The WAIT is finally over

Today we got the call! We are happy, thrilled and excited to announce a referral for our beautiful baby girl!

Her name is Yi Mei, soon to be renamed Maya Yi Mei and she is in the Guangxi Province. She was born on October 18th, 2006 which makes her almost eight months old.  We should be traveling to China to bring her home between six to eight weeks from now.


The first person I called, obviously, was my husband Joe. I then called my parents, who are flying home from Hawaii tomorrow, to tell them the good news. As if by fate, today Leah was having a playdate with her little girlfriend Kimberly who was also adopted from China a few years ago. I could hardly wait for her mom Debbie to pick her up! After some hugging and tears on the front lawn, Debbie came inside and was one of the first people to see my new daughter. It was great to share my photo’s with a fellow adoptive mom.

I will post more information as I get it!


129 Responses to “The WAIT is finally over”

  1. 1 Doris Clark June 6, 2007 at 11:46 pm


    What a sweetie pie!

    So happy for you.

    Keep smilin!

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  2. 3 Wendy June 6, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    OMG Stephanie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is absolutely beatiful. Congradulations to you, Joe, and Leah. What a gorgeous family the four of you make! Can’t wait to see you with Maya in your arms!


  3. 5 Chichmama June 6, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Congrats!!!!! She is adorable! I am so, so thrilled for your family!

  4. 6 Alisa June 6, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Fantastic. She’s absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy this time.

  5. 7 Donna June 6, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Woo hoo!!!! She is gorgeous. So happy for your family.

    Remember I’ll be in Beijing until 7/28

  6. 8 Viv June 7, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Again, I am super thrilled for you. Leah must be so excited too. Joy!

  7. 9 lindaJ June 7, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Holy cow, I have been checking your blog everyday for the past year, FINALLY, CONGRATS. I’m so excited for you guys…She is Beautiful. I have to go back to read your post now to get the lowdown…I was side tracked by the picutres… so cool. This has made my day…

    Still waiting for TA.

  8. 10 Kailana June 7, 2007 at 12:07 am

    How wonderful! Congrats!

  9. 11 Kristina June 7, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Oh, she is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!

  10. 12 Stacy June 7, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Congratulations to ALL of you!!! Maya is so adorable!!
    I am so happy for all of you!!!!

  11. 13 Kristin June 7, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations! What terrific news!!

  12. 14 Deanna June 7, 2007 at 12:30 am

    OMG! That’s awesome! I knew as soon as I saw the pics on flickr…congrats and I can’t wait to hear more!!

  13. 15 Catherine June 7, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Oh Stephanie! Maya is absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations!!!

  14. 16 WendyN June 7, 2007 at 12:51 am

    She is beautiful. Congratulations!

  15. 17 Terri-In His Hands June 7, 2007 at 12:56 am

    She is precious!!


  16. 18 Kim June 7, 2007 at 12:56 am


    How cool – Leah will be an awesome big sis

    So happy for the whole fam,

  17. 19 Donna June 7, 2007 at 1:15 am

    Oh my gosh, Stephanie, she is beautiful!!! Her chubby cheeks and pouty lips are SOOO adorable.

    Congrats to you, Joe and Leah!!

    Donna 🙂

  18. 20 Lisa June 7, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Congratulations! Thanks for stopping by my blog! This has been the most amazing day, hasn’t it? Your little one is so beautiful!!!

  19. 21 georgia June 7, 2007 at 1:22 am

    She’s gorgeous!! And has a beautiful name! I hope you get to travel very soon!!

  20. 22 Joannah June 7, 2007 at 1:27 am

    She’s a beauty! You are one lucky mommy! Congrats!!!

  21. 23 Tammy June 7, 2007 at 1:33 am

    AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, Stephanie – she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

    How exciting, I have goosebumps over here.

    BTW, Allison’s CN was Yi Fei & YiFei is now her middle name – her birthday is October 16th – love the similarities.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! Give big sister Leah a hug from us.

  22. 24 Rhonda June 7, 2007 at 1:41 am

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous! 🙂

  23. 25 Shelba June 7, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful! I’m dying to know where in Guangxi she is from as my girl is a Guangxi girl as well!

  24. 26 Laura June 7, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Those may be some of the prettiest referral photos I’ve ever seen. Congrats on your daughter/little sister!

