To this beautiful little girl...
My friend Lisa & I have created our own little holiday tradition of doing our holiday shopping at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. We love to spend our Christmas dollars locally and this festive event features local artists, vendors and live music. You can even imbibe on an adult beverage while you shop! We aren't doing much shopping this year due to our upcoming trip, but check out the adorable duds I found for Sofie! This lovely lady takes vintage clothes, breaks them down and makes adorable, affordable children's clothing.
On another, more exciting note, I finished the family tree wall! Well, almost. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy! Our walls are textured so it took double the effort to get those babies to stick. And yes, each circle is a separate piece. Now all I need to do is print out family photos and hang them in the tree!
We heard from the travel coordinator from our agency today and they are saying February for our trip to meet Sofie and bring her home. We were hoping for January, but just hit a snag with our immigration approval which will no doubt lead to another delay...sigh.
Oh, happy day! I think I am going to fly to the moon and back on all this joyful energy!
There are some wonderful women in China who will call the orphanage and ask for updates and new photos while you are waiting. They will also send packages for you and take the photos you send them and put together photo albums with Chinese translations. I was really needing something to keep me going right now...the latest photos and info we had on Hongyan was 6 months old. So, I ordered a phone call to ask some questions and hopefully get some new photos and they arrived in my inbox just now! Without further ado...here she is, in photos taken just yesterday!
We are blown away at how much she has grown...and how beautiful she is!!! We also got answers to the questions we asked the foster family. We tried not to be too invasive until we knew they were aware she has a family. Now that we know she knows about us, we will start sending photos and packages:
Does Hongyan and her foster family know about us yet?
The foster family knows that Dang Hong Yan has a family now. They constantly tell Hong Yan that her dad and mom will come to get her soon in the future.
What is her favorite toy/thing to play with?
Doll and hide and seek.
What activities does she most like to do?
Does she have any foster siblings?
In her foster family there are Grandpa, Grandma, aunt and her child.
Who is her favorite friend?
Cousin Xiao Min.
What is her favorite color?
What does she most like to eat?
Does she like animals?
Her favorite animal is dog.
What kinds of books does she like the most?
What makes her laugh?
When she is with her grandpa she laughs a lot.
Her updated measurements:
Height: 93.5cm; Weight: 15kg; Head: 48cm; Chest: 53cm