Friday, August 3, 2007

THANK YOU so much to all of you wonderful people who have viewed this blog and for leaving your delightful comments! We can't thank you enough for sharing our joy as we prepare to travel to China to bring our Yan home! For more information and to see her referral photos, please scroll down to posts below.

For those who have expressed interest, just a few facts about us! Kevin is a Professor of Finance and Debbi is a homemaker. We have been married for 17 years and were high school sweethearts. We started our adoption journey in May of 2005 and our LID was December 5, 2005. We started out in the NSN group because, to be quite honest, we were clueless as to the waiting children's programs. Over time, we kept looking the waiting children's lists at our agency and then one day we read about a young 13-1/2 year old girl who seemed to have such desire and spirit that we fell in love with her immediately! We applied that very day for Yan! If anyone has questions about waiting children or the process, we are no experts by any means but will do what we can to help answer questions or direct you to someone who can.

------ NOW ~ NEW PHOTOS OF YAN!!!!! ------

We were very fortunate to receive updated photos of Yan! The first one shows her at her school, the next 2 were taken at a science museum and the last one was taken at the orphanage. We can't wait to meet her!!!! She has such spirit and spunk -- we love her more than words can say!

Her hot pink and lime green room is almost finished and we'll be posting photos soon!

Plus, Daddy ordered her an IPod and then contacted several of his students who are from China and asked about popular Chinese music. The students recommended various pop music (Jay Chow, S.H.E., Jolin Tsai, Cyndi Wang, etc) so Daddy hopped online and ordered several cds which are being shipped direct from China. Once they arrive, he will add them to the IPod along with several tv shows he has downloaded that she might like! Hey, she's a teenager!!!

Again, our sincerest thanks for sharing this journey with us.





21 comments:

Mom of 5 said...

She is beautiful !!
Such a blessing.
Hoping you get to bring her home soon !!

Kelly (& Mike) said...

She looks like a joy! She is very beautiful. Good luck on her joining your family soon!

Stacey T. said...

Yan is so darn beautiful...you better start studying up on boys and dating and all that. Yikes!!! Congratulations, what a beautiful daughter!!!!

new girl said...

I keep coming back because I am just so moved by your story. And wow! How lucky you are to get updated pics -- she is a truly beautiful, darling girl - and it looks like personality to spare!

LaLa said...

What a blessing she will be to your family and you to her. What a great daddy to be getting all the latest teen stuff ready for her : )

I absolutely love that last photo...what a typical silly beautiful girl.

Hoping for a speedy travel!

chinamom said...

I saw your blog today from RQ and I have to tell you how much it warmed my heart to see your new baby. My 3 year old was also excited to see an older "princess" adopted. After all, every princess needs a happy ending.

Please keep the pictures and the blogs coming. You will have many new fans for years to come!


Thanks!!!

Shandra said...

Your daughter is beautiful. I think we may have the same agency and may travel at the same time. We rec. our LOA on 7-30-07 as well. You can email me if you want. Sdmeakes@sbcglobal.net

Mama and ZZ said...

Tears of joy rolling down my face. God bless the three of you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sylvia said...

I saw the link to your blog on RQ. I love your story and will be back to visit. Beautiful girl and beautiful story. I look forward to checking back.

tochina_05 said...

She's absolutely gorgeous!! Can't wait to follow your trip, which I bet will be SOON!!! We will follow with a special place in our hearts as we are awaiting our LOA for a 12 year old in Anhui!

Wishing you speedy TA/CA!!

Alyson & Ford said...

Wow! What can we say? She is beautiful and you will all be blessed! How did you find such a wonderful daughter? Hope you will keep blogging so we can watch her progress.

Alyson
LID 01/27/06

tochina_05 said...

I would love to compare our journey to XingSu with your journey to Yan - please feel free to e-mail me at knm6372@ comcast.net (no spaces)

Nancy - CT

Lisa said...

What a beautiful young lady. Congrats on the addition to your family.

Christie said...

We just wanted to tell you that your daughter is beautiful! We have a 4/25/06 LID and are waiting for our referral.

May God bless you and your family.

amy said...

Recently found your blog and will be praying for all of you! What an experience!

~*~Sandie~*~ said...

Congratulations! It's wonderful to see a teenager being adopted (we don't have that option in Australia.) I wish you every happiness.

Nina said...

I found your blog via RQ, and was surprised to see an older child, so I had to read your story. What a beautiful girl! She looks so lively and charming. Congratulations to you, and I hope you are able to bring your daughter home soon.

Mommy and Daddy said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful girl. She looks so gentle, sweet and I think she is going to be such a blessing to you and you to her. I mean it, she is really beautiful!!! Congratulations and good luck..I have a 14 year old boy and oh my...it's different :)
I know you are so excited and I am excited for this situation. She is just so beautiful. Congratulations and best of luck...Blessings!!1

Cinamon said...

Since I found you last week, I can't seem to stay away (maybe b/c I added you to "my favorites".)

BRAVO to the two of you. Good thinking on the music and tv. Please keep us (your new extended family) updated.

albrecht93 said...

Okay, she is definitely your kid! That spunky, sweet personality is going to fit in perfect with her new parents (and the rest of us goofballs she is inheriting)!! :)

Ava Baby said...

What a beautiful girl!! Congratulations to all of you!