Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Preparing another care package

This week I ordered another care package for Zoe. I decided to try a new company called Gifts to China With Love. They had a great selection of packages and one specifically for the upcoming Moon Festival on September 22nd. She will receive her package one week before.

Base Care Package includes:

--A translated letter (up to 600 words)

to your child or his or her caregiver,

(and a translated reply, if we receive one.)

--Plus a call to the orphanage to

ask for a brief update,

--and a picture or two--if they will send us one.

--And a $5 gift to the SWI

in your child's name to be used

at their discretion.

Also...just added!!!

--A cute panda bear (18cm tall)

I added on the Fall Festival Care Package.

1--box of 8 Moon Cakes (total weight 800g)

1--27 exp. disposable camera

1--bag of candies

1--order of fresh fruit

The Tradition of
Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together.

For generations, moon cakes have been made with sweet fillings of nuts, mashed red beans, lotus-seed paste or Chinese dates, wrapped in a pastry. Sometimes a cooked egg yolk can be found in the middle of the rich tasting dessert. People compare moon cakes to the plum pudding and fruit cakes which are served in the English holiday seasons.

I also added on a pillow with a photo of Tim and I. Hopefully, she will sleep with this and get to know our faces before we come.

We wrote a little note to Zoe, which she will get with her care package:

Dear Jie,

We are trying to wait patiently to come and get you, we will be there as soon as possible! We can all hardly wait to meet you and get to know you. We hope that you will enjoy these gifts and that you can share some of them with your nannies and your friends. Make sure you take some pictures of your friends and of your nannies and of your home there, so that we will always remember. We love you and look forward to being your family forever.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

I also sent a few questions for the director. I didn't ask too many, as I know that we will meet her and some of the nannies on gotcha day and will have a chance at that time to sit down and ask many more questions. I have a lot.

1. What does everyone call Jie?
2. Is there a nanny that Jie is particularly close with?
3. Who are Jie's closest friends?
4. Does she know she is going to be adopted soon?
5. Does she look at our photo album we sent her?

These are the answers we were given:

Riegel Family
Lv Jie
July 18th, 2010

Lv Jie is a active girl.

She has a cleft lip palate and has had a surgery and it looks good. She is healthy.

There are 20 children around her age share one big bed room and more than 10 nannies take care of her.
She knows a little that she will be adopted.

She knows some about her adoption family since she is just 3yrs old.

The care package will be sent to her one week before the moon cake festival.

Everyone just call her the name LV JIE.


Marie said...

Wow! You got a response! That is amazing. The couple that adopted from Beijing when we did sent an entire package that was not opened until gotcha day. Hang in there. . .I'm sure you'll be travelling soon! Praying!

Charlotte said...

A good thing she is moving into a large family with many children (by western standards) as she leaves her current home shared with many children. Your children are all so 'other' oriented and Zoe will quickly know that she is loved by all of your children as well as you, her parents. The excitement heightens, as does the frustration of the wait. Prayers going your way.

The Denis Family said...

An Active girl! Sounds like fun!

Denise said...

Did I read that right? 20 kids to 10 nannies? That's a fantastic child to caretaker ratio!

Monica said...

The care package sounds wonderful! I pray she feels your love already and that she will be with you all soon!

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Really looking forward to seeing her in your arms Paige.


The Drinkwaters said...

I'm so happy you received a response from your care package. We haven't heard anything yet at all. Did you receive some new photos?

I hope Zoe is getting to sleep on her new pillow at night.