Thursday, October 26, 2006

Secret Pal Revealed!!

After nine months of receiving the most wonderful Secret Pal gifts ever, I finally know who my pal is!!! Drumroll,'s STEPHE, our Philly trip hostess extraordinare and a fellow China travel group mate!!!

This adorable Panda Bear was the first item I opened from the box. When I pressed his left paw he said "It's me, Stephe, your Secret Pal." Leave it to Stephe to come up with such a creative way to reveal herself. I was laughing so's the cutest thing!

Lauren is going to have so much fun with this Panda recording herself and playing back over and over.

The second gift I opened was this beautiful framed print of the red thread proverb with our Precious Panda bear personalized for Lauren from Stephe, Giorgia and her furbaby, Pirate. Double click on photo to enlarge. Seeing Lauren's name on this, brought tears to my eyes. It was one of those moments when it hit me that this is real...I've talked about those "moments" before.

I LOVE piggy banks and check out this totally adorable piggy with a pink bow, rosy cheeks and Chinese character. Soooo cute.

I also love this little Dora dressed in a Chinese outfit. Isn't she cute?

Here's a shot of my entire box of goodies.

Stephe, you have played such a HUGE part in making this long wait so much more bearable and even fun. Between our e-mail "chatting", our DTC group, the Philly trip and all the wonderful gifts you have sent, you have really played an important part in this adoption process for me. I so appreciate all your thoughtfulness, creativity, and the generosity you have showed me.

Luv ya and can't wait for Giorgia and Lauren to be playing together soon!!


chicknboy said...

Wow! those are some really cool gifts! The framed art with Lauren's name is absolutely gorgeous!

Janet said...

WOW! That is some AMAZING stuff! You have a great SP!

Elise said...

That it so cool that it was your friend Steph. She is an awesome SP, I have loved watching the gifts come in over the months and often wondered who was so creative and fun, now I know! Now that the S. Pals have been revealed are going to have SP withdrawals? I know I would;)

Christi said...

That is so wonderful. Stephe has great taste. I have the panda bear too. I have never seen Dora in the Chinese outfit, I will have to look for that.
I am so glad you had an great SP>

Lisa~~ said...

Stephe rocks!! What great things she has sent to you over the months and it's wonderful the friendship that also developed.

Lisa and Tate said...

Now that your SP is "revealed", I have tons of questions for her.... She really was an amazing SP with real creative and helpful gifts and ideas!!! You rock Stephe!!


Kathy and Joel said...

Very sweet! Those gifts are beautiful! :)