Friday, June 27, 2008

Time To Celebrate LID #29

Pyzam Family Sticker Toy

It looks as though the whole picture won't fit. Oh well...

Salty Dog has been spending more time with the grands, Kilee and Livi, in preparation for Alyzabeth An. Aly has been pulling her hair out trying to comb out M& M's hair. GC continues to be people friendly and one laiddddd back cat. OJ. Hard to describe OJ. If he follows pattern, Alyzabeth An may not see much of OJ. I feel confident in telling you he'll not be coming around for her to pet him anytime soon. OJ exemplifies the term "loner". Meanwhile, DS Justin quietly gives a knowing nod that the time is drawing near and DD Leaa reminds us daily, with early morning calls, the family is ready.

So here we are celebrating 29 months LID. Ok, maybe not celebrate but for all you living The Wait, well, you know full well what we mean by celebrating. Big numbers, in the fuzzy math logic of IA parents-to-be, indicates you're getting closer to REFERRAL! So like um' or not, we all grudgingly acknowledge them in our own way.

A personal message to those in The Wait:
We're sitting on the bubble for the upcoming July Referrals. So this could be the last (or next to last) time we celebrate our LID date. While we are obviously consumed with emotion by what is taking place in our family, please know that our hearts are forever linked to you. To you who have gone before and especially to you, whose journey continues on. Bless you. Walking in these shoes for the past 3 plus years of Paperchasing and Waiting has only increased the respect we have for you. Strong, Courageous, Loving, Supportive, Determined, Resilient, Committed, Caring... The list could go on and on in search of descriptors that barely touch upon the real you.

You brave the highs and lows to one day hold, to one day love, to one day give thanks for the little one already born in your heart. Yours is not a journey for the faint. For those who fail to dream. For those who fear to love and be loved. Always know this. You are forever members of our family and we choose to believe we are members of yours. Our journeys, too long measured by time, will one day give way to a measurement of the love we live and the love we give...


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Although this wait is difficult, watching those who are logged in ahead of us is so exciting!

Whether it is this month or next, I can't wait to follow your journey to Alyzabeth An. It puts things into perspective for me and gives me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel......a very long tunnel!

Strap yourselves is going to be an incredible ride!


Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Happy 29... We can truly say that you are almost there.. THIS may be your last LID.... I sooo hope so.. I can not wait to see Alyzabeth An's pretty little face...
I know you guys are sooo excited..
HUGS to you..
Sounds like we might see referrals soon...
Have a Great Weekend..

3D said...

29 done and hoping and praying this is the last one. Your words touched me...thank you.

Keep smilin!

AZMom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

The wait now is insane. I really feel for all of you who are LID in 06. I hope you made the cut off and soon will be gazing at your daughter's precious photo.

Feel free to stop by anytime!

Briana's Mom said...

Gosh I hope this is the LAST one! Fingers and toes crossed!

Daniella said...

I really hope this is your last LID post!!!! I can feel your excitment over here in SW Fl! Love the picture.

wendy said...

I love the graphic! I am praying that this is your last LID to get through.

Liene said...

I have a strong feeling it will be the last. They came so close last month.

I agree the whole waiting thing has already been hard and we're just past the 18 month mark. I can't imagine how much more painful it's going to continue to be as we wait. But we'll make it. I think this saying has a lot of truth to it - "The best things come to those who wait."

Thank you for your awesome words.

Shane & Irma said...

Hola Alyson,
I love what you have done witht he blog. I to have made amake-over on mine. I have not been able to keep up on yours or Kims.
I love alot of your pictures in the ocen. some of your comes seen like they come from that heart. Reading you blog brings me alot of peace to my journy.
Take care and have a good weekend,

Mike and Rhonda said...

As a waiting family, I thank you for the beautiful words. As your cyber friend and a Precious Panda, I hope this is your last LID before your referral!!!!! I just pray we will ALL be looking at your Alyzabeth An's face.

Ruth & Brian said...

From one CCAI'er & Precious Panda-er, (as bittersweet as it is) wishing you a happy 29th LID anniversary.

Bring on the referrals!!!

Ruth & Brian
LID 1/27/06

Truly Blessed said...

Popping in from Nanchang, Jiangxi to say we pray you'll see referrals soon, that they will cover through 1/27 at the least, and that the wait will soon be over!


