Thursday, March 14, 2013

LOA!

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!

13 comments:

  1. Yay, congratulations! It won't be long , now!

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  2. I vividly remember seeing her precious little face and did not know how in the world you all could possibly say no:). God knew exactly what he was up to that day as we "met" while I was on a bloggy girls trip! Just love how He gets us all together. I'm hoping to meet your precious Ella this summer when I visit my sister:)

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  3. I agree Paige! Truly God's plan for us that day! I was trying to be reserved until I sent her picture to y'all! Haha! Blew that out of the water when you said "of course you're taking her! Look at that face!" I can't wait for you to be in Texas!

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  4. Oh, I'm so excited for y'all! May or June will be here before you know it! Ella's pictures are just precious! I will pray for the paperwork, and that God will give her visions of you all and a smooth transition to her forever family! Can't wait to see the beautiful fairy this summer!

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    1. Thank you Martha! Can't wait for you to meet her!

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  5. We need that sweet girl home NOW! Can't wait to kiss on her cheeks and for Molly to finally have her friend home! Won't be long now!

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    1. I know Jen! Seems like just yesterday I was asking you so many questions about adopting an older child!

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  6. Yeah for loa...... Mia and I need to take a road trip and come visit the Jennifer's. lol

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  7. Congrats on your LOA Jennifer! I know it has been a long road. Hope things go smoothly from here. Ella is A DOLL!! Lucky family:) Look forward to seeing more updates on your progress.

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  8. Thank you Maureen! Can't wait to see her your little one will be!

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  9. Congratulations! She is a real beauty just like her names!! So happy for your family! Cindy

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  10. OMG She is just beautiful! So many emotions going through my mind and heart as I read through your blog. What an amazing journey you will begin in just a few days. GIRRRRLLLLLL as a mom of biological boys hold on tight! Girl is so different. But such a joy to have our little princess in the house to rule it! Your family will be forever changed. I loved the part about your friend telling you that God had your little girl picked out just for you no matter where your journey took you to find her. Our journey was six years in the making for Fu Lian Na. The reason for the wait....she wasnt born yet. God is amazing in how he has chosen us all for his purpose and these sweet babies awaiting their forever families are all a part of that plan. I just have one word....AMAZING. Praying for you and your honey while traveling and for bonding praying for your boys as they await your arrival home! What a great meeting day that will be! One I will never forget.

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