Friday, August 21, 2009

\o/ \o/ Praise God!! I Have a Daughter!!! \o/ \o/

It is with thanksgiving to God that I share this most amazing, wonderful news with you!!! God is so good and He has answered prayers in a beautiful way!!!

I want to introduce you to my daughter!!!


Her Chinese name is: Yong, Xiao Fen
Soon to be: Hannah Catherine (CN) Ryan
Born: February 27, 2009 (Yes...she's only 5 1/2 months old!!!)
Currently living in: Hunan Province, China
Dao County Social Welfare Institute
God is so good and I give Him all the glory!!! Praise be to God!

This is all the information about my sweet BABY girl that I have at this time. It looks like it will take about a week for everything to be translated and I will see my sweet DAUGHTER's face next Friday or Saturday!!!

I am already over the moon in love with her and SO thankful that I will have the awesome privilege of being there when she learns to crawl, walk, talk, her first Christmas and her first Birthday too! God is so good!!!

Today is a day unlike any other and I was thrilled to share the referral call with my Mom, Dad, best friend Sharon and her coworker and our friend, Marian!! We took lots of video and will share those later. You should have heard the shouts of excitement when we heard how old she was and then yes, I did the big, ugly cry!!! Oh well, I've done it more than 20 times again since then, each time I've shared her referral news with family and friends on the phone.

Our estimated travel time is the end of October. That seems like forever away but I'm sure it will fly by!!

My heart is overflowing with love for my precious baby girl! I cannot wait to see her picture next week and then to hold her in my arms in just 2 short months!!!


'I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.'
I Samuel 1:27

291 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!! :)

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  2. Coming out of lurkdom to say, YES!!! Congratulations to both you AND Hannah. God is good. Can't wait to see her picture!!!

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  3. I am so very happy for you my friend! You deserve all this happiness coming your way.

    Can't wait until you share Hannah's picture with us.

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  4. Wow!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you, there are no words! I can't believe she s only 5 and a half months, a sweet little baby that's not even half a year old yet! You and Hannah are BOTH so blessed and lucky to have each other!

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  5. What a thrill! =) Congrats, Mama!

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  6. So very happy for you, Catherine! She is TINY - I so hoped you'd get to love her from an early age! Wow... it's just blowing me away how good our God is!!

    Love, Diane

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  7. I am so happy for you and your new daughter. Congratulations!!!!

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  8. Congratulations! I couldn't be happier for you! I can't wait to see your daughter...YOUR DAUGHTER's face!

    Congratulations again, mama!

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  9. SOOOO Happy for you!!!! Can't wait to see her wonderful little face.

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  10. As a long time lurker I am doing the "Happy Dance" for you. Can't wait to see pics! Kris in CA

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  11. OMW... how sweet.. can't believe how young she is.. Oh I cannot wait to see her pretty little face...
    HUGS>.
    CONGRATULATIONS...

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  12. Congratulations mom!! I'm so, so happy for you. How wonderful for you both that she is so young. Can't wait to see her!

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  13. No words to describe our happiness for you, Catherine. Congratulations!

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  14. Holy Moly - she's practically a newborn!!! Congratulations!!!

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  15. Just looked at your archieves, it was so cool to learn that the day after she was born, you went to get your passport to prepare for her to come home! Lol I hope I don't sound nosey, Its just exciting to think about what you were doing when she was born!

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  16. Wow, what a beautiful day! Congratulations!

    Janey

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  17. How blessed you are! Crawling, words, first birthdays...first everythings!!! Wonderful! Happy bonding. Congratulations again Mommy! Auntie M3, Uncle Tuba Dad and the Salsa Twins must be beaming too! What a day! God Bless! So happy for you.

    Carol

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  18. Congratulations, Catherine! Can't wait to see a photo of your Hunan girl!

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  19. So, so excited for you. I have been a happy lurker too. I am so thrilled that now you have a little daughter!!!!!!!! A daughter to call your very own. Congratulations. God is good. Can't wait to see her picture and to follow the rest of your journey.

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  20. Congrats! wahooo! Baby Hannah!! (really a baby!)

    xo
    Maryeleln

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  21. awesome..Congrats Mom! You have been such an encouragement during this wait!

