Exciting Summer!

I am blessed with all the wonderful people coming to visit this summer. Starting right after Memorial Day Randy, Jessica and the girls will be here with us for several days. I have never seen Evie and she’s already 18 months old! Man time flies.

Then my cousin Jennifer will be here for 3 days. She and I are the same age and we are a “bit” older than all the other cousins, so we are very close. I adore her and this is the first time she has been up to Fort Worth for a visit. I usually get to see her when I am down in Houston visiting my dad’s family. She is coming up for the baby shower and of course at the baby shower there will be a lot of wonderful friends and family to visit with that I haven’t seen for a while.

Then the first week of June we should see Nadia’s face for the first time. We are going to be on cloud nine and for those that think I am hyper on a normal day, watch out!

And for the guests traveling the farthest…….Jessica and Amy (my dearest friends from high school) are coming out here June 21st. I am soooooooo excited. One will be flying in from NJ and the other from CA. Meet in the middle for girls weekend! Woo hoo! I have been trying to remember, but I don’t think that we have all been together since our friend Staci got married. I have seen Amy multiple times and Jess multiple times and they saw each other most recently at Christmas, but I really don’t think we have all been together in almost 10 years. Whoa! Mike says he is going to be at the office for 93 hours that weekend! Hee hee. I am thrilled to show them Texas and have tried to convince them they won’t melt as it won’t be July yet and it won’t be over 100. LOL.

Then around the beginning of August we should be headed to China. WOO HOO!

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for babies! The closer we get – the cuter they get! I have been checking other people’s blogs in the last couple days and it’s so exciting to see all these new families.

And young babies….my non-scientific count after reading referral posts on just the lists I am a part of is 15 babies referred that are 5-6 months old. For you not in the IA world…that is pretty rare. WOW- how fun would that be?? We have been thinking about a year old for so long that it would be a surprise to get such a young baby. But it would be a shocker to get referred a toddler too.

Good thing that we know God is sovereign and that He has the perfect baby for us….no matter what daydreams I am having. HA!

For the success of the KIDS HOPE luncheon that we hosted. It was nice to see people from KIDS HOPE USA main office and to finally meet some directors in my area. The real blessing was to see so many people that care for hurting children and want to do what they can to help.

For the little man I mentor getting good grades last week so he was rewarded with a Happy Meal and me as a guest for lunch. I am very popular with elementary school kids ya know. **It was probably the Spider Man toy**

For my Grammie. She is just the best and should be on my list every week.

For the protection of our house through these last 3 weeks of crazy tornado weather. Mike saw A TORNADO right by our house coming home from work and he could see the power lines exploding as it turned. He got into the house safely and we didn’t get any damage at our house, but lots of things were damaged around us. I wasn’t home at the time and am grateful for Mike’s safety.

Referral cut-off is November 1st! WOO HOO!

Okay it was so exciting to wake up this morning to information about the May batch of referrals. The CCAA is not going to update their public web page anymore and have changed over to a pay for information set up. The agencies that are willing can now pay for access to a private site to get referral updates. This morning agencies from around the world updated their clients and websites to show that the CCAA has matched 10/27 – 11/1/05.

Now that leaves us as the 4th day in the next batch. Soooooooooooooooooooooooo we should be NEXT!!! I told Mike that it’s just a psychological boost that they have gotten to our month after this wait extending so far. So if we are in the June batch we will have waited 19 months to referral after 6 months of paperwork, after 2.5 years of waiting to be 30. LOL.

****Here’s the fine print that a lawyer would require me to say. International Adoption is an uncertain thing to be a part of. It could happen that they would only match 2 days next month like they did last month. Don’t get your hopes to high because anything can happen. Once again anything can happen. I repeat anything can happen.******

But it’s still exciting!!!!

China Update- for what it’s worth

China has a national holiday May 1-7th and the CCAA will be closed. The adoption community is praying for the next batch to be mailed before they go on holiday. (Get their desks clean and all that before vacation). It has been posted that they will be working this weekend to make up for being off the next week, so they could possibly send a DHL package Monday. That would have early calls to families coming through as early as Wed the 2nd. If not, the next set of referrals will not come until after their holiday.

I have no idea how far they might get and I am not guessing. Rumors are flying and feet are stomping on all the adoption groups and message boards. I am just keeping busy with the end of the school year events for KIDS HOPE. That is more than enough to keep anyone distracted. Hee hee. If you ever need to be cheered up, spend some time with elementary school kids.