October 2006

Wow, can you believe it, only 7 more days.  That’s just one more week folks!  The clock is ticking down, and we still have so much to do.  Aside from all of the paperwork, doctors appointments, shopping excursions, etc., that we are having to Mother Naturecomplete before we leave, Mother Nature is seeing fit that we experience all of the seasons that Rapid City has to offer, in the week before we leave.  Sunday around noon, Travis looked outside at the thermometer to check the temperature before he ventured out to rake up some leaves.  After gasping in shock because of what he saw, he asked me to verify the temperature with the Weather Channel.  At the time, according to the Weather Channel, it was 78 degrees.  However, according to our thermometer outside it was 100 degrees (on its way up to 120 degrees!).  We soon realized that the difference in temperature occurred because the thermometer outside was sitting in direct sunlight at the time (well that would explain it!).  However, keep in mind that just a few weeks ago we had snow on the ground, so temperatures in the high 70’s, low 80’s is a dream!  Well, like I said, Mother Nature wants us to experience everything that Rapid City has to offer weatherwise.  So, yesterday morning I awoke to snow flurries, and temperatures in the low 20’s.  About 60 degrees colder than the day before!  Holy buckets, this is crazy.  We went from wearing shorts and sipping margaritas to heavy jackets and hot chocolate in one day.  Now I’m interested to see what Ms. Nature has planned for us tomorrow!  Come on now, bring on the locusts!


Dearest Liliana,

Your daddy visited your doctor for the first time yesterday.  She is a really nice lady who cannot wait to meet you.  There are two little girls who were also adopted from China, who go to this doctor too.  They told me that they really like her a lot and think that you will too.  Ohhhhhhhhhh, you just have so many people out here who cannot to meet you.  You are one very loved little girl.  Especially by your daddy and me.     ~Love Always,  Mommy… 

We finally got most of the paperwork together, we just need to make a few copies.  We still have to pack our bag which is something we will do sometime this week.  The car seat is now in the car securely, we just need a baby to place inside it.  In the mean time I have class tonight, Wednesday night, and Thursday night this week, as well as many papers that I must write.  Oh, do we have a busy week.  I am very much looking forward to being on the plane, on our way to China.  Soon, very very soon.


Dearest Liliana,

I read this poem recently, and thought of you.  I think about you everyday, and dream about you at night.  And, although I know that you are not aware of who we are, or even realize that we are coming for you, I send you little kisses everynight for comfort until we arrive.


I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.                                        You are here each day with me, at least that’s how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are…what’s taking us so long.                              But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin…                          Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God hold you in his hand until I can be with you.                                            I promise you, my darling, I’m doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you’ll have a famiy for real, not just pretend.                                  But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.                                    And let the angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.


     ~Love Always,  Mommy…

Number 9Single digit numbers, oh how I love those single digit numbers!  I am so excited that we inching our way closer to the date of our departure.  I received the itinerary for our trip in China, and reading through it just gets me even more excited about travelling over there.  We will stay in Beijing for a few days, do some sightseeing in places like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and other historical places.  We then fly to the baby’s province the morning of the 13th.  Sometime after we arrive, Liliana should be placed in our arms.  We will stay in the province until the 17th.  We then head out to Guangzhou where we will stay until the 22nd.  This is going to be a great trip!  However, we still have a bazillion (yes, that’s a real number!) things to do around here.  So, I better get going and do more “stuff.”


Dearest Liliana,

I had a dream about you last night.  Your daddy and I were in China, waiting to meet you.  We were so excited to finally see you in person that tears were coming down my face.  We waited for you in our hotel room, hoping for a phone call telling us to meet you down in the lobby or some other special place.  We were totally surprised though when there was a knock at the door, and there you were.  You were brought to our room in the hotel.  When you were handed to me, I started crying.  You just looked up at me rather inquisitively, and then placed your head near my heart.  It was a very special moment.  I am sure that when we first meet, it will be nothing like my dream, and that is okay.  It just calms my heart to know that we will be united very soon.     ~Love Always, Mommy…

Awwwwwwwww, we made it to the last of the two digit numbers in our countdown!  Woohoo!!!  I can’t wait until tomorrow…one digit days, here we come!  Being a Saturday, we have much to do to get ready for our trip to China.  Besides continuing with the packing adventure (yes, I still have many more ziplock baggies to “suck-and-seal”), I also planCarSeat to install a Child Restraint Device into our CRV, better known to the layman as a car seat.  To the right is a picture of the new car seat that we have.  Don’t you just love the girly aloha flowers!!!  I guess this is just my way of preparing her for fun adventures in Hawaii.  I am sure though that Liliana will probably be totally freaked out by all of the psychadelic colors.  Oh well, I just like the fact that stains will be easy to hide!  Oh, the thinking of a true mom (yes, I am definitely on my way).

