Monday, February 25, 2008

Who's out there?

I've noticed lately that my little adoption blog has been getting lots of visitors. I know that we have family and a few friends who follow along, plus all my Blogville buddies. I recently added a world map on the bottom of my sidebar, which shows where everyone visiting is from. It sure is interesting to see how far away some readers are.

If you're a regular visitor who's never left a comment, I'd love to hear from you. If you don't have a Blogger login, you are still able to leave a comment.

I'm curious to see who's stopping by my teeny tiny corner of the web.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there
I check your blog regularly but don't comment. I honestly can't remember how I came across your blog (must have been from someone else's blog) but I was first attracted to your beautiful digital scrapbooking you used on your blog.
I noticed that you live in the Chandler area too, and although I'm from Canada, my parents spend their winters very close to Chandler and we visit there each year!
Anyways, if you're interested in checking out my blog, just email me and I"ll give you the url.
Alison
aljay@mts.net

Our Journey to ALLY in China said...

Hi - I'm a long time "lurker" - I think I found your site from the Jan DTC yahoo group (maybe). We "bailed" this past summer and went WC - got our daughter in July. It's amazing! I'm eagerly watching how all of this unfolds for my Jan/Feb DTC friends! Lucy

Heather said...

Hi Donna - I live in Chandler and have been following your blog for awhile. Keeping your family in my thoughts and hoping you see Lauren soon!

LindaJ said...

LONG time lurker!! I came across your blog back in 05 when we started our journey to our first daughter. I was looking for names and Lauren was one of our choices..Then i found out my MIL was moving to Chandler (she ended up in the city of Maricopa) so one thing lead to another and I just became attached to you and cheer for you every month that you count down the months...
I will be in Maricopa in April and will be at the Chandler Fashion mall for sure......I will be the crazy lady chasing 3 kids.

Jenny said...

Relatively new lurker...I found this blog through another China blog (blanking on which at the moment). DH and I have wanted to adopt from China for a long time, and are waiting until we're 30 to begin our paperchase. Until then I love to follow others' adoption blogs and see the families finally united. Hope you don't mind if I stick around! :-)

Anonymous said...

Donna: I am a long time lurker, I live in Scottsdale and I have a little girl from China who is also named Lauren. My Lauren is almost 4 1/2 years old. I think from the way you talk you will be a great mom and I feel so bad that you have had to wait so long for your little girl. My wait was pretty short so I feel for all the parents to be that have to deal with the long wait. Some day I always assumed we would meet (at a FCC outing). Take care I am rooting that your wait will end soon.

Lisa

M3 said...

How fun to hear from all those folks above! Wow. You know me, just stopping by to say hi, and to check out whatever they heck you were eating last weekend -- yum!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I'm a "long distance" visitor, all the way from Sweden. Have three children adopted from Korea.

I just bumbed into your blog and can't let it go. I hope you will see your daughter soon! I don't see how I would have coped with the long wait you go through. All our three adoptions went super fast...

I have friends with kids from China and I'm very interested in anything related to adoption.

I don't have a blog but if you'd like to contact me, just mail me at: cloudberrypie@hotmail.com

Sheena said...

I'm a newish reader... stumbled in a week or so ago from M3's site....
I'm another one of the long distance folks.... I live in Japan. I like reading about the process... may want to adopt internationally myself someday... I'm still a bit young for kids and that whole settling down bit. :D

Anyway... here's to hoping your wait is over soon.

Lindsay said...

I've been lurking from eastern Europe. Got my daughter home in December and love following yours - waiting for the day you see her face! If you would like an invite for my (new and somewhat dull!) blog please just let me know.

Lindsay

Sophia's Mama said...

Hi Donna, Fellow East Cost Girl and Florida Flinger here.... I check your blog everyday. I am so glad we met on the January2006DTC yahoo group (GO Precious Pandas). I can't wait to see Little Lauren's referral photo at the top of your blog.

