Archive for September 27th, 2006

A gift from Grandma and Grandpa Winter

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

When I got home from work today, a little package was waiting with this beautiful dress inside.  I certainly hope Anna ends up liking dogs and cats (not that she will have much choice) because virtually all of her clothes are going to have pictures of one or the other, or both, on them.  I think this will be a very cute Christmas dress for her.  Seems I have something in my closet somewhere with scottie dogs on it; I’ll have to find it and see if it matches.



Anna’s name

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

For those who might be wondering about the source of the names we’ve chosen for Anna, I’ll give a quick explanation.  I’ve looked up the two names on the Social Security Administration’s website, and found that Anna is the 20th most common name given to little girls in America, and Elizabeth is even more common (I forget where, exactly).  So, we’re not exactly going to get lots of originality points for our choice.  In fact, I can foresee Anna being known in grade school as the “Chinese Anna”.

Our reasons for choosing these two old-fashioned but lovely names are simply my grandmothers.  My paternal grandmother was Anna Marie Amelia Zastrow (married: Winter), and my maternal grandmother was Bessie Broadnax (married: Bittle).  We’ve altered Bessie to be a little more formal, but that’s where the name originated.  I hope that she’ll appreciate the significance of her names when she’s old enough to understand where they came from.

If we are so fortunate to get to add a second child to our family, we’re planning to try to come up with a combination of Joe’s grandmothers’ names for her. 

Now I must take myself off to bed.  I’ve got surgeries to do tomorrow morning …

Some folks are getting referrals

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Congratulations to all the families who received their referrals Monday and Tuesday!  The CCAA posted that they had matched all families with LID’s (log-in dates) before August 9, 2005, early Monday morning.  So those folks have been waiting between 13 and 14 months from the time they sent all their paperwork to China.  It will take another 4-8 weeks for them to get their travel approvals (it’s been averaging about 4 weeks lately) and then they’ll travel 2-4 weeks after that.  They’re thinking they’ll be traveling in November. 

While we’re no longer in the traditional adoption program, it’s still fun to follow the progress of the matching process.  It’s taking longer and longer for them to match each set of LID’s, and our fellow April 2006 LIDer’s are suspecting that it will be October of 2007 before they receive their referrals, unless things speed up significantly.  Our best wishes to all of our cyber-friends in that group.

Again, we’ve already been matched with little Miss Anna, and are roughly 43 days into our wait for our TA.  We’re hoping that we might get our TA in mid-late October, and we might get to travel with the folks that got their traditional referrals this week.  So, we’re hoping and praying for a speedy TA.

Anna’s gift from Diane

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

My receptionist and good friend Diane brought Anna “Good Night Moon” today.  She says it’s the best bed-time story every, and she would know, with 2 grown-up kids and a brand new granddaughter!  Welcome to Miss Rebecca Kathryn Colby, and congratulations to Diane and daughter Amanda (the proud mama!)

I also had a walk down memory lane last week when I found a Dressy Bessy doll for Anna.  I never had one, but my little sister Nicki just adored hers, and carried her everywhere with her.  I think she’s just the right age for Anna, and I hope she’ll have as much fun with her as Nicki did.