Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once In A Blue Moon

There's a blue moon this year on New Year's Eve

What are the chances of a blue moon and our log in date both occurring on New Year's Eve?

Log In Date: 12-31-2009
 New Year's Eve!
What a wonderful way 
to begin the new year

Monday, December 28, 2009

Video Update!

December 26, 2009
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Fun times on the slide at KFC
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mei Mei and the Colonel

One thing we know for certain about our little girl...
She loves French Fries...
...and KFC!
We made a photo book with these photos
look how much we have in common
Jie Jie and Ge Ge like KFC too
Here she is, holding an empty carton,
down to her last french fry!

Friday, December 18, 2009


Documents To China
As of today the dossier we were compiling for the last several months is complete and on it's way to China. All the paper chasing and scrambling to get our dossier prepared is finally over!

If this is what it looks like outside today...

How can there be one of these on the wall across from my desk?

 Little ladybug on a snowy day

What's all the fuss about lady bugs?
In the China adoption community lady bugs are said to bring good luck!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

You Must've Been A Beautiful Baby

Finding Ad Photo:

Since 1999, the orphanages in China are required to run a provincial newspaper advertisement for children that are found and brought to their orphanage. 

We call them "Finding Ads." 

These ads contain information about where and when the children were found and which orphanage is caring for them. 

Originally these were text-only ads, but most provinces now include photographs in their ads. These photographs are usually the earliest available pictures of the children, some from as young as a few weeks old.

The ads are placed in fairly small newspapers (usually police or legal papers) which have very small circulations. Each ad is published only once, and is contained in a group of ads from the same orphanage. Each orphanage publishes ads a few times a year. Since each orphanage publishes ads anywhere from two to six times a year, depending on size, it is possible for up to six months to go by before a found child's ad is published.

This could be the oldest photograph we will have of Chun Tian.

If you would like the finding ad for your child contact:


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Our Adoption Timeline:

Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
Liu Chun Tian
Referral Photos:
August 19, 2009
Letter Of Intent:
August 24, 2009
September 2, 2009
(in 9 days)
Home Study Completed:
October 5, 2009
I-800A Sent:
October 6. 2009
Immigration Approval:
November 19, 2009
(in 45 days)
Dossier To China:
December 18, 2009
Log In Date:
December 31, 2009
(in 13 days)
~Happy New Year~
Letter Of Approval:
(in 74 days)
I-800 Sent:
I-800 Approval:
Cabled 4-7-2010
Article 5
Picked Up 5-4-2010
Travel Approval:
Leaving On A Jet Plane:
June 12, 2010
Forever Family Day:
American Citizenship:
July 4th, 2010