Monday, March 27, 2006

One month ago...

Tomorrow is March 28th...we have had the joy of looking at little Mae's face for one whole month now. It's a beautiful face! Referrals are rumored to be arriving at agencies today, but our agency doesn't have any more referrals in May, and this batch is rumored to include only up through May 31. This leaves my fellow CCAI friends with a 6/2 and 6/3 LID very, very sad. It is only a rumor though, and I am hopeful that their referrals will also be included. In another month, April 28, I will be 2 days away from leaving for China! Itineraries aren't finalized, but it looks like we will depart the evening of April 30, arriving in Beijing on May 2. I'm glad May 1 isn't my birthday or something! I have been really impressed with JC Travel's service. Janet, who is Chinese and our travel group's advisor, was on the phone with me twice yesterday, Sunday, to make sure she was doing everything the way we want it done. We and another family would like to visit Hope Foster Care (where the babies are that we raised money for a few months ago) and we aren't sure yet that we will be able to...but I really appreciate Janet's attempt at making that fit into our tour itinerary if at all possible.

I have pictures from Huaihua SWI, but I am not sure that I should post them publicly. I am not sure where the line is...what is too much information? The one picture I feel comfortable posting is the one of the gate, the entrance to the SWI. This is where Mae is reported to have been left (a very good sign...this means someone actually went to the trouble to leave her RIGHT AT THE GATE of the local orphanage...very risky and a guarantee that she would be taken in right away.) The SWI looks poor and run down, as was reported. But all the love and care that these babies have obviously been given speaks louder than a fancy building. We are so grateful to the caretakers who have cared for our babies. One more month...
And only 5 more Mondays without Mae.

2 comments:

Bee's Blog said...

E-thanks for your shout out to early Juners. I hope by the time you leave for Mae you can see Shayna's picture. Hang in there, five more Mondays are not too bad. Especially when the weather is nice like it is today.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the picture of the SWI gate. It's a very pretty one and you're right -- the parents were taking a big chance to make sure she was taken right away. god bless them! I agree -- better care is much better than pretty buildings.
... Mom