Friday, May 30, 2008
*Notice how she uses her props: a napkin and pocketbook!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The boys ready to fish...even though they came home empty-handed,
their smiles showed a great time!
It was such a busy weekend,
I think we wore Mia out - if that's possible :)
I do not want to forget to thank all those who fought for our freedom - thank you does not seem like enough . . . HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Well, the days and weeks went by and I had this overwhelming feeling that I was going to get this call - I kept telling myself not to get excited and to keep my emotions in check. But, everytime the phone rang I ran to it to check the caller ID, and on this day there it was ~ my agency calling and I knew why!!
As I mentioned we had to get "A" at the bus stop, so I told my father to bring Eddie with him - I needed to take this phone call! I picked up the phone and was told we were chosen to review "Dan Dan's" file and we had 2 weeks to make a decision. . . I hung up the phone and flew down to the bus stop, heart racing, eyes bugging out of my head. I explained as calmly (yeah right!) as I could to my father what was going on - wow!!
We were emailed all the information they had on "Dan Dan" and I read quickly, yet decisively every detail about my daughter. There were growth & development reports, ultrasound pictures of her heart, medical information, personality traits. . . and then her pictures! I had trouble opening her photos and called my friend, Debbie (who happens to be Mia's godmother!) to help me out so my computer would read the file, BUT I told her DO NOT LOOK AT THE PHOTO BEFORE ME, I had to be the first one to lay eyes on her!
She was a doll,
she was precious and her eyes,
oh those eyes ~ were calling me.
~ The very first picture ~
Oh, how I know this look now!
Do you know, before I even thought of calling China to tell Meaghan's mommy, well, she rang me! She checked our agency's WC list and noticed that "Dan Dan" had pending next to her name - "there's a good reason for that", I told her "THEY CALLED ME!!!"
The next two weeks were filled with every range of emotion. I was happy. I was scared. I was speechless. I was determined. I ran around to doctors and made phone calls like "a chicken without a head" (one of my parent's favorite expressions).
The outcome is obvious ~ Mia is where she belongs ~ home ~ and with her family.
I knew He was whispering to me all those weeks, preparing me for that phone call. There really is a greater plan ~ Michelle and I still cannot get over how close in age the girls are (3 weeks) and how close we live (same development) and all of the other "coincidences", if you believe that is what they are ~
What a blessed day ~ May 23th !
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"Wow, I got it in!"
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Kisses for my pocketbook!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Mia and mommy stopped by to congratulate Miss Meg on her Forever Family day ~ it is always very sweet to see our girls together and to see their bond grow.
It is priceless.
We love you, Meg!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Anthony & Poppy
~ My darling girl ~
Friday, May 09, 2008
Mia & Barney!
This was adorable and highly recommended.
Barney had his own area in the park!
He had a show with BJ and Baby Bop;
and afterwards we were able to meet him, take pictures
Our girl is making big strides :)**The dress Mia is wearing above is one of the dresses I had taken to China with us. When I put it on her (in China) it was baggy and looked too big. When I was packing for Disney and came across this dress - I was thrilled to see it fit her perfectly (mind you, it's a size 12-18 mos.!). My petite little princess is growing!
As it turned out Anthony went on some fun rides: ET, Men in Black, Jaws, etc. While the big kids went with the dads, us moms let the little ones play in the Curious George and Woody Wood Pecker area. It worked out real well and we all enjoyed this day!
BACK TO MAGIC KINGDOM: On our last day we chose to return here for some "unfinished business" !
First stop, was our photo with Mickey (and Minnie). I had had a strange "dream" of sorts the night before: we went to have our picture taken with Mickey and when I got the photo back there were two older people in the background. In my dream, when I looked closely at these two people ~ they were my grandparents!! (who passed away a few years before, six months apart from each other. They were married almost 65 years and were the BEST grandparents you could ever wish for. They loved Florida - had a home there in the winter and came back to NY to be with us in the summer). I don't see them in this photo below, but I know they were with us :)