Showing posts from July, 2011


I still can't believe it, even after several hours...even as I type this...WE RECEIVED OUR TA TODAY. It's certainly a miracle!! I've been praying since LOA (July 11), and even before that, that somehow we'd receive our TA prior to August 1st in order to avoid some lengthy (and costly) new post-placement regulations. I seriously did not expect TA today. Only 18 DAYS AFTER LOA????? UNHEARD OF!!! And BEFORE THE AUGUST 1st CUTOFF???ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!? God, YOU are amazing!!

Hang on, Gemma Lu!!! Mama, Baba, and Jie Jie Gracie are coming sooner than ANY OF US thought!!!

Planting Trees

This is why we adopt, why we parent, why we love.

We chose the spot, we dug the hole
We laid the maples in the ground to have and hold
As Autumn falls to Winters sleep
We pray that somehow in the Spring
The roots grow deep

And many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn

He took a plane to Africa
He gathered up into his arms
An orphan son

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
This tree will spread its branches out
And bless the dawn

So sit down and write that letter
Sign up and join the fight
Sink in to all that matters
Step out into the light
Let go of all that's passing
Lift up the least of these
Lean into something lasting
Planting trees

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full; it overflows
She waters us with love and the children grow

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn
These trees will spread their branches …

Updated photos of Sanhui and...her English name!

After we received our LOA last week, I ordered a care package from Ladybugs n Love. We just today received these updated photos of Sanhui as well as some information about her. What a blessing!! We learned that she is very scared of strangers, so we will have to be extremely patient with her and just love, love, love her until she trusts us!

We've also decided to share what her English name is. This adoption has been quite a bit different than Gracie's, so we're going to do things a bit differently than we did with Gracie. Sanhui's full English name will be:

"GEMMA" means "gem, jewel, or precious stone," and she is VERY precious to us!
"LUCILLE" is Simon's grandma's middle name (Gracie also has a family middle name).

Time to get to work...before picture

At about 45 days into our LOA wait, I made a pact with Gracie that we wouldn't get Mei Mei's (little sister's) room ready until we received our LOA. I just couldn't BEAR to have a finished room sitting there empty for who knows how long. Well, yesterday we received our LOA, so I guess it's time to get to work on this room. I call it "joyful work." :o)


Our agency received our LOA (letter of acceptance) today...after waiting 94 days for it. That means we have 1 more step--Travel Approval--to obtain before we can leave. We're coming soon, Sanhui!!!!