Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Newest Love of Our Lives --Baby Sissy!

This is Baby Sissy. Can you believe how beautiful she is? We are completely in love....and are thrilled to yell from the rooftops that we received PA this afternoon for Baby Sissy a.k.a Fu Qiu Han.

This is Baby Sissy getting her hair cut at the Philip Hayden House. When we received our referral, we found out that Baby Sissy was at the Philip Hayden House. We found pictures of her on their website and in the newsletters. She was known as "Jasmine" there if anyone has been there in the past year. We were thrilled. (I told myself I would ration the pictures, but I can't stand it so most of them are in this post).

Then, PHH emailed us that the orphanage had taken her back. It was heartbreaking for us. Fortunately, the heartbreak was short lived because on Friday we found out that she is actually in Eagles Wings III for the past 6 weeks! Once again, we are overjoyed. I can certainly attest that my hundreds of prayers were listened to.

Fu Qiu Han is a little older than we expected and has a "need" that was not one on our list, but she is more perfect in more ways than we could have ever imagined. Thank goodness that a number and a checklist was not strictly followed or we would never have found her.

Our little one turned 2 in July and we are hoping and praying to have her home for Christmas. I really would love Thanksgiving - ok, if I am being honest Halloween, but I hate to be too greedy :)

Each day we fall more and more in love with this little one. We want to be the best prepared for her and her needs for joining our family so if anyone has any recommendations we would love to hear them.

Also for anyone that may have information on her condition, she has strabismus in her left eye. This is a fancy word for the fact that she has a crossed eye. Cosmetic correction is a possibility, but vision correction may be more difficult to achieve 100%. We certainly want to do whatever we can for her, but to be honest, we think she is perfect as-is!


Jenny & Robert said...

That is the most beautiful child!! We are so happy for you and hubby and Harrison. She is so perfect and has the most precious face.
Your family is so blessed and I am so incredibly happy for you all. Your secret messages were so funny. It took me awhile to get the one. Hehe!
Jenny G.

Kristin said...

So glad to see this announcement!!! She is just too cute! I checked your site eariler and the CCAI one as well. But when I didn't see anything, I figured no PA's came in today. I am very pleased to see I was wrong!!!

When will you be sharing Baby Sissy's name?

Sue said...

Hooray!!!!! So happy that you can finally share your news!!!! She is just ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!! Love those piggy tails and that sweet smile! She looks like such a little peanut! I will definitely pray that you will get your TA soon so that you can get her in your arms for Thanksgiving! And - do you have a name selected for her yet?!

All the best! Sue :)

Margaret Miracle said...


She is BEAUTIFUL!!! I was so excited when I saw that you were finally able to share your news. I am so happy for you. Adopting a toddler has its challenges....oh but the rewards. We are so blessed to have Graeme! I am thrilled and excited for you and can't wait to follow your journey. I do hate to break it to you thought....your labor has just begun! My thoughts are with you!

Mary said...

OMGoodness, she is absolutely breathtaking! Congratulations on your referral! I hope you travel very, very soon!

Kudo said...

She is beautiful congrats. My Annalise also turned 2 in July right after we got her. She too was older then I thought but is so right for my family as your sissy will be for you. Again congrats!

Another CCAI happy family

Linette said...

Congratulations Ashley! She is gorgeous! I saw your post on the CCAI WC group and had to come say "Hi." Can't wait to follow your journey to China. God is so good! :)

Waiting for Hope

Torrie said...

Oh, Ashley. I am beside myself with happiness for you. I know you waited so long and felt so many frustrations of being "passed over". Now you've found your perfect little one. Adopting a toddler is the best thing ever!!
I hope you'll do a post about receiving The CALL. Those are great stories to hear! Congrats, you finally made it!!

joanna and scott said...

She's BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations on your daughter and sister for Harrison!! I will be following your journey to China!!

Congrats again!!
CCAI WC yahoo group

Crazy Mama said...

Congratulations on your new daughter! She is such a beautiful girl! I can't wait to follow your journey! Thanks for posting your wonderful news on the Southisider's group.
Southsider mom to 2 precious children from China

Sheryl said...

Congratulations!!! What a blessing! I saw your post on RQ. COAT is an amazing organization. We sponsor a bed in one of the Eagle's Wings homes. Your girl is still being loved on by those that love our Father. Here is their current website: http://www.eagleswingschina.org/pages/home.php
If you email me at sherylholle at msn.com, I will get you the director's email so you can contact them. They will be overjoyed to hear about their eaglet's new family. Blessings, Sheryl

The Hindsman's said...

She is Beautiful! I know you are thrilled! I am thrilled for you!!! What wonderful news about her being cared for by Eagle's Wings III. Can you even believe it yet? Pack your bags! You are going to CHINA!!!!

Heather said...

Oh she is SO beautiful!!!! I am so happy to see PA came! Let's hope everything else comes more quickly! She is such a pumpkin!!!!

Tina said...

She is a beautiful little girl!! Congratulations. My bio daughter has strabismus in both eyes. I have a lot of info, and knowledge on it if your interested.

Chan said...

Congrats Ashley! She is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

She is just beautiful! I'm so happy for you and your family. Your time has come!!!!!

Amy B.
Mary Lin and Garretts Mama :-)

Anonymous said...

What a sweetie!! Finally we get details!! Here's hoping for speedy travel. I am so happy & excited for you. Baby Sissy is just so perfectly adorable!! Congratulations!


ABM said...

Welcome welcome Baby Sissy! We are SOOOOOO glad to finally see your face:)

Kim said...

I saw your post on chinaadopttalk and wanted to say congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful! I pray that she will be resting in your arms very soon!Kim

Heather Thompson said...

She is just BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!!

Blogging2china said...

Ashley, I am so happy for you! She is beautiful. I know how nice it is to learn a little extra something about your child, what a blessing! I pray fro safe travels and a happy future for your family!!


artmom said...

A friend showed me your blog.. I was at PHF last October for a week and met "Jasmine"!!!!!! I have several pictures of her. She is a little angel! I would love to send the pics to you! I am SOOOO excited for you!!!! Please respond to me at artmom68@comcast.net

Kerry said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news. Your daughter is so beautiful. And you are so blessed to have these photos. I can't wait to follow your journey and see her in your arms.

All my best,
Mom to Grace and Maddie

alison said...

What beauty...our daughter came home from Armenia with bilateral strabismis at the age of 7..just 3 months ago. She had out patient surgery at a Children's hospital and has recovered quickly. Actually she has much bigger SN but her strabismis is the only problem that has required surgery.

Wendy said...

She's just darling. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

With love and congratulations on your new daughter. She has the most beautiful sparkle about her! What joy she has already brought to your life. Your mom would be proud...

Just to let you know, our daughter from China had undiagnosed strabismus which was identified by our international adoption pediatrician from her referral photos. We accepted the referral and brought her to a pediatric opthalmologist within a week of bringing her home. She had surgery on both eyes shortly thereafter and the strabismus is now more or less corrected (she'll probably have to wear glasses). Not that huge a deal--who doesn't wear glasses these days? My point is, get her to a recommended doctor specializing in strabismus shortly after you get home. Very important to correct it as soon as possible.

Best wishes and blessings to all of you!

Lynne and Ed
DD Amelia, age 2 1/2, our greatest joy