LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! I got a newer picture of my Kaiya! This was taken by a mommy picking up her sweet girl a few months ago. Kaiya's referral picture was taken when she was only 11 months old. It was also taken when it was cooler weather so she was in LAYERS of clothes since they usually have no heat in the orphanage. This picture was in August. So she was 15 months old. Isn't she A DOLL BABY???? :0) Look at those buff arms. At first I wasn't sure if it was her or not but if you compare the nose and mouth there is no mistaking my girl!!!
It means so much to me that this momma took the time to take this photo when she didn't even know me! Getting photos from China is not a regular thing usually. Most of us Guatemala adoptive mommies get spoiled! :0) Getting update pictures every month is such a wonderful privilege that most orphanages in China can't afford. I would be thrilled to my toes to spot a picture of my baby on any blog or forum- just to know she is OK. I'll be scouting- trust me.
It's funny, I was in Guatemala doing photo sessions for 62 kiddos. I kept looking at each one of them wondering what she was like.... I would especially watch the ones her age. I wondered what she looked like and wished there was a momma at her orphanage taking pictures. Then I got home and there was this picture of my baby. I felt like I just got a little present from heaven- a reminder that God is in China with my baby girl.
What a blessing. I can't even tell you.
NOW FOR MORE BIG NEWS!!! Our home study is COMPLETE! This was a huge step and I mailed it to the immigration office today. I am so thankful that so far everything is clipping along at a nice pace. It has been a wonderful experience.
Now I will answer a few questions you guys have had for me lately.
1. Q:What province is Kaiya from? -
A: Kaiya's province is the Zhe Jiang Province
2. Q: I would LOVE to do a China adoption, but I think we would not meet their requirements as we have so many kids. If they are special needs are the rules more lax? -
A: China will give family size waivers for families adopting a special needs child like Kaiya. So it is very possible to adopt from China with a large family. In fact I know several large families who have adopted special needs kiddos from China. These special needs can range from a child being a bit older, to cleft palate like Kaiya, to more severe needs.
3. Q: The song is just beautiful . Who sings that? I would love to have a copy of it. -
A:The video I made for my mission trip was set to the music "What Now" by Steven Curtis Chapman. What an amazing man!! I love his music.
4.Q: Just one question... How does one leave all those little faces? [in Guatemala, after the mission trip] -
A: Well... it involved some tears. Sweet babies are in my heart forever. It helped knowing that almost all of those babies had mommies and daddies waiting for them. Otherwise it would have been tempting to smuggle a few. Hee hee... just kidding.
5. Q:Would you mind if I shared this on my blog?-
A:Just so all of you know... I never mind any of you using the info on this blog as long as it's used nicely. I want to help in whatever way I can. It's an honor to share with you. :0)
6.Q: First, do you realize how much Zoe talks like you? In this short year she has picked up on your mannerisms and expresses life like you. I had never seen you on video.... way cool!-
A: THAT IS SO FUNNY! I never noticed. I am going to have to start watching that. Hilarious.
Got more questions??? Ask me!! HUGS TO YOU!!! Angel :0)