Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy Birthday, Cali!

Cali turned 12 today!!  It is killing me that I couldn't be with her to celebrate.  It seems like there's such a big jump between 11 and 12-- like she has changed from a girl to a young woman and we missed her childhood.  Sigh.

We had anticipated possibly traveling as early as next week, but there has been a glitch in her paperwork (on China's side, not ours) that is holding things up.  So...  it looks like November will be our month.  If life wasn't so full and busy already, I'm sure I would be going out of my mind with anticipation, but as it is, we'll just be grateful for the extra time to get ready!!  (Though of course we would  be on the next plane out if we could!)

We had a beautiful cake and a dozen pink roses (since she turned 12) delivered to her.  I wish I could have seen her face when they arrived...

Our darling Cali Rose, you are loved and cherished!  You are such a beautiful daughter of God, and He watches over you always.  You are prayed over each day and are already such an important part of our family.  You have so many people here who are working and sacrificing to build you a home that will be perfect for you because they too, have been touched by your sweet spirit.

We love, love, love you and can't wait to bring you HOME.   Happy Birthday, Tang Min!


  1. Happy Birthday sweet granddaughter. We can't wait to meet you and we already love you!!!

  2. Happy birthday Cali!!!

  3. Thanks for keeping us updated on sweet Cali. We get her soon!

  4. Happy Birthday Cali!!! I hope you can come home soon! Are you still adopting the boy from Wuhan? (My son is from Wuhan)

    1. We are still working towards his adoption. China is dragging their heels, but we hope to be able to go next spring or summer. Keep us and him in your prayers! Thanks:)

  5. Happy Birthday Cali - one day I promise I'll get to hug you in person!

    love you guys - aus and co.

  6. Happy Birthday to Cali! I'm sure she will love her cake and flowers!! We will be in China too in November. We are waiting for TA for our little girl. Hope both our families are able to leave soon! Blessings to your wonderful family!

  7. Hopefully Cali will be able to come to your home soon. Happy Birthday Cali!

  8. Happy Birthday to Cali! I saw her shine like stars shirt in her picture. Did she attend a Bring Me Hope camp?! How wonderful if she did! My husband and daughter did and that is how they met the young man we will be adopting in about 2 months! Prayers for your adoption to move quickly!

  9. Congratulations! I didn't realize that you were so close to travel! Did they expedite, or are you just really fast with the paperwork? My special needs adoption from China took a year from start to finish.

    Are you still hoping to adopt Conner? Was his file completed?