Chris did recover but it took many weeks, and as he recovered, we waited. Just after Thanksgiving I thought I couldn't wait any longer. We had received one update about Ellie, the update being she was in the hospital with pneumonia! Apparently in the fall of 2011, you couldn't be a member of our family with out visiting the hospital and Ellie was no different! Unlike the rest of my family however, Ellie was alone with out her family while she was hospitalized. The wait seemed endless.
The week of Thanksgiving I had gotten word another adoptive mom had gotten her LOA on Thanksgiving. I was a little bitter but had to remind myself, her whole dossier had gotten lost and she had been waiting a lot longer. Then the following Monday our agency posted to Facebook they had received five LOA's! Oh the agony! Would my phone ring? The came word they had received another delivery and there were actually TEN LOA's! I thought "if mine isn't in there I am just going to lose it right this minute!" An hour later we got the call!!!!!!
Later in the week I found I had won a charm from Jiayin Designs. I had seen a post on Jiayin Designs Facebook about a "Julie in cyberspace waiting for LOA", and I thought wait "I am JULIE WAITING ON LOA!" Turns out I had entered a contest (my first ever) on her blog and had not left my contact info. So she resorted to a plea on Facebook. I was sure glad I hadn't missed the post!
It was THE best week! The minute I got the charm (of Ellie's Chinese name) I wore it everywhere. I never took it off in China. Towards the end of our trip we ate in a restaurant in Guangzhou. As we were leaving the two hostesses were talking and pointing to me, and saying Ellie's Chinese name "Han Shuang", I looked at them and smiled and said "that is my baby's name." Deep down though, I knew why they were giggling. You see, Han Shuang is also the name of a Chinese actress. I would compare it to being like a Chinese woman walking around America with Angelina Jolie's name around her neck! We're back in the process to adopt again, and if you would have told me this a year ago I would have told you, you were crazy! We don't yet know who our child is, or what her Chinese name is, but you can bet I'll have a charm with her name too!
|Me with Ellie in Guangzhou wearing my charm!|