Saturday, June 30, 2012


For 6 years I dreamed of using the acronym DOR.

DOR means date of referral in the adoption world. Anyone signing a post on a blog or a thread with a DOR below their name means they were one of the lucky ones who made it through the big bad wait.

They had their picture.

1 year ago today was a Thursday. A bright beautiful day here in New England. The day before we officially learned China's cutoff date for that month's referrals was 7/6/06. Our Login Date was 7/6/06. Our agency said they would be calling us on Friday.

At 3:30 pm we were driving home from a day in Boston and we got the call. IN THE CAR!
I begged them to call us back when we got home so I could record it. {and if I were more with it these days I'd have that video ready to post here for you but that ain't happening}

But we got a little bit of information before we hung up. She was 9 months old and in Guangdong.

Just those two pieces of information were huge. They resonated over the next 20 minutes as we pushed our car as fast as we could up the coastal roads toward home.

We raced into the house. Turned on the video. Brushed our hair. And called CCAI.

The call gave us lots of detailed information about our new daughter but it was this we were waiting for....

our first glimpse of Cici.

We think she has a very MAO look to her here and wondered just how serious of a baby they thought we needed. 

Well you be the judge....

one year later almost to the day....

She is an amazing little girl who is the light of our lives. Her big brother and sister are totally wrapped around her little fingers. 

Looking forward to year two with you babe!