that have to be notarized including birth certificates, marriage certificates, health forms, previous taxes, reference letters, child abuse clearances, employer letters, etc) ✓
  4. Accept Referral (when you see a picture of your child for the first time and you know that God has chosen you to be her forever family)! ✓
  5. USCIS approval (immigration in the US stating that they will allow us to bring a foreign child home) ✓
  6. Fundraising and Grant applications ✓
  7. Travel to Uganda and meet your child ✓
  8. Court with Ugandan Judge (waiting at the court house for 8 hours for a 1 hour court hearing) ✓
    1. verbal guardianship from the Judge (received at court hearing) ✓
    2. written order from the Judge (received 1.5 weeks after court hearing) ✓
    3. written ruling from the Judge (still waiting for this)
  9. Apply for child’s passport ✓
  10. Put child in foster care while paperwork is processed (cry a lot and pray even more) ✓
  11. Embassy in Uganda
    1. Document check to make sure all of our “T’s” are crossed and “I’s” are dotted
  12. Immigration appointment in Uganda (appointment for a medical exam to make sure she is healthy enough to travel)
  13. Embassy in Uganda (again)
    1. Visa interview
  14. Bring that baby home!

We are so fortunate to have an amazing foster family that is taking care of our baby girl.  We get updates and pictures 1-2/week. This waiting part is frustrating and challenging but we feel at peace about the process and that in God’s timing we will bring her home.

*The Ugandan President signed The Children’s Reform Act and it went into effect on June 2, 2016. Part of this law pertains to international adoption and states that prospective parents must live in Uganda for 1 year prior to gaining guardianship of a child.  We do not know how this law is going to affect us or our specific case since we were already in process before the law was signed but we are moving forward in faith that God will see us through to the end.

We covet your prayers, encouragement and support so keep em coming!

Boling Family

Meeting Baby Girl.

We drove 7 hours along bumpy roads with no air conditioning in the van. We passed town after town that started to all look the same. Shanties along the road with goods to sell and “bota bota’s” (motorcycles) weaving in and out of traffic.  Then we began to see the luscious hills, farms with crops ripe for the picking, and cows and goats grazing along the road.  “Are we there yet?” Ki asked in anticipation as he sat on Justin’s lap in the front seat.  The sun began to make its decent from the sky and I began to wonder if we would make it in time to meet our baby girl before bedtime or if we would have to wait until morning…ugh another 12 hours seemed like an eternity.

When we turned into her orphanage, I was taken aback.  Memories from Ki’s orphanage flooded my mind, but this was Baby Girldifferent.  There were multiple buildings that were well kept and grass for the kids to play in.  There were gardens of vegetables and banana trees being tended to, and then around the corner 12 little toddlers came running to greet us being lead by three “mamas.” The children were genuinely happy and healthy.  It was evident that the “mamas” cared deeply for these children and they were loved.

After tons of hugs, kisses, tickles, and hand holding we were lead into the main house to meet with the head of the orphanage.  This beautiful woman with kindness in her eyes took my hand and kissed my cheek and thanked me for coming.  She said it was almost bedtime but she would be honored to get our daughter for a few minutes since we drove such a long way.

I sat on a chair in the entry and folded my hands in my lap to stop the shaking and I bowed my head and prayed.  “God this is really it!  I’m really going to meet her in a few moments, this precious child that you have chosen me to raise.” The woman opened the door and handed me the lightest bundle of baby and blanket.  Baby girl reached her hand out and wrapped her tiny fingers around mine and gently touched my face with her other hand.  Tears poured down my face as I just stared at her in awe.  I was speechless.  She was absolute perfection.  Her big brown eyes searched my face and she snuggled into my chest.  She placed her middle two fingers from her left hand into her mouth and started to suck them.  I was startled out of this moment when the woman asked, “Would you be able to pick her out of all the other babies we have here?” My response was barely audible, “I would know her anywhere.”

Justin and Ki were by my side, but I was completely oblivious to their presence, until Justin leaned down and kissed her forehead.  After a few minutes, baby girl started to yawn and rub her eyes indicating she was ready for bed.  Ki gently stroked her face and sang to her “Baby Jesus” a song that he sang everyday in his orphanage.  Then the woman took her from me with promises that we would see her in the morning.

My heart was full but heavy…this connection that we had as mama and baby was so strong even though I didn’t carry her for the last 9 months.  Somehow she was a part of me and I was a part of her. I went to bed with a pressure on my chest, the weight of a tiny baby resting on me and I thanked my God for this journey.

– elaina

The Apple Watch Winner is…

Alrighty…without some overdramatic drawn out TV reveal…here we go…hit play y’all!!!!

OH and THANK YOU to the nearly 200 entries we had for this Apple watch raffle!

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Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts…we are grateful!

More to come as we leave tomorrow morning!

Much Love
– jbols and family

BAD NEWS vs GOOD NEWS #today

Sorry not sorry…what can i say…I’m a marketer at heart.

The bad news is today is the last day to enter the Apple Watch raffle, see details below!

The good news is we leave early tomorrow morning and will meet our daughter this week! Can’t wait to see her beautiful eyes…follow our journey right here on thebolingproject.wordpress.com!

Apple Watch Raffle Details:

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Details:
$15 for 1 entry
$25 for 2 entries
$50 for 5 entries
SHARING: For every retweet or Facebook share you will get 1 additional entry, but you MUST have officially entered the raffle by DONATING $15 or more starting today!

To enter click here and use the PayPal DONATE button enter your desired dollar amount. and SHARE SHARE SHARE!

Raffle Closes TODAY May 31, 2016 at 7pm mtn time
Winner will be announced by 8pm mtn time on May 31, 2016.
Delivery: Watch will be shipped directly to the winner

Thanks to everyone for their support through prayer, girls clothing, and financially.

God is good.
All the time.
And all the time.
God is good.

much love
– jbols

A Mama’s Plea

Don’t forget about the Apple Watch give-a-way!

Details:
$15 for 1 entry
$25 for 2 entries
$50 for 5 entries
SHARING: For every retweet or Facebook share you will get 1 additional entry, but you MUST have officially entered the raffle by DONATING $15 or more starting today!

To enter click here and use the PayPal DONATE button enter your desired dollar amount. and SHARE SHARE SHARE!

Raffle Closes on May 31, 2016 at 7pm mtn time
Winner will be announced by 8pm mtn time on May 31, 2016.
Delivery: Watch will be shipped directly to the winner

Thanks to everyone for their support through prayer, girls clothing, and financially.

God is good.
All the time.
And all the time.
God is good.

much love
– jbols

VIDEO: When I first saw my daughter.

Don’t forget about the Apple Watch give-a-way!apple_watch

Details:
$15 for 1 entry
$25 for 2 entries
$50 for 5 entries
SHARING: For every retweet or Facebook share you will get 1 additional entry, but you MUST have officially entered the raffle by DONATING $15 or more starting today!

To enter click here and use the PayPal DONATE button enter your desired dollar amount. and SHARE SHARE SHARE!

Raffle Closes on May 31, 2016 at 7pm mtn time
Winner will be announced by 8pm mtn time on May 31, 2016.
Delivery: Watch will be shipped directly to the winner

Thanks to everyone for their support through prayer, girls clothing, and financially.

God is good.
All the time.
And all the time.
God is good.

much love
– jbols