Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ann from Red Thread emailed to say she had received our package for Noah. She sent this picture so that we could know that it all arrived in tact. She also called the SWI to get an update. Here is the email we received from Ann.

Dear Keith:
I just got the informaition about ZhengGang,Miss Hu got it for me ,she is a very nice lady,she manage the adoption part:

Height:89cm
Weight:14.5kilos
Head:40cm
chest:50
Feet:15cm
Teeth:16

Zheng Gang live with the foster family,he call him grandma,the foster grandma loves Zheng Gang very much,Zheng Gang is very spoiled ,Miss Hu (Hu Lin) said that the foster grandma had couple quarrels with her neighbours ,because couple of them said that Zheng Gang had no hand,then the foster grandma was very angry with them and told them,that Zheng Gang was the best boy in the world ,she loves him very much.....Zheng Gang loves to smile ,he is a very smart boy ,a little chubby so he is very cute,he does not speak a lot ,not very outgoing ,but he just laughs to smile and smile.....zheng gang is also a very good housekeeper,each time he comes to the orphange with the foster grandma,he will take good care of the grandma stuff ,won`t let any nanny get his grandma stuff ,so Zheng Gang is very popular in the orphange too!!

Keith,you are the lucky one ,i can tell Hu Lin and the grandma love Zheng Gang very much!!I have a suggestion,when you come to China for Zheng Gang ,you might can give these two nice ladies a supprise ,i know that Miss Hu(Hu Lin) will love lotion and the grandma will love ginseng.....sweet pea liton is not expensive ,but smells very good ,the large bottle only cost $9.5...
I will let you know when zheng gang gets his package!
Have a wonderful day and talk to you soon,love,Ann

Friday, October 26, 2007

Loss of Another Pet

With a heavy heart, I am telling you that we lost Fat Herman last night. When Keith came home from work, the cat was laying in the living room and could barely move. He could still lift his head but he seemed paralyzed elsewhere. Keith felt he was too extreme of a case to take to the vet. So, we opted to let him pass quietly. By the time I got home, he was gone.
This is the cat that weighed nearly 20 pounds and had difficulty grooming himself. He had been hocking up fur balls for a few days but that was not uncommon for him--his hair was extremely thick. Don't have a clue what actually took him. All of his annoying habits will be missed as will the white hair that built up on chairs and on the carpet. We complain about them but we really don't want to lose them. Isn't that strange.

13 Months since LID

Wow!! I've got so much to do and travel will be upon us soon. *Want to send another care package with a letter asking about habits--sleeping, eating, toys, favorite items.
*Need to get going on "With Eyes Wide Open".
*Want to browse through "Toddler Adoption".
*My sister, Colleen has agreed to come and stay with Mya and Erin. One thing is settled. Thanks, Keeny.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On Second Thought--Second post today.




I'm thinking we need more Legos/Duplos. We only have one set and surely these two munchkins will be able to build bigger and better towers and castles if we have 2 sets.


Mya got 2 train sets for Chrismas last year. Coincidence? I think not!
I'm thinking Keith, Nascar daddy, will have fun buying things like this racing rig!!





Naked Trees and Blowing Leaves

Fall is here in full force. Today, I put Mya in to her snow pants, winter coat and boots and out we went to get rid of some of those pesky leaves. It was in the low 40s this morning. Keith had the bagger on the mower but has since removed it so that he can access the hitch for other uses. So, today's goal was to just grind and blow the leaves down the edge of the "hill" toward the swamp [oh, yes, realtors call them wetlands ;). ]

Mya was busy with her jeep and swings and other fun stuff. Once, she got cold and decided she needed hot cocoa. On the second round of blowing, I looked up to see that she had an ice cream sandwich in her hand. Little stinker had gone in to the kitchen and gotten it herself. Guess she warmed up sometime in there.

At one point, she looked up at the trees and declared that some were naked (I had said that a few days before) and that some still had leaves to keep them warm. Then she giggled.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Monday at Home

This is one of those days where both Keith and I will be home on the same evening. They are few and far between lately--only one last week and one this week. Typically I am home 2 evenings each week but one of them is usually Wednesday and we go to church then. So, we really only get one evening a week.
Today, Mya and I have pretended babies, played outside, ridden her jeep, swang, and way more activities than we have been doing lately. Right now she is playing Dora's Mermaid Adventure on http://www.noggin.com/ --boy can she suck up the garbage (check out the game to see what I mean).

On the adoption front, we await refingerprinting and our LOA. Thursday marks one month since match and 3 weeks since LOI was sent. Using Gwen as a gauge, we should have LOA in 4-6 weeks and travel in about 10 weeks. That puts us at or near the New Year's mark. We are actually rooting for Christmas.

