Thursday, January 15, 2009

Could It Be???? Breathe! Breathe!!

To say I was shocked when I read Rumor Queen this morning would be a monumental understatement!!! There is a rumor out there...a teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, teensy, weensy rumor that March 23rd (and beyond) could be included in this next batch of referrals!!!

Do you know what it does to a gals heart when her potential referral date changes from 5 months to possibly 5 days??? Shaking, praying, praising, jumping, giggling...all while trying not to throw up! ;o)

Only time will tell if this rumor becomes true but what does seem to be a more reliable rumor is that the atmosphere around CCAA appears to be lighter, brighter and much more encouraging than it has been in a long time! Wahoo!!!

Some may know that in December 2008 CCAA announced that the orphanage donation that each family is required to pay has officially changed from $3,000.00US to $5,000.00. Could this increase have allowed more Social Welfare Institutes to prepare babies for International Adoption? Not sure.

What will happen is anyone's guess but for now I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to stay calm!!

PS. Note to self: Get a new exclamation mark for my computer! I think this one got worn out today!!!

Exciting days ahead. Still trusting God for His perfect timing! How cool if this is what he had in store all the way along but was just saving it as a surprise! :o)

Marching Pandas....here we go!!!

56 comments:

  1. The other day when I was reading one of your milk posts I thought, "How cool would it be all of a sudden they got through to Catherine's LID in the next month of two!" I am shaking to think that it might actually be happening! How amazing will it be if the donation increase will really start moving things along so nicely!

    I will be putting as much energy out to the universe as possible for this rumor to be TURE! I'm shaking with excitement for you! I can't even imagine how you were able to type!

    Fingers, toes and everything else possible crossed for you!
    -Jen-

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  2. OMG, no freaking way!!!! How exciting would THAT be?!?!?!

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  3. all fingers are crossed for you at our house here in Victoria. what a blessing it would be for you both.

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  4. I am so excited for you and can't begin to imagine what this rumor is doing to you and the others that are waiting. I am praying it holds true!!!!!

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  5. I am hoping and praying for you!!! I think you might be in labor! LOL!

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  6. That would be so exciting!!!! I am praying hard!!!

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  7. Oh, Cafrin,
    I'm saying my prayers and definitely crossing my fingers for you and for Hannah.

    love,
    wela

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  8. umm, holy crap. that would be so amazing. i will be praying for you and everyone else in march 2006 - that would be so wonderful.
    you are getting so close... regardless. i am so excited for you to become a mommy!

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  9. So hoping this fantastic rumor is true and gets you to your baby in just a few months! My guide said things would pick up but I kind of just dismissed it. Have I become jaded?! Fingers and toes crossed for you!=)

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  10. Wow, what a rumor! I'm ready for many BIG surprises, especially the sweet one that's on her way to you =)

    Xo

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  11. Oh my I'm gulping for air right now! Yes, Marching Pandas here we come! I'm praying right along with you that this itsy witsy rumor is a good one.

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  12. Oh my, I will cross all fingers and toes for you! I know how hard it is to try and stay calm. I will keep checking back to see if the unimaginable happens! :)

    Kiy

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  13. Calm?
    Pardon me but with all due respect. THIS IS NO TIME TO BE CALM!
    Oh how we will be praying for you!
    peace
    fm

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  14. oh my goodness! what amazing news-even if it's just a rumor at this point. how wonderful a true speed up would be -for everyone involved! :)

    saying a prayer you see Hannah's face VERY soon! :)

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  15. seriously that would be out of this world!!

    C'mon CCAA I want all my marchin panda mammas to get their girls!!

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  16. I know!! What a nervy and exciting day. Who knows!?! We will have to see.

    Keep smilin!

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  17. Could be pretty cool! I sure hope this will happen for you and everyone else waiting from 2006.

    :-)

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  18. HOLY CRAP!!!

    I have goose bumps!! C'mon referrals!!

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  19. Believe me, NO complaints if it happens. Matter of fact it would figure because the line always does speed up once I am out of it ;0)

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  20. WOW!!! This would be great!! Even if they only got 1/2 way through and then the other 1/2 next month, it would be great news.. Donna called this afternoon and said their guide Alison in China said that adoptions had slowed down so much that in 2006 she used to guide 30 families or more every 2 weeks. Now it's more like 7 or 8 families. Shaimen Island is pretty empty...
    Thank You for all yur prayers..they are really appreciated, and have helped Donna & Joe carry on... Linda

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  21. Praying that CCAA has decided to get things moving along in 2009. Praying right along beside you.

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  22. Praying this is true! I had a feeling that this month things were going to take a turn for the better. I will check in constantly for more news!

    Good Luck! What an amazing surprise it would be.

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  23. Wow! You and Lisa's referral possibly in the same month? Be still my heart!

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  24. OH. MY. WORD. !!!!!! How amazing would that be??? You are so ready . . . never mind thinking you're not. You've been ready for a long, long time. And all those last minute details? Well, that's where I come in. Having "been there, done that" may come in handy.

    k

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  25. Keeping everything crossed that it's true!! Very exciting!!

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  26. I am excited for you Catherine..can't wait to hear what happens in a week!!

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  27. I looked at my computer in complete disbelief....I am PRAYING that this rumor is true.....You must be going out of your mind!!!