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  22. Wonderful!!! Congratulations Mommie :)

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  24. Deepest congratulations. So thrilled for you. The wait for the picture is awful, we went through it too, but the time will pass.

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  25. Congratulations! I can't wait to see her picture.

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  26. Oh what wonderful, wonderful news!

    It was almost 3 years ago exactly (on 8/25) that we experienced THE CALL that changed our lives forever. We traveled November 1, due to Trade Fair (ugh), but then we were blessed with a Guangdong baby and that's where the Trade Fair is...

    Can't wait to see your darling, long awaited baby girl. Congratulations!!!!

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  27. Sooo excited for you! I can't believe how young she is!! We received our call last August and traveled October 16 - 30. It was a great time to travel and the weather was awesome!! Enjoy this thrilling time and jsut soak it all up!!Our Lily was just 6 months old at referral and we were so blessed to expereince all her "first" as a family. God is indeed Good!

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  28. Wow, she is SO young!!!! Congratulations to you. I am beyond thrilled for you. Jazzie is from Hunan; get ready for a spicy girl ;-)

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  29. Wowee! That is tooooooo awesome! She's so young! Congrats - I can't wait to see her face! I wish you & your daughter all the best.

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  30. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Welcome Hannah to the best mommy EVER!!!!!!!

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  31. awesome, can't wait to have her visit california, and carmel, we can teach her to gum (lol) some'ores. Best wishes to you, NEW MOMMIE!.............gyll

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  32. CONGRATULATIONS and PRAISE THE LORD!! Rejoicing with you at the wonderful news that your daughter and you will be together soon!

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  33. CONGRATULATIONS! You have a spicy Hunan daughter!!

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  34. Oh Catherine, what wonderful news for a very special lady. Congratulations, October is a very special month to travel and we already know that great people are born in February!

    love,
    wela

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  35. Yay! Sooooooooooo happy for you! 5 1/2 months - wow!

    Enjoy!!

    Julie

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  36. Oh my goodness you did get a baby!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I can't wait to see her little face, I'm SURE you can't either!
    So happy for you.

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  37. OMG!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!SHE WILL BE ONE LITTLE LUCKY BABY GIRL TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A MOMMY LIKE YOU!!

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  38. Oh Catherine! LONG time lurker here! Just so thrilled for you! How wonderful that you will get to share so many firsts with Hannah!! Congratulations!

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  39. I am so happy for you Catherine! I am the proud Mommy of a 5 1/2 year old from FengCheng China! You are in for the experience of a lifetime. Enjoy every moment!
    Jen ~ NH

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  40. Doing the big ugly cry right along with you my sweet friend. A million congratulations and even more hugs.

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  41. Oh my goodness!! so young!! congratulations Catherine!!

    FINALLY!!! I have been following your journey for a long time!! so excited for you!

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  42. Congratulations. You will love China in October. Beijing is esp nice at that time of the year. Not too cold yet. Take care. CTG.

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  43. Absolutely fantastic news!!! Congratulations! Can't wait to see her beautiful face.
    Jami

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  44. Catherine, she's so tiny! Congratulations, my friend! I'm overjoyed for you!

    Donna
    Our Blog: Double Happiness!</A

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  45. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! Looking forward to seeing her beautfiul face!
    Robin

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  46. Wanted to also mention that my Gwen and Maddy also had the first name of Xiao. Sometimes (depending on the Chinese character), it means "little" but in the case of Gwen and Maddy, it meant "knowledge". Do you know which your Hannah has?

    Donna
    Our Blog: Double Happiness!</A

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  47. So very very happy for you. A match made in heaven.

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  48. Congratulations AGAIN!! Thank you so very much for sharing your most special moment with me today!! Means the world to me and I'm so very blessed by our friendship and now the knowledge that you are a mommy!! :o)

    Love you!!

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  49. Oh Catherine! Congratulations!!!!! I am crying and I don't even "know" you.

    5 1/2 months???? I am just THRILLED you will be able to experience so many "firsts" with your precious Hannah Catherine. I'm waiting anxiously along with you to see her sweet face!

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  50. Congratulations!! Can't wait to see your little one!!!

