Journey to Our Chinese Princess

Thursday, November 30, 2006

New referrals are on their way!

Congratulations to everyone of you, who are going to finally, see your babies' faces. For those of you without prior knowledge the China adoption world. The CCAA is the governmental gency in China that matches adoptive parents to their child who is waiting in China. Parents who's paperwork was logged in to China between August 26th and September 8th, 2005 will now be seeing their 1st glimpses of their child. They will probably travel in 6-8 weeks or usually, that is how it goes, but with Chinese New Year aroundthat time , it will probably be more like 10-12 weeks.

Now the big question will be, when will those referrals start flying in! Then in a few weeks, there will be the big question as to whether there will be another batch of referrals before the end of the year! There had been a lot of rumours a week or so ago that the CCAA may start rolling out full months and then the wait would begin to stabilize. But since they only covered 19 days, it does not look like the wait will be stabilizing in the near future. At this pace and the fact that we are only at the very beginning of the process, who knows when we may actually have a little one. Ithink the wait is now about 15 months from LID (Log-In-Date - when you are officially in the computer system in China) to Referral.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

We're officially approved!!

We received the following e-mail this afternoon:

November 29, 2006
Dear Kevin and Kathryn
Congratulations! Your application for adoption has been approved by the Program Director.

We will be mailing out your approval packet today or tomorrow with instructions on how to proceed.

We are very excited for you, and wish you well as you begin your adoption journey!

The Intake Department
Children’s Hope International/St. Louis Home Office


St. Louis is about 5-7 hours southwest of us, so there's a good chance we'll get it by Saturday, if not before.! We're definitely on our way!

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on public restroom floors - that go directly to their dining tables? Happens a lot! It's not
always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress. Sometimes "what
you don't know 'will' hurt you"! Read on...

Mom got so upset when a guest came in the door and plopped their purses down
on the counter where she was cooking or setting up the buffet. She always
said that purses are really dirty, because of where they have been. Smart

It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know
what's inside our purses, do you have any idea what's on the outside? Shauna
Lake put purses to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You
may think twice about where you put your purse.

Women carry purses everywhere; from the office to public restrooms to the
floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their purses, but did
you ever stop to think about where your purse goes during the day?

"I drive a school bus, so my purse has been on the floor of the bus a lot,"
says one woman. "On the floor of my car ... probably in restrooms."

"I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of bathroom stalls while changing a diaper," says another woman and of course in my home
which should be clean." We decided to find out if purses harbor a lot of
bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake ,
then we set out to test the average woman's purse.

Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of
their purse. Most said they usually set their purses on top of kitchen
tables and counters where food is prepared. Most of the ladies we talked to
told us they wouldn't be surprised if their purses were at least a little
bit dirty. It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty, even the
microbiologist who tested them was shocked.

Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the purses tested
were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria.
Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause
serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the purses could
make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five purses tested positive
for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There is fecal
contamination on the purses," says Amy. Leather or vinyl purses tended to be
cleaner than cloth purses, and lifestyle seemed to play a role.

People with kids tended to have dirtier purses than those without, with one
exception. The purse of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one
of the worst contaminations of all.

"Some type of feces, or even possibly vomit or something like that," says
Amy. So the moral of this story - your purse won't kill you, but it does
have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you
eat. Use hooks to hang your purse at home and in restrooms, and don't put it
on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop. Experts say
you should think of your purse the same way you would a pair of shoes. "If
you think about putting a pair of shoes onto your countertops, that's the
same thing you're doing when you put your purse on the countertops" - your
purse has gone where every individual before you has spat, coughed,
urinated, emptied bowels, etc! Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a purse will help.
Wash cloth purses and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


She said everything looks good and she will be sending it to St. Louis (the main headquarters) and they will be sending a contract and we'll need to send a check for $300 with the signed contract. Then we'll be in touch soon after regarding the home study. Well gotta run! I'm at work, but had to post this new exciting news. Hopefully the wait times will either lessen or just stop increasing and hold steady at 14 to 16 months, once your dossier is logged in in China. Could we hear the pittaer patter of 2 little feet sometime in 2008? LET"S HOPE SO!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Day from you-know-where!

Today was the most infuriating day in a long time. Since it is Thanksgiving week, I am the only civil litigation paralegal at work. The other 2 took the week off. Mondays are usually bad, but this one was worse than most in quite awhile! We had 5 new cases and since Evelyn was out I had to remember how to do the conflict checks (and we had some weird cases) and then call the clients to give them the name of the attorney assigned to them. Then I had to run to court for routine motions and filing. Well routines are usually held between 8:45 and 9;15 or 9:30, so as long as you get there by 9:15, you are fine. Well, one of the clerks told me that there court held routines 8-8:45 and they were only giving a grace period for the last year for it to last until 9. Well, no where is that posted, so how are we to know if we aren't told. So, that routine motion has to be redone for next week. Of course other things came up. Plus I had to go to the other side of downtown to Federal Court to get some documents from the file copied. While there, I find out I could have done it online, since we have this one kind of account with the Federal Courts. It would have taken only a few minutes to do online but probably close to an hour walking to and from Federal court, plus a good chunk of time there. Now with all the time I spent blowing off steam, I don't have time to type anything more since it is now almost 10:30 and past my bedtime since I want to be on the 6:25 train. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more productive day, at least in getting what need to get done, done.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006


Look at the cute ladybug jewelry case I saw while at Kohl's.

Is it just me or does it seem that they are coming out with more and more ladybug-themed things?

Friday, November 17, 2006


Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Ball will start rolling

Our initial application to the agency will be mailed tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I just was over at e-bay looking around and look at the most adorable diaper bag I found. I just couldn't resist posting it here. Of course, we are not yet at a point where I will be buying anything, but I still can look.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Can't believe it's been so long since I posted here. Just too busy with life, I guess. We are getting close to sending out our initial application for adopting. We have decided on Children's Hope International for the agency, which has their headquarters in St. Louis, MO, but has a local office in nearby Des Plaines, IL. I'll add their website to my links soon as I can. I need to finalize some financial info. for the application & get some pictures made. I'm hoping we can send this off before my birthday on the 19th. I better get going since I want to be at work again early since I'm so extremely busy. Today was a pretty good day though since I got a couple assignments finished and started on another. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish that one up, if not too many other things come up that have to be taken care of right away.