Monday, May 24, 2010

Travel Plans

We are still finalizing our flights and all the details. Our daughter will finally be in our arms and in our family forever on June 21, 2010.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Dragon Boat Festival or The Slow Boat To China?

Why is it taking so long to confirm our Consulate Appointment?

The provincial offices do not process paperwork on Monday June 14, Tuesday 15, and Wednesday 16 because of the Dragon Boat Festival, therefore we have to wait an extra week to travel. The exciting news is that we hope to be in Hong Kong during the Dragon Boat Races.
Dragon Boat Festival:
This ancient event, also known as Tuen Ng Festival, commemorates the death of a popular Chinese national hero, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River over 2,000 years ago to protest against the corrupt rulers. Legend has it that as townspeople attempted to rescue Qu Yuan, they beat drums to scare fish away and threw dumplings into the sea to keep the fish from eating his body. 
The real highlight of 
the festival is the 
dragon boats racing in a lively, vibrant spectacle. Teams race the elaborately decorated 
dragon boats to the beat of heavy drums. The special boats, which measure more than 10 metres, have ornately carved and painted "dragon" heads and tails, and each carries a crew of 20-22 paddlers.
Participants train in earnest for the competition. Sitting two abreast, with a steersman at the back and a drummer at the front, the paddlers race to reach the finishing line, urged on by the pounding drums and the roar of the crowds.

Today festival activities recall this legendary event. People eat rice-and-meat dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves; and many look forward to swimming or even simply dipping their hands in the water.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lady Bug Sighting!

Wait a minute, what do I see?
Who can it be?

This Lady Bug looks familiar! 

This Lady Bug belongs to me!!!!

It's Jie Jie the Lady Bug 
in the second grade play!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Day In The Life

Hi there
No these are not noodles I'm eating, 
they are fish snacks... so yummy!
Sorry to eat and run, but it's time to go now
Here we go
Yes officer, of course I have my motorcycle license...
Zai Jian!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put them down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby..
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Cover Girl

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Our Article 5 was sent to Beijing on May 4th 
and now we are waiting to receive Travel Approval.

Stay tuned!

Identity Crisis

Sasha Jade, Bella Jade, Kaia Jade, Kylie Jade, Kaya Jade?
Leave a comment here under the post with your vote.
(Help entertain my parents during their long wait for TA... on day 23 since LOA )


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Our Adoption Timeline:

Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
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August 19, 2009
Letter Of Intent:
August 24, 2009
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October 5, 2009
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