Journey To MaryAlice

Join me as I journey to China to find my daughter, Mary Alice.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sample Quilt Squares and Wishes

Here are some quilt squares and wishes I received from members of the Yahoo DTC Message Board for Dec. and Jan. Most of the DTC groups participate in the square swap and its fun to go home each day and find some fun mail. By the way, DTC stands for "Dossier To China", meaning that is when all your paperwork is sent to the CCAA. The CCAA is the China Center for Adoption Affairs. LID stands for "Log In Date", which is the official date that the CCAA logs your file into the system. Then, you wait, and wait and wait some more before its finally your turn to be matched with your baby. That is called "The Matching Room". There's a little mystery surrounding the Matching Room and how they go about matching the babies with parents. Somehow, they always make a perfect match!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Latest CCAA Website Update

Here is the latest update from the CCAA indicating that they have matched families with dossiers logged in between June 7, 2005 and June 15, 2005. The Review Room notice has not been updated, but rumors are out that October dossiers should be finished being reviewed. I expect this notice to be updated shortly, if history plays out. While 9 days of referrals is certainly better than last month's 7 days, it is still dismal!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

100 Good Wishes Quilt

Well, I buckled under my own internal peer pressure and decided to participate in the "100 Good Wishes Quilt". I don't want Mary Alice to be the only little girl not to have a Good Wishes quilt because her Mom was lazy!! I don't know if I'll actually get 100 Good Wishes squares, but 67 is not too shabby. Here's a picture of what I've received thus far from DTC group square swaps.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Nursery Photos

It's a work in progress! "M" (my sister) made the quilt and I decided after seeing it, that the whole room should be designed around the quilt. That led to a mad dash to find the quilt fabric in Miami. My Mom was able to get 1/2 yard of one of the fabrics because, as it turns out, this is a Christmas fabric and not an item that is reorderable (I think I made that word up). She wrote down the the manufacturer and name of the fabric, so I was able to do a Google search and found the fabric on-line. The crib and bookshelf are Craigslist finds. The lamp is a yard sale find for $10 and the rocker was my sister "L"'s, when she had my nephew, "M" (who is now a college sophomore!) I made the crib skirt, valance and rocker pads and now need to tackle the bumper pad. Oh yeah, I'll be getting a dresser, too. By the way, the closet is already full of dresses "M" made over the years. I'll post pictures, because you won't believe how beautiful they are.

Give This a Try!

It seems that creating a blogspot is the latest "thing" to do, so not wanting to be left behind, I'm going to give this a try.

Beijing, China

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