Waiting for Arden (LID 8/26/5)
Bringing Kennedy Home (LID 8/31/5)
Linda and Danny (Dutch) (LID 8/31/5)
Petit Coeur de Chine (LID 9/2/5)
Bringing Home Olivia (LID 9/7/5)
Suereth Blog (LID 8/30/5)
Waiting for Lucy (LID 9/8/5)
Crazy about Cali (LID 9/5/5)
Journey to EmmiGrace (LID 8/30/05)
The Howells (LID 9/8/5)
The Sauers (LID 8/26/5)
Reggae got soul (LID 9/7/5)
Isabel Grace (LID 8/30/5)
Journey to Lily Grace (LID 8/30/05)
Fireworks and Fireflies (08/26/05)
Our Adoption Journey to Ada (8/31/05)
Miss Audrey (LID 8/26/05)
Towe (LID 8/31/5)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Waiting for Arden (LID 8/26/5)
They are about 6 weeks from our LID. If they continue to do 2 weeks of LIDs per month, then we're looking at about 3 months until our referral. IF, IF, IF... So, end of February? Beginning of March. Traveling over P's birthday?
Gosh, I have a lot to do. All those things I've been putting off because it seemed like our referral would take forever. Catch up on P's photo albums, etc., etc., etc.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Now the rumors are that the cut off date is September 7. Big difference, huh? Last month's cut off was August 25, so that's almost 2 weeks. It's still better than those batches that came over the summer that covered less than a week.
We're in the process of renewing our I171H form that expires in the middle of February. This is the form that allows us to bring an orphan into the country. We need a new one if we won't complete travel before it expires. I'm thinking we won't be back from China by then! :) I think we may be lucky to have a referral by then.
So, should I start a betting pool on when we'll travel? Before P's birthday or after?
Friday, November 24, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
I saw this picture on a yahoo group, and couldn't resist sharing it.
I've been stressing a little bit this morning because I'm finally recognizing how much I need to do between now and tomorrow afternoon when my family comes over to celebrate Thanksgiving. I've been pretty laid back about it all week, because it's my family and they are pretty low maintenance. As long as I make mincemeat pie, my dad and brother will be happy.
So now I'm thinking, "Gee, I guess I ought to take all of the Halloween stuff back upstairs so that it can go back into the attic" and "Hmm, might want to sweep up the dog hair" and "I should probably go buy food aside from the pie fixin's".
A on the other hand is planning to take an early lunch and go see the new Bond flick.
So, do I clean or go to the movie in the middle of the day with hubby?
Monday, November 13, 2006
I had a bit of a book shopping spree last week. Most of them have been trickling in. Today I received several from Amazon (more on those books in a later post) and two books from Half the Sky(http://www.halfthesky.org/) arrived today! They are beautiful. One is Good Morning China, the other is mei mei, little sister, portraits from a Chinese orphanage. I slowly paged through both of them and I'm about to do it again. The watercolors in Good Morning China are so pretty, I can't even describe them. This particular one is a special edition that Half the Sky is selling until the end of the year. The binding is a traditional handmade Chinese binding. I love it!
Mei Mei is wonderful for totally different reasons. The entire book is black and white portraits of children in orphanages. They are breath taking, smile inducing and tear jerking all at once.
If you haven't visited Half the Sky's website, go visit. It's a wonderful organization created by families who have adopted from China. They do some great work!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Before all the shooting and drawing, I went to the gym! There's a new LA Fitness near us (probably less than a mile). I went and looked around last week and went back to join yesterday. My friend and yogi, S, went with me while I signed up after dragging me out of my house to go to a yoga class somewhere else. So I had a lovely yoga class yesterday (thanks, S) and a treadmill and weights session today.
What will tomorrow bring?
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Our next adventure
Our Journey to Madison Mei
San Diego Seigels
The Three Miracles
Three’s a Charm
Waiting for Michella
Lindsey’s MeiMei (Music)
Our Journey to Abbey Road
Journey to Emilia
To Tess & Back
Moon Pies and Moon Cakes
Our Family Journey (Music)
Caroline on my Mind
Our Journey to Baby Shanahan
T&G’s Red Thread
Journey to Tinkerbelle
Our Journey to Megan
Our Journey to Cate
Thursday, November 02, 2006
We'll get there.....
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This also means that the wait is holding, tenuously, at about 14 months. Which leads to yet another rumor bouncing around.
There is a rumor that someone with a log in date of 10/24/05 was told by their agency to look for a December referral. That would include us. And that, in my opinion, would be a miracle. Major, divine intervention, full on miracle. So, I'm not convinced that it is humanly possible, and I'm not holding my breath.