Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Kate's Room Update

Since I'm on a roll today, here are more photos of Kate's room...this time the finished product. As my Dad said, "The only thing it needs now is Kate." Believe me we've been anxiously waiting for 12 months to fill the room.

Currently, the chair in the corner has become our cat Newt's favorite place. I hope she and Kate will nap peacefully together.

100 Good Wishes Quilt

As many of you know, we are doing a 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Kate. It's a Northern China tradition and becoming very popular in the adoption community. We have had so much fun getting the fabric from family and friends. I discovered scrapbooking in the process of making the book to go along with the quilt.

The book is made up of a photo, letter to Kate and piece of the fabric from each person who gave us something for the quilt. The fabric is so wildly different and so much fun. Putting the book together has been wonderful. Eddie has been taking pictures of me while I scrap. I can't wait to share the finished product with you all.

Long Time No Post

We first began testing the idea of a blog back in December...when we thought we'd get our referral in January and travel in March. Well, the long wait has set in.
For those of you unfamiliar with China Adoption...here's a short primer and a bit of what we've gone through.
First...the slow down. At the time we began the process the wait time for a referral (when they match you with a child) was 6-8 months. That increased to a current wait of 12 months.

Second...the reason. This is due to 2 reasons: 1) the increased number of families wanted to adopt from China 2) the paperwork prepared by the orphanages and given to the government slowed down. They can't match a waiting family with a child if they don't have a file on the child.

The journey has been long and we're very close to an ending but we're still not there yet. We expect to get our referral in late August and travel in late October/early November. There have been good days and bad as the wait has progressed but we're sure the right little girl for us is just waiting for us.

As we get closer to the referral we will post more often. We'll have so much to share once we know who she is and where she's from. We look forward to sharing our happy news with you once we finally have some.