Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More signs.....

So I haven't posted about my signs in a while. Maybe because I've been so busy that I haven't looked for them. Or, maybe because I think I've got what I wanted and now I don't need my signs. This is not how I really feel, but maybe that's how it seems sometimes. The past few days - maybe more - whenever I go to my blog to check out other blogs I scroll down to my 'Favorite Blogs', and every time I see this post:

And each time my eyes are drawn to this line:

Stephanie called at 3:16pm today!!!!

Tonight it finally hit me -- the 3:16 finally made sense -- the dots were connected -- and I'm taking it as another sign. Another sign that we have never been alone in this journey -- a sign that God has been watching over us and watching over Cassie this whole time. God is so good!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16 (KJV)

It's also a reminder for me to keep looking for the signs -- that God is near. I believe this is His way of telling me that. I'm not always the best listener, I'm slow, and easily distracted but I promise to do better because I know He is near. And that He is watching over my baby girl. So thank you God, for once again showing me the signs.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Girl!!!!!


Mommy and Daddy wanted to write you a little note and let you know that we have been thinking about you every second of every day since we first saw your sweet little face on January 22nd. You were 10 months old that day and today you are 1 year old. Since we first learned you were our daughter we have been very, very anxious to go to China to see you, hold you, let you know you have parents who love you so much, and bring you home. We are still waiting for one more approval from the CCAA before we can schedule our trip to China. It looks like we won't be there to get you until May. I know and I agree -- that is way too long to have to wait. But know that we love you and think about you none-stop. Mommy has been very sad this week because you are turning 1 today and we can't be there with you. Please know that even through we aren't there to celebrate with you that you are in our every prayer. We miss you soooooo much!!!!! And very soon we will be together as a family. Soon baby girl -- soon. I promise we will be there as soon as we possibly can.

Mommy made you a birthday cake. Mommy needs a little practice on baking cakes but I still think it's kind of cute and fun. I think you would like it because it's chocolate and I know that's your favorite because it's your mommy's favorite too. It has lots and lots of frosting, and sprinkles too! Because you can't have a 1st birthday cake without sprinkles.

Mommy and Daddy also bought you a couple of new toys for your birthday. We got you a Go & Grow Lil' Rollin' Giraffe and a Big Discoveries Table. As soon as you get home you can play with them. Plus, you have lots and lots of other toys too. You have been getting lots of great gifts from all your new family and friends. They all think you are so special and wanted to spoil you just a tiny bit. Mommy and Daddy think spoiling you is a great idea.

It's midnight here and Sunday just started for us -- Mommy needs to get to bed soon. But that means it's noon in China. So I know that you are already awake for the day. Then again, maybe you are napping. I hope you are happy and smiling and I hope that you somehow know that you have a Mommy and Daddy that love you more than anything in the world.

Hugs and kisses baby girl.
And Happy 1st Birthday.

We love you sooooo much,
Mommy and Daddy.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

IT'S OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's official -- we have a baby girl -- and our LSC!!!!!

Stephanie called at 3:16pm today!!!!

I'm so excited -- finally -- a daughter -- our daughter -- and her paperwork!!!!!!!!

Cassie will be 1 year old on March 22nd.

I think we'll be traveling in early May to go get her.
Still need to wait on our TA.

We are almost there.

PS -- check out the new header!!!!!

UPDATE -- We met with our SW on Sunday the 1st -to update our home study and it came in the mail today. I've just spent the last 2 hours getting everything ready to mail to the Detroit USCIS office to request another update. Our current I-171H form expires on May 17th -- that's cutting it way to close -- and we need that form current to get home with Cassie. I'd rather do the extra update -- just in case. So tomorrow I'll overnight it to the USCIS office and pray they process it really quick -- just in case.