    JennyPa from RQ

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  51. A forever lurker!!! I am so happy for you. A day you will never forget. Looked up the meaning of her name on one of my sites I love

    came back as " Fragrance of the Night" .. how beautiful and appropriate is that.
    ( http://www.babynology.com/meaning-xiao-fen-f14.html )

    Bless you both.

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  52. This is so wonderful!!!! I can't wait for you to see her gorgeous face and for you to go and get her.

    Congratulations, Mommy!!!

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  53. I can not describe how happy we are!! Next step...Pictures & TA!!! Congratulations!

    Keep smilin!

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  54. A huge congratulations Catherine! And Hannah's so young - you are so blessed that you will be able to be there for all of the big milestones! Can't wait to see the pictures of her sweet little face!

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  55. YIPPPPEEEE,,,makes me want to adopt more! I feel your excitement as only another AP can. Cherish these exciting days as you wait to see your daughter's face. And know that as awesome as it seems now, it just gets BETTER and BETTER!

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  56. I am so excited for you!! I can't wait to see Hannah's picture. I can't believe she is so young! Congrats Mom!

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  57. OMG!!! Catherine!

    You finally have your "BABY"!!!!!

    I am so thrilled for you, and it gives me so much hope that I will finally get to the finish line one day and be as happy as you are right now.

    I know when I adopted my first daughter from Armenia, it was an experience I will never forget!

    So happy for you! Also know you won't sleep much tonight!

    Cannot wait to see her pic's!

    Take care,
    Tracey,
    Waterloo, Ontario

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  58. Congratulations, now go get that sweet baby! Hannah from Hunan, all the little ones from our Hunan group have proved to be true spice girls (and drama queens : ).

    I love that she is just 5.5 mos old!

    Thinking of you with smiles!

    June

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  59. Thank God indeed! What a blessing you have been given. I couldn't be happier for both you, and Hannah!

    Take care and Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  60. Wow-O-Wow!!! Congratulations a thousand times over!!! You have a BABY!!! They don't get any younger than this, do they! You WILL get the firsts, as you mentioned in your post. Now that you know your daughter's age, I'd love to send you a gift, do you have an address you're willing to share via private mail?

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  61. Oh Catherine!!! I am so happy for you!! I am so happy that you will share all those milestones with your baby girl!!! {{{{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}}}}}

    If there are any more trips planned my way...please please drop in! Miss you!

    Jill

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  62. What a blessing! What a Mom! What a daughter! WHAT A FAMILY!!!
    All our love!
    ac, fm & aa

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  63. Congratulations Catherine! It's about time!!!! :)

    You keep on crying those big ol' happy tears if you want...there isn't anything "ugly" about them!!

    The week will pass by quickly (I totally disagree with the agency's position on photos too).

    Wow!!!! Enjoy this very special time!
    Snick :)
    dd Sunshine 8 Viet Nam
    dd Brilliance 3 Fuling China

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  64. I'm so, so very excited for you. Sorry about screaming in your ear when you called me with the news!!! We toasted to Miss Catherine and Baby Hannah at dinnertime tonight.

    And what a surprise that she's so young. So Denver will be marrying a younger woman after all! :)

    Ah, referral day . . . such awesome memories. We will continue to praise God with you and pray for much patience and strength to get you through the next few months before you get to finally hold her in your arms.

    Congrats again my friend. Love you lots.

    Karen (and the rest of the Carmody gang)

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  65. I am so thrilled for you. A tiny peanut. What a blessing after all these years.

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  66. Congratulations! Long time reader and I did the ugly cry too when I read the news! Looking forward to the pictures of your princess.

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  67. I got goosebumps all over again reading that!!

    I am THRILLED for you!!

    Congratulations Mommy!!!

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  68. Yea!! Long time lurker, soooo happy for you!!! Congrats!!!

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  69. Catherine I'm soooo thrilled for you!!!!!! I can't wait to see your pics and videos of recieving the most wonderful news of a lifetime!!

    God is good and you and Hannah are so blessed to have one another.

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  70. YAHOOOOOO! Congrats...can't wait to see her!

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  71. I am so happy for you! We're waiting for our referral to get to our agency - on Monday morning. Interestingly, your daughter is from the same city as my dear Annalee (now 6). It's always so exciting to see a referral from Yongzhou!

