Finally, finally, finally, finally, FINALLY!!!!

I’m beyond excited, thrilled, happy, ecstatic, overjoyed, delighted, pleased, tickled, elated and grateful to FINALLY announce the upcoming arrival of my sweet baby cousin, Lyn-Dee!! My aunt Lori and uncle Tom have been waiting for Lyn-Dee for over four years. For those of you that are familiar with foreign adoptions, you know that it can take more than a few months. (Except for Brangelina…don’t even get me started on that.)  They started the paper chase in March of 2005. Their papers were officially logged in China March 24, 2006. Needless to say, Tom and Lori have been waiting patiently for this baby for a very long time. Many hiccups and obstacles have come up during the past four years (one being that all of their paperwork and progress was lost in Hurricane Katrina!) but their unshakable faith and upbeat personalities have prevailed…because today, all of their prayers have been answered. We finally have a photo and real information on their baby. Meet Lyn-Dee.

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Isn’t she the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen?!?!? I can’t wait to squeeze those little cheeks!!!!! This exciting news is very fresh and new, so I don’t have all the details. They know that she is 17 months old and her Chinese name is Long, Jia Qing. In China, the last name is first and the “Q” is pronounced “CH”. All I know is that I just want to hold those little fingers! Tom and Lori don’t know when she will arrive in the States yet. They will be moving forward with their plans to go to China and pick her up. My biggest hope, prayer and wish is that I’m standing in Charlotte’s airport when they land with her. My camera will be aimed and ready. You better believe I will get every shot of her emotional homecoming. Lyn-Dee, we’ve all been praying for your arrival for a long time, we can’t wait to meet you sweetie! Congratulations Tom and Lori…I don’t know anyone else who deserves this as much as you two do. You will make the most amazingly awesome-cool parents a baby girl could have.

August 24, 2009 - 3:52 pm

Allison - Congratulations! I have first hand experience with international adoptions as I too was adopted from Korea. It is such a stressful thing, I don’t believe my parents had to wait that long! Congrats to you, your aunt and uncle and this beautiful baby girl who will now have wonderful opportunities. I cannot explain in words how lucky and grateful I have been and am by being adopted compared to the unknown life I would have had (good or bad), she will one day be just as thankful to have an awesome family. The arrival is always sooo emotional! I arrived in O’hare and my aunts and uncles were all there to celebrate my arrival, when all the babies came off the plane, all the “new” parents were smiling, crying, every emotion. If someone can tape the arrival it’s great to watch, different from a birth, but kind of the same “experience”! 🙂 Congrats again!

August 24, 2009 - 3:52 pm

Allison - Congratulations! I have first hand experience with international adoptions as I too was adopted from Korea. It is such a stressful thing, I don’t believe my parents had to wait that long! Congrats to you, your aunt and uncle and this beautiful baby girl who will now have wonderful opportunities. I cannot explain in words how lucky and grateful I have been and am by being adopted compared to the unknown life I would have had (good or bad), she will one day be just as thankful to have an awesome family. The arrival is always sooo emotional! I arrived in O’hare and my aunts and uncles were all there to celebrate my arrival, when all the babies came off the plane, all the “new” parents were smiling, crying, every emotion. If someone can tape the arrival it’s great to watch, different from a birth, but kind of the same “experience”! 🙂 Congrats again!

August 24, 2009 - 4:13 pm

Mary Ann - Could Lyn-Dee ever know how much she was wanted, prayed for, wished for, talked about, cried over and dreamed of even before we saw her first pictures?

Tonight when her mommy and daddy say their prayers they will have for the first time this little face when they ask our Lord to protect Lyn-Dee and keep her always.

August 24, 2009 - 4:13 pm

Mary Ann - Could Lyn-Dee ever know how much she was wanted, prayed for, wished for, talked about, cried over and dreamed of even before we saw her first pictures?

Tonight when her mommy and daddy say their prayers they will have for the first time this little face when they ask our Lord to protect Lyn-Dee and keep her always.

August 24, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Emma - I had no idea Lori and Tom have been waiting for so long! She is beautiful, I showed her picture to Ty and he will defenitley be dreaming of her tonight!
CONGRATULATIONS!! I cannot wait to meet her.

August 24, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Emma - I had no idea Lori and Tom have been waiting for so long! She is beautiful, I showed her picture to Ty and he will defenitley be dreaming of her tonight!
CONGRATULATIONS!! I cannot wait to meet her.

August 24, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Jo Lynn - Tears of joy!!!!!Precious baby Lyn-Dee!!!!Thank the good Lord prayers have been answered. Baby Lyn-Dee you are so lucky that you will soon be in the arms of a very special mommy and daddy. God bless all of you, Rich and I couldn’t be happier for all. Here is a big hug………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Jo Lynn - Tears of joy!!!!!Precious baby Lyn-Dee!!!!Thank the good Lord prayers have been answered. Baby Lyn-Dee you are so lucky that you will soon be in the arms of a very special mommy and daddy. God bless all of you, Rich and I couldn’t be happier for all. Here is a big hug………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 1, 2009 - 8:52 pm

Olivia - Congratulations! I’m super excited for Lori, Tom, and your entire family!!! Lyn-Dee is adorable 🙂 I can’t wait to see more pictures of her and hear about her journey home with her mommy and daddy!

September 1, 2009 - 8:52 pm

Olivia - Congratulations! I’m super excited for Lori, Tom, and your entire family!!! Lyn-Dee is adorable 🙂 I can’t wait to see more pictures of her and hear about her journey home with her mommy and daddy!

September 7, 2009 - 8:37 am

Aunt Lori - Oh Meg, Uncle Tom just said…that Megan sure is something, she really know how to make people feel very special! Thank you so much for the blog time about Lyn-Dee. We love you!

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September 7, 2009 - 8:37 am

Aunt Lori - Oh Meg, Uncle Tom just said…that Megan sure is something, she really know how to make people feel very special! Thank you so much for the blog time about Lyn-Dee. We love you!

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