Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh, What a Gift From Above!!! :)

What a treasure to find this photo of our "happy" and lovely Mei Li!!

Get a load of that SMILE!!!!

Love that face!!!!

That face. . . . :)

Lunch must be a little "tough to take" today ;)

I know, I know. . . I've been terrible about updating over the last months. Even longer. . . But, that's truly because for SO LONG there was absolutely nothing to report. So, we busied ourselves with other things. It's a good thing to keep your life moving forward and yourself growing while you wait in this process. Otherwise, it's really easy to dwell too much on things completely outside of your control. Enough to drive one bonkers ;)

BUT, Ta-Dah!!!!! Our Mei Li is not long from coming home!!!! We have gone through all the hoops and peaks and valleys of a derailed Taiwan adoption AND the last 6 months, we have spent having our homestudy updated, fingerprints re-done, new Immigration approval on the proper China form. . . and HERE WE ARE!!!! :) Our dossier is being authenticated as I write this, and will be sent immediately, if not sooner, to China!!!!! WOOHOOOO!!! :D LONG time comin', ya'll!!!!
We've been told it'll be approximately 4-5 months from now until we travel to bring her home. Fingers are tightly crossed that it will happen sooner. But, I've learned during this process to always err on the side of "later rather than sooner" ;)

Even more exciting. . . I just found an amazing Yahoo group of families who have adopted or are adopting from the same Shanghai orphanage in which Mei Li lives!!! And, after going through the photos in their database, I found about 5 pictures of our beautiful girl!!! In every one, she is happy and in several, she is absolutely "beaming"!!! Her smile is like the sun, no kidding. I am so grateful that our Mei Li is a happy girl, filled with joy. And, as far as orphanages go. . . we could not have hoped for a better, more happy place than the one she lives in!
I feel like that unexpected "finding" of our daughter through the wonderful Shanghai adoption Yahoo group. . . was just a gift from above. God knows how much we want to see her and hug her. . . and how we have longed to know that she is "okay" in our absence. What a treasure!!! My heart felt like it would explode last night!! I could not go to sleep!! And, I think I dreamed about Mei Li when I finally went to sleep. What a confirming gift from above that was. . . and COMPLETELY unexpected!!! :)

And, I sent one of my CDs to the orphanage nannies in hopes that they would play my music for her. I let them know that "Songbird" was recorded in honor of Mei Li. It is "her song". I hope they are playing it for her and the other children. I would love for her to know my voice. . . and even more, that she would know that one song on that CD is "for her" from her "mama". :)

I WILL do better about updating from now on! I promise! We now have something to blog about :)


Pam said...

Happy tears of joy for you! What a beautiful post! She indeed looks happy and well cared for. Hoping this next 4-5 months flies by and you are at last all togther!

Dianne said...

What a beautiful gift! She is adorable! She looks very happy! I hope that you can travel soon and bring that precious little one home!

LJ said...

Congratulations! I'm a fellow Shanghai mom. Saw your post and sent you a private email (promise I'm not a stalker! lol). I have found one photo (in my pics the orphanage gave me) that I think might be your daughter. It's from about 2 years ago, so it's hard to tell for sure. If you'd like to email me ( I'll be happy to send it to you.

Sharon said...

Our son John Wesley is the little boy in the yellow shirt behind Mei Li in the second photo. :) This family emailed and told me that there are more photos from that day and they will post them as as soon as possible. :) Mei Li is absolutely beautiful! You can see our blog for this adoption at

Allison said...

I'm also a fellow (soon-to-be) Shanghai mommy. I think my little girl is also in class with your little one. I've often looked at the photos in that album and wondered who the lucky family was that will be bringing that happy girl home. So happy to be able to follow along on your journey. Good luck!

White's Journey to Taiwan said...

Oh, my goodness. It feels like Christmas!!!! To hear from you, Sharon and Allison, and know that your children are friends with our little girl!! Finding these photos was like being able to peer into a crystal ball and take a glimpse into her life--with her friends and people who love her. And, to see that she is so happy. . .
And, to get to you know as well. . . what a gift that is! :0) Do you all have Skype? If so, once Mei Li gets home and your little one too, Allison, perhaps we can do some Skyping and let our little ones see the faces of their friends and keep in touch.

Debi said...

What an amazing gift! Mei Li is just precious. so glad that she is loved and cared for and can't wait to get her home finally!
Love and hugs and prayers,

Lisa said...

Beautiful... so happy for you guys. I truly believe in destiny. I can't wait to see her in your arms.

Lisa said...

Just it possible to say that too much?? No way!!...not after the journey that has led you here to this time, this place and THIS beautiful daughter!!

She does radiate joy and I have tears thinking of the nannies playing the song you created just for her! Tears!

So SO happy for you....remember I promised I would always do my happy dance when your time came and that you would be able to hear those hollers all the way down there....did you hear 'em?? Cuz I've been celebrating with you my friend!


Daphne said...

I'm so happy to see this post! She is precious! What a great smile!! Can't wait for you finally travel to bring her home.

The Hernandez Herd said...

Wow, What great news!!!! I have been checking from time to time and hoping all was well. What a cutie pie! Can't wait to see more updates when you get them. She looks so healthy and happy. So very happy for you. Victoria

The Murphy Family said...

Hi Kristy-I saw your post on the Shanghai yahoo group. We just returned on Saturday with our son, Charlie:) God bless you on your journey!! I'll be sure to follow.

Lisa Murphy