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  72. congrats dear Catherine!

    I'm so happy for you..so very very happy..... ::tears::

    I cant wait to see sweet baby Hannah!

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  73. Rejoicing with you!!!!
    I think I did a little scream when I read her age!!! :)

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  74. My spicy girl is also from Hunan. Congratulations. I have met you at MBC a few times in the past 3 years and have been following your blog. I am so happy for you. We went in Oct as well, a great time to go. Can't wait to see her picture.
    Kim and Claire Ting

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  75. Her name is "XIao Fen".

    Most likely, depending on how the chinese words are written,

    "Xiao" can be either "little" or "dawn, early in the morning".

    "Fen" denotes "vivid" and "scent of flowers".

    Congratulations !!! Finally, dream come true !!! Very happy for you.

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  76. Yay!!! I'm so happy and excited for you. I've been checking the blog ALL week waiting to "hear" the good news. I'm so happy for you and your new family. God is definitely good!

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  77. So happy for you! Congratulations! So excited to see her picture. Enjoy this time. It goes so fast!

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  78. Congratulations!!! WOW 5½ month!! She is very young!

    Danielle
    xoxo

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  79. So exciting!!!! We are sooooo happy for you and can't wait to see Hannah's beautiful little face. Sarah and I are so greatful we were able to pop by this evening - we just couldn't help ourselves :)
    Congratulations Mommy!
    Andrea, Wes and Sarah

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  80. Amen sister! You have a baby!

    Thanks for the call. Can't wait to see her sweet face.

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  81. Praising God with you! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and am thrilled for you, Catherine! Congratulations!!

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  82. Congratulations mommy it is the best feeling in the world!!!
    pw

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  83. What wonderful news! Am so very happy for you Catherine. Can't wait to see her precious face!

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  84. Congratualations from a long time follower, first time commenter and adoptive Mom living in Los Angeles. Happy for you! = - )

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  85. You are truly blessed! It's been a LONG time coming...
    SHE'S HERE!!!
    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  86. Oh I am just estatic for you! Mama, you have a baby! ...and is she ever young. Wow, best news all day! So excited for you!

    Jill

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  87. Congratulations! Wonderful news!! So awesome!!

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  88. Congratulations! Here's hoping for speedy travel! Maybe tonight you'll finally sleep with some wonderful dreams!

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  89. Congratulations from one single parent to another.

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  90. God Bless you! God bless you! I am soooooooo happy for you. 5 1/2 months...that is mind blowing!!! No wonder it took sooooooooooooooo long to adopt...she wasn't even born yet. God knew what he was doing!!!

    I am soooo honored to have been a part of your journey for a few years. You are such an awesome person and it shows with every post. You deserve all the happiness in the world.

    Now the picture. I can't wait to see that beautiful face!!!


    Love,

    Sharyn

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  91. You are now the proud mama of a Hunan spicy girl! Oh my goodness! I am so excited for you! She sounds so perfect. You are going to be the absolute best mother! Hugs!!!!

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  92. Congrats, oh so happy for you! Looking forward to seeing your daughter's piccie.

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  93. Congratulations, Catherine! Oh, she is a tiny baby...how fun!!!

    :-)
    Steph, peeping out of lurkdom!

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  94. So, SO excited for you!!! Can't wait to see her beautiful face.

    Congrats, Mom =)

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  95. A lurker here...so very happy for you and can't wait to see pictures!!! GOD IS GOOD!!!

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  96. Oh Catherine!!!! Mike and I are both in a puddle of tears here! Congratulations! I am shaking so bad right now I can barely type! God IS SO good! Praise Him!

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  97. Catherine - many congrats to you. I know this has been a long time coming (and even that seems so inappropriate to say...). I'm very excited your time has come, and I can't wait to see pictures!

    Will keep following along...

    Chrissie
    an ex-Marching Panda ;-) - but you all are always on my mind during these referral times!

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  98. God is sooo faithful! Praising with you!
    Congrats sweet lady, you have been so patient and graceful threw this wait and it was all worth it!
    Bless you!
    Debz

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  99. Oh Catherine! God IS so good! He is faithful to bring about what He has promised!

