Well today was an awesome day! One, to see my children's eyes light up on Christmas is just so memorable and precious. Our day was filled with time with friends and family, and I can say it was wonderful! This Christmas BG is much older and she was so fascinated by all the wonder of Christmas. Together with our kids, we laughed together, prayed together, and celebrated another Christmas Eve filled with memories and joy. I feel so blessed, so honored to be able to love these kids, to raise them, to be a part of their special lives. God has truly been good to me. I know that!
On a sadder note though my heart ached for our precious LK who celebrated her second birthday today! I found my thoughts wander toward her often today and said prayers for her. I will tell her one day that when we seemed worlds apart we prayed for her...loved her...and longed for her. Happy Birthday sweet girl! We hope to hold you real soon!
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May God who holds the very world in his hands keep watch over my babies tonight!
Well our adoption agency said we could send a care package to our baby girl so off I went...shopping for just the right things...and once I got what I thought I wanted I wondered if she would like them. I have always heard that all kids love stacking cups and links and every baby needs a stuffed animal for sleepytime. I found this cozy little blanket and filled her "who loves baby" album with pictures of her soon new family. I almost hit the floor when I saw what it costs to ship to China...but oh, it is all worth it for her. I hope she gets her things and loves them all. I hope she senses we already love her and are thinking about her...every minute...every day. So much so that it is hard to get anything else done. Seriously, it's bad!
Her birthday is coming up on Christmas Eve and the lady at the Fedex place said it should arrive there in just a few days...in enough time to make it there for her big 2nd birthday! :) Waiting on that LOA is worse than waiting on the call for a match. One thing is for sure though...in just a few months we will be holding our little one.
BG saw her picture today and she said, "there's LK". I said, "yeah and soon she will be here and you can be friends, and play, and she can sleep in your room with you...". BG said, "yeah and we can play drums and sing too!" I thought that was funny. She is already getting the idea!
Well we got some more good news this morning. We sent our LOI on November 22 and this morning, Lifeline called and said that we have our pre-approval from China. Now we wait on our LOA, that is our Letter of Acceptance to adopt LK. We should receive that within the next 60-90 days. Good news... I just love good news! :)
We spent our Thanksgiving with JT's family. We had such a great time. During our trip we attended a family reunion and this picture was taken at the farm house. When I was looking at the picture I thought..."there's a spot right between AE and BG for LK". :) She will be with us soon!
Thanks to all of you that have been sending sweet notes through the blog. Many of you I have not formally met, but are already such an incredible encouragement to me. I have spent much time reading your blogs and it helps so much to have someone to follow that has gone before...and are going through alongside me....
From our family to yours...we wish you a Merry Christmas and will continue to keep you posted! Luvs!
November 21, 2008- Got the call on a little girl with a birthday on Christmas eve. She has a mild heart condition. We said YES! Can't wait to meet her!
February 18, 2008- Our official Log In Date- The real wait begins...
December 31, 2007- Got our CIS Aprroval
July 28, 2007- Received our passports today.
July 1, 2007- Decided on the name "Lili-Kate" for our baby: Lili means "God is my oath" and the lilly is a symbol of purity and resurrection. "Li" in Chinese means upright and with strength. Kathryn means "Purity".
April 12, 2007- Mailed paperwork to request permission to bring our baby to America
April 9, 2007- Had our first homestudy visit
April 2, 2007- Lifeline accepted our application for adoption