Friday, July 3, 2009
the kids - Yani and Taddy - are fantastic. Tad is like a 5 year old, but already after only a week he is giving us eyecontact, responding to his name and our instructions (turn off the tv etc) and not wearing ALL his breakfast...
Yani is a peach - smart as a whip and with a silly sense of humor. she will be a handful. And a fashionista. has discovered marys high heels, my jewellery, and is entralled by my makeup...Loves dresses.
both love the swimming pool which is where we will be later this afternoon.
i'll post photos and details later, but wanted to let you all know we are ok.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
So we call addy over. Did you write a poem? No...oh...well, Mrs DeSteuben had us write something for a competition a few weeks ago!
Here is the NH Troubadour Magazine (a volume I had never even heard of !) 4th grade winning entry by Addy! Way to go, kiddo!!!
Student Poetry Contest Winners
Song of the Mountains
by Addy Henderson, age 9, Lafayette Regional School-Franconia
In the mountains
In the mist
A blue bird flies
A deer trots
A butterfly floats.
In the mountain a lake sits still
And echoes the song of a bird
Under that bird lupines grow.
Behind the lupines is a town
In that town peace blows in the breeze.
In that peace a mountains mist
All is still
All is well
Except the sun
With the beautiful song
Of the mountains.
Monday, May 18, 2009
we will travel on 6/15 from Boston via Chicago to Beijing
spend through the 21st in Beijing, then fly to Chengdu
get the kids on the 22nd (I think)
Fly to Guangzhou on the 27th (or thereabouts)
Have our US consular appointment on the 29th
and fly home Guangzhou-Shanghai-Chicago-Boston, arriving at 11pm...then driving home. ugh.
Why via Boston? Cuz it was nearly $3000 cheaper than Manchester.
Anyway, more to follow, without a doubt. Yippeee....
Friday, May 15, 2009
Actually, I dont mind waiting. I want the kids now, of course, but I really am using the time to get ready a bit more. I just want to know when we'll travel so I can plan better. Right now, I'd say mid June maybe?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I just want our kids.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I'm SOOOO not ready. I'm SOOOOOOO ready. I"m so conflicted!
I have a house to clean, beds to move, sheets to find, trinkets to pack up, clothing to unearth (its still winter here but 90 degrees in Chengdu...so gotta find the summer stuff buried in the garage). I have to choose cabinets and door hardware, clean the fridge out (yuck), and get the inn ready for the season. Get ready to move houses. We're out of town 4 days next week, 3 days the following...AARGH!!!!!!
All in God's good time.
Wow. Its happening
Friday, April 10, 2009
On the other hand, spring is springing (back and forth into winter it seems) but there are crocuses and the day is sunny and the birds are singing and the roofers are roofing.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Today we received word that we have our LOA - the "Letter of Acceptance" from China. The China Center for Adoption Affairs has reviewed all of our affairs (and believe me, the mountains of paperwork we sent ensured they have every detail of our lives documented, stamped and sealed) and has officially said "yep, you can adopt Yan and Dong". This LOA came a full month earlier than we had really expected.
Now, we wait for our Travel Authority (TA) (Adopting internationally is a world of abbreviations! I thought the Army was bad, but it has nothing on this!), then our CA (Consular appointment), in preparation for GD (Gotcha Day. I think this is a dumb name but hey, it is the recognized name for the day you get your kids!). OMG. Realistically 4-8 weeks. Probably 6-8. But still, that means travel beginning in MAY. Happy birthday to me... Zhu ni shengri kwaile...
sooo much to do now. Yippeeee.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tomorrow is the kids assigned birthdays - the day they were scooped off the streets of Chengdu, three years ago, was 3/18. We have sent a cake, and musical birthday cards and more photos.
No word yet on when we'll go get them - it could be 2 months...it could be 4 months...who knows.
Friday, February 27, 2009
On another note, things are progressing slowly here. I got two matching sweaters for the new kids today that coordinate with ones Mary and Addy have - I've never color and style coordinated a whole family before! This is fun.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One person asked if anyone was adopting an older child from Chengdu - she wanted to find some of her daughter's friends from the Children's Welfare Institute. I directed her to this blog, and lo and behold the daughter and Yan may well know each other.
