Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Handsome Drew

Remember I mentioned that my bloggie friend, Heather, was in China now picking up her handsome new minnie man? I decided to ask if I could introduce and post pictures of her handsome man and she said yes. I was so excited, but I couldn't pick so I am posting 3.

Drew is so handsome. Even my neighbor called me today and told me she was smitten over Drew. We just think he is perfect! Check him out for yourself. Also, if you can hope on over to Heather's blog and tell her what a lady killer her son is!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Christmas Present

Our LOA came today right at 3 p.m. Mike and Harrison ran to my office to sign it so that we could get it back in the mail for the agency to send to China. The LOA itself is a certificate with a red seal that shows the date that China approved us as Piper's parents.

Wanna guess when it was signed?

Christmas Day.

Amazing and my best gift ever!

Jenny also sent me another goodie today. Remember how I mentioned that Baby Sissy has a strange love for her highchair? Well, check out this picture. All the kids are sitting nice on the floor and there is Piper, smiling and playing in her chair. She has her big brother's Rudolph slippers on and looks like she is having so much fun! What a silly girl.

Thank You Charlene!

This is why we had to wait so long. The above picture is Rivers and Piper. Rivers will be living a few states away and we are all so happy the girls can leave Eagles Wings together!

Hey lady, why are you taking pictures of me?

I'm sweet. Yup, I already have mommy and daddy wrapped around my finger!

Hi cutie patootie! These photos were taken just mere hours ago. My girl looks so big and so beautiful. Charlene said she was shy and sweet.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Thank You So Much and More Details

When I received the LOA email, I was so excited and it was so surreal. I immediately had a bit of a panic as I thought of having to be in an airplane for so long, but then recovered and the rest of my day was wonderful. I had a smile on my face. I real smile and not a fake smile. There was such a feeling of relief and now total excitement. I wanted to post the LOA news right away so you could all know so I apologize that it was not flashy or in more detail. Since posting I have received so many comments and emails from many of you and it is just amazing. Thank you all so much for following our journey and sharing in our lives. I wish that I could meet you all in person and I am so lucky that I get to start with some VERY special local ladies that have been a shoulder of support for me. ---Kristin and Karen this means you - just in case you were confused :)
Since my initial post, the day has just gotten better and better. Some of you may remember that I keep mentioning Rivers who is with Piper at Eagles Wings. When Piper Skypes with us Rivers is usually with her because Piper is pretty shy and she feels more comfortable with Rivers there. River's family was a few weeks behind us so we did not think we would travel together. In fact, back in the day we thought for sure we would be there before Christmas and Janie (River's mom who I actually got to talk to in person today!!!) and her family would be following after the New Year. Well, throughout this wait I wondered why this was happening. You know...the "why me" pity party. Well, I think I know now. I think we needed to wait for Rivers. Did you guess???? Yup, River's LOA came too which means the girls will leave together. Janie and I are so excited and deep down I just know this was the right timing.
After hearing back from Janie (who I think has esp because she emailed me this morning with her cell number in case we had any news) that they received LOA, I was even more excited. We may miss Jenny as she is set to leave on February 11th for Australia, but I just refuse to think about it until someone tells me for sure. I told her if that happens that I will just have to save my pennies to come back. Ummm, I do have a handsome little man at PHF that I have been eyeing :) So, now I am on Cloud 9. But, it gets better.
I start emailing with Charlene who is in Henan right now after picking up her uber delicious yummy little gal, Grace. Grace was an PHF with Piper and I would love to post a picture because she is oh so adorable, but I want to get her mommy's permission first. So, Charlene and I are emailing chatting and she mentions that she met my friend, Heather, in China that morning. What? I am so jealous. My bloggie friends are meeting each other and China didn't invite me :( Charlene is telling me about her 4 wonderful kids, giving me tips on the trip, telling me about PHF, etc. and then I mention that if she happens to be going to the orphanage and has time can she stop by and see Piper. Super Woman Charlene - who is in China and its the middle of the night - emailed me back several times getting her Chinese name, etc. and then emailed Eagles Wings to find out how to get there. Is this amazing!!!!!! If she is able to she should be there in the next couple of hours. Now, she may not be able to, but she may be able to and that is just so exciting I do not know if I can sleep. If she can, she will be meeting my sweet wonderful Piper. I cannot wait to check and see if she did tomorrow morning. Oh, and the cherry on top is that when looking on her blog I found a new picture of Piper with Grace at PHF and a picture of our handsome sponsor child, Jacob Jai, too.
I also heard from my friend, Heather, today who has met her darling son, Drew. Heather endured way too much getting to China with a travel nightmare and I was so happy when Charlene said they met. I have been stalking her blog for pictures of her minnie man and will steal one and bring it over in a minute. I didn't ask her, but its a public blog...and, she is in China...what is she going to do!!
Can you believe all of this????
So, it gets better. When I get home at about 10:30 p.m. from work, there are some items on the kitchen counter for me. One is a soft envelope from my Secret Pal Joy. I thought, hmmm...what is this? I was speechless when I opened it. Ladies, this woman who is so amazing, so thoughtful and so kind sent me a birthday gift and it is BEAUTIFUL! I will take a picture for the blog, but it is a stunning craftty natural picture frame that I cannot wait to put a picture of my two minnie loves in. Joy, you amaze me. I am so lucky to have you as a friend. I'll be stalking your blog in a moment to gush over there...oh and Facebook too. By the way, I keep forgetting to mention that I need to meet your Dad. He is so funny on Facebook!
Another item on my kitchen counter was a handmade Birthday card from Piper. It was an adorable card and under it was a Garmon. The card said...."Mommy, do you think you can use this to come get me now?" Thank you Hubs for such a sweet card and wonderful gift!
Ladies, yesterday and today were hard. The end of the year is rough at work and I am drained. Then, the reality of life is sometimes just too darn real. I miss my family. I am 36 and both of my parents have died from cancer. My sister isn't thrilled with me after my mom's death and I am the only biological child of a family who has all died from cancer. This birthday was just harder than last year. My mom was 36 when my Dad died and she was left to raise my sister and I alone. Maybe that is why? She seemed to mature, so adult, so together. I still feel like a kid who is pretty good at faking being an adult. I don't mind getting older, that is not the part that bothers was just something about this age...and something about time passing. I guess I was sad and I still am sad, but today made it SO SO much better.
Today has given me hope.
Rejuvenated my spirit.
Healed a part of my soul.
You have all helped me to get here and have been a part of this journey.
Thank you!

An Update...

Did I get you to pop over because of the title?

I hope so because I have some news to share.

We received our....




Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me & Day 138

Well, the posts says it all. Today is my birthday. Jack surprised me with a beautiful cake and gorgeous diamond necklace. Way way way more than I expected and deserve considering how crabby I have been. We all went to Outback and had a great dinner. Poor Mike was sleeping most of the day, but he promised that I can go into any store I want and get whatever I want. Dangerous offer if you ask me...can you buy Botox at a store :)

It is also Day 138 waiting for LOA from the day our agency sent our LOI to China (more since referral). We REALLY need a LOA to come soon for my sanity and so that I can stop snapping and being crabby to dear Hubs. Please pray that we hear soon...really in the next 36 hours. Please also pray that we can meet Jenny while we are there. She is set to go to Australia February 11th-March 5th so the odds are not looking so good that we will meet and that is pretty hard for me to grasp.