Journey To MaryAlice

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hop On the Rollercoaster of Rumors!!!

The "Spanish" Rumor Queen site has posted that referrals have been matched to December 12, 2005!!! If it ends up being true...that's huge!! Remember, it's not fact, but just rumor from a so-called reliable source. Rumors are so much fun!! Kind of like root canals...those are fun, too! And septic tank failures...a scream!!!

As my days of living alone in this little house are numbered, I'm looking for ideas to "celebrate" the end of my life in a solo-household. My days of being able to come and go as I wish are numbered. This is for all of you out there (all 4 people that read this blog) to come up with suggestions to mark the end of a very long era. I need ideas. Should I:
a) Have a party
b) Go away for the weekend
c) Take my closest friends (posse, homies, etc.) out for a special dinner and toast.
d) Fill in the blank:___________

This is a great opportunity for you lurkers out there to come out of the closet and leave a comment. Its very easy...just hit the comment button, type your message, type the code letters and enter your name or anonymous. You don't have to be a blogger to leave a comment. Even my Dad figured it out, so don't be shy!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

21 MONTHS!!!

Did y'all notice the ticker at the bottom of the page???

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lots of Reading Time...

Well, the CCAA only referred through 11-30-05 with this most recent batch...very disappointing. I'm sick of telling people, "another six months", but that is what is happening. There are 46 days of LID's in front of me, so if they continue to refer only 5-6 days at a do the math!! My only hope is that with December being about 60% as large as November, we'll see more days being referred. We will learn alot depending on how December goes.

In the mean time, I've been doing alot of reading over the past two years. That has been one blessing with the extended wait. I try to alternate between adoption themed books, baby/toddler development books and China history/novels. I've learned alot! Probably the most profound thing I've learned, has nothing to do with adoption, but with Chinese culture and history under General Mao Zedong in the 1950's-1970's. The authors of two of these books are only about five years older than me, and to read about their childhood is unbelieveable. I watched an interview by the novelist, Anchee Min, and she recalls being told as a child to eat all the food on her plate because all the starving children in America would be happy to have her food!!

Here is the list of what I've read so far:

Adoption Related:

1. Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections (J. MacLeod,
S. Macrae)
2. Attaching in Adoption (D Gray)
3. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
4. The Post-Adoption Blues (K. Foli, J. Thompson)
5. Adoptive Parenting from the Groud Up (K. Sharp)

Chinese Adoption Related:

1. A Passage To The Heart (A. Klatzkin)
2. Finding Happiness: Single Mothers Share Their Chinese Adoption Stories (OCDF)
3. New American Families: Chinese Daughters and Their Single Mothers (OCDF)
4. Wanting A Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandoment, Adoption and Orphage Care
in China (K. Johnson)
5. The Lost Daughters of China (K. Evans)
6. ...And Baby Makes Two (J. Sheehan)

Baby/Toddler Development Related: Need to focus more on this!!

1. What To Expect: The Toddler Years (Eisenberg, Murkoff, Hathaway)

China History/Novels:

1. Wild Swans (J. Chung)....Highly recommend this one!
2. Red Azalea (A. Min)
3. Forever Lily (B. Russell)
4. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan (L. See)

And there's still more to read!!

Beijing, China

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