Black and White Wednesday - "Referral Day"

August 18, 2010

Our New Sister BLOG

As you could well imagine, the last day two days have been so super exciting for our family. We are just thrilled to have finally received the referral of our precious baby girl and we are so very thankful to be surrounded by our loving family and friends at this very special time!

We cannot stop looking at our beautiful girl. We have printed out a few copies of her scanned pictures so we have something until we actually receive her file from our agency.

At this point, the only information that we have received is exactly what I posted....her Chinese name, her date of birth, her province, and her orphanage. Her file is now being translated from Mandarin to English and we expect to receive it in the next few days. Needless to say we are very anxious see what it says:)

I was the one that received the initial phone call from our agency Monday afternoon at 2:16pm. History repeated itself and I was sitting in my bosses office in a meeting when my cell phone rang with the big news....... just like it did four years ago when we got the phone call the day Sarah was born!

As soon as I received all the details, our agency verified our email addresses and told me that they would be sending the pictures over within the hour. As soon as I hung up with the agency, I immediately called Pat with the wonderful news and told him her photo would be coming to his work email within the hour.

After that we each called our parents to let them know our girl had finally arrived. I called my Mom, who was with Nick and Sarah. They were at the mall shopping, so I told them that we should have her pictures by the time they got home.

Pat ended up seeing her face first..... I had gone back into my bosses office because of course he was anxious to hear the news and all of the details. When I came back out and went to sit down at my desk, I called Pat one more time and he was saying how cute she was..... I couldn't believe the pictures came so fast. I quickly pulled my email up and could not believe my eyes!!! Four and a half years of waiting and dreaming about her.....and there she was...... it was truly love at first sight!

It took me a good hour or so to get everything together and get myself out of the office and on my way home to celebrate with my family. It was a long commute from Philly, but I smiled the entire ride home.

I pulled into the driveway around 6pm and Nick happened to be outside and ran to meet me as I got out of the car. He gave me the biggest hug and said "She is SO CUTE".

Pat had arrived just before I did and when I walked into the house he was standing there with my Mom, Dad, and Sister waiting for me to arrive to start the celebration. I was the once picking up the champagne:) After we popped the cork and Pat made a special toast to our girl, we ordered Hunan Chicken along with a variety of other things from our favorite Chinese restaurant.

Later on that night after my family left, I headed into the office to det on the computer to start going through some of the emails and comments. A few minutes later, Sarah walked in and climbed into my lap. She looked at me and said "I want to see my sister. Can you put her face on the computer" MY HEART MELTED when I heard those words.

It was the perfect ending to the most fabulous day!!

If you can't tell from that picture above, Nick and Sarah are both very proud of their new little sister and are very anxious to meet her.

Reagan Elizabeth BLOG

I know you all saw this picture yesterday. It was one of the three photos that were included in her file, but I could not let black and white Wednesday go by without including our girl...

Have you noticed that I keep calling her "Our Girl"

We do have a name for her.

Some of you picked up the "subtle" hint in the Beach Post the other day. Nick was writing her name in the sand.

Reagan Elizabeth Wen

We are still very much floating around on cloud nine and I suspect we will be up here for a few more days.....maybe weeks:) I will post more info as we get it!

Thanks again for all the kind comments and emails..... Pat and I have read each and every one! They mean so much to us!

ALMOST FORGOT..... The lucky winner of the BRACELET!!! JONNI, you won the bracelet! You picked her province and you were two days away from her birthday. Congratulations! I will be sending it out to you in a few days:)


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness Lisa! She is the most beautiful little baby. I am so thankful that she is going to be in your home soon! I know that she has been in your heart for such a long time!

Unknown said...

Oh, and P.S. Her name is perfect!

Kristen said...

She is so beautiful! You and your family are truly blessed.

First time I'm sharing my photos here - hope you like them. I love the idea of Black & White Wednesdays. :)

Wanda said...

Lisa, I couldn't be happier for you. I almost feel like we're all getting a sister/daughter.....a gift for sure. Reagan Elizabeth is so perfect.

The expression on Sarah's face says it all. I've never seen such gleeful joy and glint in her eye. Pure beauty!! And Nick looks so proud.

Just so,so happy for you all.


Wanda said...

Oh...and I LOVE the pink make-over. Just perfect!

Hannah said...

