Monday, July 28, 2008

Check Out This Blog...They're In China NOW!!

http://www.grayadoption.blogspot.com/
This couple lives in Alabama and is adopting a little 12 y/o girl. They just met her. We've corresponded a few times but just thought I'd put this out there if you're interested.
How wonderful!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Lyrics to "When Love Takes You In" by Steven Curtis Chapman

This recording artist, SCC, and his wife have had a huge impact on my life. I had been praying about adopting but never getting up the courage to just jump on in and do it. My mom recorded SCC and Mary Beth on a tv show one afternoon. It was all about their adoption stories. I just watched the tape over and over, cried, and decided NOW is the time. That was in about April of 2005.
SCC and M. Beth have adopted 3 precious girls from China -- and as many of you might know, the youngest one, Maria, moved to heaven recently. The whole event of her dying was overwhelming. I had no words. No words.
Please lift this family up in prayer. Photo above is SCC and Maria when she was a baby.
Visit SCC's site: http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer

Here are the words to one of SCC's songs that has meant sooooo much to me over the nearly 3 years I've been waiting. I never seem to get tired of it.



When Love Takes You In

I know you’ve heard the stories
But they all sound too good to be true
You’ve heard about a place called home
But there doesn’t seem to be one for you
So one more night you cry yourself to sleep
And drift off to a distant dream

Where love takes you in and everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in

And somewhere while you’re sleeping
Someone else is dreaming too
Counting down the days until
They hold you close and say I love you
And like the rain that falls into the sea
In a moment what has been is lost in what will be

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
And this love will never let you go
There is nothing that could evercause this love to lose its hold

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in it takes you in for good
When love takes you in

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Let's SEE if this works...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6zrE2149v8
MAYBE you can click on this video and NOT hear the music from my blog. I'll give it a try.
Love the words to the song, "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. It's a bit 'twangy' with the country sound on this live version but still a great song (in my opinion). I'm branching out with figuring out what to do on the ole blog.

Still can't find Peanut's cartoon picture. I will, though. I will!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Yeah...Yoo Hoo but I don't see my other dog!

Where's the cartoon pic of Peanut? Phooey. That's what I get for tryin' out new stuff. LOL!!

I Did This All By Myself. Yoo Hoo!

Pyzam Family Sticker Toy
Create your own family sticker graphic at pYzam.com

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hey - Check Out My Travel Buddy WAAAYYY Below at the Bottom of Page.

That's Christy (a.k.a Chel-c). She has the mis/good (circle one) fortune of accompanying me to The People's Republic of China. Just wanted ya'll to see the face of the dear soul who must put up with all my quirks and personal examples of weirdness. And for 2 whole weeks at that. I'm not sure I can stand my OWN self that long. She's laid back, easy going, & low maintenance.

We were talking about our airline tickets the other night and she mused of how much she loves a window seat. My delayed thought process was, "Ruh roh. I crave an aisle for the space..." She's SOOOO easy going. They could throw her out on the wing of that plane, and she'd be thrilled with 'the view'.
Just don't set her to-go box of food down on the floor board of the car where people have placed their feet who ever could've possibly stepped in dog poop. Nope! She'll forgive ya, but she ain't gonna eat whatever's in that box now.

Did I say easy going? 99% of the time...
Loyal, trutstworthy, supporting friend? 100%, 24/7, 365...and more!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Let Me Make This REALLY Clear --

My Blah, Blah Sister -- Dona the NBCT, Techno Guru, "Here. I'll walk you through the Assessment Center process" friend -- sent me an email. She was in awe of my blog techie capabilities. When I finally picked myself up off the floor from rolling around laughing, I emailed her back and said, "Oh right. WRONG. Rina is doing ALL this for me." I'm merely typing -- and I learned how to do that in 10th grade Typing Class. Oh wait. I am pushing the button that says, "Post". That counts for something - doesn't it?