    Mama to a sweetie from China and one on the way from Vietnam

  25. 27 Lori June 7, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy to know that you have a beautiful baby joining your family!!

  26. 28 iliana June 7, 2007 at 2:01 am

    She is so sweet! Ah, a big congratulations to you and your family Stephanie! I bet you can’t wait to get her home. This is such great news.

  27. 29 AmericanFamily June 7, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Congratulations!! She is a beauty! I can’t wait to read more.

  28. 30 Jodie June 7, 2007 at 2:27 am

    She is so pretty! Congratulations to you all!! 🙂 “Leah, you’re a BIG sister now!! HOORAY!!”

  29. 31 Carrie June 7, 2007 at 2:51 am

    I am so HAPPY for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just checking in to see how you guys were doing and to my surprise a beautiful baby girl was looking at me!! I know exactly how excited you guys are! You’re almost there!!!!!! It only gets better from now on!

    I can’t wait to see more photos and hear all about here.


  30. 32 Becky June 7, 2007 at 3:01 am

    How Exciting – she is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats!!!

  31. 33 Keri June 7, 2007 at 3:07 am

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations!!!


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  32. 35 wzgirl June 7, 2007 at 3:16 am

    Oh! Wow! I’m so surprised to see this today, Stephanie, and very happy for you and your family. XO

  33. 36 Wendy June 7, 2007 at 3:25 am

    She is just beautiful! Congratulations to you all!!!

    Here’s to a speedy travel.
    Another Wendy

  34. 37 Christi June 7, 2007 at 3:47 am

    Asolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations to you and to her!

  35. 38 David Mc June 7, 2007 at 3:47 am

    Congratulations! She is so adorable!

  36. 39 amy June 7, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Oh my…Look at those lips…Hope your heartbeat slows a little and you get some sleep tonight!

  37. 40 Cherith June 7, 2007 at 5:04 am

    Ok, she is a CUTIE PIE!! Congratulations!!

  38. 41 Christie June 7, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Oh my gosh, she is indeed a cutie! Congratulations!

  39. 42 Ann June 7, 2007 at 6:56 am

    We’ve been waiting for this news since Amelia’s birthday party! My heart is just thumping away. What a little angel…Congratulations! Have a wonderful trip. We’ll be following your blog!

  40. 43 ruthsplace June 7, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful. I got very excited when I saw your post title.

  41. 44 Lisa~~ June 7, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Oh so adorable, congratulations!!!

  42. 45 Kim June 7, 2007 at 11:22 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am beyond excited for you and your family!!! She is beautiful!


  43. 46 Noemi June 7, 2007 at 11:41 am

    Congrats! She is just precious!

  44. 47 Jacquie June 7, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Oh wow, Stephanie! So very very cute! Congratulations to you and your family!

  45. 48 Kim M. June 7, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Congratulations Stephanie! She is beautiful! I can’t wait for you to bring that bundle of joy home!

  46. 49 Ml June 7, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    That’s the BEST news! I’m so HAPPY for you! 🙂

  47. 50 Katie J June 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Oh Stephanie! What joy! CONGRATULATIONS!!! She’s beautiful, but you already knew that. She’s exactly 2 years and one day younger than Buttons. It would be great to see you and Leah before you go to China, but you know Tammy and I are gonna want to see Maya once she gets home and you get settled. Let me know if you need anything.

    Hurrah! Yeah! Yippee!!!!!!!

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  48. 54 boogiemum June 7, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Oh, Congrats! I am so happy for you, and she is so beautiful!

  49. 57 Nicole June 7, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Yeah. Beautiful baby. I wish you all the best!

  50. 59 Kirsten June 7, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations! I am sure Leah is excited to be a big sister now 🙂

  51. 60 Tiffany June 7, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my!!! What a beauty! Congrats!!!


  52. 61 Spacemom June 7, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    CONGRATS! Oh wow! 2 daughters are the best! I bet Leah is both excited and nervous! She will be a great big sister!

  53. 62 Melissa O June 7, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Oh. Wow. She is gorgeous! Oh my. Those cheeks!

    Congratulations, Stephanie and family! So thrilled for you guys!

