"We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands."--- Kristi Larson
We are so excited to announce that we received our LID (log in date) last night! This means that our dossier has been logged in with the CCAA as of 2/26.
So, now we move out of this line ...and basically get in another!!!!!
The next line is the longest stretch yet as we wait for our LOA. So as we wait there is nothing else for a mommy missing her girl to do but....RETAIL THERAPY! I recommend this form of therapy for all of you that are waiting ! But here is a little disclosure: Just do not tell your husbands that it was my suggestion!
By the way, I love the travel poll votes! Keep them coming...June works for me!
Well, I have to be honest...I have never been so glad to see a week over in my life!!! With the CCAA off for CNY this week you know that your paperwork has been gathering dust all week. As a waiting mommy that just really stinks!!! The office is supposed to be up and running this weekend so I am praying that they will make up for lost time and we will receive our Log in date for our dossier. And then the wait really begins! I have to say that the Chinese IA program seems much more efficient than the Russian program.We had a wonderful agency in and out of country for Ava's adoption.It was unpredictable from the stand point of the government officials in the different regions. So, it looks like it could be as late as July or August before we travel! UGHHHHHH! If it is after mid- July we will miss Peyton's second birthday. I had really hope that we would have her in our arms before then! So, while we wait I am trying to keep busy and focus on more optimistic travel dates! It is not like I do not have a thousand things that I COULD be doing. My house does NOT need any: cleaning ,dusting,organizing,de-cluttering,vacuuming ,clothes folding or maybe just a small stick of dynamite! So, we ditched the duster and dynamite for a lunch date with Nikki(http://www.ladybugmakes4.blogspot.com/ )and her Ms. Ava. After months of corresponding via email/phone we finally met face to face.It is really great to have a wonderful support system during the wait! And my Ava loved the girls which is great because you can never have too many sets of arms on that long flight to China!
The other focus this week is little Sammy . I have been racking my brains out trying to think of ways to raise some money for this sweet little guy.Yes, I too smell cobwebs burning!But I have come up with something but I might need some help! So, I will be placing details and a blog button for his fundraiser soon!He is so smart and sweet .God has place his need for a family right in the middle of my heart! God has great plans for this little guy ! I just know it!
I have added a poll for fun so go over and give us your thoughts on when we will travel! Have a great weekend!
I can not think of a better way to begin the Chinese New Year than to receive a letter from China about our girl! When we sent Peyton's care package through Ann @ Red Thread we set a self- addressed envelope in the package. I thought it is only $2.50 and I really seriously doubted that anyone would use it but we sent it anyway. So when I went to the mailbox today and looked down and saw that envelope I tore into it only to realize ...I CAN NOT READ CHINESE!!!!!! For the next 4 .5 hours we worked on translating the letter with no luck! When in doubt go to your fellow PAP's ! So, we had many volunteers but sweet Beth had a exchange student that graciously translated it for us! Thank you so much! So we learned some great stuff about our sweet girl!
~ Pei sleeps in a baby bed! (Funny thing is that we had spent the day out shopping for the girls two toddler beds!) ~She loves toys that play music (This is Ava's favorite too!) ~She loves beautiful clothes! (Poor Dad!) ~She loves to play with her friends that are her own age. She does not like to play with old people( Thank you for getting me back to the gym Kristine!) ~She likes her toy rabbit( I hope they bring this with her) ~She sucks on a pacifier! (Ava sucks her thumb and likes to share it:)As you can tell Tex is fond of the pacifier too!!!! ~She likes fruits,milk and vegetables! ( Ava does does too! Sorry boys, looks like broccoli will stay on our weekly menu!) ~ If she wants to Pee Pee she does not tell you but she will wave her hands and wiggle her bottom! (Too Cute!) ~In the winter she uses a diaper? (What? This one has me a bit puzzled . What happens in the summertime? Split pants?)
What a wonderful surprise this letter was. It is amazing that such a small gesture can bring such joy to a waiting mama's heart! Now , come on LID I am WAY ready to get my baby home!
Well , our dossier will be on its first leg of it's longest journey yet!How stressful to let go of months and months of paperwork. I rechecked our agencies check list no less than a million times. As nerve racking as it was to let go I am so ready to move on to the next phase of this process!Each phase means we are closer to getting our sweet girl.
Hang on tight little papers , safe travels, and by the way... Gun it Mr. Fedex!
LID – Log in Date DTC – Dossier to China TA – Travel Approval (called other things in other countries, this is the Notice of Coming to China) CA – Consulate Appointment SN – special needs NSN – non special needs PA – Pre-approval (part of the SN process) PAP – Potential Adoptive Parent LOA – Letter of Acceptance – used in both NSN and SN process. In NSN program it is the document that allows you to officially accept a referral. In SN program the CCAA sends it after the LOI and before TA. LOI – Letter of Intent SWI / CWI – Social/Children’s Welfare Institute, what orphanages are called in China
The Starfish Thrower
Once upon a time there was a man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit
of walking on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking
along the shore.
As he looked down the beach
he saw a human figure
moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself
to think of someone
who would dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer,
he saw that it was an
older man and the man
Instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently
throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The older man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish into the ocean."
The man noticed
there were hundreds of starfish
all washed up on the beach
from a storm the night before.
He watched as the man carefully
continued to pick up the starfish
one by one.
"I guess I should have asked,
‘Why are you throwing starfish
into the ocean?’"
"The sun is up
and the tide is going out.
If I don't throw them in
"But don't you realize
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The older man listened politely.
He bent down, picked up another starfish
He looked at the starfish
as he prepared to
throw it into the ocean,
past the breaking waves and said –
"I will make a difference to this one!"
On my way from Heaven,
God delayed my trip that day.
He said that I was special,
and then sent me on my way.
But not before he kissed me,
Right upon my ear
He left his blessed mark
to carry with me here.
He whispered in my ear right then,
that He loved me without doubt,
and then He closed my ear up tight,
so the whisper won't get out.
He told me both my legs were strong
and would help me stand up tall.
He told me both my arms would work
to catch me if I fall.
My eyes would catch my memories
to store within the pages of my mind,
My heart would fill with all the things I would love,
so many things, I would find.
He told me I could fall asleep
to my Daddy's bedtime tales,
and listen while my Mother sings
of seas and boats with sails.
One ear, He told me, could hear the sounds
that little birdies make.
The other ear was His gift to me,
a blessing for my sake.
For when I'm feeling sad, He said,
my other ear would hear,
His whispered words of eternal love,
left waiting for me there.