Thursday, July 30, 2009

Our New Header

Thank you so much Annie (from Sweden!) for our beautiful new blog header. It is so cute! I especially love the pink bow (and the ladybug, of course)! I don't know how she did it, but it was a very sweet surprise!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lantern Festival

Tonight we braved the cold, dreary, miserable weather to check out the local Lantern Festival. Apparently they have done this every year for over 100 years. It is a local tradition, but people come from all over to see it. The Lantern Festival is a weekend event, with activities and festivities all 3 days, but we only went tonight to see the play, which was based on an ancient Chinese tale, and the fireworks. All throughout the town the houses and businesses were decorated with lanterns. It was very beautiful!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Worth the Wait

A friend of mine just got home from China last week with her beautiful new daughter, Amelia. She is absolutely precious and I am so happy for the new family! Congratulations, Rebecca and Zachary!
I asked for permission to post her picture on our blog because I thought that seeing her sweet face might help our friends and family to understand why we're going through all this, and how worth it this will be! Isn't she beautiful?!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two More Marbles...

OK, so the CCAA only matched 2 days worth of LIDs this month, BUT they were 2 very big days. March 21st and 22nd 2006 were huge days for logging in, and the 23rd is another huge day. I guess they just couldn't handle 3 big days in a row.

I am still hopeful for a speedup for several reasons. First, the CCAA put new rules and measures into effect back in January of this year, and it takes at least 6 months to get a baby "paper ready" (or ready for adoption). Therefore, assuming these new measures have worked, it will be at least 6 months until we see an increase of paper ready babies. That would mean that the paperwork for these babies should just be arriving at the CCAA this month (July), so perhaps next month (August) we will begin to see the speedup. It has been said for awhile now that the speedup will begin in the fall of this year. Also, March 2006 was an insanely large month as far as families getting logged in. Adoption from China was hugely popular at the time and the CCAA was bombarded with dossiers in record numbers. As soon as we get through March 2006, there should be a natural speedup because April 2006 is much smaller, then May is even smaller.

So here are the marble jars as they now stand:Jar #1 now has 1,095 marbles; we are 14 days closer to Caitlin!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A lot of people have been asking me questions about the adoption process, and I have come to realize that there is a lot of interest- as well as some misconceptions or misunderstandings. I thought it might be a good idea to try to answer some of these questions here in my blog. This will keep my blog active during the long wait, and provide something new to read! All the FAQ posts will be filed under the "FAQs" category, and can be accessed by clicking on the link under "Labels" in the column on the right.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me and I can add it (anonymously) to the FAQs. Don't worry, I've probably heard it before so please do not worry about offending me!