    You haev been so willing to shower blessing after blessing on everyone in this community! It's time to PARTY! :)

    Shelley

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  100. CONGRATS!!! Eliza's b-day is Feb. 20th and I got her referral in Sept. (almost 3 years ago)!!! Yes, you will experience ALL of the firsts!!! She will be Solomon's age when you get her...it's the most fun age! I'm so, so happy for you!!!!

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  101. Crying tears of joy for you... Congratulations!!!

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  102. Amazing. Congratulations to you....xoxoxoxox

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  103. Coming here from Doris.
    Congratulations!
    I wished they would scan the pictures of your daughter for you right away...but to know you will see her sweet face very soon is wonderful news.

    We were in Changsha in November 5 years ago and it was just perfect weather. Still very warm. Beijing was cooler but beautiful! You will love it I am sure.

    Soon Hannah will be home! Congrats again!

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  104. Karen told me the wonderful news - CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you. May God bless you and give you patience as you anticipate all that is to come. Welcome to motherhood!! "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever."Ps.136:1
    Luv & blessings
    GramZ

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  105. Congratulations Catherine! My daughter was born only 2 weeks before Hannah, so you are in for a real treat! May God continue to richly bless you and your little one!

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  106. Oh Catherine, God is faithful and has blessed your patience and trust! What a precious gift you have been given. My husband and I were eating out for our anniversary when I finally saw your post come up on my phone. I cried tears of happiness. Congratulations and I can't wait to see what that blessed little girl looks like. (:

    Can't wait till it's our turn,

    Dana E.
    LID 3/29/06

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  107. I am sooooo happy for you. God is GREAT! You are going to be such a good mother... I can't wait to learn more about your Hannah and follow along on your journey to get her.

    Enjoy this precious weekend, and don't stop smiling!

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  108. Woo hoo!! Congrats Catherine. God has blessed you with the 'baby' your heart has desired! :0) God is definitely good.. ALL THE TIME!
    I know your heart is just bursting with joy. I will pray that this week moves by quickly so that you can take in the sweetness of your little one with your eyes. :0)

    Again.. Congrats and many Blessings

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  109. I'm a long time lurker...but I literally cried tears of joy when I read your post. Congratulations Mama!!! I am so happy for you and Hannah!!

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  110. Yeah a baby!! A little baby girl..Congrats, Momma!
    Norah

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  111. OH my...soooo happy for you. You have waited so long and I can't believe how young she is : ) I hope the time to TA flies by!!

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  112. Praise God for your sweet blessing. :) can't wait to share in the joy of seeing her precious little face!!!!

    congratulations mommy. :)

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  113. Sooooooooo happy for you! Congratulations... FINALLY! Looking forward to those pics!!!

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  114. I'm away from the computer a few hours and look what happens?!

    I am *SO* beyond happy for you. So young, you will get to share so much with her, and she will have her mama beside her for so many important milestones. How wonderful.

    Oh, and a little Hunan girl. Fitting, no? :) I am sure many out there are having a bit of a chuckle over that.

    BTW, we traveled at the end of October (2007) and the weather was beyond perfect. A few hot days in Chongqing, but in GZ it was perfect. Oh, that said, you don't go there...I am betting Beijing will be perfect weather-wise too. Just a wonderful time of year to be traveling, especially to get your sweet sweet Hannah.

    Looking forward to seeing her photo!

    Kiy

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  115. SOOOOO great to hear from you today!!!! Was so excited!!! Guess what? Hannah is born on David's birthday!!!!! WOO HOO!!!! Won't those be fun parties!

    So excited for you Catherine! What a long wait you've had and you've been so gracious and patient through the whole thing!!!

    Can't wait to see her gorgeous face!!!

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  116. How can you possibly have 120 comments!! You are one loved lady!

    We are so happy for you! Wish we could give you a BIG hug!! Almost a newborn! We shall meet again, must see your daughter in person!!
    (I see Ford beat me to the comment)

    Alyzabeth's Mommy for Eleven Months!

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  117. So very happy to hear the news of your daughter. You deserve such a precious gift of a young baby so that you can be there for all her firsts. I can not wait to see her precious face!!
    Ellen

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  118. I said it before in M3's post but I just have to say it again.