I'm trying to put together a list for the Cyber shower but since we have little boy toys from when Joe was little and lots of toddler toys from Mya, bedding for a twin bed that is appropriate for either sex, baby blankets yet unused and a bathtub strewn with bath toys, I am discouraging toys and bedding as gifts. Clothing is always good and bigger sizes are better so that we don't have to shop for a while. We have a trike, pink plastic trike thingy, 2 pink riders and of course, the pink jeep. Noah will not know any different so please don't tell him that pink is a "girl" color. I do draw a line at pink clothing--he would look very silly in pink flowered shirts and pink or aqua corduroy pants. We have purchased a cute black corduroy winter jacket but no snow pants, boots, mittens or hats. So, winter items are good. I found a pair of pants that have zip-off legs to convert to shorts. I think they will be good for travel since the weather can go either way. I don't have swim trunks or summer clothing either. We are open to any season. Bottom line is, if you have a boy and you know they really loved something particular at 2 1/2, that's probably a good thing to get Noah. I am just so thankful to have great blog friends that are willing to do this.

Honestly, I was going to start a Target list but it just seemed too hard. I did get a good chuckle out of the baby wipe warmer. For some reason, that just struck my funny bone.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Finally On Its Way

We finally got our care package in the mail. We also go another piece of paperwork in to the mail -- the I 160 or something like that -- Keith is the paperwork guy.

The poll is in and the 3Ts have it but just barely. Mya is just getting out of 3Ts, so I will be getting mostly 3Ts, thinking that Noah is just one size behind her.

Gwen and Pam will be traveling in a couple weeks. So excited for them. Keep praying for a quick LOA for us. We are anxious to get our boy home.

Otherwise, things are just status quo here. Mya is fighting a cold and I'm supposed to do laundry. Working this weekend--cashola!

Wet, cool, cloudy, windy and nearly bare trees to look at outside. Otherwise, nothing new.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Too Much Caring for One Package????

I am hoping to ship all of this, plus a bag of animal crackers, to Noah. It did all fit in to the container just not sure how it will work for shipping. Any comments on shipping a plastic container??? Maybe I should put it all inside a standard cardboard box.
The good news it that I have heard that the care packages do make it to the kids in foster care and that most of the items come home with the children.

I'm excited to make a connection and for Noah to see our faces just as we have seen his.

Keep praying. Come on Letter of Acceptance. It would be wonderful if we could have him home for Christmas -- nothing is impossible for God.
UPDATE: I will be removing the snacks and adding a letter to this package. Putting it in a regular box, too. ~v

Monday, October 15, 2007

Steffie B wants to know if it is sinking in?


I have done much talking about the fact that we were matched with a 2 year old boy. Since I am an audio learner, it is starting to get into my brain. I think the most significant sign is the nervous feeling in my stomach. It's that feeling that there is so much to do and so little time and you just don't even know what to do first. Carrie has suggested making a list.

Mya and I have had a short conversation about boys having different parts than girls. Other than that, I don't think she really cares that she has a brother rather than a sister.

I've got the care package nearly ready. That will be a great relief to me.

I am remembering that I will not be getting much sleep and that I will feel totally frustrated and exhausted for, well, I don't know how long, once he arrives home. I am preparing mentally as best as I think I can. I want to be ready for a worst case scenario and hope for the best.

Since our oldest son had difficulties in HS, I am trying not to project in to the future. Joe was also a joy at many times and is still a very funny, fun-loving guy.

I'm getting some great info from the Wuhan kids Yahoo group, saying that the fostered kids come home well prepared. That is such a blessing to know. I was concerned that he would be totally afraid of us and take a long time to adjust but these parents are saying the children have been very well prepared. THANK GOD!!
Has it soaked in??? Probably not. Am I happy with our match -- YOU BET YOU!

As in hide-or-seek, eventually, I will get to say "ready or not, here we come".

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Photos for Noah

This is not the order I put them in the book, although I'm sure some folks would think the dog SHOULD come first. There were only 5 pages. So, I had to double up on us but I think it will be fine. I'm hoping to send another one in about a month.





Friday, October 12, 2007

When Life is Overwhelming--Hold Me Jesus

Sometimes we need a reminder as to where our strength come from.


Well, sometimes my life Just don't make sense at all When the mountains look so big And my faith just seems so small

So hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf You have been King of my glory Won't You be my Prince of Peace

You have been King of my glory Won't You be my Prince of Peace

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday Night News

Another week has passed and it all feels like a whirlwind. There are so many things to do that I don't really know where to start. So, sometimes, I don't!!

First, I bought clothes--now we took them back. I still have a couple 2Ts but have opted to have mostly 3s. I think I will include some 2s in the care package that is weighing on my heart. I finally contacted Ann at Red Thread China so that I can find out what the protocol is. I want to get the items here so that Mya and Erin can help choose what to send.

Our homestudy update has been delayed due to some background checks taking an extra long time. We have to be refingerprinted and get our I600 (or whatever that is) in again cuz it will expire in January. Fortunately, there is a free extension available on some of that.

I'm trying hard to clean out closets and ditch some stuff in an effort to feel like we have some space. Both our garbage and recycling are overflowing today --tomorrow is pick up day. I suspect they will be full again next week.