She is beautiful! Congrats! What a wonderful moment for you and your family! I am a new follower, I look forward to hearing more about you and your family. Have a great rest of your week!

Gail said...

Lisa, Loved hearing about your special day's recap. She's one precious little girl and her name fits perfectly.

I'm elated for you all!!!


Mary Lou said...

Lisa, she is so sweet. My heart is so happy for your heart.
My mother was in an orphanage during the depression and adopted by a loving family so I know that little one is blessed.
Congrats to all of you..

Kim said...

She is so so so so so gorgeous! I am so happy for you! And I LOVE her name!

When I adopted my son (the last of my adopted kids) 12 years ago, we waited 6 months for him. At 2 months and at 4 months they sent photos of him and I stared and stared at them and put them up on the fridge and everything. I know how you feel, even though my wait was much shorter. Congratulations again!

Donna said...

What a beautiful story! It takes me back to our own referral five years ago! I've been through childbirth and two China adoptions and the first glimpse of my babies feels equally exciting. I know you know exactly what I mean!

Congrats again, sweet friend!!


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3 Peanuts said...

I have chills reading all the little details. It reminds me SO much of our referral day too. Reagan is a beautiful name and she is a beautiful girl. I am so thrilled that both Nick and Sarah are so excited for their little sister!!! Congratulations again!!!

Qwave À la carte said...

L O V I N ' H E A R T S
GOD Bless You And All At Home
Cheers :)

Dita said...

I still haven't been able to stop thinking about her.

Reagan Elizabeth Wen...WELCOME HOME, Baby many arms are waiting for you.

I have to agree with Wanda...I feel like we are all getting a sister/daughter!

I don't ever remember seeing the expressions I just saw on Nick and Sarah's faces. I can't wait (did I say that)...well, I can't WAIT!

See you on Thursday so I can GUSH some more!


Anonymous said...

I loved reading every word of your referral day post! I know your going to have a huge crowd waiting for you at the airport when you bring Reagan home! Oh how I wish I could be there!

Kayce said...

Oh Lisa! I'm a mess of tears again! Congratulations again from all of us here, we are so happy for you guys! Your referral story is wonderful and will be a memory you will never, ever forget! And your daughters name is beautiful! Just like her! Congrats again!

Ewa said...

COngratulations again!!! And what a great name :)

Raymonde said...

What a lovely name for a beautiful baby girl, I am so excited for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your joy.

Looking forward to your updates.

Take care. xxx

Love Letters To China said...

What can I say... there really are no words that can express the happiness I'm feeling toward you and your family. That little girl is perfect and will be such a welcome addition to your family. You definitely have a large extended family that is so happy for you! It's so wonderful to see how happy your other two little ones are. Can't wait to see you in China!


p.s. wow Wanda is good! I didn't even notice the change in your blog background! :-)

4chalseys@blogger said...

She is an angel! Being adopted myself, this story is just so amazing and touching. God is so good!

Denise said...

You know how excited I am for you...the next few months are going to be full of so many wonderful memories! I know you are still floating on air~

paige said...

i am thrilled!!!!!!
i love being able to watch this dream unfold & finally come to fruition!
i love her name. can't beleive i'm a dork & didn't figure out what he was writing. i thought he had a crush! ha!
you are so deserving my friend & little missy is blessed to have YOU for a mommy

Maddy said...

Oh Lisa!! I am over the moon for you!!! She is perfect in every way and I can't wait to see how she'll just blossom in your beautiful home with your beautiful family!! Loving the name and the photos today!!

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

So happy for you and I KNOW how you feel! It is only God that allows you to see a pic and instantly fall in love. I can't wait to watch you journey to her!!! We leave in 6 days for our precious girl so if you don't hear from me for a while, please forgive. I will be back when we are settled.

Mandi said...

I am SO happy for you all. She is a beautiful little girl and is going to love having a big brother and big sister.

Oh, and I love her name.

Briana's Mom said...

Her name is as beautiful as she is! I love reading all about referral days - sigh. What a perfect day you had. I am over the moon with happiness for you and your whole family!

Jo said...

So thrilled for all you ~ love how Sarah wants to see her sisters face and how Nick ran out to you when you arrived home.


Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful story. she has many loving arms and hearts to come home to!

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

This post warms my heart, gives me goosebumps, and brings happy tears to my eyes... All at once! Congrats again!!

