Wednesday, February 07, 2007

She's Ours!

Yesterday, Tuesday, we met with a Chinese official who interviewed us and then a notary public who also interviewed us. At the end we received a certificate of adoption for Maimie. She's really a Monday.
We met with her nannies and the director of the orphanage again, and they attended the first interview. Before we left, they gave us a gift for Maimie. Some photographs of her we hadn't seen and a beautiful box with a tiny bracelet in it. Such a treasure!

We enjoyed some great fried rice for lunch and a rather long, warm walk in the park. The weather has been nice every morning and warms up to around 75 degrees. We're going around in our tshirts every day and having people comment that we aren't dressed appropriately and laughing. Honestly, everyone is wearing long sleeves and jackets.

Maimie continues to be so pleasant other than some sleep/wake difficulties and a tummy ache.
Today was spent at the zoo. Much different than our zoos. There are 10 or 15 of each animal in every exhibit. You can nearly get close enough to touch many of the animals. We watched one of the animal shows that came complete with dancing bears in tutus, bicycle riding monkeys, and a tight rope walking goat.


Mike & Vickey Lanan said...

We already knew Maimie was yours--glad the Chinese government agrees!! Love the photos--one question. Are you bringing the little fellow in the red jacket home with you too? Just kidding!! Enjoy the nice 70 degree weather--it is below zero here with 3-5" of snow from yesteday!!! Steve, you really are there!!! Maimie gets more beautiful every time you post a photo!!! We check the computer every few hours to see if there are any updates!!! Have MANY people checking the blog site now!
In Christian Love,
Mom & Dad (Grandma & Grandpa)

mjuch said...

Their zoos look like more fun then ours...

Anonymous said...

LOL... Steve, now you know why I wore long sleeves most of the time!
Mike Pradaxay

DAD said...

First of all which one is the Monkey in the picture! Monica this has been so wonderful to see what is next, we get so excited when the pictues and information comes to us. We even find ourselves in a joyful cry at the adventures that you, Steve and the kids are telling about. We are so proud of you guys and what you are doing. The joy that it brings to your mom and I is way beyond what I can say. We Love you all so much and long for you to be with us again.

Rachel said...

Mikaela I think that it is GREAT that you are wearing your B-ball shirt. I miss you and I love coming here everyday to see new pictures. Hope you are having fun. I miss you.

Beckie's Life's Lessons said...

Congratulations on your new daughter. She is absolutely adorable and love seeing her with you all. Love the zoo pictures too. How totally fun and how nice to have such nice weather for your trip.

Hillrich said...

We are really excited for you guys! She is beautiful! Thanks for keeping all up to date!

geyerba said...

We're glad everything went smoothly. Enjoy the rest of the time and keep taking picturs and videos. Your little one is beautiful.

Ben and Joanna

Anonymous said...

Monica, Steve and Family – Congratulations on the new addition to your family. She is so beautiful. I am so happy for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time and on a safe voyage home.

Tami, Erik, Cassandra & Harrison Barrett

Anonymous said...

Steve Monday & Family,
Congratulations on your adoption of Maimie. Photos of you all shows how much happy you are with your daughter Maimie


Anonymous said...

Monica, I am so happy for your guys that Maimie is adjusting so well, she is adorable!!! I remember when you emailed about the little dress she has on with the ladybugs, too cute.


Anonymous said...

Steve, Monica, and Family -

Congratulations! I think you are doing a truly amazing thing.

Steve's Caterpillar friends have certainly enjoyed monitoring the progress via the blog and it is a frequent topic during lunchtime.

Andrew Swanson

P.S. Steve -- Just in case you were thinking about it...dont rush to make it back here by the 17th as the MC switch has been canceled due to side B infrastructure issues. Take your time and enjoy!!!

Josh said...

Congratulations to you and your family! She's adorable!


Anonymous said...

Steve, Monica, and Family -

Congratulations! She is such a beautiful and happy girl! Our family and friends enjoy the pictures, DVD and information.

Lina, Jian & Chris

Gary & Barb Lowrance said...

How exciting for all of you! I'm off work today due to a tremendous amount of snow and got to look at all the pictures and information. We are so happy for the Monday family! Hope we get to see all of you soon! We miss you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the adoption of Maimie! How exciting to see God's perfect timing in action.

The Creekmur family