Spring 2000

Now is the time that most people say is the hardest part of the wait. We are now very close to getting our referral and jump every time the phone rings.

March 20, 2000 - We still haven't heard about any more referrals some of the other agencies are starting to get their Aug. referrals in again but nothing so far from  CCAI. But today is the first day of Spring and I know that before Summer we will at least get our picture of Vickie. It looks like we will be traveling in late May or early June now. The only thing that is constant with this adoption process is change.

March 28, 2000 - We have referrals again one batch came in on Monday and then another came in yesterday. I talked to Deniece today at CCAI and was told that they are still expecting even more this week. But for sure the rest and the first batch of Sept. next month. She said that we would most likely get our referral before Easter!!! Wahoo!!!!

April 1, 2000 - Well I don't know whether to be excited or not. I with I could be sure that our referral is coming this month. Everyone I have talked to at CCAI says not to worry this is the month so I will just pray and hope. One of my friends on one of our email lists sent me a prayer today that helps. I would be lost with out our email friends.

April 5, 2000 - Mom saw her Dr. and she is very close to remission. He wants to see her in six weeks to check her CBC hopefully she will be in remission then.

April 17, 2000 - Referrals are in but only about half of the September ones came in I had so hoped that we would have Vickie's package this time. I am so depressed that I can't stand my self. CCAI says that it will be here next month, but I want it now!! But at least some of my friends are going to have a happier Easter.

May 1, 2000 - I don't know if I dare hope that we will see Vickie's sweet face this month. I am trying to be hopeful but it is so hard. I am not even sure that this is really going to happen at all. Maybe we just aren't ever going to go have another daughter.

May 19, 2000 - According to the CCAI web pages all of the September DTC's have been matched and are on their way to Denver. Now we just have to wait and see what happens..

May 22, 2000 - Referrals are in Denver we haven't heard for sure but I am hopeful that our is there!!!!

May 23, 2000 - At 10:38 am we received the call from CCAI. We have a wonderful almost 8 month old baby girl waiting for us in the Jiangxi province in China!!!!!! Her name is Jiang Yong Yuan and the characters translate to "Forever Together"!!! We finally have a picture of Victoria JoRene!!!!!!!•  •

May 10, 2000 - Tonight we went to dinner at our favorite celebration place "Red Robin" to celebrate our referral and Vicki Jo's 8 month birthday. I can't wait to hold her.

May 30, 2000 - We had a surprise in Jeff's email box at work. Thomas sent us an update for Vickie. The pictures are just awesome!!! Wow we are so blessed!!!

June 5, 2000 - Travel notices are in for the April groups. We maybe hearing soon when we will be going. I can't believe how fast time is going. I am having so much fun shopping and getting things to pack. COME ON TIME JUST KEEP MOVING ON!!!!

June 12, 2000 - I mailed our little ones care package to day. Just thinking about her holding her toys and blanket makes me tear up. I just love that little face so much!!!

June 27, 2000 - We received more pictures of Vickie today. We are so blessed to have such a caring orphanage to be sending use pictures and a letter telling us about our wonderful new daughter. I just can't wait to go get her and finally be able to hold and cuddle her.

June 28, 2000 - We got a phone call from Mom her cancer is in remission!!!! Praise God who all things are done!! I can't believe that we are over this hurdle again!! We are all just so thankful!! Now I can go to China and not be worrying about how Mom is doing back home. God is so good!!!