Happy Birthday, Dong and Yan!

Happy Birthday, Dong and Yan!
Are they making a wish?

Friday, February 27, 2009


Thank goodness for on line chat groups, and especially for Brita (Yan's "california boyfriend's" mom...) who confirmed with her son that Dong is NOT doing Tai Chi in the photo but is doing the Ultraman move. Yes, the same ultraman from the late 1960s in the US is all the rage in China and Japan among the under 4-foot-tall boy set. Who would have known! It is good to have some means of connection - if we become an Ultraman family, so be it.

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

Good wishes

Thank you Aunt Sherrie, Uncle Alan, Aunt Cindy, Mrs Regan, and Michelle Whitenack for the wonderful good wishes and fabulous fabrics for Yan and Dong's quilts. This is such a fun project!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An Amazing Thing

When we received the referral from Chengdu, we signed up for the yahoo chengdu adoption users group. Its a pretty quiet group - not much going on - but we figured we'd keep an eye on what others who had been there had to say.

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

Happy Valentines Day, Children

Happy Valentines Day to all four of my precious children. Mary, Addy, Yan and Dong - you all live in my heart. I love hugging two of you, and just wish my arms were long enough to reach Yan and Dong right now.

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

Our care package arrived

We just received word from our intermediary (Adele at Blessedkids.com) that the care package with photos of us, a letter to the children, a letter to the nannies, and cameras arrived at the Chengdu orphanage on 2/5, and the two dragon new years cakes we sent them arrived on 2/9. Wow. I think that Yan and Dong probably know they are being adopted now. Wow.

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

Pre Approval

Just got a happy email from wonderful Jan at Bethany - our agency. We have received pre approval from CCAA to adopt these two. Now they review the dossier (that they have had since December 06...), and issue us a formal approval. How long that takes is anyone's guess. We're praying for sooner rather than later! Could be months...

Thursday, February 5, 2009


My littlest ones

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.