Wednesday, July 07, 2010


The bonding process 
with Sasha Tian Tian 
was well represented 
and its methods 
suddenly became quite clear  
when I encountered this sign yesterday:

I know she needs to go at her own pace,
considering all the changes she has been through
in such a short time
and I am a patient Mama.


  1. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful family you have.

    I just loved your blog. My husband and I have just started our paperwork to adopt our second daughter. We are doing the China Waiting Child Program. We adopted our daughter Tia in August of 2005. She too was from the Guangxi Province - it was an amazing trip. I just may take you up on asking questions as time progresses.

    Again, so happy for your family and best of luck to you.


  2. Marla,

    Just happened upon your blog and wanted to say-you are doing a great job. Your story brings back so many memories of bringing home our daughter from China- Chongqing, Dianjiang in 2006(now we have 3 from China!). She also was so afraid of our dog but only for a week or so. It will be so amazing to watch as she settles in and as that thoughtful, soulful look in her eyes changes into smiles and laughter.


  3. Wow!
    Thank you so much for sending me this. What an incredible experience you have gone through. I wish you and your family wonderful times together!!!!!! Your family is beautiful!
    Barb Montgomery

  4. Ah, we adopted Lilly last year at the age of five, and I can say I understand completely. I can also say that EACH day gets better than the one before, and before you know it a beautiful flower has emerged, and life is more grand than you could have ever dreamed. Baby steps. Patience.

  5. Hi Marla,

    Welcome home! I loved following your blog and although I never left a comment, I read it every day. Marla, you're a great writer and really have a way with words. It made me feel so boring! It sounded like your family had a wonderful trip and made lots of memories. Sasha is a beautiful little girl and looks to be so well adjusted. Her brother and sister looked like they just adored her in all of the pictures! Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and so happy you're home! Love, Kim

  6. I know you are a really patient and responsable mom ^^


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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
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Letter Of Approval:
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I-800 Sent:
I-800 Approval:
Cabled 4-7-2010
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Picked Up 5-4-2010
Travel Approval:
Leaving On A Jet Plane:
June 12, 2010
Forever Family Day:
American Citizenship:
July 4th, 2010