Hugs
Susan R
LID 1/10/06
Sophia Joy

Carol said...

Me me me...Carol here from Maryland, but you know me......

I'm getting excited!!!! You are getting closer now!!!! I know it seems like forever, but I was LID 4/06 before the switch to sn so I can't wait to start following my nsn friends travel logs!!!!

Cyndi and Dean James said...

Hi Donna...I have been a lurker to your website for a long while. We are also adopting from China. I think I found your blog from another when are papers were finally sent out. That was back in Oct 06'. I check your blog everyday. I love to see what everyone is doing. It gets very lonely in this long wait we have. I hope you get a chance to come by and check out our website: www.cd2alicyn.com Please come by and say Hi. I guess now that I am out, I will start leaving comments. :)
Hugs..
Cyndi James
Waiting for Alicyn Shea
LID 10/24/06
www.cd2alicyn.com

Jboo said...

Hi -- I stop by now and then to see how everything is going for you during the long wait! Love your decorating ideas.

I have two bio sons and a daughter from China in kindergarten now. I have a little blog I've started recently at www.jbooadventures.blogspot.com Best wishes to you.
Janet

Shannon said...

Donna

Jack and Palmer's mommy just stopping by to say HELLO!!!! and lordy does that Chocolate Chip cookie look YUMMY!!!

Shannon
Mommy to Jack and Palmer 2.5 years old

Anonymous said...

Busted!!! I have been following your Blog and M3's blog for forever! My Name is Mary I live in Wisconsin and my nieces are Jadyn and Jenna. I like to tease my sister "have you read Donna's Bolg lately!!!" Sometime I see more pictures of my nieces on your blog then her's:) I have been here with you for well over a year and will contine as long as you will let me. I enjoy you tremendously and can't wait to see you with your daughter.

Ava's family said...

Just popped by to say hello. I lurk from time to time (not sure if I've ever left a comment?..My bad!=). We're LID 3/8/06 for Ava!

Anonymous said...

hi, i found you via salsa -- and i have your same Lid! -- that's what started me reading. i enjoy your blog alot. saw your post yesterday in our 'room' on RQ. I thought 'hey, i know her!' ha ha.

go feb lids!

Eli, 2/17/06

Anonymous said...

Hello there-
I have been reading your blog for a while now. We are also a China waiting family with a LID of 2/06/06. This wait seems to be never ending! My husband and I live in Virginia, we are waiting for our first child. Though we do have two very spoiled canines. Hoping that our referrals are just a couple more months away.
~ Lisa (I do not have a blog)

a Tonggu Momma said...

Peeking out from lurkdom here ... I stumbled upon your site somehow and remained because I loved the colors! I wouldn't have posted, but Curious George is a favorite at our house, so I felt compelled. We have one daughter, almost four, whom we adopted from Jiangxi in 2005 ... and we are waiting with a June 06 LID.

Anne said...

Hi Donna,
I'm just a lurker. Not sure how I originally came accross your blog, but I really like it, you do a beautiful job with it! I'm enjoying following your journey and can't wait until your gotcha day! I am in the process of adopting my daughter Elizabeth through the Foster Care system here in California. My blog is called All About Elizabeth. If you'd like an invite, I'd be happy to share it with you, and any of your readers. Feel free to send me an email at
ana1968@sbcglobal.net.
Anne (Elizabeth's mom)

Ruth's Place said...

Hi, I'm delurking. I'm an Australian living in South Africa, with a soft spot for China - I lived there for a year when I was 20.

Maggie & Billy said...

Hi Donna its me Maggie from the Precious Panda site. We share the same LID and you helped me with my blog. I check in every now and then. I really enjoy your writings and your sense of style..good taste! Maybe we'll meet on our journey to get our children?? Lets hope.

Jenn & Kevin said...

