Well as our wait continues, we did get updated photos of our cutie pie! I love the one of her pouting, she will fit in fine with her sisters. I spoke to Erin at our agency and I have got to say she has the patience of a saint. I think I am driving her crazy with "just one more question" She is going on a well deserved vacation next week. One of the pictures that we got of Cali she is looking at the photo album of our family that we sent her. I am assuming the man in the photo is her foster father. Interesting pictures of Cali's two families some what together. This may be closest we get in meeting her foster family. How thankful I am to them for loving Cali. God is so good.
When I was about 16 years old my mother told me "you can not be sort of pregnant" that was her "talk". Well here I sit "sort of pregnant". I am about 36 weeks along,just waiting to "go into labor". Some of my bags are packed and I am having contractions but the timing is not quite perfect. But I am indeed pregnant-sort of...
I spoke to our adoption agency today. I know they will call me when they have our dates but I call them every once in a while I guess just to talk to some one who understands my emotions. Let's face it I am emotional as I was in my third trimester of pregnancy but I do not have a big stomach so people must think I am crazy some times. Ten Top reasons travel in August or even September (not July like I hoped) 1.Peter can play his golf tournaments 2.Peter and Greg can go on their trip. 3.Tylar will attend college orientation. 4.Maybe gas prices will go down so air fares will go down. 5.If the summer is over air fares may be lower. 6.Olympics will be over. 7.The heat in Xiamen, China won't be as scorching. 8.Tylar did not miss graduation or state soccer tournament 9.Peter did not miss state golf tournament. 10.God is control... OK I am trying to see the good in not traveling right now but I have to admit I HATE waiting. Whining is done for now...
If we receive our LOA (letter of acceptance) and TA (travel approval) in the next couple of weeks there is still a chance that we can travel to bring Cali home before the 2008 Olympics arrive in China. We did receive a letter (the brown envelope) from the American Embassy in China that they have received all of our documents! Please pray that if it is God's will that we can get the necessary papers so we can bring Cali home in July. At this point everything has been approved and we are just waiting...
Well after a very busy two weeks we are trying to get back to some kind of a bed time schedule with Lily. Last night she did not want to go to bed and after she had exhausted all of her usual excuses of why she can not go to bed, she said through her tears "I can not go to bed because Cali is crying in China because she has a boo boo and she needs you Mommy" Well I could not agree with Lily more except right now it is me who has a boo boo on my heart and when Cali is in my arms it will be healed.
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.