Thursday, March 26, 2009

Care Package to Maya

I was so excited to receive Ann's e-mail today with a picture of the care package that she is sending to Maya. Ann was unable to receive up-dated photos of Maya at this time, but will hopefully be able to sometime soon. This waiting period is extremely tough. We don't know when we travel yet and we are basically in limbo. I sure hope we find out soon!!! The days are slowly creeping by...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shopping and Care Package

I spent most of the weekend shopping for our trip - clothes for Maya, clothes for me, fun things for Maya, clothes for Les, more clothes for Maya... I think I'm finally ready! I guess if there's something that I have forgotten, I'll just have to buy it there. Can't wait - more shopping!!! I finally had some time today to send the care package to Maya through Ann at It was so easy! I included a letter to the orphanage director, which Ann will translate and also included three pictures of us. Maya can become familiar with Ma-Ma, and Ba-Ba before we meet in person. My Mom and Dad added a book and a musical bear to the pyjama package and dress that we are sending. I am so excited for Maya to receive her package! We are hoping to hear something this week from Thomas in China, through our agency, in regards to an update about Maya and hopefully travel approval and dates. There is one week of school left until Spring Break - then I can work on getting the house ready. I will really enjoy the week off - these past two weeks have been quite full!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I received this outfit today in the mail.

I also received these letters today. Aren't they perfect?
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

According to Chinese folklore, seeing a ladybug is a sign of good luck. Parents in the Chinese adoption community have "adopted" the ladybug as their symbol and some say if you see a ladybug it might mean your baby was born that day or that you will receive your referral soon!

The Chinese also have an ancient belief that an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break. When a child is born, these invisible red threads reach out from the child's spirit to all the important people who will enter her life. As she grows, the thread shortens, drawing her closer to the people who love her.

Parents in the Chinese adoption community use the symbolism of the red thread as a special way to talk about how just the right baby is matched to them. There are several children's books that show a ladybug with her red thread bringing babies and parents together.

About three weeks ago, I honestly did see a was in between two celery stalks as I pulled them apart from the rest. A couple of weeks later, we did receive our referral.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Referral Package

We received our hard copy of our referral package yesterday, March 11, 2009, in the mail. I filled out the forms last evening and am waiting for Les to return home tomorrow from being away for two days for meetings. He needs to sign the Seeking Confirmation Letter and the Certificate of Acceptance forms, and will hopefully be able to mail them tomorrow. We are also in the process of applying for our entry visas to travel to China. It sure feels good to finally be able to sign and send off the forms that we have been reading about for the past few years!!! One step at a time...

Monday, March 9, 2009

We received our phone call at 12:00 p.m today. Our referral was e-mailed shortly after, but I could not open it until 4:30 p.m. when I was at home with Les. It was so hard not to look!

Our daughter's Chinese name is Cen Si Hui and her birthdate is January 28, 2008. We are sooo happy and relieved that our turn has finally come. We don't have a second name for her yet. I'll post again later when I have a chance!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Maya's Room

Thinking that I didn't want to have to decorate Maya's room during the school year and that we would have been traveling to bring Maya home much sooner, this room has been ready and waiting for her for almost three years!

My husband Les and I are waiting for our referral for our daughter from China. Referrals started showing up last Sunday in various countries, so we are hoping that our referral will be here very soon, (like tomorrow!)