Guess I got caught too. We are Jenn and Kevin, currently residing the Lansing, MI area. I think I came across your blog via the Salsa site. We are LID 4/24/06. To make our wait interesting, we accepted a new job in Michigan for my husband, so now we have "work" to do to move our file from Illinois to Michigan. It is giving us something to do as this wait is getting on our nerves. We are about to be fingerprinted for the third time this summer-maybe it will be a new experience, since it is a new state :-)
Our blog is www.mairzydoatsanddozydoats.blogspot.com
Have a great day!
Jenn

industrialpoppy said...

Hi, I am from Canada and am waiting to adopt as well(LID Aug/08), and to pass the time started a blog. Little did I know that I would end up "hooked on blogging"! Your blog is great-a very beautiful set-up and the colors are gorgeous.
I wish you a speedy referral!

http://industrialpoppy.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I'm from Finland and have visited here earlier and now found it again :)

Have adopted children myself, so it is interesting to follow your journey to your child!

Cora said...

Hi Donna, I guess I am a lurker, too. I am really bad at commenting but I love following your blog. I often wonder the same thing about my blog, who is out there, if anyone.
Cora

Janet said...

Hey Donna,

Just me. You know me. :-)

Tonya said...

I also check on you and see how's every thing going.
Tonya

JEM Adoption Journey said...

Hi Donna:

Evelyn here from PP, FF, and AHH. I check out your blog updates on bloglines. Love your blog, it inspires me to keep mine going.
Can't wait 'till we all get to post about our precious ones.

kelly.eason said...

Hi,
Longtime lurker from Texas here. We returned from Poland 2 weeks ago today, after adopting our new 2year old son! Our wait was not as long as yours, 13 mos from paper ready to home at last, but I really feel for you. The waiting & unknown was just painful! I hope you get good news & things in China pick up :-) Kelly

Cyndi and Dean James said...

Hi Donna..Thank you so much for coming by our website and saying HI!! I would love it if you put our website on your blog roll. Hopefully more people will see it and check out our website. I love to have visitors. I really wish there was a way we could put something on our website that shows when and where people are from when they come and check out our site. I also wanted to tell you that I LOVE your scrapbook pages. They are so cute. You are very talented.
Hugs..
Cyndi James
Waiting for Alicyn Shea
LID 10/24/06
www.cd2alicyn.com

Michael said...

First time visiting your site, very nicely done. We are LID 2/28 and with the crawl of referrals I guess we won't be seeing you in China (even though I don't know if we are with the same agency or not). I look forward to following your blog as we all get closer.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

WOW... You have a lot of people out there..
It is amazing how they found you and where they come from...
Have a Great Day..
You know I am here and waiting right along with you girly..
Can't wait..

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I should try this out on my site... I have the map on the bottom and find it interesting on how many people are dropping by... I don't mind that they do - my only thing was to not leave 'spamming' messages... since my site started for my family and it has become a monster... so, Felicity here dropping in to say hi... I drop by from time to time - as you know...

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm a longtime lurker. I live in the Phoenix area and my husband and I started our adoption process almost 2 years ago. We ended up adopting a beautiful little girl from Guatemala. I still follow your blog and hope you receive your referral soon. I also get scrapbooking ideas from you. You are very talented! I love your color combos too. Thanks for sharing your journey!
Mary

Wes and Tracy said...

Hi Donna,
OK, I have to admit...I have been lurking. I check your blog several times a week. You have really done a beautiful job. I look forward to following you on your adoption journey.

Tracy in MN
LID 4/07

Lili & Robin said...

OMG you are soooo popular!! how fun!!! -Lili

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna,
I've been checking in on you for a long time now!

I live in Denver and we adopted our daughter, Lily Lu, from China a year ago.

I am so sorry this wait is taking so long! I can't wait to finally see your post showing her face! It will come! Hang in there! I know how anxious you are to finally meet your daughter.

Take care and thanks for sharing!

Lisa in Denver, mother of Lily Lu and Jack

Doreen said...

I just found your blog this week(forget where) but I LOVE IT!!!! I enjoy following along and I can't wait to see the rest...