  54. 63 Aimee June 7, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Wow, Stephanie! She is absolutely stunning! Congratulations!!

  55. 64 blessed1 June 7, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    You’re so blessed….congratulations! I’m very happy for you and your newest edition!

  56. 65 StarSpry June 7, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Congratulations, that’s wonderful news! She is adorable 🙂

  57. 66 Amanda June 7, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    She is just so gorgeous!! I have been anxiously following along, hoping that this month would be the one that you saw Leah’s little sister for the first time…and now it is here!

    Take care.

  58. 67 kristen June 7, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Not sure why but your post in particular got me all weepy!
    She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to your whole family!

  59. 68 Janet T. June 7, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    She is ADORABLE!!!!! SHe is soooo cute! Congratulations!!!!! What a blessing!

  60. 69 Jill June 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    She is so beautiful and looks so peaceful. Huge congratulations. Enjoy every moment.

  61. 71 Laura June 7, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations! She is just beautiful!

  62. 72 Kathryn June 7, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    What a darling baby; she’s just gorgeous!

  63. 73 robin June 7, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    She’s beautiful – congratulations!!

  64. 74 Sandra June 7, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    She is absolutely precious! Congratulations to your family!

  65. 75 Lisa & Jeff June 7, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    She is simply beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!

  66. 77 beki June 7, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous!!!

  67. 78 Lisa June 7, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, what an adorable baby. What a lucky family. I just love referral days.

  68. 80 Evelyn Lum June 7, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Gong Xi! Gong Xi! … that is “Congratulations” in Chinese. Maya, you and your family are very blessed. You have found each other 🙂
    My daughter, Pei and I are Chinese too. We are from Singapore.

  69. 81 michelle June 7, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    That is so amazing! Congratulations! She is such a cutie.

  70. 82 Lisa June 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Oh my GOsh, look what happens when I leave the computer for two days!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. 83 Perrin June 7, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Oh Congratualations she is just beautiful. Are you all just staring at those adorable little cheeks? Great News!

  72. 84 wokmom June 7, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    She is such a lovely little girl! Congrats and a hug!

  73. 85 Samantha June 8, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Wow is she ever Gorgeous! I am so happy for you all!

    LID 10/28/05
    DOR 5/1/05

  74. 86 roy and lori June 8, 2007 at 12:43 am

    She is beautiful!

    Congrats guys ………So happy for you!

  75. 87 Rhiannon June 8, 2007 at 1:50 am

    What a beautiful girl!!! She isn’t much older than my little Bailey!! They are both “dogs” lol.

  76. 88 melissa June 8, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Congrats, she is just beautiful!

  77. 89 Maryellen June 8, 2007 at 2:10 am


    Congrats! She is too cute!!

    Best wishes,

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  78. 91 Kathy June 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Congratulations on your new baby girl. I just found your blog from the RQ site.

    We also just sent home a foreign exchange student back to Taiwan and it was hard for us to say goodbye to her.

    Again, congrats on such a cute little girl.

  79. 93 Debz June 8, 2007 at 2:47 am

    ……( o o )…..
    Just sticking my nose in to have a peek at your
    adorable little ladybug ! Congrats to you!

  80. 94 Julie June 8, 2007 at 2:54 am

    Congratulations!!! Our daughters are a few days appart in age!!


  81. 95 Elisa June 8, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    She is soooo beautiful, wow fantatsic news.
    Can you believe that it finally happened?!

    A big congratulations!!

  82. 96 Juliette June 8, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    What a blessing! This little angel is adorable. I love referrals…
    I wish you a smooth trip in China and all the best for your new life with your 2 beautiful daughters.

  83. 97 Jo June 8, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations! She’s a real Guangxi girl and I can tell you from personal experience that they are the best in the world. She looks so happy and healthy. Wonderful!

  84. 98 Wendy June 8, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to you! I am so happy for you! This long wait is now over for you and you will get to see that precious little one very soon. OH I am just so overjoyed for you!

  85. 99 jon and karen June 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Stephanie – have not dropped by for a while now but had to pop in to say a great BIG congrats. She is perfect!!!

  86. 100 thursday June 8, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations! She’s just adorable!!

  87. 101 Julie June 9, 2007 at 1:50 am

    That is so awesome, she is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!