Diane said...

A big heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to you and your whole family on achieving this huge milestone! We sincerely hope that this is your last one! Ford, you have such a way with words and your post made me cry! (Not too hard to do these days!) We are sending prayers and positive thoughts your way that you will see your precious Alyzabeth An's photo this week!
Take Care,
Diane and Gary Allen
LID 1/23/06 NEXT!

rubyiscoming said...

Oh sweet friends...I too will always consider you family - some days during this wait, I feel like yelling/singing Helen Reddy's "I am Woman, Hear Me Roar" - or Gaynor's "I Will Survive" - I do believe that, as tough as the wait has been, we are stronger for it and will all be amazing parents -

xxoo on your LID #29!!!


a Tonggu Momma said...

Okay -- your blog is now officially one of my favorite China-adoption blogs. I'm glad I stumbled onto y'all a few weeks ago.

sea star said...

I need for this to be your last LID. For those of us still in the waiting posse, we relish in the referrals of's our hope that our dreams will one day come true as well.

Be blessed by the have arrived.

Kelly & Sindy said...

Happy # 29!!! I hope this is your
last Lidversary!!!! We swapped
fabric for are quilts over 2 years
ago. It's amazing how time flies
and now Kelly and I too are just
starting the paperchase for #2
SN. I am so excited!!! I will be
checking your blog daily from here
on out!!!!

Wishing U and your family all
the best!!!


P.S. Our new blog for baby Brooke

OH MY #6 said...

I am on pins and needles waiting for the referrals and hoping that you are in. You have a lot of people out here rooting for you!


Ruth & Brian said...

Ford, I agree it is so very hard to breathe and not because of the smog or air quality or pollen in the air!!!

Weather in WA is a treat this weekend with high 80's-90's so I plan to enjoy the sun and 'not think about the looongg weekend' (yeah right!)

Ruth & Brian
LID 1/27/06

kris said...

i feel like i am

(let it be july, let it be july- my mantra for you 2)!

Ava's family said...

The one (and only) good thing about this looooooong wait is that it allowed me to meet so many wonderful people in the blogging world. This community is amazing and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I SO hope that this is the last LID anniversary that you have to celebrate.....It's FINALLY your time. Enjoy every second.

Mei Ling said...

sounds corny, but long time lurker, first time writer -anyway, I've enjoyed reading your blog through these many, many months (loved the clean up office too) anyway, congratulations, I'm truly happy for you. best, Mei Ling

Mike & Kelli Kessell said...

Thank You for Sharing this, I got it off of Rumor Queen. You seem to be an amazing person and I copied this on my blog. Thanks again, I needed to hear this today.
P.S. Naishing means Patience in Chinese.....I have the tatoo character on my low back-WHO gets their first tatoo at age 38? Best of luck, you ARE next!

OziMum said...

A gorgeous post, particularly, knowing the thin cord you walk of "this month or next"? Have absolutely everything crossed for you... may Alyzabeth An arrive in FedX van next week! Eeek! NEXT WEEK!

...are you ready?!!

sarah said...

Love the family picture! Happy 29 . . .

I'm thinking you're in! I want ya'll to be in China with us!

Very soon we'll know.

Catherine said...

29 months and oh so close! Praying you receive your referral THIS WEEK!!! Still stalking RQ for a cut off date even though I know it's still early Monday morning in China. Praying for you, loving you and supporting you. Thank you for your words of encouragement to us too. I will wait as long as necessary.

Also, thanks for the family pic. LOL! I'll print if off and keep it with me so that I'll know who I'm looking for in August if it works to meet up. Hmmmm...what colours are those funky floral shorts Ford so that I'm sure not to miss you? LOL!

29 months closer and oh how close you are!!! Wheeeee!!

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

The moment is growing closer for you and your family to finally see your little one. I pray for you that this is your month!!!!!! I will be checking back soon for the referral announcement/picture!!

Sooooo excited for you!!!

Smiles! :o)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments on our website (CCAI). Your words in this post were ever so encouraging!! To know that I am not alone helps tremendously, but at the same time I am grieving for those who have such a long wait.
Many blessings to you as you look forward to your incredible match day!
Tracy -

redmaryjanes said...

Congrats on 29 down!! Baby's comin' home! I can't wait to see her sweet little face : )
Your family drawing would make a fabulous header.