Thursday, July 30, 2009

Okay, day 75 of the count. I've tried not to get caught up in the count, but it's really hit me HARD this week (i.e. lots of crabiness, tears, butterflies, heart palpitations, etc., etc., etc).

We had skipped LOA w/ Eliza and went right to TA and got that on day 81 of the wait, so you can imagine that my mind is swirling these days w/ anticipation.

That said, another family was in Guilin yesterday to visit the orphanage, 3 days post Gotcha Day for them. Here's the wonderful gift that I received in my e-mail this morning (after being awoken at 5:00 a.m. by my little shadow)!

...p.s. I will update this post as soon as I get any photos. (For my blog-stalking friends, know that I'm stalking Kirsten's blog too for pictures!)

"HI Sarah,

The best part of going to the orphanage today was meeting your daughter! She is so sweet, precious and beautiful! I was able to get some video of her and her foster mother - i will have to email it to you from my home computer - this one will not let me do video - ugh - i'm so sorry but when we get home i will do it- i promise:) I'll upload pictures to my shutterfly site - this email uploading takes too long:(

I gave her the message about her family coming soon to get her... she already knew all about you guys and is very excited. I was able to find out that she has been with this foster mother for the last 5 yrs. she also has a younger foster brother and does a very good job helping to take care of him - the reason we were able to meet the foster mom was b/c she was there with the brother at the clinic at the orphanage b/c he wasn't feeling well. The mom also told me that the she also has a 23 yr. old daughter that has been trying to teach Meiyang some english - when they asked her to speak it - she got shy. I think it is going to tough for the mom and daughter to say goodbye to each other but the mom is very happy that Meiyang will have a forever family."

So, can you guess how many times since 5:30 a.m. I have read that e-mail, checked Kirsten's blog and shutterfly?! I can't wait to see the video she took either, but that will have to wait 'til they arrive back home to the states. Video? Just the word video (of my daughter) is mind boggling. OMGosh, I'll get to "see" her in action and "see" her w/ her foster mom. That thought gives me butterflies! What a gift! On a side note, it was almost exactly 3 years ago when I received an e-mail and photos of Eliza from a family that was visiting her orphanage. Okay, well I need to go re-read Kirsten's e-mail again!!

Okay, here's what I read on Kirsten's blog that I wanted to include here too:

"...I asked to meet Meiyang. She is a precious 7 yr. old that is going home to her forever family in NC very soon. Her mom asked me to relay some information about them and to let her know that they will be there for her very soon. This was the very best part of the trip! I was even able to meet her foster mom. It was a wonderful experience - i was crying just telling her about her family - Meiyang is very excited but nervous too - she has been with this foster mom for the past 5 yrs. We were able to visit for about 15 minutes with them - you'll see some pics of her and her foster mom on my shutterfly site."


Truly Blessed said...


An hour or so after reading your FB post and I STILL have goosebumps and get teary thinking about you being so close to Ava Meiyang through this adopting family. I know you understand what it's like, what an incredible gift it is, to receive updates from a traveling family - I'm feeling for you the same joy I felt when you and Derek visited Katie for us so many years ago.

Ava is beautiful, truly a beautiful flower. Your garden is full of beautiful flowers!

And video? What a wonderful treat!

Tiffany said...

Oh Sarah what a wonderful email to wake up to.
The best kind! I am in tears and just feel so happy for you!!!!!!!
It sounds like the pictures came just when you needed them most. What a blessing to receive and to also know you have a video to look forward to.

Ava is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

SOOOOOOO excited for you!!!!!!!!