  88. 102 nikki June 9, 2007 at 2:07 am

    I read your good news on Stacy’s blog and just had to come by and take a peek…
    Wow!!!! Your new daughter is absolutely gorgeous.
    Congratulations on your growing family.

  89. 103 Mya June 9, 2007 at 4:43 am

    Congatulations a little late! She is beautiful baby! She’s just a few days younger than our Karlee!

  90. 104 Yes Minister June 9, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Congratulations! We are partial to Guangxi Girls at our house and love it when we find another coming home 😀

    Your daughter is absolutly beautiful!

  91. 105 Shelley June 10, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Congratulations…… you must be beyond excited. She is totally gorgeous.

  92. 106 Beth June 10, 2007 at 3:03 am

    Congratulations, what a beautiful family!

  93. 107 Lesley June 10, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Oh, I just can’t even imagine how excited and happy you must be! Congratulations and I hope the next few weeks pass by quickly.

  94. 108 Shelley June 10, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Oh Stephanie – That is incredible news! And Maya is just beautiful.

    Congratulations to you all. I can’t wait to hear more.



  95. 109 Ginna Casparian June 10, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations, she is just beautiful!!! Safe travels.

  96. 110 M3 June 10, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Oh congratulations! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful. What a little sweetheart!

  97. 111 lisa and tate June 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm


    I am on vacation and finally got to a computer to check the news!!!! I am so very excited for you and your family!!! She looks so cute and a perfect fit in your family!!! Still beside myself happy for you!!!


  98. 112 Connie June 11, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Oh wow! She is absolutely lovely.

    I am so thrilled for you and your family :0)

  99. 113 dianne June 11, 2007 at 2:30 am

    You’re very welcome! Your daughters are both just adorable!
    Best of luck and a good trip to you!

  100. 115 Barb June 11, 2007 at 5:30 am

    I’m late to the party, but OMG!! She’s adorable…congrats!!

  101. 116 Amy June 11, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats from one Guigang Mommy to Another!


  102. 117 Amy June 12, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Such wonderful news. She and your entire family are truly blessed. Best wishes as you begin this new journey!

  103. 118 Kitty June 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    We, too, have a beautiful four year old princess from Guigang. Your daughter is sooooo beautiful! We’ll be excitedly watching your trip to bring her home!! Our daughter was also in foster care and was very loved and exceptionally cared for. What an exciting time this is for you and for her (she just doesn’t know it yet!).

  104. 119 Mrs Pushy June 13, 2007 at 1:07 am

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I had to come out of semi-retirement to wish you a heartfelt congratulations on your referral! She’s just a beauty! Best wishes to you and your growing family~

  105. 120 Mrs Mogul June 13, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Sorry I’m late on this one! BUT CONGRATS! She’s wonderfuL!!!

  106. 121 ranee June 19, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Oh My Goodness what a gorgeous child! Congrats!!!

  107. 122 sherid June 20, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Reading all this is making me tear up. Adoption is a wonderful thing. As an adoptee, I should know!

  108. 123 Gen June 22, 2007 at 1:41 am

    Oh congrats on your little “libra” girl –

    It was great to finally get on the computer after a long time and read wonderful news.

    She is beautiful and perfect.

  109. 125 Felicity July 5, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Congrats on getting your referral… two little cutie pies in your household now… take care… Felicity

  110. 126 Melly July 6, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    HUGE MASSIVE congratulations!!!! Maya is just adorable as a button!!! How fabulous for your both and for little Leah to have a new sister – just lovely (it brings back all the refferal feelings for me too – which I always love!!!!!!) I hope the wait will be super speedy and you will hold your little darling girl soon!!!!!!! Thanks for your lovely comments also =)

  111. 127 Christine Giordano July 12, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you. We met about a year ago at Dim Sum in Chinatown, Philadelphia. I am a friend of Candice. I’ve been playing phone tag with her over the past couple of months and just spoke with her today. I was eager to hear if you had received your referral, and low and behold, she said you are traveling next week!! My eyes teared as I looked at Maya’s photos and read about the excitement on the day you heard. She is beautiful!! We are getting closer-our LID is December 20, 2005. Have a wonderful trip and congrats again!

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    she is one wonderful baby,…my sweet hugs and kisses to the baby,…hope happy days ahead for her

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