We FINALLY have LOA (letter of approval from China)! It's been a bit of a bumpy ride but it's official! This sweet girl will be ours! We think we should be traveling in May or June. It all depends on how fast our paperwork goes thru all of the channels around the world. Literally. We are all so in love with her! Can't wait to get our hands on those chubby little cheeks!
Her name is Xiao Mei which means "little beauty". Before we knew the meaning of her name in Chinese, we had ALL agreed on the name Ella Joy. Not an easy task to have 5 people in agreement on something so important. We were all passionate about the names we had each chosen. Eric would not discuss names until we saw a picture of her and when he did, he suggested Ella. Then he stuck with it until we all agreed it was a perfect name for her! After learning the meaning of her Chinese name, I looked up the meaning of Ella. One of the meanings is "beautiful fairy". Without even knowing it, Eric chose the best name for our little beauty (and of course he is taking all of the credit)! It's ok-I'll give him the credit for naming one of our kids!!
I'll be updating this blog more often. I kind of lost heart after my nephew died and we were bogged down in paperwork and red tape while waiting to transfer to the new agency. Well, it is a little busy around here too with 3 boys and little girl preparations!!!
Please start praying that our paperwork continues to process without issues and that Ella will transition as easily as possible to her new family. Poor girl has no idea there are so many people waiting to smother her with love!