Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Three weeks ago we received a referral and yesterday we received our Pre-Approval!!!! My heart is so full of emotion and my eyes are so full of tears that I don't know how to express all that I feel! Last time was so hard that when we got this referral...this beautiful referral...I couldn't let myself get excited or really believe it. Now that we have pre-approval, I can't hold back tears every time I look at her picture...I so wish I could share her picture with you!

So here is what we know so far:
She is 2 and 1/2 years old.
She has a repaired cleft lip and unrepaired cleft palate.
She is in Jining City, Shandong Provence.
She is "Healthy and adorable."
She is "outgoing and busy."
She "likes to be praised, esp. for being pretty."
She "gets along well with other kids."
She's potty trained...really?
She can say some simple words.
She shares the same hometown as Confucius.
She is loved already!!!!!

Please join us in praising God for her and praying for her as we wait to travel. I'm so hoping we travel before her third birthday at the end of Aug. Since our paperwork was reviewed forever ago, I'm praying for a quick RA and homecoming several weeks before Emily starts junior high...I don't even like typing the words junior high but that's a whole other post!

If anyone knows of ANYONE who has adopted from Jining City I would REALLY appreciate a connect. I am finding nothing online at all. I'll be asking around the chat rooms now that we have our PA but so far...nothing. Apparently their overall abandonment rate is low and adoptions from there are rare. I appreciate any help you all may have :0)

God is Glorious!!!!


regina said...

Lisa, I'm so excited for you guys. I got chills reading your post. I know that you are feeling lots of different emotions. I'll be praying.

Kristi said...

Oh my goodness! I'm praising God from NC right now for you!!! Can't wait to see that picture...
I don't know anyone off hand who has adopted from that city, but I'll keep my eyes open. Wow, summer in China ~ how exciting!

priscilla said...

i am so excited for yall to go get her. Your faith with the process is so strong if only everyone coukd have that oh how that would be great. praying for yall and kayli and praising God. love you priscilla

Carla said...

Congratulations on your referral!!! Can't wait to see a pic of your new little blessing. She sounds absolutely perfect!

In Him,

Sharon said...

Yeah!!!! So glad it is public...praying for speedy RA.u

Kimi said...

YEA YEA YEA!!!!! I am so excited for you I can't stand it! I can't wait until you can share her picture.



Traci said...

You know how excited I am for you! Seems like just yesterday, I was having those same overwhelming feelings!
I love you, girl! I'm praying that God will protect her and give you all a very speedy RA!

Jazmyne Rose-Noel Rees said...


How I know your joy!!! Preserve every monent of this time! Praise God, this child is a blessing on to him!Thank-you for all of your wonderful comments on our Jazmyne's Blog! The Lord certainly speaks through your to all the world!

Kathy Rees

Melissa said...

Lisa - I can't yell you how happy I am for you!!!! I can't wait to see her picture, and to hear more about everything! Will be praying for a speedy RA for you! It's a good thing you are getting all of your painting done now - because there won't be time for that with a 2 year old :)So, so, SO happy for you!!!

Apsara said...


I'm waiting for TA for my son who's in Social Welfare Institute from Jining.

I seems that my son is the first one referred international from there, so it's difficult to find any information. But I have seen few people getting a referal after me.

If you want to get in touch here is my email:


Stephanie, Stephen and Shaelyn said...


We received a referral for a 2.5 year old girl from Jining on March 28 too! Congratulations! Here's hoping for a quick LOA for both of our families!