Monday, June 26, 2006

Mia Michele Li Harrell

We are so blessed, we now have a daughter!!

Her name is Li Tong Qian

Date of Birth: October 7, 2005 (8 months)

She weighed (at 6 mos.) 15.25lbs and is 26" long

She is in foster care in Qianjiang, Chongqing

I was shaking when I took the call and our agencies director called himself! He said, "Hi I have good news" I forgot to ask about her weight and height. They are Fed-Exing her picture, medical information, etc. tomorrow. I will post her picture once we get off cloud 9.

The wait is over and I can't wait to get our Mia in August. I am now going to get some info on her hometown. I understand that the meaning of Chongqing means 'constant celebrations' and if you know the Harrell's, there are always celebrations going on in our house!!

Thank you for the calls and the emails, I can't wait for you to meet our little girl.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

That's What I'm Talking About!!!

Here is what we wanted to see. We should get the call soon. We just needed to know exactly when the CCAA was releasing the information to the individual agencies. Our next post will be information about our daughter. (doesn't that sounds good)? . . . . . .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The contractions have started. . .

Our agency just called to advise us that we are getting "the call" with the next week or so. We are tentatively traveling early to mid August. They have given us our instructions so they can get our visas and our consulate appointments once we receive our notice. Once we formally accept our little Mia, they notify the proper authorities in China and the travel dates will be confirmed. The next call is the big one! They will tell us about her age, weight, health, height and which province of China she is from. I can't wait to find out all the little details. I called Mike after I received the first call (he was fishing with my dad) and I told him my water broke. He said "what happened to your water?".

I cannot believe that the time has arrived and Mike and I will be parents soon. Being a mom has always been a dream of mine and I can't wait. I can only imagine the feelings I will have when she is finally placed in our arms or when she says mommy and daddy for the first time.

Monday, June 19, 2006


OK we just got word that we will be hearing something real soon. I am so excited that I cant even type. Mike's theory is, " I'll believe it when we get the call " Meanwhile some family and friends have sent some gifts already and we wanted to say

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Last vacation as a family of 2 (hopefully)

We did our annual trip to Marco Island and everyone was expecting to see Mia. I was so sure we would have her by this year, but she will definately be there next year. Mike and I took full advantage of going out on the boat and just relaxing. We had a wonderful time as usual.

Molly came to visit us while we were at Marco. We had a great time and our Marco friends loved her. . .

OK Mike is now officially retired, he bought his first set of golf clubs.....

Because it was raining, we decided to go shopping. Mike had promised my dad that if he and my mom moved closer to us, that he would take up golf so he could join my dad. We went to a golf store that was having a closeout. Of course the guys that went shopping with us sealed the deal. We went back to the dock once the rain stopped and the guys started hitting balls into the water. What a site that was !!!!