4/28/08

Announcing......



Yup, I got home from some errands today to find an email from our agency...we received pre-approval from China today!! I'm so excited I don't know what to do with myself! I'm also kinda speachless (I'm sure I'll recover my power of chatter soon enough) so for now...Here she is!
She just turned eight months old (although I don't know when these pictures were taken), and her medical condition is an unrepaired unilateral cleft lip and palate. She is currently in Xuzhou city in the province of Jiangsu in eastern China. We are OVER THE MOON!!!! That's really the only way to describe it. I mean, just look at those eyes!!... And that grin!! It bowls me over.
I'll tell the whole story once I've regained my breath again.
(btw, the name given her by the orphanage is Chu QiuQiu, Chu being her surname. I've switched the surname and the given name so as to avoid confusion for those who aren't familiar with the Chinese order of names.)

58 comments:

Alana said...

she is GAWGEOUS!!! ooh I wanna kiss her...

Jen & Bill said...

she is beautiful. Love the Grin!

Stacie said...

breathtaking!!! AMAZING eyes and her hair is going to be so thick and gorgeous! What province is she from..... she has a darker complexion like z- z is from southern jiangxi- just curious!

So happy for you!

Stefanie said...

I have been checking and rechecking... YIPPEEEE!!! She is JUST GORGEOUS... just what I would have imagined for your beautiful family :)
I am so thrilled for you guys and can not WAIT to hear more about Miss Flynn Qui Qui!

Barbara said...

She is absolutely darling! I love her smile. Big congrats!

3D said...

She is precious! What a sweet grin and bright eyes.

Keep smilin!

Cari said...

What a smile!! Can't wait to see her sitting on her awesome chair!
Cari

tracy said...

Oh Maia, she is just gorgeous! and those eyes - she's looking right thru me, she is! you've got a happy beauty on your hands :)

Melanie said...

I was hoping you got your PA today - I kept checking your site and Yahoo! Flynn is so beautiful - I am over the moon for you! Congratulations, Mama!

Lost and Found said...

Yipee! Love the grin. Priceless.

Laurie said...

What an amazing smile...and you are right about her eyes. She's darling. Congrats, mommy.

Laurie

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh my... what a gorgeous little girl and that smile... so big... Mike and Maia I am SO happy for you both and to be able to see the photos of here - about time... congrats again to both of you... huge hugs to you both... take care

TBG Happenings said...

She is just beautiful!

Congrats!!

Here is to a speedy TA!

that girl said...

she's so teeny! congratulations on your beautiful girl!

Mei Mei Journal said...

Wow, she is breathtaking! What a beauty. Congratulations. Aren't Deniece, Pam, and Sarah some of your new favorite people?
Congratulations!
April

Margaret Miracle said...

I checked your blog as soon as I saw all of the announcements. She is beautiful!!!!! I am so happy for you and Mike. I hope you get your LOA so fast it makes your head spin!!!! You have so much to celebrate this Mother's Day!!!! Enjoy!!

Two Kayaks said...

WOW!!! She is utterly beautiful and so precious. What a wonderful day for you, my friend!! Congratulations on your sweet daughter.

Rhonda said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

Tiffany said...

She is perfection! I know you can't wait to get your hands on that sweet baby. :) Big huge-a-mungus congratulations!

secret agent said...

Happy Day!
Flynn has the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen.
Congratulations mom!

Yoli said...

Look at those large liquid eyes. Oh my God Maia, she is to die for, absolutely beautiful. She is YOUR Flynn. Congratulations to you and Mike, you both must be so in love that you must be giddy. This little girl has the most wonderful and sweet parents in the world. Wishing you all the best and all my love.

Mamacita said...

She is amazing. And her eyes are so beautiful! She looks like she knows a secret....Her grin is spectacular!

How do you say her Chinese name?

Congratulations!

Carrie&Aaron said...

I love her eyes they are so beautiful-Congrats!

Snowflowers Mum said...

she's a Larkin alright! look at those EYES!! and than smile is to die for!

woohoo!

Juliette said...

WWooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Maia, Mike congratulations again! Your daughter is such a sweetheart, I love her grin and her beautiful eyes. Flynn Ava QuiQui, what a beautiful name too!
Can't wait to know more. So happy

Cindy said...

A BIG Congrats!
She is absolutely precious!
Very happy for you!
Blessings,
Cindy

fourlittlehawks said...