I've got a small quilt that I want to put together and I also want to put some satin binding on a piece of polar fleece. The polar fleece has bright red ladybugs on it and will have red binding. I hope that is suitable for a little boy.

Saturday is our Annual Church Bonfire that we host. It is always fun. Last year, I got a raging case of stomach flu and we had to cancel. I think everyone missed it.

I'm working an extra weekend this month to help with a computer upgrade. There will be downtime and that is always a hassle--returning to paper reporting is kind of a pain. Hopefully, I will get a bonus for picking it up. I've been working extra hours all summer in the hopes that my PTO bank will increase. Will have to see how many hours I have. I am sure it is not the 3 months worth that I would need to cover parental leave.
That's the scoop. Stay tuned for updates.




Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Poll

One of my big questions is what size of clothes to get Noah. As you already know, I have gotten some 2T items but I'm not sure if that was such a good idea since he weighed 26 lbs in late June. Please take a moment and register in on my poll at the top of the page. It will run until 10/16 so you have a bit to respond. Thanks for your input.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Daddy's BAD Night


You know how we sometimes complain about being at work--so busy, crazy people, no breaks--well, Keith needs to win an award for his Saturday with Mya. Below is an email that I received while at work last night.

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Subject:
Nice Quiet Shopping Trip
To: Verna
So, Mya and I are in Soderquists doing some shopping. Mya says she has to go to the bathroom. I said can you hold it for awhile. Well, to make a long story short, we're at the checkout and Mya says I'm going poop in my underwear. Well, if that weren't bad enough, the "liquid" poop started running out of her pants leg onto the floor. I had to carry her to the bathroom and wipe and wipe and wipe. The cashier closed the checkout line. Good thing Mya had a long shirt on because she didn't have on anything under it after all that.

There you go. Your evening isn't so bad after all.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Shopping For Noah

PJs, Shoes, sox, 2 pants and 4 shirts, all from the sales racks at Tar-jay Boutique.
I got size 2, hoping it will fit.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The First Gifts Arrive


Thank you to Gwen Oatsvall for sending Noah his very first gifts--Hotwheels and Thomas the Tanker undies. Both will get much use. However, when Keith told Mya she had to share her toys with Noah, she promptly responded that Noah had to share his cars!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Third Post ---> Some time for Erin

North Shore Pictures from the big Birthday Sunday Road trip.

Hmm . .

Nice shots!

Second Post Today ---> LOI sent & Boy stuff


Today, we mailed our official Letter of Intent to Grand Rapids along with some other paperwork. Hopefully with our dossier being in the review room, we will have a quick Letter of Acceptance.

There are many things to do. First, I will be working a few extra hours at the hospital to help get the cashola for the flights. Secondly, we received our "With Eyes Wide Open" workbook today. That is a priority. Of course, I have daily conversations with Mya about how she will have to change some of her behaviors so that she is a "big girl" when Noah arrives. I am considering asking Keith to clean out his office (the 3rd bedroom on the upper level) so that we can have dressers in there. Mya will share her room with Noah for a while with a mattress on the floor for each of them BUT, the room is small and two mattresses will take up most of the floor space. Need to learn some sign language and Chinese so that we can communicate with Noah. Thinking about winter weather, I need to get a boys winter coat and boots. The list could cover this whole page. So, I will stop there. You get the gist.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Status on Noah

Hello to all who have been asking for details on Noah. Hope this helps you get a better picture.

We went to our SW office on Friday to get all the important papers and instructions on how to proceed. Unlike a NSN child, we must send a Letter of Intent (LOI) to Grand Rapids and they will forward it on to China. China will pull our file and determine if they are AOK with us being Noah's parents and then send a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). When we receive the LOA, travel plans can be made and it will be 8-10weeks.

Tomorrow morning, I am taking Noah's files to the pediatrician so that she can evaluate it and make treatment recommendations which we will include in our LOI. Our SW said that we can request more medical info. We would like to see and x-ray and photograph of Noah's hand.

Stats:
EDOB July 1, 2005 Found Aug 2005 at a Catholic Church
Hubei Province
Wuhan City Child Welfare Institution--Foster Care
33 in tall and about 26 lbs
20 teeth
poops & peeps normally -- I just had to put that in there
Favorite Activity-playing outside
Favorite Toy-toy car
Excellent appetite- Fav. Food-Meat -- He has big appetite and is receptive to all food.
He is clever. He likes to watch TV. He has chubby cheeks. He is lovely.

We plan to send a care package in the next couple weeks and will include a pictures, camera, a blanket and toy car (what other toy would you send!).
I have joined every possible Yahoo Group that is applicable and will be asking LOTS of questions. I have also ordered the workbook "With Eyes Wide Open" from adoption.com for Keith and me to do -- recommended by our SW.

We have now joined those who are impatiently waiting for LOA and TA.

Hope that covers everyone's questions.

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