Anyhoo...I looked at the slide show of Emily's room. You might notice it appears to be Puddin's room (zee kitty cat). He loves it. As I was looking at the photos over and over, I could not find ONE single, solitary thing that I had paid for: books, toys, whatever. Even the knobs on the drawers were given to me, and I spray painted them lavender. Oh. I did buy paint for the furniture. Whoop dee do.

I finally spotted a little stuffed lamb that has a belly button. I bought it after Easter in 2005. I had it out on display for a long time, then I put it away -- and now it's back in the real world waiting for a little girl to breathe life into it. It's about time.

All that said, it seems I've got an adorable little room for Miss E to come home to, and I've paid a whopping $15.95 for it. Told you these friends are some kind of special!

Tassie - We're praying for ya as you have your MRI today. Remember: "Be not afraid. Only believe." Luv you!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nearly 3 Years, 3 Dogs, 3 Cats, 3 Degrees, & 2 Birds Later....

THE BEDROOM IS FINALLY COMPLETE!! You'd think it would've been done all along, but nooooooooooo. Of course not. However, other adoptive parents who've been waiting and waiting and...did I say waiting?....agree that some of the "umph" sorta goes away from the Gee-Let-Me Do-This-Now process. In all actuality, I had to have a small window of time to paint the furniture (given to me here and there) and decorate. Once again, thanks to my friends and family folks, I believe it's finally there.

These are pictures I sent to Emily in a care package via my adoption agency. It's good to let her have a small photo album in advance of my arrival -- to have folks explain to her, "This is your bedroom. This is your mommy. Here's the house you will live in. "

Emily's bed is the bed I slept in when I was a little girl. One day when I was about 7ish y/o my mom closed off my room, painted the bed, put the most precious Poodle decal on it, and surprised me with my remodeled bedroom. The little nightstand in the corner was mine, too. When painting, I protected that Poodle decal at all costs!!! It's kinda 'worn' but is a treasure to me. What a feeling to be painting that bed for my little girl as mom (a.k.a. Miss Clairol) did for me when I was young. Awwwwww.

I have a photo of Emily and one of me - side by side sitting on her desk. My pic is one a couple of years back minus 20lbs. Oh my. I hope Emily doesn't take one good look at me in China and scream for the person in the picture. Bye for now. Gotta go work out and try to look more like the photo.....Vicki (a.k.a. Miss Clairol II)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though she knows that you are slightly cracked." -- Bernard Meltzer.




Oh how true, how true. I've had sooo many friends/family members helping me out lately. Here are a few of the folks I'm very thankful for (Yep. I ended that statement in a preposition -- thank you very much! Southern girls' thoughts about rules: Heaven forbid that you we don't know them. It is, however, our own choice whether or not we choose to implement them.)

-- Mom: OMG; doing EVERYthing for me
being the example of what a godly mother is
no jumpin' on the bed nekkid
("Take that off that blog right now! I don't want those people to think I'd really say something so crude. For cryin' out loud, Vicki!")

-- Christy: agreeing to be my China travel buddy and leaving Sam for 2 weeks
Have you read the Shakespearean sonnet "Eight Days Doth Not Dirty Underwear Make"?
low maintenance, easy to please, level headed
How did I ever get you for a friend?

-- Marlene: giving all the happies to Emily
painting her wall, her stuff, and getting carried away in the hallway; LOL
You paint a frame and end up remodeling a house. Gotta love it.
such a gift for helping others

-- Donna: the are-teest; embellishing queen
Here's your Splenda.
plaid or polka-dot
Do you r-e-a-l-l-y- like Marlene?
Academy Award Winner - You rock Black Rose Theater!

-- Kim: being my techno guru, rod hanging, multi-mile walking friend
How many WW points are in a chocolate Frosty from Wendy's?
Super _______________ (insert noun here....mom, wife, friend, employee, daughter, sister, cook, decorator)
gotta mean left handed swing on those tennis balls

-- Cookie: exemplifying all the charm of a southern bulldozer
I understand the stock prices for Target rose 47.89% after you bought the entire bedroom outfit for Emily's room.
What's next on your to-do list? Taking over a 3rd world country to aid and assist their homeless pets and older folks? Probably.

