Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Our timeline

December 28, 2006- We chose Wu Yi Mei (exactly one year after receiving Hannah's TA)
January 12, 2007- LOI (letter of intent to adopt Wu Yi Mei) sent to China
January 19, 2007- I600A application sent to CIS
February 22, 2007- appointment at CIS for fingerprinting
March 3, 2007- I-600A received!! in a record 9 days-Praise God!!(last time we waited nearly 6 wks)
March 5, 2007- dossier sent to Olympia for certification
March 8, 2007- dossier sent to California for authentication
March 21,2007- DTC!! dossier sent to China
March 26, 2007- PA received-permission to adopt specifically Wu Yi Mei!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Wuhan City Children Welfare Institute and neighborhood (Wu Yi Mei's orphanage)

Hubei, China

I believe there are 27 provinces and municipalities in China. It is overwhelming to see how many "known" orphanages there are in Hubei alone.

Our Story

We know we are a family called to adopt. It began with the adoption of our daughter, Hannah, who joined our family in February of 2006. Our experience through the adoption process has changed our lives. Traveling outside the United States alone was enough to change us forever. To see rooms full of children needing parents and families is overwhelming. Babies, toddlers, preschool, school age, and teenage children all wishing and praying for someone to pick them, to love them, hug them, to be their forever family. They all need someone to show them they have not been discarded and forgotten. Our wish is that our unfolding story may touch other hearts and more families will adopt these precious children.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

What we know about you

Wu Yi Mei was found on August 10, 2004. She was wearing white with red polka dots baby clothing. She was a few days old and her birthday was recorded as August 5, 2004. The Wuhan City Children's Welfare Institute named her, Wu Yi Mei.
Wu-name given to every child at this institute(last name)
Yi- character given to every child who entered the institute in this month
Mei-their hope for her, that she will grow prettier and prettier as she grows.

Wu Yi Mei's growth report tells us she is fairly extroverted and obstinate sometimes, she is not afraid of strangers. She is also a deep sleeper!! (This is always a plus for a fourth child.) Her personality is described as active, restless, energetic, and fond of imitating, she enjoys toys, singing, dancing, music and games. She has a ready smile and gets along well with others! She is very smart. It sounds to us like a perfect match! You will fit right in with our family!!

What do you think of me??

Dear Sarah-Mei,
We love you already! We think about you and pray for you every day. We can't wait to bring you home. We want to hug you and kiss your sweet little face. We have read you love to play outside! We do too! We will have so much fun with you. Please come soon!
Your family

Our first glimpse

Our first glimpse of precious Wu Yi Mei, soon to be known as mei-mei (little sister) Sarah.