    Joy and joy and joy and joy and even more joy.

    I have never met you or Hannah and most likely never will. I have been following your journey for about 2 years and still I never thought I would feel this much joy for you and Hannah on this very special day.

    I have been smiling non stop since reading M3's post. I feel like I am flying. Already Hannah is spreading JOY all over the world!

    And just 5 1/2 months old?! Even more joy. Just so very much joy for this amazing family that I can't say it enough. Joy and joy and joy and joy.... just so much joy. And laughter and tears. But mostly joy.

    With so very much love and JOY for your FAMILY!!!
    -Jen-

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  119. Congrats to you Catherine...looking forward to seeing Hannah's sweet face.

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  120. What a blessing, I'm am reading your post with tears in my eyes! Congratulations.

    Kathy

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  121. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Your life is about to become so amazingly rich with babylove.

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  122. Congrats to you both Catherine!!!! She'll be in your arms soon. 5 and a half months old!!! I've been involved with the China adoption community for over 9 years and have never heard of a child that young referred...you get to celebrate so many milestones with your sweet Hannah! How fun.

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  123. Congratulations!!

    Hoping the weeks until travel speed by for you.

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  124. Congratulations Catherine! SO happy to see your post! The time will fly by for you! Wow, Hannah is young. It's so nice you will get to do all the first's with her.

    I have lurked on your site since your visit to M3 and she put your blog in her posts. So happy to read you have your referral!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Molly

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  125. We are so happy for you and share in your love for your daughter!! cannot wait to see her !!

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  126. delurking to send you a HUGE congratulations!!!!! I am truly so happy for you and can't wait to see Hannah in your arms......what a blessed day - for both of you! I hope the next week goes quickly so you can see her sweet face!
    Meg

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  127. Oh Catherine!!!!
    How exciting!!! Unbelievably EXCITING news.

    Congratulations Mama!!! :o)

    Hannah is so young. How amazing!! I am beyond words - happy for you!!!

    Love you! Hugs!!!!!!

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  128. Wow! Congratulations! It was worth the wait!

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  129. A million congrats to you, mom.

    What a wonderful TINY blessing.

    Much love :0)

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  130. Gah! Your girl was born when I was in China ready to meet my daughter...amazing!

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  131. Finally, no more beads to move from one glass to another. I sure hope you get yourself the biggest flower bouquet to celebrate! :)

    Have a great weekend, enjoy this moment!!! :) Thanks for taking the time to post, it really is a pleasure to share this moment with you.

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  132. Such a young baby! That is so amazing!!! Congratulations Mom!!!! :)

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  133. Oh, HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!!!....a lurker since forever (found you via the Salsas)....you have a very entertaining and fun blog....my happiness for you has me grinning from ear to ear...thanks for posting and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.....yeah!!!!...Monica in NY

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  134. Catherine,

    Congrats!!! I've been a lurker for
    years at your blog and I'm so
    thrilled for you. I had the
    pleasure of recieving my Hunan
    spicy girl almost 2 years ago and
    it by far was one of the best days
    of my life. You are in for a real
    treat! " When they mean SPICY,
    they really mean it..LOL" God is
    so good, he alway places the right
    child with the right family.


    Please ask me any questions about
    Changsha, I would be happy to
    answer!!!

    With Many Hugs,

    Sindy

    Mama to Allie
    Mama to Katie who is waiting in
    Zhejiang China for her forever
    family!

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  135. I am so happy for you!!! I have been reading and waiting and am just thrilled!!! You will be a WONDERFUL Mommy and I can not wait to see pictures:)
    HUGS!!!

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  136. Another long time lurker in Australia- just delighted for you!!
    Got a tear in my eye. Our little girl is 5 1/2 and impatiently waiting for a brother or sister.
    Lisa

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  137. WOO HOO!! Congrats! I can't believe how young she is. So, so happy for you.

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  138. Oh my goodness, Catherine! I am so thrilled for you! I am just sooooo happy and what a perfect ending to the day! I'm tearing up writing this, because I am just so thrilled!

    Yippee! Can't wait for pictures!

