If you look closely, you will see a double rainbow...the view we had from our front door on Sunday evening...that has to mean something right??
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
For now, we celebrate the passage of 8 months since our dossier has been registered in China. To put it into perspective...we received Lia's referral just a few days short of our 8 month LID anniversary. I think that fact has made this particular month a hard one for me. I recently entered our information into a referral date guesstimation program (based on mathematics and the current referral data) and if things continue as they are, we can expect to see our referral on August 10, 2015...give or take a few months. Thank goodness they add that little disclaimer at the end. (:-)) I do expect the referral rate to speed up at some point and I don't really think we will be waiting until 2015...but for now, the news is dire and really hard to fathom!
Despite the pessimism and sadness we sometimes experience, we realize what a precious opportunity we have been given. We are honored and humbled that Chinese officials will bestow upon us (pending review, of course!) the responsibility to raise another of their own daughters. We are thankful.
...and so we wait.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Jillian Snow: Jim's grandparents surname has snow (Snoe) as part of it. Also, we love Snow Wu, the founder of our adoption agency. It was the first name we settled on and I think it is still Jim's favorite. I was unsure of how it sounded with our last name.
Lauren Marie: My grandmothers name was Lenore Marie. The baby would have the same initials as my grandma and the same middle name.
Reese McKenna: My grandfather's name was Ken, so this name would honor him.
Jensen Mei (or Marie): My great-grandmother's name was Jenny. Jensen is a Scandinavian name to honor my Swedish roots and we could call her Jenny or Jen for short. Jim's mom's middle name is Mae... but we would spell ours Mei for obvious reasons.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
(Note: We announced our intention to adopt our second China miracle last Mother's Day weekend with this fun little Smilebox slide show. I chose "Over the Rainbow" as the music to accompany that slide show a year ago and it seemed fitting for this post as well. I can scarcely believe that a year has passed since those first exciting days of dreaming about our second daughter. We will continue to wait and dream no matter how long the journey takes.)
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Our 3 month anniversary was spent moving into our new house. We did the bulk of moving between Christmas and New Years. We were thrilled that my mom was able to help us out for a few days with both moving details and taking care of Lia.
We continue to get settled in, but our little house on the hill is starting to feel more and more like home everyday.
The first picture is Lia in her princess finery (what could be better??)celebrating getting that first month under our belts. The second picture is Jim with Lia and Katie Min Min.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Edited to add: There is something wrong with the Smilebox video. The last few slides are cut off. I am not sure why and I can't seem to fix it...but this is still the basic idea!
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
Well....I am finally ready to dip my toe into the big deep blogger world! I am Kate, married to Jim, mom to the fabulous Lia and lucky mom-to-be of our second China daughter. When we began the process of our second adoption in May 2007, we had hope that we would be in China by May 2009. Our paperwork was logged in on October 10, 2007. Unfortunately, the wait continues to grow monthly for families waiting to adopt from China. We continue to watch and wait and pray that the time frame speeds up at some point. But in the end, I mostly just feel very fortunate to be able to adopt my second daughter and I know the wait will be well worth it in the end. This is a picture of Lia holding our application for her mei mei.