Aside from the packing that will take place today, we also have to get all of our paperwork in order.  As the adoptive parents, we have to bring a ridiculous amount of paperwork with us on this journey…Original Travel Approvals and copies (just for safe keeping), extra passport photos, photocopies of our passports (once we receive them back from the Visa office), Affidavit Concerning Exemption from Immigrant Vaccination Requirements for a Foreign Adopted Child (to be honest, I don’t even know what this one is, but I better find it quickly!), USCIS forms, Home Study with updates, fingerprint clearances, a copy of our I-171H, and all of our travel information.  I think this is all of the paperwork that we need to take with us, but honestly I am sure that I am forgetting something.  Fortunately, we have a little over a week to be certain!

Gotta get to work!


Dearest Liliana,

Your daddy and I have so many things that we need to do before we leave to go to China to finally be united with you.  And yet while were are running around trying to finish all of these details, I am always thinking about you.  There are so many questions I want to ask you, and I wish you could answer.  But being so tiny, you won’t be able to express yourself to me except through the ways that babies do, crying, laughing, funny faces, scrunched-up noses, smiling, and tears.  But, if you could answer my questions, here are some that I would ask:

·         Do you love to cuddle?  (Your daddy and I do).
·         Do you sleep through the night?
·         Do you enjoy taking baths?
·         Do you laugh when someone blows a raspberry on your tummy?
·         Are you ticklish?
·         Do you like wearing hats?
·         What makes you sad?
·         What makes you really happy?
·         What makes you smile?
·         Are you a serious child?
·         Do you like cartoons?  (Your daddy would love to watch with you)!
·         Do you like to learn?
·         Are you scared of the dark?
·         Have you ever seen someone with blue eyes?
·         Have you ever seen someone with lots of freckles?
·         Do you have any teeth yet?
·         Do you have a favorite toy?
·         Do you know how to stand on your own?
·         Do you trust people?
·         Will you like your room?
·         Will you be scared when you meet us?

I know that I may never get all of the answers to these questions, but I will always be thinking about them, and you…    ~Love Always, Mommy…  

One month ago today we saw the beautiful face of our sweet Liliana Yuhuan.  The day for us was very special to us, as I’m Bailey FedExsure you can imagine.  Liliana was “delivered” by one of the local FedEx men…I am sure that he had no clue that he was going to be delivering a baby that day!  As soon as the envelope arrived at my school, I called Travis and he raced on over.  Upon his Travis FedExarrival, we ripped open the envelope and pulled out the contents.  As hard as it is to believe, we did not race to the pictures.  No, we went through the contents of the envelope in the order from top to bottom.  Taking our time reading through the enclosed papers was Travis’ idea.  If it were totally up to me, I would have been like a kid a Christmas.  However, my sensible husband kept me in line.  After reading through some of the paperwork, we finally set our eyes on our baby for the first time.  I must say, that moment brought tears to my eyes.  Waiting so long to get to this point, and I couldn’t believe that we finally had a face to this baby girl we had fallen in love with so long ago.  As special as that moment was one month ago, I know that it will not even come close to how wonderful the day will be when Liliana is placed in my arms.  I cannot believe that I am going to be a mommy!


Dearest Liliana,

Today was a very special day for your daddy and I.  One month ago today we both saw your sweet face for the first time.  We could not believe how beautiful you are.  Your eyes seem so wise, and yet rather sad at the same time.  But, we know that some day soon your eyes will show so much joy and happiness.  Seeing you so sad makes my heart ache, but I do know that you are being well taken care of by your foster mother.  She is an incredible woman, and I cannot thank her enough for taking such good care of you until the day when you are placed in our arms.  I know that she will be very sad to see you go, but I am certain she knows that you will be loved and cared for every day of your life.  You are one special little girl Liliana, you have filled my heart with so much love and joy, and you have blessed our lives so much already.  I cannot even imagine how incredible our lives will be when we finally become a family.  I cannot wait.  I will dream about you tonight, again…                      ~Love Always,  Mommy…

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