-- Rina: jumping right on in there and making Emily's blog a reality kind of friend
Uhhhh, can you say "amazing, talented, quick witted, gorgeous, 4-guy, Meizhou mom"
Me thinks you have New York Mafia connections...(humorous eye rolling taking place)

-- tricia: never a capital "T"
being a package mailing, Boston Red Sox cheering, number crunching, email encouraging friend
I keep telling people who see your gift box, "...all this from someone...& I've never even met her"
riding out The Perfect Storm -- one LID batch at a time; hang tough

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Paperwork Out the Whazoo - So What Else is New?


I saw a blog book title (fake) How to Survive Adopting from China. They ain't kiddin'.

Only those who are going through the process of adopting (shout out to "tricia 06/02/06" - her official signature now) or who have completed it can r-e-a-l-l-y understand. It's an especially fun ride for those who've been hanging in about 2+ years b/c of "the wait" with its DAWG-GONE-DO-OVERS two & three times for updated government forms. Oh the joy. Dates and deadlines matter. You better know it. FBI fingerprints expire in 12 mos. but the process for I-600A/I171-H that coincides with it expires in 18 mos...and you better not get caught with lapse time cuz you never know what might change next. NeverMIND the paperwork that has to be completed to file these forms: updated homestudy, social work visit, up to date medical, background checks, references, income adjustments, and probably how many fleas were found on the dog in the last 18-21 months. Whatever.

We've turned into a bunch of calendar watching, blog stalking, RQ reading, statistic analyzing, gov't number/alphabet spewing freaks.

Well, I'm almost through with those 3 years of the paperwork process while I've begun another round -- all good. I'm currently working on (like anyone cares!) Immigrant Immunization Waiver, Visa Applications for Christy (travel buddy) and me, Chicago Consulate courier/Fed Ex procedures, Family Medical Leave forms with Social Worker, travel arrangements with agent and agency, government appointments in Guangzhou, papers notarized, ordering Federal Reserve money from Atlanta (required for payment of fees in China) and going through it all at the bank --- picking and choosing the right bills -- all $7,000 worth. Just stuff like that.

No need to gripe b/c it all has a happy ending -- Miss Emily Meilynn will come home and begin a new life. Worth it all.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Rina Connection - Everybody Needs One

As I'm sitting here posting info about life and upcoming travel plans, there's Rina hundreds of miles away posting my blog pictures of little Emily Meilynn. Instant friend...no lie!



The photos on this page show Emily (Mei Xia Ying):

1. in a current photo lookin' all cutie pie in her girlie outfit.

2. in her referral photo; I said she was holding her little stuffed animal but had a forever grip on my heart.

3. in a Santa hat; This picture was sent to me from Angela who adopted her precious Olivia from the same orpahanage. When I posted a pic of Emily on my Meizhou Families Yahoo group, she recognized Emily from being in photos with her darling daughter. They were in the same 'group' with Aunties taking care of them. How special to get this photo from the past. I think it would have been December, 2006 when it was taken.

The pink building is the Meizhou SWI (Social Welfare Institute)/orphanage. There haven't been many of these pics published. How cool that WE all have one now.

Maybe Two Months from Today -- OMG!!

If all continues as is, then I'll travel to China around August 29th. I need to be in Guangzhou during the day on Sunday, August 31st to **hopefully** rest up from the long trip. I am scheduled to meet Miss Emily on Monday, September 1st. Can you believe that? As we say in Mississippi, "I reckon that's a life changing event!"
I'm staying busy with tons of school work (working on Education Specialist Degree - "show me da money"), continuing with China adoption paperwork/plans, and working many weekends at the Mustard Seed. Who says you can't do it all? (I know: a man!) Anyhoo...I have to thank another Meizhou Mom -- drumroll -- Rina for setting up my blog. Have mercy. What a gift SHE IS.