Thursday, May 31, 2007
Found another picture
Right away: My eyes are drawn to the shelves in the back of the room. Now, I don't know when this picture was taken... I found it on line... but from what I hear of the ENORMOUS back-log of dossiers the CCAA has now because of the slow down... I would think that these shelves now would have to go on for miles! It's rumored that they received 3,000 dossiers in November 2005 alone... that's close to 1/2 the usual amount of China to US adoptions a YEAR!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I have three great kids. I love my girls to pieces... but my "Tater-Tot" is hilarious. A lot of the time very frustrating & maddening... but he can make me laugh out loud like no other kid can. So to help pass the time, I thought I'd bring you some of the funny things he says from time to time.... or at least that I think are funny.
Today at the Dollar Tree he picked out a FBI detective kit... complete with hand cuffs, a gun, badge, etc. After immediately opening the package in the car he shows me the badge and says "Mama, this says FBI." "Cool," I say... "Are you going to be in the FBI one day?" (He thinks policemen are rad.) And now the funny part: "No," he answers "The FBI requires a lot of training and sometimes my legs get tired." I mean, what 5 year old thinks like that? I couldn't help but laugh. And that's all for tonight's episode.
Wheeeee!!! or Bleeeekkk!!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
To the right is a picture I found of the Matching Room at the CCAA in Beijing. See the shelves behind the girls... those are dossiers. Just sitting... waiting... begging to be next. Each Adoption Agency is color coded. I'm not sure what color our agency is... but you can notice different color stacks... I see a red, a blue, a yellow. Once dossiers pass muster through the Review Room they take their place in line here on a shelf in the Matching Room. You can see in the cubicle stacks of dossiers as well. I suppose (from what I gather) that each "matcher" takes a stack of adoptive dossiers... then a stack of available babies... and basically wa-la... matches them up. I've heard that they possibly look at our passport photos... (oh, super... not the best photo Todd or I have ever had taken) & look for physical similarities in available babies. Sometimes they might match babies described as liking music with parents who described themselves as musical. I've heard rumors that the Chinese are into numbers... and stay away from matching babies with birth dates that might not line up well "numerically" with the birth dates of prospective parents. Matching takes place right before the referrals are sent. Matched family files don't sit around collecting dust like the dossiers do. Once referrals are compiled... they're mailed. So there you have it. The place where in the Chinese adoption world conception takes place... two separate entities meet and create a new life... a family.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
A Smokey Sunday
I do not like talking on the phone. When I was a teenager the absolute worst punishment my parents could give me was to put me on phone "restriction." Ohhhh... the HORROR! My how times have changed. I like having a phone for the following reasons:
Friday, May 25, 2007
We just returned from our first excursion of Summer '07. We visited Stone Mountain Park this past week... trying out our new wheels (camper) ... and enjoying the park before school let out & the crowds swarmed in. The kids had never been to Stone Mountain before & they had a great time. Major bummer: the Laser Show doesn't start nightly until AFTER Memorial Day & we chose to go before Memorial Day to beat the crowds. Guess we'll have to journey back later in the summer so the kids can catch the show. Here's a pic of the kids ON TOP of Stone Mountain... a 1.3 miles hike up the right side. You can see the Atlanta skyline in the background. Our weather was beautiful, breezy & very comfortable. The worst part was the hike for dear 'ol Mom... I'm OUT OF SHAPE! I commented to my sister-in-law on the way down that I've got some conditioning to do before I walk the Great Wall in China! Have a great holiday weekend everyone & Happy Summertime!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
What's in a name? (Part I)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I hear variations of the above question every day. When are you getting Lilly? When do you think you'll go to China? When are we going to hear something? When? When? When? I don't know. Every time I "guess" it get blown completely out of the water. I was sure we'd get our referral this summer. Then it was the fall. I thought surely we wouldn't be able to go to Disney for Tate's birthday because we'd be in China. Now... I'm making reservation for Disney. The Rumor Queen... God love her... works for us. Whomever this mysterious adoptive mother is, she spends a great deal of time & effort doing all sorts of informative things for our Chinese Adoption Community. She's the master of polls, graphs & charts and she works steadily in her workshop compiling all the facts & figures to give us the most up-to-date "guesstimates" on how the wait will play out in the coming months. She posted the above graph on her site this week. It's pretty self-explanitory. Our log in date is January 5th. This graph doesn't include our date... it just takes us through the end of 2005. So, logically we would or could be the next group after December 23rd. With that in mind, you can see what we're looking at for bad, mid & good case senarios for when we'll receive Lilly's referral. Remember, travel to China to bring Lilly home will take place 6-8 weeks AFTER our referral. At this point, we could have just gotten home with Lilly this time next year OR we could be spending Christmas in China. But at least, with things remaining status quo, you can see WHEN!!!
The CCAA is "officially" matching November families. Even though we could be a good 8 months away from our referral... I'm excited! Really excited! This time next year our Lilly could be here. This waiting could all be over. I'll probably be pulling my hair out & instead of excited be exhausted... but hey, I'm exhausted now. And you know the craziest part.... I'm already thinking about #5. I've always wanted Lilly to have a sister born in China. I just think it would be so comforting & wonderful for her to have a sister just like her... what a bond they would have! I wonder what will happen to this wait after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? Some speculate the flood gates will open up & the wait will fall drastically... back to the good 'ol days of 6 & 7 months. Many think China's trying to put on a good "face" for when the world's eyes will be upon it next summer... not wanting to appear as a "Baby Factory" with Americans, Europeans & Canadians wandering the streets & airports with Chinese children. I am really leaning towards the Special Needs program for #5 ... especailly if after the Olympics the wait doesn't look like it's going to shorten. I can't manage another 2 year pregnancy! (Thanks RQ for the pic.)
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Babies are here!