Winter 1999

We are still waiting for our referral and trying to keep busy. We wouldn't be hearing from China for quite sometime yet. So I am try to be patient.

Nov. 5, 1999 - Cassie turned 9 today she is growing up so fast. She asked if Vickie knew it was her birthday. I told her probably not. But next year we will make sure that she knows it is her big sisters birthday.

Nov. 7, 1999 - Jeff's mom came for Cassie's birthday and left today. She seemed to have a good time. But I don't understand why she isn't excited about Vickie. A few things she said hurt me about our planning for Vickie. But like my friends on APC said when Vickie gets here she will warm up to her.

Nov. 26, 1999 - We received out travel packet 1 today. At least one good thing has happened this month. Mom has been in the hospital. My Grandma had a stroke and slipped into a coma and passed away on Thanksgiving Day. Her funeral is scheduled on Dec. 1. My Aunt Dee is in the ICU with advanced walking pneumonia and is only been given a 15% chance to live. This month is the pits.

Dec. 1, 1999 - Today we laid my Grandma to rest next to Grandpa. I know that she will be happier spending the holidays with him.

Dec. 7, 1999 - Mom called today and Aunt Dee passed away. Her funeral is the same day as Cassie's program at Church. Mom feels that one funeral is enough for Cassie this close together and wants Cassie to go to her program. We still haven't heard anything about the June referrals yet. CCAI says maybe next week.

Dec. 22, 1999 - The June referrals are in Wahoo!! That means just two more months then us!!!

Dec. 26, 1999 - We had a wonderful Christmas I can't believe that next year we will have 3 little ones toddling around Mom and Dad's tree. Brandon and Brianna really had a great time. Mom and Dad gave me a China tea set. They bought it from a local import store it is so beautiful. I know now just how much they support us in our adoption. 

Jan. 1, 2000 - WOW I can't believe that by next New Years we will have traveled to China and brought home our little Vickie. I hope that by Mother's Day we will be united with Vickie. I am so happy that this year is beginning. We spent the evening with our wonderful friends the Lee's. I love that I am able to ask Terry about China. God has really blessed us with such supportive and helpful friends.

Jan. 14, 2000 - Today Cassie's home school support group wrapped bibles for "Bibles for the World". Cassie said that she hoped that maybe the nannies in China would read one to Vickie. I think that the ones we wrapped today went to India and Africa.

Jan. 15, 2000 - We bought Vickie's dresser today and bought boarder for her and Cassie's rooms. Vickie's is pastel Noah's Ark and Cassie's is ponies. So now as soon as Jeff and the guys get the addition done I can start on the nursery. Then get Cassie's done. We also bought Cassie a new bed. It is a full bed with a canopy.

Jan. 24, 2000 - I am really bummed today according to CCAI mail list they don't believe that the July referrals will make it this month. That means that the referrals wouldn't be here until after the Chinese New Year in February. Maybe they will do two months at once and we will still be on schedule!!! I want Vickie now!!

Jan. 26, 2000 - To help time go by I have decided to make a web site for our Sept. DTC group. It is a lot of fun meeting people who we might travel with.

Feb 2, 2000 - Wahoo!!! The July referrals are in they hit the mail list. I was so surprised that they came in since it was reported just a week ago that they wouldn't make it before Chinese New Years! I am so excited!! O.K. now Jeff just has to get the addition done so he can move his office.

Feb 12, 2000 - Cassie helped me register at the new Babies R Us for my shower we had so much fun. Looking at all of the cute baby stuff and wondering what Vickie will look in them is so much fun. Cassie loved playing with all of the baby toys!!!

Feb 24, 2000 - I haven't written in a while because I had no more good news and was a little depressed. Mom had an allergic reaction to the Chemo. they gave her this month. But now they have her on a new medication and she is doing much better. Plus I just knew the August referrals were not going to make it this month. Well they fooled me again the rest of the July came in yesterday and the first August referrals came in today!!!! We are getting closer.

Feb 26, 2000 - I had a wonderful shower today. Vickie received so many cute outfits!!! I also received a lot of things I needed. With the duplicates we received we will be able to get the crib set and mobile I wanted at Babies R Us. It is so cute with Precious Moments Noah's Ark. Then I am making curtains for her window. I am undecided if I am going to use a crib ruffle or not. I would like to find some wall hangings of Precious Moments animals.

March 18, 2000 - We worked at the CCAI boot at the Christian Family Expo. This week-end and has so much fun talking about our adoption. The person we relieved has an Aug. DTC date so we were both whining about no referrals!!! I think Jeff was ready to leave. He said maybe we weren't the best people to be working since we would tell the people it is taking too long!!! But we all had fun. I can't believe that this is where we found out about adopting from CCAI last year. Cassie missed it because she had her first communion retreat at Church. I can't believe she is getting so grown up. I just don't know how come the time seems to fly for something's and drag by so for other things. 

March 19, 2000 - Cassie partook in her first Communion at Church today. She received a crystal engraved chalice from the Church and we gave her a cherish teddy 1st communion figuring. We were so proud of her. Today we also helped my brother and sister in law celebrate their twins first birthday. So I guess time is going by.

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