Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Orlando Visit - August 12th

Recognize any of the folks in the above picture? :)

Can you believe it?!? We not only met Be and Don's little bundle of joy, Joanna Mei, we also met Catherine of Catherine's Chatter!! and Dannye and Ray from LayDfrog but darn if we can find that group photo with Dannye and Ray in it! We'll keep looking :)
We all hooked up in Orlando. We are missing Bridget, Catherine's cousin, in the photo above because she was gracious enough to volunteer to take the picture. We should have all just set our cameras on auto mode and let them flash away but I guess we were too excited to think of that :) Thank you Bridget... Aly and I enjoyed visiting with you.

Joanna Mei is beyond PRECIOUS! The girl has spunk and beauty! Be and Don better be taking vitamins because this young lady is going to be on the go from the time she wakes until the time she falls asleep :) She is such the light of her mom and dad's life...

And her parent's are way TOO NICE! Just look at the pictures below!!
One of the things on our "To Do" list was putting together a medical package for when we are in China picking up Alyzabeth. Well, we can scratch that off the list thanks to Be and Don! Can you even begin to believe this? What a huge relief.

And you would think they would have stopped there with the gifts but oh no, not Be and Don! The Shape Sorting Barn is one of Joanna's favorite toys and now Alyzabeth will have one to play with. As well as a new sippy cup and a Baby Einstein DVD.

And checking out the picture below you will see what looks like a pink dog's butt. It is. It's a hook to hang things on. Thank you Don :) I had so admired the green one he had hung in Joanna's room that he felt we needed our own for Alyzabeth's room :) Too funny...

And just so you get the picture of just how absolutely spoiled we were treated on this trip. As we were saying our goodbyes at Disney, Catherine presented us with a gift that completed our perfect day and melted our hearts.

It is often times hard to describe to family and friends the strong bonds that are created by families in the "Journey". We share so many of the same emotions. The ups and downs, the worries and celebrations. The hopes. The dreams...
Meeting Catherine was such a pleasure and her gift for Alyzabeth once again reminded us of how blessed we and Alyzabeth are to have these people in our lives. Thank You Catherine!! Thank You Be and Don!!!

Oh, and not to forget... Here's our latest on Fay. Please go away Fay and don't take any of our property on your way out!


OH MY #6 said...

sounds like a perfect time!


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time..
LOVE all the goodies..
Last stop...
Have a Great Week..

3D said...

Lovely visit with old and new friends.

Keep smilin!

Truly Blessed said...

It looks like you had a great visit with old and new friends -- very cool and generous friends!

Sorry about Fay, we are absolutely keeping you and all of Florida in our thoughts and prayers. Be SAFE!

Shane & Irma said...

I glad you had a great visit. Well one ting lest to worry. Tha pack looks good to me.

Hugs and have a great day

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a great visit!

Hope you all stay safe!


Nina said...

What a wonderful trip!!

I hope Fay bypasses you completely. Go away, Fay!!

PIPO said...

Celebrate on! What a fun group shot.

Stay safe.

OziMum said...

Ooooo - too sweet! How cute is Joanna Mei?!!

Good grief! Be and Don, went above and beyond didn't they?!!! Fantastic gifts, all of which, I have no doubt will become very useful in the next 6 weeks or so!

Catherine is a gem, isn't she?! I've followed Catherine's blog for years!

~ Alison n' Mali~ said...

Glad you were all able to meet up!

I hope Fay behaves herself . . . she went fairly easy on us, but we did miss our first day of school yesterday.

Catherine said...

It was such a great treat to meet you and Aly!! Bridget and I thoroughly enjoyed the short visit we had together and only wish it could have been longer but it was a busy day for all. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time on your REFERRAL day to come and meet us!! Totally humbled that you would find the time on such a busy day. Cannot begin to describe the feelings I got when you pulled Alyzabeth An's picture out of the envelope. She is so precious and just too cute for words!!

I'm sorry too that we didn't think to set up a picture with Bridget in it. Over and over we talked about what a treat it was to have met you! It was the first time she'd met any of my bloggy friends and she immediately realized why we're special to one another and the bond that we share. I know she's enjoying following your blog too and will be right there when you're in China meeting Alyzabeth An.

Until next time friends!! Heh...with me and my love of Disney you know there will be a 'next time' and sometime it will be Hannah and I coming to visit your family!

Blessings precious friends! My life is better for having met you and sharing the great friendship that we do!!

wendy said...

Sounds like you had a great time! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Hopefully Fay will go away soon.

Kim said...

Oooh! How wonderful! My heart is warmed by their thoughtfulness!

Michaela said...

Hi from Orlando! Can you believe TSF is still hanging around? It's a good thing we all know how to swim!
Yes, I recognize Don and Be and Joanna Mei. We met them a couple of weeks ago (after corresponding via blog for a while). Joanna Mei will keep her parents on their toes, no doubt :-)
Congratulations on your referral! I hope you'll receive your TA soon!
Best wishes,

Dawn said...

Looks like you had such a fabulous time with wonderful friends!! We are so happy for you!!!!!!!

Dawn said...

Looks like you had such a fabulous time with wonderful friends!! We are so happy for you!!!!!!!