The Diaper clutch...its awesome thanks Layla
my family, My journey A Memory Book A baby book for adoptive families...also awesome thanks Amy.
Twilight Ladybug... the best little nighty light... from my sweet.. husband thanks sweetie.
Legacy of an Adoptive Child .... My mother in law cross stitched this 2 years ago for us. It is beautiful ....thank you Mom...
just a few great things from my shower.........
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Diaper clutch...its awesome thanks Layla
Sunday, April 27, 2008
and then the gift giving began ....OH MY!, I don't even know what to say. We received so many wonderful gifts for Sophia. We feel so fortunate..... everything from toys (that we needed, no toys in our house) to Oh! so cute clothes. My mother in-law made Sophia a beautiful hand made pillowcase dress, embrodered with colorful flowers. Wendy gave us "THE" little white dress from Strasburg kids, I can't wait for beach photos in that dress. The Doctor Riz works for gave us a beautiful Irish wool cable knit sweater and A Kilt in the "official" Stewart tartin.... There were so many adorable things that I can't wait to put on Sophia. We received some really sweet sentimental gifts and some really great baby necessities like a stroller, baby monitor, Diaper pail and a baby swing. The generosity of Riz's Uncle Michael and Aunt Lurel will afford us to purchase the car seat we need (and want). We also received things for Sophia's room like sheets and blankets, toiletries, and hooded bath towels sets. The numerous gift cards that we recived will allow us to do a little shopping for a few more of the baby things we need .
Last but not least we were blessed with generous donations to our China baby fund from both Riz's parents and my mother. We can't thank them enough for helping us to bring home our baby girl.
to Cheri and Shane for the wonderful box full of baby goodies it was the last thing I opened and I was so touched that you made the effort to send a gift for Sophia.
and to Jennifer and Patrick who could not be with us yesterday but who bought Sophia her first walker/toddler toy....
Riz and I want to express our deepest most heartfelt gratitude to all of our friends and family who help create the most wonderful day for us....a day that we will remember forever and will one day share with our beautiful baby girl.... we love you all.......
A few more pictures from the day
My beautiful Niece Breanna
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
The cake was not only beautiful but yummy!!!!
The food table was pretty and the food was great!
A small sampling of gifts
Riz our CEO Janet, my boss Wayman, Me and my favorite Pharmacist James Earl (Jim)
There are more pictures but I have to get my friend Sharon's Camera card so I can upload them (she is computer illiterate and would never be able to figure out how to send them to me in e-mail LOL but we love her anyway LOL)....
Riz and I want to thank everyone who attended the baby shower. It means so much to us that you all care not only for us but for Sophia as well.....
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
beware this post is all over the place.....
it's our life right now ....LOL
Stephe's dinner challenge make dinner with anything in your fridge that will go bad if you don't
I made Ziti with a tomato cream sauce, Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes Olive Oil and Balsamic dressing, Rice pudding and Cranberry Juice to drink... It was yummy and fun....
Sophie's room needed a few finishing touches so we hung curtains and took some new pictures
One of my most favorite thing in Sophie's room
Cabinets all finished except we are going to add one more to the left of the stove but we had space issue and it needs to be custom fit so Riz will work on that in the next few weeks
For some reason we did not take a picture of the kitchen before the old counter, sink and cabinets were removed. I know I have pictures somewhere but I am to tired to look right now..The old cabinets looked like the top cabinets here which we are planning on replacing soon.......
New Cabinets in but unstained
cabinets up but unstainedall done and stained..
I need a piece of Farmer art for over the fridge
A Disney Visit with the Hedden family
some of our most favorite people
Riz, me and Julie
Sam and Emma
Shu Shu was not so sure about Mulan and Mushu
Posted by the mommy at 8:23 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2008
So when I posted last month about it being our 26th month of waiting anniversary and the last one we would celebrate, I really believed it to be true... goes to show you how much I know....
