Last week, the CCAI in China sent out the latest batch of referrals. This time they covered seven calendar days. The chart below shows what the trend has been on the number of calendars days referred each month since January of 2006. The outside world may think that it is a bit strange to track such minutia, but parents adopting from China have so little information that we like to make the most of what we do know. These details help to keep some of us sane. It really helps to see progress being made every month even if it’s not a lot of progress. Also, for people who are not familiar with adoption from China, I must explain that one specific week may have many more dossiers logged in than the following week. So the chart below just gives us a rough idea of how things are going. (Sorry, the chart format got messed up in the transition to blogger, so I deleted it. New chart available in a January 2008 post.)
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.