Can’t believe how close we are to traveling! These past two days Phillip and I have been running around like crazy trying to finish up work and packing for our two-and-a-half-week-long trip. (I’m trying to sneak this post in real quick before continuing to process client orders!) The girls–especially Jasmine–are super excited about traveling to pick up their little brother. In fact, Jasmine made the above countdown calendar, marking off the days until we leave for China. As you can see, she called our travel day, “WOW” day! And then put “Leo!” real big at the bottom (with the boxed-in exclamation point, thanks to kindergarten writing lessons!).
I’ve tried to include the girls in the traveling process, allowing them to pack their own backpacks (with our supervision) and bring certain comfort items from home. Jasmine at first chose a certain doll to bring, but then changed her mind and said, “I want to bring this Hello Kitty pillow instead because it’s made in China!” And I said to her, “Are you sure, sweetheart? I know you really wanted the other doll. Check her tag, she might be made in China, too.” Jasmine proceeds to check the tag of her first choice, and sure enough *gasp*–it was made in China! She then started checking the labels of her other toys and dolls and noticed a trend, “Hey, this one is made in China! and this one! and this one, too!!” Looks like she’ll be happy bringing any one of her toys!
Our puzzle fundraiser has gone amazingly well! We are blown away by all the generous donations we received from you guys. We were able to meet our adoption fundraising goal! You have given a total $35,688 in donations. This is such a huge relief and takes a load off as we now dive into the challenging lifelong task of bringing Leo into our family and giving him a sense of belonging. We’re not doing any other fundraisers from this point on, but we also want you to know if you were one of those who wanted to be a part of Leo’s puzzle and haven’t had the chance, we still welcome your support for all of our non-agency adoption expenses that are beginning to mount up (used minivan car repairs, medical tests/doctor visits, travel for our girls to China, etc.).
Here are a couple of puzzle update pics:
There are still about 150 puzzle pieces that are blank, so if you’d still like your name included, just follow this link to the puzzle fundraiser.
Thanks to all who have contributed:
Mirla Criste “Tita Dawn”
Michael Bruce Davis
Laura Merriem McCalvin
Linda Gomez Melendez
Alex Pascual V
Faith Elizabeth Pascual
Lualhati Pascual “Lola Liling”