Thursday, November 06, 2008

It's been a whirlwind since we received our referral! I'll be updating with more details later. I took off today to wait for the "stork" and he finally landed about 11:30. Here's the sign he was greeted with at the door...


My mom caught a glimpse of him through the window while I scrambled for the camera and she saw him snickering. Here he is...

He was really funny and didn't mind the photo one bit. He said he's been called many things, but never the stork!!! I bet he has a good story for his wife tonight!

Here's all the photos we received with our referral...for your viewing pleasure. Double click on the image to enlarge it.


I can't stop staring at her pictures! I went out to lunch today and even took her along! ;)

68 comments:

Amy said...

You probably made the Fed Ex man's day just as he made yours. :) She is so wonderful!

Julie said...

I remember that moment. I bet their days are so boring that moments like these are a lot of fun for them.

Lauren is so beautiful, and again, I would say those are the best dressed referral photos I have ever seen. They must have somehow known what is in store for her, in her closet at home. ; )

Cora said...

What a rush! All the pictures are adorable, I love all the pink!

Lisa and Tate said...

Oh my heck!!! Just look at those kissy sweet lips! I am speechless!

Love the storky, storky picture!

Shelley said...

From personal experience, and by association, FedEx guys rock! ;)

She just could not BE any cuter! Look at those toes! I bet you can't wait to nibble on them, Mama.

:)

Shell

Made in China said...

Oh my! I am sooooooo happy for you!! She is just beautiful! I have been reading your blog for so long and it's nice to (finally) see baby pictures here. Congratulations, you must be over the moon ...

Sandy said...

Love the pink! And that sweet sweet face! Bet you guys have the biggest smiles!

Ava Baby said...

Enjoy this time- you deserve it!! It's such a surreal feeling to finally have a face to the daughter you've imagined for years- it all keeps getting better!!

chicknboy said...

she is really just the most precious thing!! and she looks so petite! I love how they dressed her in pink dresses...with what looks like pink socks. :)

Stephe said...

OMG Donna, your layouts are FABULOUS!!!! You did such an amazing job!! I LOVE your stork story!!!! He seemed like he enjoyed it!!!
As far as your darling little girl...WOW, especially that middle picture, you just want to scoop her up and snuggle!!!
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ani said...

she is just adorable!!!!

Janet said...

Donna,

I am just so happy for you! I have been following your blog for so long and I'm so glad you are FINALLY getting your little sweetie. And what a sweetie she is! She is a doll and I can't wait to see your journey to her! Congrats soooo much!

janet

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

OMW...
She is sooooooo BEAUTIFUL..
LOVE the Fed-Ex Stork...lol.
I am sure you are all on Cloud 9..
HUGS..
I am soooooo excited for you..

sandra said...

Congratulations! Your girl is simply adorable!

We used AHH for our first adoption :-)

Susan Broberg said...

She is beautiful. If you are interested in learning about the characters in her Chinese name, come visit us at
ChineseNameAnalysis.blogspot.com

Congratulations!

Susan

Carol and Taylor said...

OH YEAH, so remember "bringing" my girl along to a host of events. I even blew up her photo , stuck it in a highchair, and she ate thanksgiving dinner with us in 2005. Our referral was nov 2005 and we met her on Jan 2006. Have fun. It's YOUR time, now.

Kind regards from Miami,

Carol and Taylor

Scott and Kim said...

I love the sign on the door! It is amazing the feelings you get when you see your daughter's picture. She will be with you forever from now on. These little ones have a way of coming into our lives and taking a strong hold on our heartstrings. It is great, you have so much to look forward to. We know you will both enjoy every minute!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

I love your stork sign! My poor Fed Ex man thought I was nuts! Olivia looked at Lauren's pictures and said "Look, my friend baby! SO cute!" Then she called Jackson over and said "Look at my friend baby!" I sure wish we were close enough for them to really be friends!

~Lynn

PIPO said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. I am so happy. I love the Fed Ex note.

katie said...

i've been showing off her pictures all day :) :) :)
katie

Susan said...

Oh my gosh..you are so blessed! I am wiping away the tears for you. She is beautiful!

Susan & Joe - LID 06-10-2006

sierrasmom said...

Hi My name is Kathie. We are with AHH and are traveling on Jan 8th to get our almost 3 year old daughter from the Guangdong Province. We might be travel mates!! You can check out our blog www.forsomewhereinchina.blogspot.com

Shauna said...

Donna, I can't help but notice her wee little toes in the middle picture. they are scrunched and oh so cute. I can just see you kissing them! It won't be long. I too remember the Fed Ex Stork and have a similar picture of my mom receiving MacLean's referral and me driving and hour and a half to race down and see it as she of course waited for me to come to open it. She said it was the hardest thing to do wait for me to come to see my daughter and her first grandchild.

Enjoy, Shauna

Colleen said...

what a great story this will be for Lauren when she's older

Diana said...

I am so happy for you. The first thing I thought when I saw her picture how pretty she is dressed. Then I notices they had a different outfit on in the pictures and I thought THANK GOSH she is used to getting her clothes changed as her MaMa has a lot of outfits to put her in:)
Congratulations again..I am still smiling for you!!!

Diana said...

I am so happy for you. The first thing I thought when I saw her picture how pretty she is dressed. Then I notices they had a different outfit on in the pictures and I thought THANK GOSH she is used to getting her clothes changed as her MaMa has a lot of outfits to put her in:)
Congratulations again..I am still smiling for you!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't get over how beautiful she is! What a darling baby!

Sue

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

I am just SO happy for you and your FAMILY! What a crazy Christmas you will have - so happy! Lucy

Jacquie said...

