Friday, April 29, 2005

Can you find the crib?

Well, 3 days to go and we've finally (almost) finished her room. No crib in here though- it's in our bedroom as we think it will be much more cozy for all of us to have her close by at least for a few months. We'll try to spend lots of time in her room so when it comes time to move the crib it won't be too traumatic (cross your fingers for us).
The only other things we need here are a rug and my old rocking chair.

So- as for the trip. We leave Monday for Hong Kong where we will stay until Saturday. Let's hope that without a laptop we'll be able to post using the hotel computers without too much trouble. If you don't see any postings the first few days, don't give up on us!....keep trying. In mainland China (don't know about Hong Kong) blogs are blocked so we won't be able to see our website but we can still post. So- if you see upside down images or backwards sentences- please forgive us. And remember- Monday the 9th is the BIG DAY- so if you don't tune in for anything else, be sure to stop by for this moment.

For all of you who are doing your own waiting in this amazing experience of adopting from China, we will try to take the time to post whatever helpful hints we can think of- I know reading other people's blogs was incredibly helpful to us.

O.K. then- see you on (from) the other side in a few days!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Jinx's Name

Jinx Mindia Allison is the name we have chosen for our lovely daughter.

Jinx is from the latin word for 'charm'.
Mindia is Her given name in China meaning 'butterfly'.
Allison is Ric's family given name meaning "of noble origin".

A little background about our decisions:

We are very happy with Jinx's name, we feel that the person we know by the name of Jinx has in her own life been charmed by the name and having known her for a short time have fallen in love with her as a person and as a good friend.
She assures us this name has opened many a door for her in her life and she has always been remembered and respected for who she is lovingly, without apprehension.
Mindia is Jinx's given Chinese name and we felt it should carry with her through her life to connect her to her first foster parents, her history and her heritage.
While we did not include Tong (her surname in Tonggu China) given at the orphanage as a representation of her province of origin, we will keep it with her in her history, reminding her of the place from whence she came.
Allison is Ric's father's name and the name he proudly owns. While his connection to his father has not been represented in years, it is a reminder of how knowing one's history and genes can affect one's life in greater ways than one might know.

We intend to keep Jinx's history alive and well and will continue to keep her life as open and full as she grows and matures into a fine young girl, woman and one day perhaps, a mother herself.

Our pleasure and delight is in her happiness!!!

Ric & Carla

Jinx dreams of bagels...