Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's Family Day today!!!

I did actually get some sleep last night on and off due to sheer exhaustion. This morning I got up and thought...this is it...I'll be a momma today!

We started out with a little breakfast at the buffet and then headed over to Starbucks for a little taste of home...


Joe, Karen and I sat on the patio and sipped on our drinks overlooking the little park area. It's so quiet and peaceful here on Shamian Island. Right across the very short bridge it's total chaos, but the Island is a little paradise with big weeping trees and parks. The locals are jogging, walking, biking and doing Thai-chi. We saw a women walking backwards and every so often she would glance behind her to make sure she wasn't running into anything...not sure what that was all about, but it was quite a sight. I think the Starbucks patio will be a regular morning hang-out for us.

Joe and I are now up in the room to get our diaper bag together and go through our money to see how much we need to exchange. We are going to shop around a little for a stroller if we have time before we leave to get Lauren. We are heading out for the Civil Affairs Office in three hours! I still feel like I'm walking around in a dream or something...hard to describe. I think when we get off the bus and up to Civil Affairs it's going to hit us hard that this is the day and the tears will be flowing. I can't wait to get that very first glance of Lauren...ok, I'm tearing up now!

Gotta go get ready!

27 comments:

chicknboy said...

I'm just so stinkin' excited for you!

sooo smart to get some sleep last night...and to have a fairly relaxing morning-with Starbucks!

can't wait to wake up in the morning to see you holding your precious daughter.

praying thru the night for you.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am soooo excited..
Glad you got some sleep.. I won't be able to sleep tonight.. will want the evening to get over with so I can see Lauren in your arms..
Have a Great Day..
capture every moment..
HUGS...

Peta-maree said...

Not long to go. China is 2 hours behind Sydney so I have been refreshing all day waiting to see updates.

I cant wait to see Lauren in your arms forever.

Ladybugsmom said...

OMG, OMG, OMG...I am thinking when I wake up tomorrow you will have Lauren...man this brings back so many warm memories and oh how we miss China...what a very special time.
Emily

Diana said...

OMG..I have happy tears for you. I have followed you on your LONG wait and I am thrilled for you. You will be a GREAT Mama and I can not wait to wake up in the morning to pictures. ENJOY this day as it is YOUR DAY!!!

Cora said...

Starbucks looks awesome.
I can't wait to see your next post!!

mommy2gabby said...

I just can't wait to see her in your arms. It is such an exciting time. Thank you for sharing it with those of us in the adoption community.

I will peek back before I go to bed very late tonight. Capture all of those precious moments! You will treasure them forever.

:) Jody

M3 said...

Oh man, I keep refreshing and hoping to see a picture of the three of you together. Sending huge hugs!!!!

Scott and Hope said...

Donna!! I have been so excited to watch your journey!! Don't you just LOVE Alison?? By the way, ask her if you can call her Cindy! See if she remembers me. I cannot wait to see you all FINALLY with Lauren!! I'm sure that will be your next post!!! Love, Hope

reneeks@gmail.com said...

I am loving how much you are updating your blog! Feel like I am living it all over again. You will reach emotion today ya didn't know ya had!! Enjoy every moment.

Eliza2006 said...

I can't believe it! Do you have her yet? This is the experience of a life time! I can't wait to see you with her!!!!

amy said...

Im already teary for you!

Dawn and Dale said...

I'm so happy right now that I live on the west coast of Canada and that my hubby is arriving home LATE tonight cause that means I might still get to see you with Lauren TONIGHT already!!!! :)

You probably have her now in your arms!! SOOOOOOOOO excited for you!!!!! :)

Janet said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I am so excited for you! Pictures! ANd Video! We want BOTH! :-)

God bless you all!!!!!!!

Lindsay said...

So happy and excited for your family.

Best wishes.

Shelley said...

Refresh ...refresh ...refresh ...refr

Christi and Abbey said...

doing my lunch break check-in. Thank you for doing such an awesome job blogging....hanging on every word and picture...so happy all your dreams are coming true!

amy said...

its 3am in atlanta and thank goodness I am awake.
YOU probably have met your daughter..Holy cow, I am praying

Alyson and Ford said...

Breathe. Cry. Hug. Breathe. Repeat :)
Anxiously awaiting the pics!
peace
fm

Tracy said...

Ooooooooooooo. Your words make me re-live the day. you are in for something wonderful! Blessings on this VERY special day.

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

Donna I told you Starbucks was close and great right? You are a great mom already. I can't wait to see you with Lauren and hear all the details of Family Day

Julie said...

Just checking in before work to see the news. I guess I will need to be patient!

hiltonsheadeast said...

OMG!!! We cannot wait to see photos and hear about your day.

Hugs,
The Hilton Clan

Kathy said...

Glad to hear that you got some sleep. I just can't wait to see pictures and hear all about your day.
Hugs
Kathy

Catherine said...

She's in your arms by now!!! Praying for all of you often.

Wearing out the refresh button on my 'puter. :o)

Carol said...

You have her by now....Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

I know you have your little girl by now, I'm so excited to hear all the details. I'm so excited, I could burst!!!!
Love,
Karlene