Melis said...

I am so unendingly happy for your family! So sweet! Welcome, Raegan!

day by day said...

awww...Lisa, I could feel your happiness right through the computer!! I am so, so happy for you!! I know the road was long, but it was the road that brought your sweet girl to you.
Thanks for sharing the referral day story with us...I always love to hear about that special day. How sweet that Sarah and Nick are equally excited to meet their little sister.
Oh, God is so good!

lots of love,

Melanie said...

I saw your comment on my blog last time I participated, but I'm such a bad blogger! =)
I wanted to participate this week again and I guess that was the perfect time!

Reagan is BEAUTIFUL and already so loved =) Congratulations to you and your family for such a wonderful blessing =)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful!

The Byrd's Nest said...

She is gorgeous!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I am so so happy for your family Lisa.....God is so good:)

Keisha said...

Okay.. I love the "Pink" touches on the blog! ;) CUTE!
AND! I saw that name in the sand.. & I thought.. hum?.. well, she didn't mention the name.. so that must be a family memember that is at the Cape with them. HA!The name is beautiful.. she looks like a Reagan!
Sarah is gonna be just fine! She is going to be a wonderful big sis!!! And, Nick.. of course will probably spoil her rotten! ;)
So Happy for you all!
HUGS & COngrats!

Keisha said...

Okay.. I love the "Pink" touches on the blog! ;) CUTE!
AND! I saw that name in the sand.. & I thought.. hum?.. well, she didn't mention the name.. so that must be a family memember that is at the Cape with them. HA!The name is beautiful.. she looks like a Reagan!
Sarah is gonna be just fine! She is going to be a wonderful big sis!!! And, Nick.. of course will probably spoil her rotten! ;)
So Happy for you all!
HUGS & COngrats!

Missy said...

Sounds like a perfect way to end the perfect referral!!!! I just love Miss Raegan already and I know she will be such a joy to you all. She is blessed to have you as her family!!! Can't wait to catch up with ya. Miss you, but know you are BUSY :)

Sandra said...

I did pick up on that hint ;-)
Again, congratulations. I couldn't be happier for you.

Anonymous said...

I clicked your blog from the Ankerich Family blog. Your little girl is just precious! We too had a 4 1/2 year journey to our precious Madelyn Dan Li. She was from the Hunan Province, Yongzhou SWI. I cannot wait for your family to be sooooo blessed! The Brooks Family

elizabeth said...

so happy for you
shes beautiful and I so love the name it's perfect!!!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

You have a lovely blog. I'm glad I found you through Ramblings and Photos.
I'll have to explore some more. Adoption is one option we are looking into, since it's not safe for me to be pregnant again.

redmaryjanes said...

Congratulations to you. Her name is just as beautiful as she is.

Kim said...

Congrats again. She is SO beautiful and her name fits her perfectly!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Amy said...

Congratulations. She is so beautiful!

runninggal said...

Just beautiful!!! I am sure you are over the moon. Congrats and can't wait to hear more!

Sharyn and LiLi

Michelle R Photography said...

Your post takes me back to the highs we had with our girls. I remember those days of first seeing their photos like they were yesterday. It feels as if you are floating on a cloud and you never want your feet to touch the ground. How exciting for you and your family!! You have had such a long journey to get here, and your surprising detours are what made you the family you are today. What a special story you all have. And I LOVE her name. I thought that was what Nick was writing in the sand. I have to admit that I have adopted three children and I never realized when you received your referral the information wasn't translated yet. Wow - that's crazy! Since ours were all through the SN program, I had no idea. When you get the translated info about her, that will be another special moment. Just learning her schedule and her little personality characteristics will make you feel closer to your little girl. I'm SOOOOO happy for you, Lisa. She is just precious!


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love the photo of your three kids!! (sounds great,right?). I noticed the name Reagan in the beach photos and kind of figured that was going to be her name. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I felt like I was there with you!

So many blessings..your heart must be bursting!


Sherri said...

Oh Lisa, believe will definitely be up in the air for months to come!! Now all the fun begins packing and preparing. And it's so much more fun now that you have seen her and she's real and you are "this" close to touching her. Reagan is one lucky girl to have so much love waiting for her on this side of the world.
I saw the name in the sand but thought maybe Nick had himself a girlfriend! LOL!!