What a cutie you have there, Donna. I'm so happy for you I could burst. You have waited long enough for your baby girl. I can't wait for you to become a family.

Her little outfits are adorable! Makes me smile they have her dressed so girly. :)

eMommy.com said...

Your daughter is beautiful! We have a MaoNan Angel. She is a true joy and blessing.

Mojo said...

She is so beautiful! Congratulations!!!!!!

Alyson & Ford said...

We are so thrilled for you!!

Isn't life grand!! (I love repeating this over and over!)

Alyson
Alyzabeth's Mommy for Seven Weeks!
LID 01/27/06

Michelle said...

Love the sign for the FedEx guy. Too funny. She just gets cuter and cuter with each picture.

wellworththewait said...

Lauren is such a sweetie pie! She looks very healthy! Can't wait to hear more about her.

That is the funnest story I have ever heard about a FedEx man. Glad he wasn't a shy guy. LOL

JoAnn in NJ said...

Donna,
I've been following you for a very long time waiting to post to offer my congratulations on your beautiful Lauren!

I'm crying happy rolling down the face tears for you today!

All the best!

sea star said...

Mercy, she's a cutie! Love the happy Fed ex look!

Krista, Darrell and Riley said...

Donna,
I am so happy for you. She is adorable. It's been a long time coming and it gives me hope that we will get ours one day. Congratulations.

Krista

Anne said...

She is a sweetie, now go get her!!

Nancy & Brian said...

Donna and Joe, I can not believe I went to sleep last night with out checking your blog. She is absolutely beautiful. This is so exciting!!!!! Congratulations, I can't wait to see you guys in a couple of weeks and get totally filled in :) Enjoy and congrats.

Nancy

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

She is adorable (your fed ex guy is kind of cute too)

Kathy said...

We are so happy for you that this day has finally come. Lauren looks like an angel from heavin. Joyful heart, huges and kisses to you and all of you family and friends.
Kathy C.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!

She is adorable!

Our daughter is also from Maoming. So I know from experience Maomingsters are looooooovely!!

Greetings from the Netherlands.

Debbie
www.thewo.nl

Nina said...

Congratulations!! She is absolutely beautiful!!

We're in China now, in Guangxi, going to Guangdong tomorrow... and the people in Southern China are so beautiful and friendly and wonderful. I hope you get to travel very soon!!

Donna said...

She could not be any cuter...and so adorable in pink!!!

Christi and Abbey said...

She is such a doll! If it helps at all, Abbey was 18 mo and turned 19 mo right after I got her. She weighed 19 lbs. The 12 mo. clothes I brought on the trip were all really big, but they worked out great - loose and comfy. I just rolled the elastic down on the pants. It was also great that she wore those 12 mo clothes for forever, about a year!

S.Wise said...

A HUGE and big time over due congratulations to you! I love love the stork sign. I might just have to steal the stork idea when our FED-X guy comes!!! :)

Your daughter is just beautiful!!

Kathryn and Kevin said...

She is such a cutie. I'm so happy that you time is finally here. Hope you get to bring her home by Christmas. My 2009 is sure going to be totally divine for your family.

Donna said...

I can see why you can't stop staring at her pictures! She's just so beautiful! I love her little baby toes! Sumthin' tells me her momma will be nibbling on them soon!

Any idea when you might travel?

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Carol said...

Look at her curling those toes...she is going to be a dancer!!!

Tracy said...

Your daughter is such a beauty - and she looks so pretty in pink! Those are some of the sweetest referral pics I have ever seen. My friend's daughter was the exact same age at referral last year - 19 months. They got her the day she turned 21 months old. She has been home for 8 months now and her transition has gone really smoothly. She is so much fun and her personality was apparent from the moment they met her. You are going to have a blast with your new little one. I am so happy for you.

Heather said...

I remember these moments so well! Congratulations again. Can you say "Christmas in China?"

Anonymous said...

Donna - I am delurking - have been reading your blog for over a year (yearning to adopt myself)...and I am just overjoyed for your family. Lauren Elizabeth is gorgeous and I cant wait to follow along with your journey to China for Lauren.

God bless!

Melissa

Anonymous said...

What a lovely daughter You have! Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

Great post and congratulations!!! Lauren is beautiful!

Kimberly (fellow RQ subject)

kerri said...

CONGRATS!!!
Lauren is beautiful!!
Enjoy this special time...

redmaryjanes said...

She is just beautiful!

Kim said...

She is so cute! I am very happy for your family :)

Michelle said...

You will probably sleep with those photos, I know I did! Congrats again, she is gorgeous!

Kristy said...

She is just gorgeous!!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

So, so happy for you and your husband!!

Polar Bear said...

Lauren is so adorable!!!
Your note is a GREAT idea!!
Congratulations!!

Tammy said...

Precious! She is beyond cute. You must want to pinch yourself. Referral time is like no other time in your life. So surreal. So wonderful. Your story is especially sweet because of how patient you've been. The marathon wait.

I remember memorizing every bit of our daugher's referral pics, burned the images into my brain - those pics were our physical connection to her. Yep, made copies and took them EVERYWHERE to sneak frequent peeks.

Cyndi said...

She is beautiful!!!! I can't imagine how excited you both are. Congratulations and can't wait to follow your journey home.

hiltonsheadeast said...

Oh, guys ....we are so happy for you. She's perfect!

Hugs,
Lori & Andy **

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!
Lauren is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki
www.pricelessprincess.blogspot.com

OziMum said...

You have every reason to stare at your beautiful daughter (and take her along to lunch!)

:)

Don and Be said...

What a wonderful day! Finally!

Yoli said...

She is GORGEOUS! Congratulations!

Amy said...

She's beautiful...congratulations!