Doreen single mom to Faith age 6 1/2 (a) june 02 at age 10 months NSN FengCheng Jiangxi
DD#2 Mia age 3 1/2 (a) July 06 at age 23 months SN Chengdu Sichuan

Alyson & Ford said...

Egads!!! We arrived late to the party! Ugh! You know we follow you and can't wait until your WAIT is over! Greetings from NE Florida...

Alyson & Ford

peace

Anonymous said...

I think I found your blog through "salsa in china". I love checking in to see how your journey is coming along. Good luck and i hope you meet Lauren Elizabeth very very soon!!!
Joni,
Louisville, KY

Ladybugsmom said...

Donna,
I know what you mean about the support of our little "internet" community. I would have much preferred a shorter wait, but the friendships and folks I have met along this journey are sure to last a lifetime. We are geting closer...
Emily
LID 1/11/06

Chrissie said...

I'll step up and admit I'm a long-time lurker. I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I check in atleast once/week. We were LID 4/3/06, and although our adoption journey took a very different path than I expected last year, I still follow many blogs, including yours.

Best wishes on your adoption journey ~

Chrissie

Mom2be said...

Long time lurker here:) We are from Florida near Disney. Love your blog because it has a little of everything i.e. China adoption news, decorating tips, recipes, best baby purchase ideas etc. We have a 9/06 LID with China and decided in Agust 07 to switch to the Country of Kazakhstan. I pray for all families in the "wait" period. Can't wait to see that referral picture of sweet Lauren she will be so blessed to have you!!

Michele said...

Hi,
I don't remember how I found you..but I hope you don't mind that you are on my blogroll. I live in Buckeye and love keeping up with your wait. Dreams do come true!
Blessings,
Michele
www.tableffor5.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

I don't think I've ever commented either, but I have been following you for a long time. I look forward to the day your little girl is home. My blog is private, but if you are interested in reading it, my email is pbhgirl at gmail dot com.

Emily said...

Whoa! I never knew that people from all across the WORLD read your blog! It was a good idea to make that post! I also LOVE your Curious George Picture-it's so cute! I'm going to tell Katie to make a comment, so, probably for the first time ever, your comment amount will go to fifty on one post!

Good luck with the referrals,
Emily Giel
Your FAVORITE niece

waiting cousin said...

Your number will finally say fify, thanks to me (Katie's on the phone, so I'm going to comment). I can't wait to meet Lauren, or at least see her picture.

Good Luck,
Emily
A Waiting cousin

Waiting Cousin said...

It's finally fifty! (Sorry to bug you with the three comments in a row).
Emily
A Waiting Cousin

Anonymous said...

Guess I am a lurker too...I am from Jackson, MS and our LID is 05/14/07. This is our first child so I guess I connected with your blog that way. I can not remember when it was but one day you had a post that just touched my heart about the waiting...and it being your first child. I just knew you were as ready to be a mom as I am and just get frustrated with the wait. I like your colors too!!

Kudo said...

yes I am here too just love stoping by. You are getting closer and when you have your referral I will be that much closer too. It's alway nice to see how others are handeling the wait. Hang in there.

Paul, Dana & Lucas said...

Hi Donna,

I have been following your journey for quite some time! We too used AHH as our agency. I believe we originally found your blog through Gwen's blog...which we no longer follow because we didn't make the password protection cut, I guess. We adopted Brooke from Chongqing on 7/3/07. She is 15 months now and pure joy. You can check her out at: http://brookeinchina.blogspot.com

Keep posting and I'll keep reading!

-Dana

Susan & Matt said...

Howdy. I check your site from time to time. I haven't checked in for a while. I enjoy reading and can't wait for that referral picture to pop up. We got a our little girl over 2 1/2 years ago. It is so sad to see the delay because we had a 1/11/05 LID and something happened after we got home. The wait is out of hand. It is weird to see people only 11 months after us just now getting their referrals.

Hope you get yours soon.

Susan