Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wow, what a week! I won a charm with Ellie's Chinese name. I am so excited. How blessed I am this week! Check out the website and support this adoptive China mom.
Jiayin Designs

Monday, November 28, 2011

We got our LOA today! I almost could not take any more waiting! I had been SO terribly ugly all weekend, the waiting getting the best of me. Then this morning my friend, Jill called to let me know our agency had posted on Facebook they had gotten five letters of approval! I many families are using this small agency? Are we one of them?!?!? Then I checked our agency's yahoo group to discover they had gotten another DHL shipment and they actually received TEN LOA's!!! I then called Jill back to lament and bitterly exclaim "I had better be one of the ten or I was going to lose it!". While we were on my cell phone, my home phone rang and the caller ID read "Madison Adoption"!!! I quickly disconnected with Jill and answered my phone. It was my social worker Sara telling me they had our LOA! All the frustration and waiting was OVER! It was so weird, I had wondered in my head a million times how this moment would feel and here it was! It was so overwhelming.I quickly called Chris who was SO excited!!! And then had a million questions... Now what??? LOL, I'm clearly the one who is (paper) pregnant! After I hung up with Chris it finally hit me. I'M ELLIE'S MOM.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I am ready for LOA! This has been the hardest part of the journey so far, waiting for our Letter of Approval from China. THE letter which basically says, SHE'S YOURS! I can only compare it to being in my ninth month and any day for labor to begin. Today I sat next to a very sweet young woman, (I say young because I am sure she's probably ten years younger than me), who is pregnant,waiting any day for the "big day" to happen for her. I'm fairly sure we are the same size! I sure hope when the Fed Ex guy shows up, he takes at least 8 pounds, 5 ounces with him! That's only fair, right? Yesterday we went to a concert for Wyatt. He made all district chorus for junior high! I could barely concentrate as there were two little Chinese kids in the front row. They were SO adorable. I wanted to stalk their parents, ask them which province their children were from but I didn't. See I have learned that while it IS appropriate to ask a new mom about her baby, when you are obviously nine months pregnant yourself, it is NOT appropriate to walk up to strangers and start questioning them about their internationally adopted children just because you can't stand waiting one more moment for news about your child! Oh, their shiny dark black hair, and those sweet little dark eyes! Clearly I am ready....

Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT) This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.