Sunday, March 30, 2008

Updated pictures

Last week my agency sent me 4 new updated pictures of Janie! They are soooo cute. She is still very alert and chubby (both great signs). AND, she is a thumb-sucker! She is sucking away on her right thumb in 2 of the pictures!! Too cute! I am glad she has something to soothe her. Poor thing has so many rough days ahead of her--maybe that will help calm her some when her little world gets turned upside-down...

Also, a friend I met in the adoption blog-world sent me a website of pictures from Janie's orphanage. A wonderful group travels to the orphanges for dental screenings, work, volunteering, etc and I found a picture of Janie there too! I just love seeing her little face. Of course, as all adoptive parents know already--it is hard to watch your child grow in pictures.

For those who don't already know, I am naming her Janelle Phoenix! My mom's middle name is Jane so she is named after her. Her Veitnamese name translates to "Phoenix" in English. A phoenix is a mythelogical bird that is said to regenerate itself if hurt or wounded--thus making it immortal and invincible! How great does that describe my little girl! So Janelle Phoenix it is--sounds like a movie star!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


As many of you know, I have been involved in the process of international adoption. I have been anxiously waiting the referral of a baby girl from Vietnam. Recently, with all the Vietnam controversy, I began to think my adoption would never happen!

Well I have officially joined the world of blogging because I have some really big news!!

I have accepted a referral of a BEAUTIFUL little girl. She is 6 months old and at an orphange in Ho Chi Minh City. I really don't feel comfortable sharing any other information about her on the internet until she is in my arms forever!!

I really hope to have her home by her 1st birthday--but I know it's all in God's timing! And his timing is always perfect. So for now, I will just stare at her picture and dream of the day she is in my arms!!

Her referral came into my life at just the perfect time! Without going into major details, I can just say that God knew she was my daughter--and His hand is in control to make sure we are united!!

I really haven't told too many of my friends/family about this blog. I really just wanted it to be available for them to read while we we are in Vietnam.

Please continue to pray for my little "Janie" and for all the orphans of Vietnam. Pray that they will find their way home to their forever families!!