Well, today is our 27th month of waiting for Sophia's referral and "The last one we will celebrate" . We have big plans for tonight after work... LOL... We decide that tonight we would celebrate by taking a ride down the beach in our new mini Van (by the way Riz is calling it the Space Shuttle) and go out to dinner to one of our favorite Mexican places (great salsa).... I have on pink today in honor of Sophia ( I know Corny). We are about 3 weeks away from referrals again and the anticipation is building once again. I am not sure if everyone knows about my paperclip chain, but for the last two and a half years I have had a HUGE paperclip chain on my bulletin board at work. Each month when referrals were announced I take off the number of referrals that they did. I can't remember exactly how many we started with but I think it was somewhere around 250 paperclips, they represented how many days between what date the CCAA had referred up to when I started it and our LID of 1/10/06. The last 4 paperclips were two red, 1 yellow and the last being a pink one.... We are now down to One paperclip on the board, it looks kind of silly up there all alone but it has been a great visual to know we are getting closer and now when I look up and see that ONE PINK paperclip it makes me smile because I know FOR SURE we are next and Sophia is just a few weeks away....
I want to send well wishes to Susan and Jonathan and the rest of our great travel group, it wont be long and we will be having the time of our lives together in China...
Susan and Riz
Posted by the mommy at 10:42 AM
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
1. Why a baby girl from China?
We came to the decision to adopt through international adoption quickly. There really was no other option for us once we looked into adoption to start our family. The reason this was our only option is because of the guarantee of a baby at the end. We wanted a baby so badly; we didn’t want to take the risk of going the domestic route as the birth mother could change her mind. Riz and I both
Knew that it would be China. We have a lot of connections to China we looked at each other and said “China” and that was it. It felt right, more right than anything ever before. A weight was lifted from our hearts and we were glowing...finally. Our baby was going to become a reality!
2. Do we know who she is yet?
We will not know who Sophia is until we receive her referral and picture at the beginning of May 2008.
3. Will we know who her biological parents were or how she was found?
It is illegal to abandon a baby in China, so the biological parents will not leave their names. They
will, however, sometimes leave a note with the baby’s date of birth. If not, the orphanage will
estimate her birthday, according to whether the umbilical cord is still attached or not along with
other medical information. We will be told where she was found, along with as much information
as is available. A friend was able to make a personal connection with her daughter’s caretaker from
the orphanage. They stay in touch with each other through e-mail and even spent time together
when our friend went to China to adopt her second daughter, this is really special.
4. What about Sophia’s Chinese name? Will she already have a name?
Sophia will have been given a Chinese name by her care-takers. Typically a portion of her name is
derived from the orphanage or town where she lives, allowing babies from the same orphanage to
connect online as they grow up. The rest of her name will have something to do with her personality
or physical characteristics. When we find out her name there will be three names the first will be
her given name and will be the one shared by all of the babies from that SWI. We know that all of
the babies in our travel group will have this same name as they will all be from the same SWI. The
other two names what we would consider her first and middle name. We plan on using part of this
name in Sophia’s American name, for example if her name is Fu (for Fuling a province in China)
Xiao Qiao (means Beautiful morning in the forest) then her name will be Sophia Joy (Xiao Qiao)
5. How do they match us up with a particular baby?
Many people say they match bone structure, birthdays, personalities, etc. Others believe there is
no official process...whichever baby they choose to match with us, will be our Sophia! Click HERE to read a post from Rumor Queen about how Matching is done.
6. How old will Sophia be when we get her?
We think between 6 and 12 months. Chinese law does not allow a child to be adopted until after
they are legal orphans for 6 months.
7. How long does the adoption process take?
When we started the process we anticipated 4 months for paperwork and 6 to 8 months for the
wait. Unfortunately the process has slowed down considerably. By the time we finally go to China
It will be roughly 34 months from the start of our process. This whole process has been a lesson
8. How much does international adoption cost?
A lot. but worth every penny. International adoption varies from country to country, however,
The travel portion is significant.. The cost is equivalent to a biological pregnancy and the birth of a
Biological child; however it is not covered by health insurance. Luckily the IRS allows for an
Adoption tax deduction to make it easier on the families.
9. Will we be traveling to China to get her?
We will be in China for at least 2 weeks. We start our China journey in Beijing, touring for a few
days, getting acquainted with the customs and adjusting to the time change. We then travel to the
province where Sophia is living and then head to Guangzhou, in the South, to wait for our
immigration paperwork to be finalized.
10. Do we like Chinese food?
Do you even have to ask? Ha just take one look at our bank account.
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Monday, April 07, 2008
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