    I keep telling myself it is just a rumor and to try to not get too excited, but my heart won't listen to my head!!

    Hoping that you see Hannah's face this month....can you imagine?? Hang in there my friend...it is going to be a crazy couple of days I am sure!!

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  28. I'm SO hoping this comes to fruition! Let the much talked about speedup finally happen! :)

    I had to giggle about what PIPO said...

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  29. Wow!!! I'm so excited for you, will be following the rumours quickly this week. How funny though that it's been so long yet if it happens this week, you'll almost feel like it's too fast and you're not ready!lol

    Julie

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  30. SHOCK my friend.... shaking and in SHOCK!!! Hoping this rumor is true and you will see Hannah soooooooooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. CATHERINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!

    You have NO IDEA how excited I am to read this tonight!!!!!

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!

    LOVE you!!!! Praying these rumors are true!!!!!

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  32. Fingers crossed for you and sending all sorts of well-wishes and good thoughts your way.

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  33. I have been following for a while now and I have another friend waiting for an april referral. I had a dream early last week that March and April babies arrived before CNY.

    I hope that the rumours are true so that you see Hannah very sooon.

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  34. I wonder if the fee increase also is incentive for the SWIs to get more babies paper-ready. The cost of living is rising in China and when I think of what parents pay here in my city for daily childcare and compare it to the new fees in China, the new fees equal 5 months of day-time only daycare here, yet most of the babies being adopted have lived in the SWI for a year, around the clock.

    I hope the rumor is true!

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  35. Praise the Lord!! We are praying that "the speedup" is really about to happen... been hearing about it as we have waited the past 2 years, 6 months, and 2 days!!

    Breathe... in, out, in, out, in...

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  36. I have been following your blog since we started on our own adventure to adopt our daughter 3 years ago. When I read the latest RQ post- I immediately thought of you. Oh how I hope you get to see Hannah's face this month! What an amazing surprise that would be. Then you would not only be a mom by Mother's Day- you would have her in your arms by Mother's Day!!!!

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  37. Oh Catherine...this is so exciting. I have my fingers and toes crossed tightly that you will see Hannah's sweet little face soon.

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  38. Oh, Catherine! I will lift up a prayer for you today! I have been there and know how hard it is to wait. "Hard" doesn't really even describe it. You have been an inspiration to me over the last few months I've been reading your blog. I pray with confidence that God is blessing your faithfulness.

    And if it's 10 below 0 here in Indy, how cold is it THERE??

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  39. I'm so excited and totally hoping this rumor is true. I know you're freaking out... CUZ I'M FREAKING OUT!! I've prepared myself that March could take a year to get thru so the thought that MY referral could come THIS year if this rumor is correct.... well, let's just say I had a moment of sheer panic over the length of my procrastinated to-do list. LOL!

    Fingers crossed for us both, my friend!

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  40. I am SO hoping my friend!!!! Freaking out with hope!!!

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  41. OH Catherine I am so excited for you and even for us TOO!!!!! I can't wait until referrals come out!!!!!! SOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
    God bless Hannah and Franceska!

    Love, Kristy

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  42. WOW! i seriously got goosebumps on my head! so so so so so exciting! happy to be a lurker on your blog :)

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  43. No Freakin' Way!??? Really? Okay, I know I'm not the first person to say that as a response to this post but I couldn't think of anything else!

    I'll be hanging on every word you write (more than usual) for the next few weeks for sure!

    Every crossable part of my body is crossed, my hyperventilating friend!

    Donna
    Our Blog: Double Happiness!

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  44. sending happy thoughts your way.. that would be amazing!!

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  45. Wow, Catherine! That would be amazing!

    Now I will have to obsessively check Bev's blog AND your every few minutes! lol
    Jules

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  46. GET OUT OF HERE! I know it is just a teensy weensy rumor, but I am over the moon THRILLED with this rumor! I know I haven't commented much but I have been following your blog for soo long and I can't WAIT to see you get your referral, let alone united with your beautiful baby! As soon as I read this on my iPhone (yes I check my favorite blogs on my phone! I know, I know!) I flew over to my computer so I could comment faster.
    This post brings tears to my eyes. I am SO happy for you! As Amybeth pointed out, you would have your baby by mother's day!
    I am thinking of you and praying for you! You are such an inspiration to the adoption community and I am sure you are going to be an amazing mom! What an awesome thing this would be to the end of a very long journey!

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  47. Wow, that would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!

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  48. I'd be jumping up and down and it's not even my referral................oh how I hope this is true....what a long and wild ride it has been!!!!

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  49. Very, very, VERY exciting news. But take it from someone who has been there... it's fun to get excited but don't get consumed because the higher you get the harder you fall. Not trying to be Debby Downer here but just guard your heart here. I am hoping and praying alongside you though!!! :)

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  50. A few agencies have spoken out that they don’t see the CCAA getting all that far into March with this batch.

    This is what I read on RQ today, it's sad but it seems more likeable than your breahttaking news which really surprised me !
    I think this batch will be small but then maybe... after CNY... let's hope for a referral in May!

    / Marie & Joacim, Sweden with LID 2006-03-23 (see you in Beijing)

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  51. I am so freakin out for you March people...totally stalking RQ for more updates.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you Catherine!

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