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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Such a sweet day today

Today was our adoption agency's annual picnic. We have so much still to do (to get ready for Ch*na) and went back and forth on whether we should go or not.

Oh my, are we glad we did! It was such a sweet time.

First we got to hug our favorite adoption coordinator,

the lady who puts up with my too numerous to count questions each day,

the one who patiently tells me the same thing over and over because

I just can't quite take it all in,

the lady who gives us the wonderful news each time we go to the next

step in our adoption process . . .

This is that amazing lady and her beautiful daughter

Then we got to hook up with some of our travel buddies from Philip's trip,

Cathi, Ken, Lucy, and Mary Rose.

It is always a joy spending time with them.

Here they are with their little dog, too! Mary Rose, standing

with her daddy, came home from Ch*na the same time our Philip did.

She also is from the same province as our Sophia is from (Shaanxi).

Lucy, Mary Rose, Philip, and Eli

Four treasures from the East!

Then we met, for the first time in person, a family who

is with our agency and who has a daughter from our Philip's Ch*na home.

We have hooked up online and through telephone calls, but we have never met

them in person until today.

Two mommies with their Philip Hayden treasures!

Their family and ours

Sarah, Emma Grace, Rick, Matthew, and Andrew -

what a joy to meet you today!

And Sarh just happens to make hair bows - beautiful ones!

She brought us a bunch for our litte girl! Can hardly wait to see our daughter

wearing them!

We also met a delightful family who recognized us from our blog. It
was so sweet of them to stop and chat. They had lunch with our group as well.

They live in town and will be a play date sometime soon.

And then, as if the day could even get
better, our friends (another family from Philip's

travel group) gave us a dollhouse - a really big Barbie dreamhouse!

Wow, that made it really soak in that our daughter will soon be here,

a part of her forever family, forever!

What a day! So glad we decided to go to the picnic. So glad we are part of this miracle called adoption.


Freedom Hollow Farmgirl said...

So excited for you. When do you leave to bring her home?


Pam said...

What a fun day, Janet! So glad you were able to make the time to go!

Leslie said...

Got your msg on our blog, Janet! So glad to hear you will be heading to China soon. I will definitely follow your blog!! Good luck with everything - I will keep you in my prayers.