Oh My! I've been following your blog for such a long time and checked back in tonight to see if you had gotten PA. Now I see that your daughter is in the same SWI that we just adopted our son from six months ago!!! Unless there is more than one in Xuzhou?
How exciting! Congratulations!
I don't know if you've joined the yahoo group for the SWI, but if you email me I have some info you might be interested in!
~ Jen
hawkfamily2@yahoo.com

info said...

O Maia, it's only 11 in the morning here and you've got me crying already! I was hoping for a 'sneak preview' in my mailbox, but found so much more... I can't tell you how happy I am for you both. happy happy happy happy happy And such a pretty little charmer Flynn is already! Let the countdown for September begin :-) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX M.

Janelle said...

congratulations -- she is a beauty! I'm so thrilled for you all!

Torrie said...

What a sweetheart. Her eyes are so penetrating! We are celebrating with you!!

Vivian M said...

Congratulations Mama and Papa on your PA, and I am now praying for a quick TA so you can bring that cutie home!
Huge hugs! Start packing!!!

Diane said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful with those giant eyes and adorable grin. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you travel soon.

Mom-of-Bean said...

She has the sweetest smile. I'm so happy for both of you! Autumn babies are awesome! Geraldine

Julie said...

She is amazing. What a smile. Congrats!!

Jag är jag said...

That is AWESOME!!!!!!! She is AMAZING!!!!
Congratulations from a German lurker :-)
Dagmar

kris said...

Goosebumps, head to toe. THOSE EYES!! She is just like you said she was- beautiful. I am so very happy for you three!!

Amanda said...

Congratulations! What a sweetie! Come on LOA!!!!! :D

Amanda

kerri said...

YES!!!!!!!
Congratulations on the referral of your beautiful baby daughter!!!!
Our eldest daughter is also from Jiangsu Province.
Congrats MOM!!!!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Congrats! She is just gorgeous. I am so happy for you and your hubby. Our daughter also had a unilateral cp/cp. i hope you can travel soon. What fantastic news!

Hugs,
Jonni

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Oops, I meant cp/cl, sorry

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Hi,

Oh, I am sorry I know the post was deceiving, we only have one daughter right now but are in the middle of a perchase for another. That is my friend's daughter on the post. Your baby girl is just beautiful and I know you must be so ready to leave to get her.

Cp/cl is so easy to fix and it really is good that she is so young. That way she can get it fixed before she startes talking and will have less of a chance to need speech intervention. I wish you and your husband best of luck with everything and your blog is beautiful. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

mommy24treasures said...

oh precious precious!!!! many congratulations!!!!! She is so so beautiful!!! She is perfect.

Carol said...

Congratulations!! Those are some beautiful eyes!!! Bet you are still jumping up and down!!

Lisa M. said...

I'll say it again. She is the cutest little cupcake. How SWEET is our Flynn?!?!?!

Kayce said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is just precious! LOVE THAT GRIN TOO!!

Tamara said...

Maia she is beautiful! I definitely see what you mean about those eyes. I'm so glad you're allowed to share them with all of us now. Congratulations again mama (and daddy too, of course!).

nikki said...

Congratulations!!! She is dreamy...and a dream come true, for sure!
I remember that "over the moon" feeling that comes with referral...and we have been home with our daughter for over three years now and I'm STILL pinching myself!
Again, congrats on your beautiful daughter!

Chrissie Larkin said...

You know I just can't get enough of this! She is just so adorable! I can't wait! You can't help but just stare at her eyes and smile because of how happy they look!!! Give each other a hug from us!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Duchess of Lanier said...

So very excited to meet her! Congratulations again! Trena (another lucky XuZhou mom / Chu Wei is waiting for us)

Steffie B. said...

Congrats....she is beautiful! ;)

Beeb said...

I've been out of touch with my bloglines! Ihave missed this amazing news! Congrats! She's beautiful.

Rony said...

Maia, she has eyes as black as coal. Simply breath taking. I am so excited for you to begin your journey. Congrats girl!!!

Heather said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I've been out of town for business and I came back to this fantastic news! Flynn's little smile warmed my heart and her hair is already so thick! She's absolutely beautiful! I'm so happy for you all. What part of China is she from? Any chance you will travel before the Olympics?

Maia said...

Oh! I just stopped by to see what was up here and look at this! She is SO beautiful! Congratulations! How utterly fantastic!

Cavatica said...

Awesome!

Beverly said...

Adorable!! Congrats!!

bbmomof2boys said...

She is a sweetie pie!!! Congratulations!!

Carla

Jie Jie to Sarah Lu & Chayah too said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Flynn is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!! I bet you can't wait to get her home! :)
~Staci