Friday, November 24, 2006

Mini-Me! :)

Well, I was doing some Christmas shopping on-line and couldn't resist buying this pantsuit and polo top for our baby! These are clothes I would wear as an adult - classic, feminine and tailored. ;) I am following in Nancy and Michele's footsteps - the shopping has already begun!

Monday, November 20, 2006

You Gotta Have Friends...

On Saturday night Dan and I hosted yet another Waiting Families meeting. The family that was supposed to host had to cancel because their little girl was sick. We had about 20 people over and two little angels, Maya and Mia. It was a lot of fun, but the most fun came afterwards when two couples (Donna and Joe, Nancy and Brian) and their guest stayed for a visit.

We just sat out back on the patio and talked and laughed and enjoyed the beautiful Arizona fall evening. I know more than ever that we are doing the right thing by developing a close network with other families who are adopting from China. It is so gratifying to follow other families' journeys and see them travel to China and return with their new child. We can't wait for Nancy and Brian to get their referral - they are next! :)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Parenting in Practice...

This parable is popular and comes in many different variations. I like this Native American version. It is one of my favorites because balancing a pure, well intentioned and forgiving life with the sincere understanding that there are less than wholesome beings in the world is a never ending challenge. I think I will share this story with my child when the time is right. :)

The Little Boy and The Rattlesnake

The little boy was walking down a path and he came across a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was getting old. He asked, "Please little boy, can you take me to the top of the mountain? I hope to see the sunset one last time before I die." The little boy answered "No Mr. Rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you'll bite me and I'll die." The rattlesnake said, "No, I promise. I won't bite you. Just please take me up to the mountain." The little boy thought about it and finally picked up that rattlesnake and took it close to his chest and carried it up to the top of the mountain.
They sat there and watched the sunset together. It was so beautiful. Then after sunset the rattlesnake turned to the little boy and asked, "Can I go home now? I am tired, and I am old." The little boy picked up the rattlesnake and again took it to his chest and held it tightly and safely. He came all the way down the mountain holding the snake carefully and took it to his home to give him some food and a place to sleep. The next day the rattlesnake turned to the boy and asked, "Please little boy, will you take me back to my home now? It is time for me to leave this world, and I would like to be at my home now." The little boy felt he had been safe all this time and the snake had kept his word, so he would take it home as asked.
He carefully picked up the snake, took it close to his chest, and carried him back to the woods, to his home to die. Just before he laid the rattlesnake down, the rattlesnake turned and bit him in the chest. The little boy cried out and threw the snake upon the ground. "Mr. Snake, why did you do that? Now I will surely die!" The rattlesnake looked up at him and grinned, "You knew what I was when you picked me up."

Little Panda from China Says...

We are officially logged in with the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA)! This is a HUGE milestone in the adoption process and we are very happy to be at this point.

The estimated wait time until we get a referral for our child is 15 - 17 months. Our dossier still needs to pass through CCAA review, and they just finished reviewing dossiers from January 2006. There is a tremendous backlog, but we are staying positive and keeping the faith! :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Baby's First Blankie

I did it!! My new friend and fellow waiting Mom Donna, gave me directions on how to make a "no sew" baby blanket, and I made this for our baby. It was actually quite easy and I love the way it turned out! Thanks Donna! :)

I also recently purchased a new book "Mama Loves Me" and an adorable piggy bank for our baby. We have a very long wait ahead of us, and at this rate we may end up buying everything she'll need for her first 20 years of life while we are waiting! ;) Happy shopping and decorating, right?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Daddy in Training

My husband's birthday is approaching and I want to give him a little tribute here... Dan is a warm, kind, sincere, honest, loving and patient man. He has taught me what matters most in life is loving and lasting relationships with family and friends.

Although he can occasionally go overboard indulging our three little doggies with affection, I would rather he did that than ignore them! Here is a sweet picture his Mother took during her recent visit - I think this photo says it all. He and our pets have mutual adoration for each other. We all love him and he will be an AMAZING father! Happy Birthday honey!