Monday, September 28, 2009

For Everyone who uses Ladybugs N Love ....

and mentions us we will be able to get 5% for a fundraiser. Now it might not be enough to help us this late a date, but hey it is worth trying. They have been so helpful with keeping us updated with when things were sent to Evan. I can't wait to get some new info.

So, if you are wanting to send your little one a love package just click on the link to the side and mention us.

Thank you to all who participate in this.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Birthday 3rd Birthday Evan!!

Sweet boy we sang to you today and celebrated at a favorite eatery of ours. I hope you got your lovely cake today, and I sure hope you got the package we sent to you.
All we could do today was think of how fun it will be to have you with us. We are packing our bags and getting ready to come and bring you home. It won't be long, Evan. It is the last birthday you will spend without a mama, baba, and jie jie's.

We love you our son, and will be with you soon.

Happy Birthday, little Evan!!!!!!!!!

Mama, Baba, Wendy, Holly, and Lacy

Here is a photo of what we sent to Evan for his big day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The message began "Congratulations!"

We got our Travel Dates now!!!! Now we are in a hurry to get all of the final papers in for or Currier to take to the Consulate office for our visas. Holly is driving up tomorrow to get her photos to us in time to get them to our Currier by Friday! The Consulates office closes down on October 1st for the Chinese Holiday for two weeks; so we are in a mad rush to make a deadline for our visas.

I am torn on only one day to tour in Beijing. Last time we traveled we left a day before everyone else did to have one day extra to tour the Summer Palace and the Zoo. Now the Zoo isn't what I wish we could go to this time, but the girls need to see the Summer Palace. There is another reason to leave a day early. I sure would love to tour the facilities that our son has been in since 2007. I have seen so many photos now of where he has been taken so good care of and would love to meet the staff there that has loved our son so much for this length of time. It would be so wonderful to say thank you (Xie Xie) to these wonderful people.

What gets me is we are taking gifts to the nannies in Shangrao, and they aren't the ones who deserve these thank you gifts in my opinion. The staff at New Hope Foundation/Heartbridge are the ones who deserve the love and respect returned. I think since we may not get to tour this place we will go to their site and send in a donation in Evans name.

Maybe I can send a letter of appreciation to the foundation so they know how much we appreciate them.

Anyway, below are the dates of our Itinerary along with a couple of surprise photos of our cutie we got from volunteers from New Hope.

10/22 - Depart U.S.

10/23 - Arrive in Beijing (if you are going here first)

10/24 - Beijing Tour

10/25 - Fly to your province

10/26 – Gotcha Day!

10/31- Fly to Guangzhou on the morning

11/4- AC appointment

11/5 - Oath-taking ceremony

11/6 Family goes to AC to pick up passport with visa

11/7 – Earliest you can depart from China

I will be having my dear China Sister Sherry help me with my posts. I don't want to risk not being able to posts from China; so Sherry has agreed to help me with this. Thank you Sherry!

Now these photos show how much the nannies and volunteers love the children; well at least how much attention Mr. Evan gets. lol

Friday, September 18, 2009

We have our TA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just can't believe it!!!! Nancy our Travel Adviser called me on my cell and I was like hum, then I asked do you have some good news? She and I had been emailing each other today. I had this feeling that a date was about to come about. She told me that if it came in by Tuesday we could look at October 23rd for our departure date. My last email back to her was I have a feeling about the date and TA about to come. She had said she was routing for me. When she called me she told me that they had brought the TA's to her office and she asked what they were cause she wasn't expecting any today. She said no way and called me. What was this, E.S.P.????? I think so....

Well for right now we are traveling October 22nd to Beijing, Our Gotcha Day is set for October 26th the day before Holly's birthday, November 3rd is set for our Consulate appointment and we fly back home November 6th!!!! Nancy will be calling me to confirm on Monday, but as for right now these are the dates, and I just can't believe it! I know have that total cloud nine feeling.

I just can't get over it. I just knew something was brewing. I just had to share with my friends and family!

Come on TA!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm getting just a little bit stir crazy here. I hear that if we can possibly get our TA by Tuesday they will be pulling for me to get to China sometime towards the end of October. Come on TA!!!

Everyone reading this please send out good vibes and lots of prayers for our TA to get here soon and that we can be on our way to Evan in October. I have several photos to keep me happy, but they are nothing like the real thing in my arms.

Wendy is so excited about going and hugging her little brother. She and I made her a t-shirt that says "I'm the Big Sister" with his photo down below it. I even put a tiny photo of Evan in a small locket for her and she wore it to dance the other day to show him off. She has been so cute about it.

I'm going to continue working on our Garage Sale items for next weekend. We are hoping this will bring some money in so it can help with the costs of the visas.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Evan on You Tube

Check this link out and see if you can connect to LWB Heartbridge Unit on You Tube.
Evan is on this one near the end in a gray striped shirt looking up at the camera held by a nanny above. He is between little girls on the video.

I hope you can get on. You may have to copy and paste it to be able to get on.

Leave a comment if you were able to get on so I will know.

Look What I Found!!

I found another photo of my baby. It is of him when he was 6 months old. He was such a beautiful baby boy. Yes, I mean "Beautiful" baby boy!

I also found him on You Tube, but can't down load it. It is just a quick photo of him, but he sure was darling and I know it was him.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Care Package Ordered!

Well I took care of something very important last night. I ordered Evan his Birthday Care Package. I can't wait to see the photos of what Angela in China comes up with for him. He will be getting such a beautiful birthday cake! I also ordered him a Winnie the Pooh Train since Daddy loves trains so. I ordered an album and sent them 10 photos for him to see who we are. One of each of us: Daddy, Momma, Lacy, Holly, and Wendy. Not to mention the pups,one of the play equipment out back, the front of the house, Grandparents, a family shot and a couple of added ones of Wendy. I also ordered a camera so they could take photos of his party and any left over they can use of him and friends. I think he will have lots of fun getting his present and cake for sure.

I did something a little different this time. All of my friends have used the Red Thread with Ann for sending things, but it was suggested to me to try Ladybugs N Love. So I compared costs and so on.... Well Ladybugs N Love won out. You can go to their site and see photos of packages they have put together. The link is www. ladybugsnlove. com.

Once I sent my order in Kelly who is here in the states wrote me back. She confirmed getting the order and said her daughter was from the same SWI!! Then she evidently checked out our blog and wrote me back. She said she had hugged my son this past June!!!!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that? This is what Kelly wrote, "I have hugged your son-- I recognize his sweet face and his adorable personality that shines from him!!!". It gave me chills that someone I have contact with has hugged my baby!

I can't wait to be able to hug my boy and bring him home!!