June 15, 2010

5th BIRTHDAY & DTC!!!!!

My baby turned 5 this past weekend & it doesn't seem possible! I feel like it was just yesterday we returned home with this precious 9 month old, where did the past 4 years go? She really has come so far & really we have noticed the most in the past 4 months. Something just clicked over night & WOW "Ms. Independent" came out of her shell!!! We are so proud of her!!! She may be a little to sassy for her pants sometimes but I see her enjoying life & not as fearful. I can't tell you how much a mother enjoys seeing her daughter just loving life to the fullest!!! Can't wait to see what God has planned for this precious one!!!

Here are a few pictures from the past weekend celebrating her birthday. Her "Princess" birthday is this weekend with her friends but I wanted to still make her day special. We went swimming ate ice cream cake & then we went to see the movie "Karate Kid" & went out to eat @ the Chinese restaurant!! Big weekend for the Birthday girl!!!

Stay tuned for the NO BOY "Princess Birthday" this Sat.!!!

Then after such a FUN weekend we got the email that we were DTC as of Monday June 14th, YEAH!!!! Ok, now to explain what that means. We have been working for almost 4months gathering A LOT of paperwork, working with a social worker for our homestudy, Dr. appointments, fingerprints from the FBI & many documents that China recommends we have to be eligible to bring home another daughter. Well it is all complete & it is called a "Dossier" or as we say a VERY important 10 page document that is priceless!!! Without that precious document nothing can get started with the process in China, so as of Monday June 14th that Dossier headed to China(DTC)!!!! One step closer to bringing her home!!! Now we wait for China to match her to our family, please keep praying that will happen FAST!!! The normal time is at least 2 months, sooner would be GREAT but let's hope no longer!!!


Chris and Anne-Marie said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Annalei. We did Chinese for Sarah's 5th, too. Her choice. Too funny- must be in their blood!

Congrats on DTC! I am so thrilled for you all. I hope it's a quick ride for you, so you can travel to China to pick-up your daughter soon!

Love Always- Anne-Marie, Chris, Sarah and Sophie

Chris and Anne-Marie said...

Happy Birthday Annalei! Hope you had a great day. Sister Sarah chose Chinese for her 5th too. Must be in your blood! LOL.

Congrats on DTC. I hope it goes quickly so you can get to China and pick up your daughter!

All our Love...AMM, Chris, Sarah and Sophie.

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Yay!!!! You should be right behind me with LOA!! We were LID June 1st so it took 56 days until LOA!!!! They say 55 is average. So any day for you girl!!! Cant wait to see those letters on your blog!!!