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  139. OH! She's so LITTLE! What a blessing! I am SO happy for you, Catherine! You could sell t-shirts that say, "Can't wait to see Catherine's baby!" at this point, eh?! Most of all, though, I just have to say that I am so thankful for people like you who honestly but transparently set the example for waiting on the Lord.

    Three years. Four months. Four weeks. One day. WOW.

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  140. I have never heard of anyone getting such a teeny almost new-born. This is unbelievable - you'll get to experience EVERY wonderful milestone. You will be the person to nurture her from such a young age. This is just about as perfect as perfect gets! Congratulations Catherine!!

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  141. Wow - a young little sweet peanut for you!! <3 I am so very happy for you - what a happy, happy day. I bet you are chomping at the bit to see pictures! We also have a Spicy Hunan girl :) Huan girls are AWESOME!!

    -- Tracy from RQ

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  142. I also wanted to add that travel in October/November is awesome as far as weather in Beijing, Changsha and Guangzhou :)

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  143. WHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    So stinkin' happy for you!

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  144. SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!! she is just a BABY! I think that God knew what he was doing...as a first time mom...you get to experience so many FIRSTS! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

    Can NOT WAIT to see her picture! I am sure she is just gorgeous!

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  145. Congratulations on your sweet BABY girl. I can't wait to see pics. I am sure you are flying high with this most wonderful news.
    Have a great weekend!
    Michele

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  146. Congratulations Catherine.
    Having just returned with our daughter I can say it is an amazing journey. The 8 weeks will go faster than you think. The trip is incredible but the most wonderful thing is when they place your daughter in your arms and she is yours forever!
    Enjoy the ride!

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  147. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    From your long time lurker in Shanghai.

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  148. Congrats to you! And to tiny baby girl Hannah!!

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  149. CATHERINE! Sorry it has taken me so long to write to you! I've been at a wedding all day! CONGRATULATIONS! YOu have been waiting patiently on the Lord and indeed, He has heard your prayer! God is good! Can't wait to see the pics, and I am SO happy for you!

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  150. Congratulations to you Catherine for getting your beautiful daughter Hannah and congratulations to Hannah for getting a wonderful mommy....Can't wait to see her picture..
    Shirley

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  151. So happy for you! You wished me well on my referral over 2 years ago and I'm so glad that it's finally your turn :-) Congratulations!!!

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  152. Oh Catherine! I type this with tears streaming down my face. I am just absolutely thrilled for you... just thrilled! Oh and she is so young. No words... just congratulations!! God IS good indeed!!!!

    Hugs!
    Lisa and Gracie

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  153. Another happy lurker here, but I just wanted to wish you the warmest congratulations. You're baby will be so lucky to have you as a mommy. I have followed your story via the Salsa crew and your own blog, so I'm an SO happy for you.

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  154. Congratulations! What an exciting moment for you! I hope one day that we will share in the happiness you are feeling today. LID December 25,2006

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  155. It's Awesome, awesome, awesome!
    Congratulations to You and Hannah!
    I am sure that You both are a perfect fit for a long & very happy life together.
    Marie

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  156. Congratulations to you MOMMY!!! I am so thrilled for you and can't wait to celebrate seeing her beautiful face with you! What an amazing day!!!

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  157. Congratulations Catherine! I am so happy for you that you will get to hold baby Hannah in your arms soon! Hugs to you! Leda & Kaylee Tao Tao

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  158. Oh wow, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You must be on cloud nine over there!

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  159. How exciting that she is so young. She must be a bitty little thing.

    Can`t wait to see pictures!

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  160. Congratulations Catherine! She is so young!! I am so happy for you. Can't wait to see her sweet face. Post it as soon as you can!!

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  161. Catherine, I have been following your blog since the very beginning, since before you even sent off all your paperwork to China. It's seems like an eternity ago! I'm so happy that you finally have your little girl. What wonderful times you are going to have together. I can't wait to read about your travels to meet Hannah. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  162. Congratulations, Mummy!! I´m so happy for you.

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  163. Congratulations for your Hunan girl !! She is a Dao girl so from Yongzhou like my big daugther, Isaline Shuang Yun !!!

    I'm happy for you !!

    Géraldine from France, mum to Isaline from Yongzhou !!

