I spoke with Chris at our agency today and they said we will meet the babies on Monday, June 16th at 11:00 am. They were trying for June 15th, but since there are 6 different orphanages involved, it was impossible to coordinate everyone for Sunday. It will still be Father's Day here however - 11:00 pm, but Father's Day nonetheless!! Chris also told me that we will have plenty of time when we meet the babies to ask questions about them, their schedules and their likes and dislikes. Not only that, but if questions or issues come up once we leave, we will still be in the province for several days, so we can have our guide contact the orphanage/foster mom. This is a great relief to me, as I want to know as much as I can to make the transition as easy as possible for LilyKate and Eleanor. I can't believe we will be with them in a little over two weeks...we still look at each other in disbelief and amazement all the time. We can't wait!
We just received some updated info and pictures of LilyKate and Eleanor and man, are they cute! As you can see in the photos, they are both growing and look very healthy. LilyKate is in yellow and Eleanor is wearing pink. The report says that LilyKate weighs 20.46 lbs and Eleanor is 21.12 lbs. They are both 25.6 inches tall. They each have two teeth on the bottom and a bit more hair on their heads. They are developing well and love to play with each other. Wow, they are so much bigger and more adorable than their referral pictures, if that's even possible! We have a call scheduled with our agency on Wednesday evening and will know our itinerary soon. We should be leaving the second or third week in June. I didn't think it was possible to be more in love with these two girls, but I was wrong!
The past few days have been wonderful, incredible and emotional! We got the call on Friday and had just a couple of hours to call and email our friends and family, then it was off to the rehearsal dinner for our niece Erica and fiance Robb. We were reeling from the news that we were FINALLY parents, and to TWO babies! I really don't think there are any words that can adequately describe what that moment was like when they told us there were two. We saw their faces and we loved and recognized them INSTANTLY. We are still trying to get our minds around it and we look at each other every know and then and just say "Twins!" The blessing of these two precious girls is more than we hoped for and definitely more than we expected. As usual, God has greater and more amazing plans for our lives than we could possibly imagine! Many of you have emailed or left comments asking if we knew we were getting twins, or if we requested them. We did request twins. It was on our home study and we talked with our wonderful agency about it, but I don't think we ever really expected it to happen!
We had family obligations all weekend, including the beautiful wedding and reception for our niece. We attended church on Sunday, where we got to share the news and celebrate our joy with more family and friends who have been praying for us for these past 2 1/2 years. We know it is in large part their love and prayers that have caused us to be so richly blessed!
We received more good news yesterday that our girls are in foster care and have been since they were a month old. This is wonderful since we know they have been getting individual attention and lots of affection from their foster mom. This will help tremendously with attachment and bonding. The report said they have very different personalities. Xin Ling (LilyKate) is more quiet and Xin Long (Eleanor) is more active. They like to watch TV and love music! They love being outside and are not shy with strangers. They like to be held and teased. With every word we just fell more in love and can't wait to meet them. We sent our acceptance letters back and should hear later this week regarding travel dates. We think we will travel around the second week of June - it can't come soon enough for us!
- Her name is Shang Guan Xin Ling
- She is in foster care in the Jiangxi Province with her sister Eleanor
- She is described as quiet and a deep sleeper
- She is fond of music and playing games
- She is quick in reaction and has a ready smile
- On 10/8/07 she weighed 4.7 kg and was 53 cm long
- Her name is Shang Guan Xin Long
- She is in foster care in the Jiangxi Province with her sister LilyKate
- She is described as active, restless and fond of imitating
- She is fond of music and has a ready smile
- She laughs aloud and imitates sounds
- As of 10/8/07 she weighed 4.9 kg and was 54 cm long
With overwhelming joy and gratitude, we proudly announce the referral of beautiful twin girls - Eleanor and LilyKate.
There are rumblings that something is in the air...could it be the stork? We are unsure of when it will land, but right now a couple of agencies are saying Monday. If the CCAA mailed off the referral packages before they left for the May 1st holiday, they might even arrive tomorrow!
Prayers please and/or fingers crossed - whatever works for you, just do it now!