Friday, January 23, 2009

5 More LID's to go

The CCAA only referred 2 days of LID's this month - March 1 and 2, so that means that there are 5 days left including our LID of the 7th. I was thinking they might get to the 3rd or 6th. Last week rumors were swirling of a big batch and I was in a panic considering the nursery isn't even painted! With only 2 LID's referred, I don't feel as panicked as I did last week.

Ed & our friend Jay are busy putting tile down in the bathrooms and we finished painting 2 bedrooms and one of the bathrooms. We are slowly but surely getting there. We going to start painting the nursery this week. Our bedding came in! The bedding has pink, brown, and light green and the flowers on it look Asian to me. I will attach a picture later. We have also purchased a lamp and pillows to go with the bedding that look adorable.

We got good news in the mail from the CIS (Citizenship & Immigration Services). After a lot of phone calls and emails last week by us and our agency, we finally have our updated I600A approval! Our last approval expired this week and we can't go to China without it. Our new approval doesn't expire until July of 2010...surely we can make it to China and back before then...don't you think??

Also, we have SOLVED the dilemma of taking a laptop to China. Eddie surprised me with a mini-lap that only weighs about 2 pounds. (Thanks for the idea, Shannon!) So, I will be able to post to this blog while we are travelling in China for 2 weeks.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Monday, January 12, 2009

We have a blog!

After years of looking at blogs, I am so excited to actually be blogging our adoption journey to Julianna. We will try to keep this blog updated with the happenings of the Jernigans. To get everyone up to date, we are waiting for the arrival of our first child, Julianna, who has already been born in China! (I am smiling as I type that!) We have been hoping and praying for years for a child and Julianna is the answer to our prayers and the prayers of so many others who have been on this journey with us.

We are expecting to receive her referral some time either late February/early March of this year. Our LID is March 7, 2006 and the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) has sent referrals through February 28, 2006. So, only 7 LID until ours! For those who don't know, when we receive her referral, we will receive the following: her Chinese name, her age, a health report (including measurements) and some basic information about her personality. After we receive the referral, we will travel to China about 6 to 8 weeks later to adopt her. We will stay in China about two weeks. Then we will head back to the great state of Alabama with the newest Jernigan and as a family of 3!
We are busily working on getting things ready for Julianna's arrival. We ordered the baby bedding last week. It is so cute! We have also been working on cleaning out the room that we are turning into her nursery and painting the bedrooms and bathrooms. It is finally feeling real. Our family and friends have even been asking about doing showers for us. It just seems so unreal after all this time. Even after waiting all this time, we have a lot of nesting to do! We are so excited and CAN'T WAIT to get her home!