Sunday, August 17, 2008

30th LIDversary!

Today marks 2.5 years of waiting and 3 years since we mailed in our adoption application. Who would have known we'd be waiting this long and make it this far. Our hearts are in China, so we always knew we were in it for the long haul...and long it has been!

Although we still probably have at least 4 more months of waiting to go, I decided to mark this LIDversary with a video of the past several years. We have met some incredible people during this time and have made some life-long friends. It's been a roller coaster ride, but we have always stayed buckled in tight and made the most of this long wait as you can see...

26 comments:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the video..
Happy 30 months..
But you are on the last leg..
you are almost there ...
can't wait to see Lauren Elizabeth in your arms...
Have a Great Week..
Hugs..

Kayce said...

Happy 30! You are SO close!! Keep the faith.

M3 said...

Happy 30 -- so close!! Wonderful slideshow, what great memories.

Lisa and Tate said...

This video was so fun to see and relive so much great memories... miss you.

Happy 30th... really you will be seeing Lauren soooo very soon!

LOVE the music!

Diana said...

Great Picture Show..
Praying you get to see your daughter VERY soon!!

Stephe said...

OOOhh, I LOVE it!!! Great Job!!! Stephe

Julie said...

So I missed Tess' 2.5 month birthday - oops. What would I do without you counting them down for me since your LID is the same as her age.

That was just beautiful, so many wonderful photos and memories.

You're almost there!

Carol said...

Oh that is great! A wonderful gift for your daughter one day to share with you!!

Sophia's Mama said...

Omgosh Donna this is beautiful and brought me to tears. It brings back so many wonderful memories of our wait too. Spending time with you in Philly and in Floridawas a highlight of our wait. Hang in there it is almost your time and Lauren will be with you forever....

Norma said...

good job.........your wait is nearly over!!

Tonya said...

What a great video! I loved the songs. You are almost there. I'm so excited for your guys to get Lauren :)

3D said...

30 done!!

Keep smilin!

hiltonsheadeast said...

Donna ...I love the video. I'm sitting here crying my eyes out for all the time we've missed with our girls, for all the new friends all this time has given us, and for the short time we have to wait. I'm so happy to be part of your wait for Lauren. I'm happy to have you and Joe as a friend.

Hugs,
Lori**

amy said...

precious post

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy 30th!!! You are so, so close. I just love how you ended with the fortune. It must feel so special to look back on everything and see how far y'all have come... the friendships you've made through this process... and how SURE y'all are that this little girl was meant to join your family.

Shelley said...

I love how you've really embraced the experience. Even with the painful wait ...look at all the great friendships and memories you've made along the way with some people who are right there with you.

Great video Donna!

Happy 30th!

Shell

Ladybugsmom said...

Donna,
What a wonderful way to capture this time...it was long way longer than any of us thought...but I say it daily...had it not been what it was...we wouldn't have all the memories and most importantly we wouldn't have Ellie Lu...I just can't wait for YOUR DAY! Take care and enjoy this last bit...once referral comes it gets pretty hectic all in a good way but hectic.
EMily

Debra Sue said...

What a wonderful, positive wait to preserve the daunting wait time. Loved it!

Happy 30 - just a few more...

Debra Sue said...

Oops - I meant what a wonderful, positive WAY...

Freudian Slip!

Anonymous said...

Love the video and what great songs...they made me cry! I know your journey has been much longer than you hoped, but think of all the wonderful memories & friends you've made! Love you & miss you!

Shannon said...

I'm so sobbing! Wow, I remember soo many of those events (like I was there!) Blog friends, even just through reading, have made this journey bearable. Thank you for putting that all together. Yes, love the tunes, too.
Our turn is coming to have our sweethearts home!! =)

Michelle said...

Lovely video! I've been reading for a long time -- a couple years anyway. And cheering you on. Hang in there just a little bit longer!

Amy said...

What a beautiful video! Lauren's room looks fantastic.

Amy

Gail said...

What a great video! Nice job!
You have waited and waited.
Your time is almost here!!

I love Lauren's nursery!

I have marked your blog and will be following closely.
My daughter is also a Loren Elizabeth. Just spelled differently.

Alyson & Ford said...

Great video!! I hope it will be sooner than four months for your wait!! Happy LID-Anniversary!! 30 months is huge, and maybe only two more!!

We received something that words cannot describe. I will drop you a note. You are so thoughtful, even DH was tearing up! Just wanted you to know...... lots of hugs!!

Alyson
LID 01/27/06
DOR 08/12/08

Nancy & Brian said...

Ok so my computer FINALLY allowed me to view this video and I cried the whole way through :-) We are so excited for you both and can't wait to meet Lauren!!!!!