Great news to share...We are officially LID...our dossier (paper work) is logged in by China officials. This means that China officials have accepted our dossier. This happened really quickly for example when we were adopting Lily it took about 4 weeks for us to be LID from the date our papers were sent to China this time it took less then one week. Praise God! Now lets pray that God allows all the paper work to go at this great speed so that Cali can come home.
On another note... Lily has had her Visa pictures taken.successfully :-)
The things I do when waiting for our adoption to proceed is not much different from when I was pregnant and waiting to give birth. You pray, you wonder, shop, research names and so today I took to researching Cali's Chinese name. We were told her name is Li Xiaoli. The first Li would be her surname which how they refer to people in China. Li means upstanding. Xiaoli means morning jasmine. For those of you who know me it is once again God's hand in this adoption because you know how much I love gardening. When we were waiting for Lily to come home I planted Lilies in her honor. Well this time of year in NC my Carolina Jasmine is blooming and the Confederate Jasmine that is literally attached to my house now is even more special to me. Incredible how God has HIS plans for us. We chose Cali because it had the "li" at the end, to keep part of her Chinese name with her. So now my garden jasmine will be another source of comfort in my wait.
PS-Greg added his 2 cents-I spend time on the computer when I waiting ;-)
Our dossier has flown over the rainbow to China. The DHL man delivered it on March 31,2008. I wonder if he knows how important the package is that he was delivering.
The last time we went to China I said some one should have been following us with a hidden camera. I am sure some of the footage could have made it on to "Funniest Home Videos" Well the tape for this adoption should have started yesterday. The girls and I went to Kinkos to get our visa pictures taken and well have you ever tried to take a passport picture of a 2 1/2 year old. I will say the woman was not very patient and did not look like the type who had children of her own. Well, on a positive note,we did provide entertainment for everyone in the very busy store but left without pictures of Lily. We will try another day.
I met a woman through one of the adoption groups who is picking up her little girl from the same orphanage as Cali. She is traveling 4/9 and offered to take a package to Cali!!! We packed PJs, a dress, socks, hair clips (not sure if she even has hair), a stuffed panda, a small musical toy, a blanket, some candy and Burt's Bees lip balm for her care takers and a photo album of us, HER forever family. I am so excited. I have got to say with both adoptions I have met the most incredible people.
Thank you all those who posted comments, they really lift me up during the wait. God is so good. His mercy is so generous.
Photo from Mary Beth Chapman's trip to open Maria's Big House of Hope
Christmas Eve 2007
Our Christmas gift was Cali's referral!
Cali is home!!
Mommy and Lily 6/9/08
CALI'S FIRST PHOTO !
Can Cali be any cuter?
Look at that pout-we are in trouble! 6/19/2008
Maybe she is looking for us-we'll be there soon!
A helping hand
Lily at the beach
life is good!
Our journey of a thousand miles began with one step...
We are so very happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter, Cali Christine. We felt strongly that Cali have a family name so we chose Christine, Greg's maternal grandmother's name. Cali is a beautiful 22 month old (DOB 10/12/2006). She is from the Fujian Province of China. She is being cared for in the Xiamen SWI orphanage.Fujian is a southern coastal province of China. As we are about to embark on another incredible journey of adoption from China we ask that you come beside as prayer partners. We pray for Cali, her caretakers, her biological family, and the other children that are still waiting for their forever families. We thank you in advance for the blanket of prayers that you will place over our family. Funny 20 years ago when Greg and I got married our wedding invitations were inscribed with "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" How were we to know then how tied we would be to this ancient Chinese saying. Cali has a cleft lip and a cleft palate. She has had one surgery in China. Her follow up surgeries will be done at UNC Medical center. I have heard the staff there are just incredible. How blessed we are to be so close to such a great medical center. We hope to travel this summer but international adoption always has an element of uncertainty as far as travel dates. We ofcourse will keep you posted.
Cali's Gotcha Day was September 1, 2008
wonder why we adopt?.. love, jody (to listen-pause the music in the pink box below)
Every call has a beginning A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother's heart A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns....... Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock...a closed door opens. A sacred invitation sent by the Father... Leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows Praying for someone to care.... And then one morning, On an ordinary day An orphan's life changes...... God sends them a second chance........Through YOU.....
Peter and Lily goofing around.
Legacy of the Adopted Child Author Unknown
Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guidingstarthe other became your sun first one gave you life and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love The second was there to give it One gave you a nationality The other gave you a name One gave you a talent The other gave you aim One gave you emotions The other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile The other dried your tears One sought for you a home that she could not provide The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied And now you ask me through your tears The age old question unanswered through the years Heredity or environment which are you a product of? Neither my darling neither, just two different kinds of Love.