December 28, 2006

CC@A Building Pictures

These pictures are of the new Beijing building of the China Center for Adoption Affairs ("CC@A") courtesy of Love Without Boundaries. The CC@A moved into this building during July 2006. The pictures are of the following:

1. CC@A building
2. Plaque at the front door of CC@A building
3. Dossier room
4. Matching room
5. View from CC@A building

It is interesting to see where our fate will be determined. Our papers are likely sitting in the dossier room right now, unfortunately collecting dust for the moment! The matching room is interesting. First, the CC@A matches the orphanages with agencies. For example, if the number of children from a particular agency is 10 and a particular agency has 10 parents waiting for a child, the CC@A will likely pair these two organizations together. Then the CC@A starts matching children with parents.

This is the point in the process that is mostly hearsay. This is a description of the next process from another website called

"I’ve heard from several people who have had the opportunity to speak with someone who works in the matching room. The various conversations seem to all agree that they first look for something that stands out: a matching birthday, a baby who looks a lot like a parent, or a baby who likes music and a parent who teaches music. Several matching people have stated they match by bone structure of the baby’s face and the parent’s faces (this is why they need our passport photos, so they can compare our mug shot with the baby’s mug shot). Some have stated that they used Chinese astrology, also. Once they’ve matched the obvious matches they then start to look at things like age of child requested. The age requested is not a priority for them, they feel they are matching families and not filling orders."

December 8, 2006

Darth Tater

Today I purchased Mr. Potato Head, Darth Tater! It is a must have for a Star Wars fan. Since I'm visiting my nephew, I used the excuse that I was purchasing this for him...but everyone knows that it really is for me! The set comes with R2D2, Darth Tater and Spudtroopers. How cool!
May the force be with us!

December 7, 2006

Visiting Alabama!

I flew into Alabama yesterday to visit with my grandma, parents, brother and wife, and sister and newphew. Bryan couldn't travel with me so he is working while I'm visiting. I miss you Bryan if you're reading this. We ate at your favorite restaurant, the Casa~! Sorry you missed the Casa!

Today, Johnny rode on the merry-go-round and visited santa. He is constantly running and is as cute as ever! He is always introducting himself to other kids his age whenever we're in public. It's adorable. Attached to this entry are pictures from today's adventures.