Monday, July 30, 2007

Here She Is!

Today we received a wonderful call from our agency letting us know that by 10:30 a.m. tomorrow we will have our "Letter of Acceptance" (LOA) in our hands courtesy of Federal Express! We will sign the LOA and return it with two other travel documents we will be working on tonight. It's possible we will be leaving for China during the last week of August!

Now that we have "officially" been approved for the adoption, we can finally post photos of our beautiful daughter!!! So, here she is (drum roll please!) .....

Xu Qiu Yan
Born December 31, 1993

Currently Living in Nanjing, China
Coming Home to Her Forever Family SOON!!






26 comments:

Sandy said...

She is absolutely beautiful. You are a brave and fortunate couple. The 3 of you will be in my prayers.
Sandy

Melissa said...

Congratulations!

David said...

Congratulations!

AKsantacruz said...

Congratulations! I think it's amazing that you are adopting a teenage girl! She looks so happy in the pictures. Wishing all of you the very best and a wonderful adventure!

bb said...

Wow...congratulations. I am so happy for all of you. She sounds like a lovely girl.
bb

Cinamon said...

Saw your link on RQ as having received your referral today/recently. And although all the babies from China are just beautiful, I think your "baby" captured my heart the most this time around.

Congratulations to all 3 of you. I pray you will travel soon and finalize your FOREVER FAMILY quickly.

What an exciting adventure you are all on together.

Blessings,
Cinamon
dh Ed
dd Eve
dd Eliana DOR 2-1-07
Guangdong Province

Wendy said...

Congratulations! Your new daughter is beautiful.

erin pascarella said...

How fun!!!! I have to say I saw your blog and was sooo excited for all 3 of you. I have a 13 year old and it really is a fun age. She sounds like an amazing young girl. I truly wish you all the best of everything. I hope they will allow more older children to be placed if they desire. I would take an older child in a heartbeat. Enjoy!!!

Salome's Mom said...

What wonderful people you are and how fortunate. She is beautiful and I cried reading her information. Congratulations!!!!!!

Yoli

IWO said...

Congratulations!
We are in the process of adopting from China ourselves. I was unaware that you could adopt older children.
Is it a completely different process?
We would be very interested in doing the same. I couldn't find any info on it in your blog... if you have a chance, please email me at: pauldecember@gmail.com
Congrats again, I am so happy for you!

Waiting4you said...

Congratulations to all three of you, she is really a lovely young lady!
We have a 17 years old son and would have liked to adopt a sister not so much younger than him. Unfortunately in our country it is not allowed to adopt children older than 7 (and our process started 2 years ago) so we are currently waiting for a referral for a 3-7 years old. As our LID is May 2006 we probably have to wait for another 12-18 months unless there is a special and quicker matching process for older kids. Do you know anything about that? But any way, we would be very greatful to learn something from your experience. It would be great if more older children were given the opportunity to join a family and I hope you will share your experience to encourage other people to do the same as you did.

Regina said...

Congratulations!! I think we have the same agency! I am so excited for all of you and plan to follow your journey!!

Julie said...

Wow, God Bless You! What wonderful people you are, what a lucky girl and a lucky family!

Sophia's Mama said...

She is stunning! Congratulations to all of you. We look forward to following your journey to becoming a family.

Best wishes
Susan R

Nina, David & Ariel said...

Congratulations! My daughter is 13 years old and she's an absolute joy and delight, as I'm sure yours will be! It is a fun and fabulous age. She's lucky to have a family and you're lucky to have her! Hope you get to travel soon!

Ed and Lisa said...

What a blessing you will be to your new daughter. It breaks my heart how many girls age out of the system. I have to tell you that we have thought about adopting an older child in the future (3-5 years from now) as well. God bless and I can't wait to follow your journey.

You may want to read:
Going to China ... Bringing Back More Than a T-Shirt

They adopted Lana who was maybe a year or so younger than your daughter... really great insight to her transition and lots of goose bumpy posts. They are a beautiful family.

Take Care and praying for quick TA!!
Lisa :)

Chuck and Janet Ungar said...

I was just amazed when I saw you are adopting a 14 year old. She looks so mature and well adjusted. You are very lucky and she is lucky too. We just adopted a 14 month old girl from China in December.

Jonni & John said...

Congratulations! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful.

Hugs,
Jonni

Bill and Bobbie said...

shes beautiful..congrats

new girl said...

Congratulations!! I'm another one who found you through RQ -- you're referral has brought the tears out like no other! I am so happy for you and your new daughter. Wishing you safe travels and a smooth transition.

Heather said...

Congratulations! I found your blog via RQ. I think it is wonderful that you are adopting a teenager, and brave too! She is beautiful and I wish you the best.

Tracy said...

Congrats! She is beautiful and she looks like a very sweet girl!

Tracy
LID 11/22/05

Cherith said...

She is just so beautiful and I am so happy for you all! Congratulations!

M said...

Hi there. I came across your blog from the RQ list and was pleasantly surprised to see Yan! I remember reading her profile on the agency list and immediately being captivated. I hoped and prayed for her wish for a family to come true, and watched the list daily hoping to see her matched. I actually got teary-eyed when I saw that a family was moving foward with her adoption! Congratulations - I'm beyond excited for her and for your family!

kris said...

Congratulations, she is a beautiful girl!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your impending adoption of Yan! What an incredible journey you are embarking upon. I hope you join the Nanjingkids yahoo group, it is a wonderful resource for folks who've adopted from Nanjing SWI... and you just might find out about other friends of Yan's or children she might have known at the orphanage!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nanjingkids/