Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Many Reasons to Celebrate!!

As anticipated, this week's referrals included families whose files were logged in with the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CC*AA) in 2006!! Let's hear it for 2006!

I'm also here to mark another HUGE milestone in the adoption of Hannah! Those who have been here any length of time know that I love to play with the numbers and averages. Today, for the VERY FIRST TIME since my file was logged with CC*AA 23 1/2 months ago, I am able to move my guesstimation date CLOSER rather than push it further away!!!! Do I hear a big Yippee?!!!!

For the last year or so I have chosen to calculate my referral guesstimation based on the previous 12 months of referrals. (Referral stats for the past 2 years are available in my sidebar under 'Tracking Referrals'. Feel free to use this chart any time you wish.) With the most current batch covering 8 days, I was able to move my guesstimation back from July 2009 to April 2009! Yes folks, that's 3 whole months!! Could it move further away in the future? It could for sure, but for today...I'm celebrating!!

Please know that I've been 'knocked back' so many times that I tend to calculate based on conservative numbers so my dates may not be the same as yours. That's fine. I'm really hoping that I'm wrong and that my date moves even closer next month. The second month after the Chinese New Year holiday has historically been on the smaller side when it comes to referral numbers so for myself, next month will be a tell-tale month as to which direction things are going to move.

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone but I'm still holding onto the belief that I could have my referral before Christmas of this year and travel to meet my precious baby girl early in 2009! Can you imagine what a Christmas that would be having Hannah's picture in my hands and knowing I was only days away from holding my sweet baby girl in my arms???!!!!!

Yes, the excitement in the China adoption world is almost palpable these days!! We're up! We're excited and we're encouraged beyond explanation!

Welcome 2006! You were a long time getting here but we're sure glad you've made it!!!

28 comments:

  1. Happy, Happy...Joy is in Blogville Today... 2006 has finally started. Praying China can keep at least doing 8 days a month and give the people waiting 2 years and more some hope... Linda

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  2. So glad to FINALLY be in 2006 -- you're really getting close now!
    Cari

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  3. So happy for you and all the other 2006 LID people in blog world!!!

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  4. Catherine I'm sooooo excited for you!!!! Isn't it sooooo hard to even let your hopes get up for even a short amount of time in the China adoption world????!!!! I think you've learned how to protect your heart!! I can't wait till you can FINALLY let it all go and celebrate FULLY the news of your baby girl!!!!! Whooo-hoo!!!!!

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  5. There is a more upbeat vibe. I am trying to guard myself but it is nice to have something positive for the first time in a while.

    Keep smilin!

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  6. Great news Catherine...my prayers continue to be with yoU! I have a question for you..would I be able to use your Tim stats on my blog...if so, how do I do that? Thanks! Karyne

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  7. Your positive spirit always lifts mine :O) Here's to 2006 and to seeing YOUR referral sooner, not later!

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  8. A BIG YIPPEE!!!! There is joy all around blogville these days!!

    I looked at your chart. I am not able to figure out when to expect my March 7 06 referral!!!

    HUGS
    Lisa

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  9. Hugs, friend. We ARE making it. Keep those 2006 referrals comin' :0)

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  10. Yay! Celebrating for you and with you. :)

    k

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  11. It would be so exciting it you had Hannah's picture this year. Keeping fingers crossed for you.

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  12. Happy news Catherine! Celebrating with you!

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  13. i'm really happy to read that you are feeling positive and excited. i'm also really happy that referrals are now starting for LID's in 2006. that is wonderful!

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  14. My word things are very exciting. I am thrilled for you Catherine. Who knew?!

    Lea

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  15. Yes it is fanastic news everyone waiting needs a fantastic boost like this!

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  16. YEAH Cathy!!!! Just found your post!!! Celebrating and rejoicing with you. Won't it be wonderful to one day finally have all this guesstimation over!!! Praying with you until that day.

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  17. Let's get on with 2006!
    I'm hoping and praying you'll see Hannah before 2009. Wouldn't that be amazing!

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  18. Hurray, hurray! I'm so happy for you!

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  19. You are closer and that's a reasson to celebrate!

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  20. Yaaaaay! 2006 - Lord help me, I thought it would NEVER happen...


    Sigh...

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  21. Oh Catherine, I am so happy for you. With each referral batch, you are getting one step closer to holding your precious baby.

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  22. Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' that your guesstimation is right on - and congrats to all who made the cut!

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  23. Here's to hoping your referral comes quicker than you're predicting!

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