Then the next day I got an email with the title "is this your daughter?" Now, as a mom of 2 bio kids, such a title can be a bit disturbing...what on earth was Mary or Addy doing that would cause such an email to be sent? I opened it and was amazed. The mom of a very cute boy adopted in California had seen the thread, viewed the blog, compared the photos to one she had of her son and his friend in Chengdu CWI, and was very excited to send that photo along. What an incredibly kind thing! B - thank you again and again.
Indeed, it is clearly of Yan, and the one we are now jokingly calling her California Boyfriend. She is as beautiful in that as in every other - and I will post the photo just as soon as I get the other mom's permission.
Still waiting on the photos that were taken last week.
Such a small world. God is good indeed.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
A funny thing happened today - I had responded to a blogpost asking if anyone had an older child recently from Chengdu. Long story short, I directed the asker to this blog, and it seems her daughter knows you, Yan, from the Children's Welfare Institute, where you played together. Even funnier, I asked where she lived, and come to find out she lives in the same town in Wisconsin I grew up in.
It is a small world. I hope and pray your portion of this small world sends usthe Letter of Approval sooner rather than later! We all want our new kids!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Adele's father also asked if the orphanage would send along current photos and measurements. They did so, and pending me paying Adele for the service, I will have those shortly. She says they look happy.
Little by little...I can't wait to see you!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Happy New Year! Happy Spring Festival! Last week we arranged to have a cake sent to each of you, from your new family. We also sent along two photographs (it is so hard to find photos of all 4 of us) and some disposable cameras, and a letter to you and to your nannies. I sure hope you get them! Our intermediary service will have the cameras picked up and the film developed, so hopefully we will have new photos of you very soon.
I am trying to learn Mandarin. Your grammar is easy, but boy oh boy is the language itself a trick! Right now I can order coffee with some confidence. But that is it!
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone is so excited about welcoming you home!
Wo ei ni.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Please join us in creating a"one hundred good wishes" quilts for each of our new children
- Send a piece of fabric (8" square), or a completed "quilt square" (6 1/2 " finished size (for a 6 " block). Use any technique you wish, or just send a piece of fabric you love.
- Send along with each patch a written wish (on paper) which we can put in a memory book for them.
- To keep some degree of organization, we would ask that the squares for Thaddeus/Dong be in the Red/Orange/Yellow palette, and for Elizabeth/Yan in the Red/Pink/Purple palette.
- Return the squares to us by the end of February, so Nancy can get them sewn together, off to the quilter and ready for their arrival sometime between April and June! The Mailing Address is: 231 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill 03586
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
There were no beautiful pictures like what you see. No long write ups like we have in hand now. Not even their names.
All I had was a compelling sense that this was it! Them! For the last 2 years I had thought we were looking for only a daughter to add to our family. In 30 seconds I KNEW we were adding a son too. The email was almost hopelessly austere with information. Yet I interupted Nancy in her meeting to tell her that we had just made first contact with the rest of our family. Without even seeing the email, she believed.
I forwarded the short, hopelessly undetailed email. Her voice was hushed and serious when she called back. "This is it, isn't it? How could we be so sure? All we had was the following: Two children, found living on the streets in Chengdu, China. A small boy being raised by his not much bigger sister. He was described as "liking small animals" and "likes to run." The message said she was "maternal and intelligent."
Then there was a list of necessary qualifications needed to even hope to become their new family. Mentally I tallied them. We had a chance. So I found a quiet spot facing our gorgeous mountains and had a conversation with God. And I prayed. Yesterday, we were told we were 1st choice to be their family.
Would we like more information? Did we want to accept them? How could we not want them? Nancy answered "yes" for us without even wasting breath conferring with me.
24 hrs post "yes" and one week from the first email, I am still overwhelmed when I think of adopting these two beautiful children. My children.
We are so blessed and to be able to share our gifts with not just one, but two more young people is twice the answer I expected to our original prayer.
Liu Dong and Liu Yan. I can't wait for you to come home.
Two years ago, I asked Addy what she would do if she could go anywhere in the world. Without batting an eyelash, she said "I would go to China and adopt a baby sister". Where that came from I don't know - but as soon as she said it, Mary chimed in "yes", and we took the first tentative steps on a lifelong journey.
Yesterday we received, and will accept, a referral to adopt two beautiful children from Chengdu, China.
Liu Yan and Liu Dong - welcome to your family.