Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thank you for all the support and condolences during this difficult time. The many comments and emails have meant so much to David's family. Jerry's memorial service today celebrated his life and was full of laughter and memories.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Kavanna and her foster mom, to whom we are so grateful!
Today Ann sent me (as a surprise, totally unexpectedly), NEW PHOTOS of Kavanna, all taken in the last couple of months. I'm so moved and awestruck and grateful that Ann would give us this priceless gift.
She also found out that Kavanna has a best friend and neighbor who is also going to be adopted by an American family... we actually know this family, having met online and discovered that we're with the same agency and the same travel group. That means that Kavanna and her friend will be able to spend time together in China, which will hopefully help with the transition.
WOW. I am moved and amazed by Ann's sweetness and thoughtfulness.
Monday, September 15, 2008
One day, before you came to the world, a mommy, a daddy and a daughter (named Ariel) who lived far, far away looked up from what they were doing and asked each other what they were thinking about.
"Someone," said the mommy.
"Me, too," said the daddy. "What sort of someone were you thinking about?"
"Someone happy," said Ariel.
"And full of fun," said the daddy.
"And oh, so beautiful," said the mommy.
"With a smile brighter than all the stars," said the daddy.
And they realized they had been thinking of the same person!
"But who is she?" said the mommy.
"Where is she?" said the daddy.
"How do we find her in this big world?" they all wondered.
And they thought about it and talked about it and dreamed about it, until one day, they found the answer.
A journey! An adventure!
"But wait," said the mommy. "We could journey across the street or across the world, but how will we know her?"
"The red thread," said the daddy. "One end of it is touching her..."
"So the other must be touching us," said the mother.
"Find the red thread and there she will be," said the daddy.
So they looked in the air.
And in each other's hair.
They looked here and there.
They even checked the lair…
of a cuddly panda bear!
They looked for days and weeks and months and even years. Then one day there was a knock at the door. When they opened it, they found a package tied with a bright red thread!
They opened it and there was a picture of the happiest, most beautiful, and full-of-fun baby girl they had ever seen.
"There she is," said the mommy.
"There she is," said the daddy.
"There she is," said Ariel.
She lives in Guangxi.
Her name is Lin Yingyong.
And we will call her Kavanna, which means to live with joy... because that is what we all will do."
And guess what? That baby... is you!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Last week we went to the Getty Museum, one of our favorite things to do on a Sunday. The building itself is a work of art, and it has some decent Impressionist paintings, but not enough of my favorite, Renoir... It's also a wonderful place to bring a picnic and enjoy the view and the sun. This Sunday we visited the Getty Villa and felt as if we were stepping back in time as we gazed at mummy portraits and at Greek and Roman statues... I wonder if any present-day sculptors could reproduce such evocative and lifelike images, or if it's an art lost to time? On the way home we stopped for a late lunch at the place where we were married... all in all, a perfect day.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Kavanna is living in the Guangxi province of China, which is in southern China. It's known as the "green bright pearl" of China because it is so lush and beautiful. We'll spend a few days in Beijing (to the north) and then meet Kavanna in Nanning. From there we'll fly to Guangzhou, where Kavanna will officially become a member of the family. We hope to leave in about seven weeks!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Looking at Kavanna makes me smile... and beam... and laugh with delight. And as Ellen, who's waiting for Flora, reminded me, this photo belongs at the top of every post.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
What is Kavanna thinking?
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
According to the report: Kavanna is a deep sleeper (so they say). She likes to roll and tear up paper. She's fond of imitating others. She can eat a biscuit without help.
Clearly, this child is a genius, in addition to elevating bright, happy cuteness to a whole new level. I don't think the term uber-cute even suffices. I need to make up a new word. Kavannalicious? K-Cute (nah, too much like K-Fed). Gotta think on that one... I'm loopy, since insomnia struck again last night. If only I could sleep like Ariel, who sleeps like the teenager she is (the loudest metal band on earth could play in her bedroom and she would not stir) , or like our new daughter Kavanna, the deep sleeper.
I almost still can't believe that I can finally write, "our new daughter".
Wow. I just want to pull her into my arms and kiss those adorable cheeks!!