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  164. Wonderful news and such a little baby girl!

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  165. Absolutely Wonderful!! Congratulations to You

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  166. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you!! She is so young. That has to be so exciting!! I was so disappointed not getting more days referred this month, but Hannah is getting me excited about our adoption again!!

    Hoping your week passes quickly, and you have your daughter's picture soon!!

    Stacey
    LID 8-8-06 for Jadalyn

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  167. So happy for you!!! I am hoping you are together for Halloween thought too!!! God is good!!!

    Bobbie

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  168. Congrats on a Spicy Hunan Beauty! We adopted our daughter from Hunan, if you want Changsha advice just ask!

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  169. Catherine,

    God is good...all the time! Congrats on your sweet BABY girl. I am so happy for you. Can't wait to see her face. Enjoy your weekend of celebration:)

    Joy
    03/29/06-LID

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  170. Congratulations...Catherine I have always looked forward to reading your comments on Karen's Blog...what a wonderful Mother you will be....Can't wait to see pictures !
    Grandma Carmody...

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  171. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Catherine!
    and Huzzah for Hannah!!

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  172. Congratulations on your daughter! She is so little!!!! You must be over the moon!!! All the best for a speedy travel call! God is good!

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  173. Catherine,
    I have been reading your blog for 2 years and am so happy for you. We have never met but I had a difficult time sleeping last night in excitement for you. How wonderful it will be to share with Hannah all the love and excitement that there was for her to meet her mommy

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  174. Wow she is young!
    Zoe was 5 months at referral too.

    Can you believe it had FINALLY happened!!!!

    If you are like me you were not prepared for a baby so young and had to do more shopping...!!!

    I am sure you are on cloud nine!!
    God bless both of you, can't wait to see her sweeet face next week.

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  175. Congratulations Mom - I am soooo excited for you! Can't wait to see her!

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  176. Wow! i was unfortunately away from the computer all yesterday afternoon and night and I come back to this so exciting newss. I am over the moon happy for you. and that she is so young is wonderful. Our little boy was just a tad younger when we got him and it was perfect, to be able to experience almost all the firsts with him.

    I can just imagine how you are flying high today and along with everyone else, I can't wait to see her precious face. Congratulations Mommy!

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  177. CONGRATS CATHERINE! WHAT A BLESSING!

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  178. The day that felt like it would never come has finally arrived. Congratulations. You're officially a mom :) How sweet is that!

    Best wishes.

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  179. Unbelievable! Congratulations Catherine. It has been one exciting week and I will never forget Hannah's referral date as it happened on my birthday!

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  180. Congratualations. WOW I have never heard of such a young referral. I am very happy for you and look forward to hearing more. Thank you for sharing your joy.
    Roberta
    LID 5-18-06

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  181. It is a joy to watch your story unfold! Congratulations... MOM!

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  182. Another long-time lurker peeking out to say a big congrats!! What a loved little girl Hannah will be.

    I adopted my daughter in China at 9 months of age almost 10 years ago. My life is so full of joy! You are in for the greatest experience of your life.

    Enjoy!

    Lee (single mom in Ontario)

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  183. HOLY COW!!!!! Firstly, I'm comment 196!!!! I'm so so glad, you have so many wonderful supporters!

    Secondly and by far, most importantly

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    I was thinking of you this morning, but have been out all day - I had goosebumps from head to toe, and tears in my eyes when I read your post.

    Oh, Catherine! I'm so so SO HAPPY for you! Blessings to you and many many hugs!

    Love
    Lee-Anne

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  184. Congratulations! You have waited so long! I can't remember ever seeing such a young baby referred. You will be so blessed to witness all her firsts like you said! Congrats!

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  185. Hi Catherine,

    You don't me, I'm a friend of Doris' and Julie's. My heart is full when I read your news.

    I did want to congratulate you and wish you all the best with your pending motherhood. It is the best gift ever.

    May your lives be richly blessed.

    Your unknown friend,
    Colleen (in Ottawa)

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  186. I have been following your blog for a long time and just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! This day was a loooooooooong time coming. Wising you, Hannah, and your family much peace, joy, and love!

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  187. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't wait to see pictures of YOUR BABY!!!

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