Several weeks ago we were told our agency's Asia director was going to China and would be willing to take a care package to our daughter, Brooklyn. This would be our first chance to have contact with her so we were very excited. We put together a photo album and a letter to her that several of our friends translated for us into Chinese. We included a picture of us in our Wisconsin shirts and sent her a Wisconsin shirt as well. We tried to find some fun things to include in the package and in the end put it all together in a backpack.
Today we got the message that she had received our package. After she had gone through everything in it, she was asked if she wanted to tell her soon to be parents anything. They expected she would say, "Thank you." Instead she said, "Dad and Mom, I love you!" I got teary just reading that.
They also gave us some updated information about her. She is now in first grade. She enjoys playing with dolls and has grown a few inches since the last measurements we had for her. Tonight after work I did a little shopping at some of the resale shops to get her some clothes for when she first arrives. Since we will most likely travel toward the end of winter to bring her home, we need to get some basics that will keep her warm until summer. I found some good deals. It was so much fun looking for little girl stuff. Based on her measurements, we expect her to be in a 6 or 6X when she comes home. Good thing I have a friend with girls about her age. It gives us a good comparison when we get measurements from China.
When the director gets home from China, we may also get some new pictures. We'll post them as soon as we get some. He is due home at the end of the month.