Archive for August, 2006

Boring days

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Not much has been going on the past few days.  There’s no news on the adoption front, and probably won’t be now for a couple of months.  We did speak with our adoption agency, and they are going to put in a request for updated information on Anna (Yi Qin), since all of our information came from last November.  A lot of things change between the ages of 7 and 16 months!

 Joe and I did a little shopping today and found some cute things for Anna at the Big Dog store.  She’s now got a little faux leather bomber jacket and a plush black stretch velvet sleeper with leopard print trim to wear when she gets home!  She’s going to be one stylin’ little girl!

Care package en route!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Well, I wrapped up the care package and took it to the Post Office today.  A very nice clerk helped me get everything filled out and we sent it on its way.  I hope it gets to the right place, and Anna will have some idea of who we are when we go to pick her up.  It cost just about as much to send it as it did to buy the things to put in it!

Joe spoke with someone at our agency yesterday, and they are going to request some updated information about Anna, like her current size, and any changes in her medical information.  If we get that info before we have to leave for China, I’ll post it here so everyone will know how she’s doing.

I picked up a cold somewhere (in August!)  I don’t even know anyone who’s sick right now!  It started yesterday, and just got worse today.  So, I’m running around with a headache and stuffy nose, trying to keep my brains out of the fog long enough to do my job today.  At least I’m home now, and my hubby made me a nice dinner, and went out to buy me cold medicine, so I can crawl into my bed soon and try to recharge for tomorrow!

Care Package to China

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Many people send a care package to their soon-to-be-children care of their orphanage after they are matched. Our agency sent us lots on information about how to put one together, so we decided to work on that this afternoon.  We are enclosing a cute little set of pajamas with some matching socks, one of those little blankets with the stuffed animal head attached in the center (this one is a dog), a single-use camera that the orphanage nannies or the foster mother will hopefully use to take pictures of Anna, and then return to us when we go to pick her up, and the piece de resistance, a little photo album with pictures of us and the cats and dogs, the house, our families, etc.  The agency provided us with a list of common words (like Mother, Father, etc.) and their corresponding Chinese characters, so we printed those on labels, and then stuck them on the photos in the appropriate places so that someone can show her the pictures and tell her who those people are!  We found the cutest little photo album at Hallmark, made by Gund specifically for a little one to carry around.  It’s got a padded terry cloth cover with a little handle on it, and 6 heavy duty clear plastic pockets, sewn with cloth binding, for us to insert 12 photos.

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Hopefully, these items will actually get to the orphanage.  And even if they do, there’s no guarantee they’ll get to Anna.  But if they do, we’ll at least have a little more record of her early months.  We’ll see!

What do you call …

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Two days of rain in a row?  Here in the Northeast Kingdom, we call that a weekend!  Actually, we got away with only one day of rain this weekend (Sunday), and Saturday was a beautiful, partly cloudy, upper 60’s sort of day.  That gave us a great opportunity to do a little more painting on the front of our clinic building.  We’re still trying to get ready for our certification visit from the American Animal Hospital Association, a group we are proud to belong to.  They keep us on the straight and narrow, and help ensure that our standards of practice are uniformly high.  So, we spent all of Saturday afternoon scraping loose paint off of the spindles on our entrance railing, and putting a coat of primer on them.  We’re still not quite done with the whole railing, but when that’s finished, we can move on to the window and door trim.  Yippee!  At least staying in Littleton all afternoon gave us the perfect excuse to have lunch at the Italian Oasis, one of our favorite spots.  We’re only allowed one “real” meal a day on our diet, so it’s quite a treat to get to eat it at the Oasis. 

 If we can only get another 2 or 3 weekend days without rain, before the snow flies, we might be able to get the most urgent of the painting done!

Home Study Addendum

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Today we received our Home Study Addendum from our wonderful social worker.  She had to update our Home Study to indicate that she thinks we’re qualified to adopt a special needs child. 

For those of you who haven’t been following every step of the adoption process, I’ll try to explain a little about the Home Study.  When the decision is made to adopt, one of the first requirements by both the federal and state governments is to have a home study done.  The home study must be performed by a licensed social worker certified by the state to perform home studies.  The social worker, or home study agency, is the first resource about adoption, and is responsible for providing guidance through the all of the legal preparations and red tape involved. 

The home study itself involves one or more interviews with the social worker, during which she tries to learn as much as she can about the prospective parents’ qualifications and motivations for adopting.  She will try to provide advice about what form of adoption would be best suited to the couple, such as domestic vs. international, or which of the many international programs are appropriate.  She will also visit the couple’s home at least once.  After these interviews, she will prepare the Home Study document which is essentially a summary of the couple’s background and her assessment of their qualifications. 

Because we didn’t initially go into the China adoption program with the intention of adopting a special needs child, or “Waiting child” as they are called by the Chinese government, our Home Study did not mention our abilities to parent a special needs child.  Therefore, after we were matched with Anna, we sent all of her information to our social worker, and she wrote a short addendum to our Home Study indicating her support for our adoption of this particular child.  We don’t  have to send this anywhere, but we do have to hand-carry this to China with us when we go, and give it to the government officials there.  So, one more step is complete!

Since that was a lot of boring writing, I’m putting in a couple of pictures of more little things we’ve been accumulating for Anna:


The Anna Bear

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Anna received her first personalized gift today from Jill and her dog, Zebbie!  They picked out this cute little bear with Anna’s name right on it!  Last week, I removed a couple of small tumors from Zebbie’s skin, so he (and his mama) thanked me with this special little bear.

Joe and I just got home from attending a local summer stock theater production of “Miss Saigon.”  It’s an interesting show, with very beautiful music, but it doesn’t have any of the sort of singable songs that I look for in a musical.  In other words, you don’t walk out humming anything you’ve just heard.

 In contrast, I just finished playing in the pit orchestra for our local community theater’s production of “Honk!”, a very cute ugly duckling musical.  Some of those songs are so catchy that I’m still walking around singing them!  I suppose the fact that I played them through several rehearsals and four performances might have something do to with them being stuck in my head, but they’re still fun music.  Congratulations to the St. Johnsbury Players for putting on a great show!

Gift for Anna

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Anna got her first gift today!  My receptionist Jackie and her daughter Hannah brought a beautiful picture book for Anna based on the song “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  Thanks, guys!

 Anna's book

Of course, that’s not all Anna has accumulated at our house. Her mama-to-be has been busily shopping for her, even though I don’t know what size she’s going to be when she comes home with us.  Below are some of the things I’ve picked up for her recently.

Bear coat



We got our Pre-Approval!

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Today we got a message from CCAI letting us know that we received our pre-approval to adopt Yi Qin!  I guess that means our paperwork did get there successfully.  A pre-approval means that the CCAA believes we understand Yi Qin’s special need, and have done enough research and have sufficient resources to deal with it.  Now they will have to review our dossier to make sure we meet all of their requirements, and then they will move us to the “match room” where we will be officially matched with our little girl.  Then they’ll issue the travel approval which will enable us to go over there and get her.

Tomorrow I’ll try to post some photos of some of the cute little outfits I’ve picked up for Anna.  I had to go to Kohl’s today to take advantage of a coupon, and every time I go, I have to buy her something.  Today it was a very cute light purple parka with fleece lining by Osh-Kosh.  I’m just guessing at sizes, and have decided to focus on 24 months right now.  I imagine everything will be too big until next summer, and then she’ll have a whole closet full of little sweatshirts and parkas to wear in the heat!