Sunday, August 24, 2008

Orphanage Care Package

It is in the mail... (we mailed on Monday, the 18th). Yes, the USPS has a care package to deliver to China on our behalf. Let me start this with the shock factor. It cost $ 40.00 for a 10 day delivery. Not Express mail; regular Priority Mail. Occasionally we have mentioned the cost of some adoption fees. This care package is optional and the weight of it determines the cost.

When I originally began writing this post, we were still in the "WAIT". I was making our lists of things to do and we still had a healthy dose of cautious optimism; that we were going to receive our referral in July 2008. Our wait ended on August 12, 2008, after our formal decision to adopt more than 39 months ago!

Once we received our referral, the care package contents was assembled; items for our daughter and her orphanage. We received the directions and address to her orphanage in the Travel Package from our Agency on August 15, 2008.

We printed labels for each item in Chinese so that as they read and point to each photo in the box it will have the Chinese label that says "Mother" on my pictures, Father (Daddy) on DH's plus our DD and DS. In addition we will send pictures of my Mom with the Chinese word for maternal Grandmother, as she will be at our home when we arrive back from China. I chose not to send a photo of Salty Dog and the cats, M&M and GC. Our red cat, OJ, stays hid so often I don't think I could get a picture of him even if we wanted to include him!

Items that went in the care package (the size of a large shoe box) included a small photo album, candy, perfume and lipstick for the Nannies, outfits for the children, a blanket that we have slept with, clothes for Lizzy, two disposable cameras and a teddy bear. How much can we cram in this box? We weren't very good at taking the final pictures of the box "finished", so here are a few showing the progress!

The blanket we ordered especially for this care box is pink and brown.
We slept with it so that our daughter will "know" us before we even see her. Hopefully Salty Dog's odor won't mask ours!! I found this blog called "High On Craft" and checked out her Etsy shop. A homemade baby quilt/blanket is the perfect size. Thank you for the beautiful quilt!
Here's a recent care package example over at The Big Wait for Jenny.
To see what we are doing, check out this blog with many examples of care packages.

Another "To Do" task has been crossed off our list! Yeah! Can't wait to see if we get the cameras back! Smile Alyzabeth!

21 comments:

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I love that blanket....thanks for including the link....I am going to check it out!

Another things crossed off the list, and you are one step closer to Alyzabeth An....can't wait to follow your journey!

Lisa

OH MY #6 said...

How thoughtful this all is. Love that blanket.

Lea
xo

Cindy said...

I came across your blog during the storm. I am glad you made it though with minor damage. We are waiting to see how much rain we will get from the storm now.

Congrats on your daughter, she is absolutely beautiful. We have been home with Allie almost 2 1/2 years and it seams like yesterday I was packing. I hope she gets the items from her care package. Our SWI just put everything in a bag and gave it all back to us. Everything was still tagged. I do believe she saw the photo album but was never given her blanket. They did take pictures with our camera's, did not answer questions. We did have an interview with the nannie at the notary dept and she answered all of our questions then. I actually was able to get pictures of Allie with her Nannie and the director. We also used CCAI, love them!!!!!! They are great and their guides in China are awesome!!!

Enjoy every moment!!!!!!

amy said...

I will have to check that site out. Great box and what a fun thing to mail. So excited for you

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the blanket.. it is sooo adorable...
One more thing checked off to make you that much closer to Alyzabeth An.. Next step is getting travel.. you are almost there..
Can't wait..
Hugs ...
Have a WONDERFUL Sunday..

Cora said...

I can't beleive you got all that in a shoe box. Great packing! Love the items!

Melissa said...

Your journey is @ the beginning! I hope to be there @ some point, but before my arrival, a small package to arrive to you!
Love, Mel

Kayce said...

Oh I can't wait to see the pictures that the nannies take with the cameras. What a wonderful care package.

sarah said...

So much fun!! I loved sending the care package! I can't wait to see what we get back (i.e. photos and some answers to questions specifically)! Your daughter will be able to understand the photos and remember your faces for when she meets you (soon!). Very, very cool.

3D said...

Great care package.

The blanket...love it. The owner of the store/maker..love her too!

Keep smilin!

rubyiscoming said...

Love it! I bought the special blanket for Ruby about 18 months ago - probably need to start sleeping with it in about a month :)

Lisa and Tate said...

A dream come true to be able to send stuff to your daughter and the people who are so part of her life so far. Love the blanket. Thanks for the links.... Please share you "to do" list. I am so not even able to wrap myself around what needs to be done at this point.... LID march 7 '06.... creeping closer!!!

Lisa

Donna and Joe said...

Great job on the care package! That blankie is adorable...love the colors. I can't believe you fit all that stuff into a large shoebox. That's good practice for packing your China luggage!

Donna :)

Catherine said...

So exciting! The first time that Alyzabeth An will have the opportunity to meet you through pictures and the blanket that will surround her with love. Too cool!!

Elisa. said...

Looks like you covered everything in that package, I got my camera back on gotcha day on got some pictures of Zoe's orphanage.

Kelly And Allison said...

WOW.. You guys are moving along fast. How exciting! Wish all well and Fay didn't do too much damage to your place. Hope they take many pictures of Alyzabeth. She is beautiful.

Tina

OziMum said...

Ooo it's so exciting! You are so close!!! Your care package looks fantastic. Love the blanket!

Hope Fay is on her way out? We don't get cyclones/hurricanes/monsoons here, so I can only imagine how terrifying it actually is!

Debz said...

I'm with everyone else, I love the blanket.
She is going to love everything, I'm so glad that someone thought of this idea, it's such a great way for the child to connect to the parents before they meet them.

Looks like you've been busy!
Sorry to hear of all the nasty weather. Hope it passes soon.

Kim said...

How exciting! I hope you get tons of great pictures back from the cameras!!!

Highoncraft said...
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Highoncraft said...

Congratulations on your referral Alyson and Ford! Alyzabeth is beautiful. I am so excited that the quilt I made will be used in this special way.

In honour of so many of you who are adopting, I am offering a free shipping special on quilts ordered by adopting parents. See my blog for details.