Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
So it is looking more and more like our referral will not be arriving until the Spring or Summer which makes it more likely that we will be affected by the Summer Olympics in Beijing. The goods news is it looks like travel to China will not stop. One postive rumor on one of the adoption boards is that referrals and travel will continue during the Olympics. US agencies will just skip the sightseeing trip to Beijing. As much as we are looking forward to seeing The Great Wall, Forbidden City and the rest of the sights, we know the top priority is getting our daughter. We plan to travel back to China for heritage trips with Grace when she gets older so we will be seeing those sights eventually.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The Province for January is Guangxi. Guangxi is a mountainous region in the southern part of China. It has a population of about 49,000,000 and is famous for its picturesque Li river and surrounding mountains. Looking back at the referrals from our agency there seem to be quite a few children from Guangxi.
Will be interesting to see how many months of the calendar we get through until we learn where Grace is from.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The last batch was pretty disappointing considering everyone expected them to get much further than they did. We aren't anticipating much for the next batch either. Based on the online polls we could see another pretty small batch. But we are hoping that they get through at least another 4 or 5 days but we wouldn't be too surprised if they just got though 1 or 2 days. Have to prepare ourselves for the worst and hope for the best.
Since we are getting closer to referral I decided to start a baby proofing project in our family room this weekend. The speaker wires for our surround sound are starting to droop onto the floor, perfect fun for a little girl to pull on. So we went off to Home Depot and bought some wire conduit to hide all of the wires away. Probably will take me a couple weekends to get it all installed. Seems like a perfect winter project.
We were also happy to see our beloved New England Patriots beat the Chargers today and are off to another Superbowl. Go Pats!!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
After dinner we went to the Opera House to watch the Chinese New Year Spectacular Show. This was a traditional Chinese dance, singing and instrumental show. The costumes, dancing and music were great. Although we weren't really expecting the show to be so political. Apparently is was sponsored by the Falun Dafa (Gong) Association of New England. Many of the dance routines had themes of persecution and rising up against it. It was interesting to say the least. There were also quite a few families with adopted children from China there so that made it extra special for us.
After the show we went for dessert and drinks at Finale. Kind of funny when dessert costs more than dinner but it was really good. All in all, it was a pretty fun night for us.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So according to the message they will no longer be updating the website with cut-off information. We need to contact our agency who have some new system where they can get this info. There were rumors about this box going away a while back, but then it never did so I assumed it was here to stay. Not really sure if the box going away means anything. It could mean that the CCAA is going to start referring partial days and they don't want any confusion if the box gets updated and some agency LIDs get a referral and some don't. Even without the box it should be fairly easy to figure out how far they got just through reading the adoption sites and rumor boards. I assume our agency will have some additional info for us about it when the next batch comes out. So we are not going to worry too much about it at this point.
***Footnote from Jen: Steve is not worrying too much about it. I, on the otherhand, am freaking out!! Ok, breathe....breathe....breathe.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
For the past couple years I have been banking my vacation time to use on our trip to China and take some time off afterwards to bond with Grace. I have almost 6 weeks saved up which would give me a nice chunk of time to stay home and get in the swing of being a dad. But then, we really don't know how much longer the wait is going to be and some time for Jen and I to get away from it all would definitely do us some good.
So help us decide. I put a poll up on the right where you can vote to tell us whether you think we should take the trip this year or not.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Jen removed 5 more glass stones from the jar this week leaving 17 more to go. We did get some news this week that gave us a bit of lift. Our agency sent out their monthly update regarding the referrals they received this month. The email mentioned that the next Log In Date that they are expecting referrals for is our LID (1/5/2006). Although this doesn't mean that we will get our referral next month, our agency just won't receive any regular referrals until they get to our group. This was the first time that we have seen our Log In Date in print with the word "Next". It is the little things that keep us going lately.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
If you overlay the years on the above chart (see below), last year's January numbers were overall a bit higher and then trended down through April. In 2006 the numbers went up in February and then trended down through April. Not sure how much lower they can go from where they are now. But we have seen a couple 5 day batches, a 4 day batch and a 2 day batch so based on the trends we could see a smaller batch next month. December is also thought to be a relatively large day so just one more reason to think we may be in for a couple slow months.