Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dongguan



Here are a few facts about Dongguan, the city where Lilah resides.

- It has a population of 7 million people.
- It is a subtropical climate with an average temperature of 23.6 C
- It is the richest province in China.
- It is big in oil, minerals and various factories.
- 70% of the population is woman. They come from all over rural china to provide for their families.
- It is a Cantonese area.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

The meaning behind the names

Lilah - dark haired beauty

Mei- little sister

These are the names we chose for her.

Xin - (Shin) heart and love

en - the wishes that she gives back the love she has received

Xin'en was the name the orphanage chose for her

Mao - the name that was given to all the children brought to her orphanage in 2007. She is from Maoming City, Guangdong.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lilah's crib



So I found out yesterday that Lilah still sleeps in a crib and will remain in a crib until we adopt her. The photo above is the room where she slept while living at True Children's Home. When she went to live with her foster family, they were given her crib to take with them. Now my dilemma is, do I buy a crib or a bed?! We want the adjustment to be as easy as possible, so right now we are thinking crib... She is way too little to be in a big bed anyway... right?

Monday, January 26, 2009



Happy Chinese New Year!

A week ago, I thought I wouldn't be able to celebrate the Chinese New Year with joy, but now, knowing who our little girl is, we can truly celebrate! We went out for Chinese food last night and we look forward to dressing up and joining with all of our adoption friends next year... with Lilah!

Of course, I think about her constantly! Although, usually when I am awake, she is asleep. I wonder how she spent the new year...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More information about Lilah



This photo is of Lilah at two months old! We are falling in love with this child more everytime we look at her!

I have contacted the group foster home she was in (they are american based and so communication is easy - english!) and they have invited us to visit the home when we come to get her, as well as tour the hospital she had surgery in and meet Dr. Li who is an american-chinese doctor. It is all so much more than we ever expected!

At 14 months Lilah was walking, picking up small objects with her fingers and she seldom cries. She is expressive and funny. She is curious and observant and loves to mimic others. She loves to dance, play with balls, wave her hands and tap her feet. She claps her hands and blows kisses. She can say goodbye, mama, baba, jiejie, yeye, didi. She babbles constantly and is a very happy child. She likes to hold hands and play games. She likes noisy toys!!!

She gets up at 7am and goes to bed at 9pm, with one nap at noon. She is not a picky eater. She loves fruit and cake. She is a deep sleeper and goes to bed on her own.

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Amazing Find

It is very rare to find out much additional information on a child, let alone photos, other than what a couple is given at the time of referral and sometimes through updates after the referral is accepted. I have been doing some research into Lilah's city, province, orphanage (which she was in for only the first two months) and group foster home (which she was in from July 2007 - March 2008). March 2008 she was placed into a foster family and that is where she is today. She was in a group foster home called True Children's Home who takes in orphans that need extra care and attention. This home is run on donations and looks amazing, which explains why she has thrived!

My amazing find was many photos of her over these months. Pre surgery. Post Surgery. With a volunteer. With her Foster family. On her first birthday!





I can't show all the photo's because some of them have other people's children in them and worker's from the home.

Many people have been asking when we will go get her... I am thinking probably June.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We have a little girl!

LILAH MEI XIN'EN RIEGEL



Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise
his holy name! -- Psalm 103:1

We are pleased to introduce our little girl who was born on May 16, 2007 (which makes her 20 months old). May 16, 2007 was the day we started our paperwork process by taking the International Adoption Course. Who knew that half way around the world our daughter was being born!



Our daughter was born with Tessier 3, which is a craniofacial cleft. She has already undergone one surgery and will go for more surgeries when she comes home. She is outgoing, active, sweet, brave and strong according to her foster family! She is developmentally and physically right on par, and from what we can tell, maybe even ahead of the game a bit!



God gave me a verse yesterday, right before the referral came in:

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart -- 1 Samuel 16:7

We know God chose this little precious girl just for us!

We have a little secret...



More details soon to follow...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Eli's 8!




We celebrated Eli's birthday by going rock climbing and then having a party at our house with his very favorite friends. Of course, every birthday is the best birthday ever! Eli is a child who keeps me on my toes. He is one extreme or the other and FULL of personality! He is the child that every mother needs, so that she never thinks she is the best mom out there and what is wrong with all these other parents... He was my dream baby, the one I had always pictured in my head. A baby with dark eyes, a head full of dark hair and chubby little legs. He has to know how EVERYTHING works, he takes things a part, puts them back together, asks a thousand and one questions, he is daddy's helper. Eli can hook up our trailer to our truck without any help. You can ask him for any tool in the garage and he knows exactly where and what it is.

It will be interesting to see where this boy goes in life. Although, according to him, he is going nowhere and will be living with us forever!

Weird and Wonderful Weather



I had to take a picture of Tim and Micah shoveling the snow off of our dock yesterday in t-shirts! It was +11 and felt like spring! Today is even warmer. I love winter and I love the snow, I don't even mind the cold. I think winter forces us to slow down and take life a bit easier. Summer will come soon enough, and us Canadians always feel like we have to cram as much possible into those months as we can before the cold hits us again! What could be prettier than the white snow sparkling like diamonds?

Except for maybe this...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Five Years old




My baby boy is 5 years old today! Time goes by way too fast. I made a conscious decision when he was born to enjoy every stage, because I thought he would be the last child! Although we have another daughter coming, I will miss out on her precious newborn stage, her chubby, just starting to sit 6 month old stage and her 1 year old just starting to walk stage... I did cherish these moments with Micah! But even at 5 years old, he still seems so little to me and he still has so many precious moments ahead of him, as will our little girl!

Today we celebrate by going to Chuck E. Cheese. Yeah... But that was his choice and it makes it easy for me, and my house will stay clean (or cleanish - it is never truly clean with 4 kids). Micah is constantly entertaining. Mostly because he wants to act mature, like his older siblings. His favorite saying right now is "that is correct!" and the other day out of the blue he exclaims "I can hardly wait until I am 11, so I can drive a car!"

I always look back and think about the day they were born, and all that I was feeling and the whole process it took to bring them into this world. I always loved being pregnant and giving birth, it was the most amazing experiences of my life! Now, I get to watch them grow into wonderful people and see where they are going to go in this life...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A difficult day

Yesterday was a very difficult day in our adoption journey. The new list came out and once again there was nothing on it for us, partly because the list came out on a Saturday night, and with a 48 hour deadline, there wouldn't be enough time to do a match for us lucky families who live in Alberta and seem to have more issues with the matching process. I did have long talks with FOI and Alberta Children's Services and they were very reassuring and I do believe they care a lot. Someone I have gotten to know through this process, who is also waiting, had to make a very difficult choice yesterday as well, and my heart goes out to them. We have been there and it is not an easy decision, but we have to trust God's plan.

I sat down to do my devotions yesterday and this is what I read:

Our feelings do not affect God's facts.... We may not see the shining of the promises - but still they shine! Feelings come and go like clouds. But the "hills" and the "stars" abide.

My Father, I will anchor myself, my thoughts and my will, in these facts:

You are.

You rule in heaven and on the earth.

You call me righteous because I am in Jesus, your son.

No matter what it may seem, I will stand firm forever!