Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday To ME!!!

I just got the very best birthday present ever. In the history of birthdays. Last week we had requested an "orphanage phone call," from an agency that helps waiting families connect with their waiting babies. In that call, the liaison speaks with the contact at the orphanage and asks 10 questions we submitted with the order. These things help us keep track of Aidan's growth and development and to help us "get to know" her while we wait.

I've been sweating it yesterday and today, knowing that we were heading out after lunch today. To a remote cabin on the end of a bluff. With no cell reception and no wireless internet connection. Not a problem, ordinarily. Unless you are STARVING for updates on your precious little girl. Which we are. Which I was! At the 11th hour, LITERALLY, we got the report back from that phone call. And the best-est part of it all is that they included PICTURES of our baby girl. Without our even asking for them!

I present to you Miss Aidan, in all her 11-month-old glory.

From the report, we are gathering that she is quite a spunky little gal. Here's a quote from the report: "She is full of personality. She'll scream loudly if it doesn't go as she wanted (strong will) . . ." Hmmm, she should fit right in. Strong willed I know.

She appears to be a great eater, and not picky at all. She takes a long nap in the middle of the day and rises early. We might have to work on that :)

Please pray for our little Aidan. She is currently residing in a foster home connected with the orphanage. We must press in and pray for the best possible care and for healthy and loving attachment to us when she leaves that home. We also feel very impressed to pray for spiritual covering and protection, as we know nothing about the foster home in which she resides. Please join us in praying for the Holy Spirit to prepare her hearts for us, to guard her against any plans of the enemy to thwart this adoption, and for a supernatural protection over her heart and her mind against anything that is not of Him. Additionally, please pray that our Letter of Approval and our Travel Approval would arrive QUICKLY. Seeing her beautiful smile only makes us long for her even more than we thought possible!

I have two other fabulous pictures to post, but they are very large files and I can't get them added in right now. These should tide you all over till I can figure out how to do that. In the meantime, go back and enjoy you some Aidan cuteness. Gobble up those adorable cheeks and that toothy grin. And rejoice with us that our daughter is healthy and waiting for us!

Happy Birthday to me!


Carol said...

OM that smile is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

Kateri said...

Well, first of all, Happy Birthday to You!!
And second, I am so happy that you were able to get info AND pictures. My lands...what a fantastic birthday present, indeed!
She's beautiful, T. Gosh I can't wait to see her in your arms. It will be an amazing day!!
Love ya,

Tony and Rett said...

Happy Birthday!

I followed you here from RQ...and goodness, your daughter is SO beautiful! Congrats!!!

Kateri said...

Let me add....Aiden looks so happy and so loved.

mylittlenest said...

Happy Birthday To You....I guess I can't call you like we planned since you've already left town. What a beautiful smile and beaming eyes. I'm so happy you all received these!

Anonymous said...

I got from your post that you are worried about her spiritual being while with the foster parents. I noticed the red dot on her forehead and I am guessing that this is what you're referring to. I don't know what province your daughter is in, but in Sichuan it is customary to put red dots on children's foreheads for good luck. It does not mean the family is Hindu.

Best of luck to you,

Heidi @ GGIP said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful present, indeed! She is full of cuteness!

Salzwedel Family said...

Hooray for pictures! She is precious.

Beverly said...

Happy Happy Birthday -- if I could get David Cook to sing it for you I would!

Have a great vacation. Love the pics of the newest little one.


Kevin and Violet said...

Awesome! Don't you just love the job they do getting updates? The update we got was such a blessing to us, we know it must be for you, too.

She's such a cutie.

And, happy birthday. What a great present.

Kevin and Violet

Trish said...

She is so beautiful, and what a great smile! How exciting that the day has almost arrived!!

Promises Fulfilled said...

What a wonderful present! Happy Birthday!

She is so beautiful! That smile is so cute! We will be praying! I appreciate you outlining what you want prayer for.

And, as usual, the tears have welled up in my eyes as I think how she is a promise that is being fulfilled in your lives!

Krazy Klingers said...

Oh MY Goodness!!! She is soooo cute and those cheeks... don't you just want to nibbles on them? I can't wait to she comes home to you guys!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Happy birtdhay to you! What a wonderful gift. My goodness could Aidan be any cuter and what a wonderful report to receive. She is so stinkin' cute! I just want to kiss those sweet cheeks and look at that smile. :)


ComfyDenim said...

Look what I missed when I forgot to check on my blog friends. That baby is adorable!!! I love her already...

and Happy Birthday.
I agree with you...this is a fantastic birthday gift.