Patricia said...

Oh Lisa!! Here I am crying again!! lol!! I LOVE how Nick greeted you at the start of your family celebration & Sarah ended it by climbing in your lap asking to see her sister!!! SO PRECIOUS!!!!

You've chosen such a beautiful name & it suits her so well!! Reagan Elizabeth...Welcome to you beautiful family!!!!!

There's something about "referral days" that gets me into a pile of mush everytime! I think I re-live it all over again myself! :)

ENJOY this very special, magical time! You will be up in the air for quite some much excitement & fun...planning & packing for the trip!! It won't be long now!!!

Hugs to you all, my friend!!!!

Casey said...

Best black and white Wednesday ever!! :) Congrats again and I love the picture of your three babies!!

Regina said...

Congrats. How wonderful!
They are all adorable.

Happy B and W Wednesday.
" ♥ Regina "

ww said...

What a great photo of your 3 beautiful kids! Thanks for sharing all the details - so happy for you and your family, Wendy

Lisa said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her name! Also loved reading your referral story! YIPPEE! So happy for you all! So sweet to hear Sarah ask to see her sister's picture! That is AWESOME! : )

ellieshine said...

Oh I loved reading all the wonderful details - It was 3 years ago Sunday that we saw our Tia's face for the first time - so exciting!!!! Love the first photo of all three of your children together!

Nicole said...

What a beautiful post and what a beautiful moment to share with everyone. I am very happy for you and your family. Congratulations on your new addition and what a beautiful photo of your beautiful girl!

Erika B said...

Congratulations to you and your family! She is absolutely lovely!

Erika B said...

tears of happiness for you!!!

She is so cute!!!!

Cannot wait to hear all about "Gotcha" day!!!

So happy for your family :)


Killlashandra said...

Congratulations! How exciting for you. :) She looks adorable. I'd post lots of pictures too.

Pam said...

What a amazing story and a very lucky little girl be to entering such a love filled family. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Oh Lisa,

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you and your family!! Little Reagan is just beautiful and I love her name!!!



Jboo said...

Congrats again on your beautiful baby girl! Referral day is amazing and yours especially so since it was a bit of a repeat scene from Sarah's! So sweet! What a wonderful celebration. Love her beautiful name!


Tiffany Franklin said...

enjoyed blk and white wednesday :-)

snekcip said...

She is beautiful! Love her name!!! Congratulations again!!

Lisa said...


I just spotted your incredible news on Wanda's blog and dashed right over...I am sorry that I have gotten away from the B&W Wednesdays this summer and am simply overjoyed for your family!!

What a wait it has been and now your journey has brought you to this amazing place, with just THE tiny blessing meant for you all along!

She's absolutely beautiful and I adore her name!!

Thank you for letting us share in a piece of your joy!!

I'm bookmarking your blog so I don't miss another moment along the way!!


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

sounds like the most PERFECT day EVER!


Kristi said...

So happy to have found your blog! Congrats on your sweet little princess. WHat a blessing!

Lynn said...

Congratulations, over and over and over! I am "over the moon" excited for you and your family!

She is absolutely beautiful/stunning! Thank you for sharing her pictures!

Traci said...

Congratulations and so happy for you all and for her! Both of our children are adopted from Russia, so I know exactly how happy you are right now!
What a blessing for everyone in the family!

Holly said...


Kristy said...

Oh I love her she is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I am so happy for you, for all of you!!!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

Kim said...

Sooooo happy for you guys..
love the photos..
Glad you had a wonderful evening..

Colleen said...

Ohhh my goodness I just cannot stop looking at her!!!! I know you must just be memorizing every little detail of that precious face! Soooooo happy for you!!!! I just had to celebrate along with you on this b&w wednesday!!!:)

The OriginalPsyn said...

Congrats!!!! I'm so happy for you. She is adorable.

Justine said...

I am so happy for you, what amazing news. I used to volunteer at an orphanage when we lived in Hong Kong, your stories bought it all back! wow, so exciting! love your blog, thoughts, words and your black and white wednesday

Steffie B. said...

congratulations......the "call day" is such a memorable one and yet one full of confusion with everything happening so fast! ;)

I pray you can travel soon to bring your sweet girl home!


Shawnstribe said...

It has been a long road, but your journey has been amazing.
You have captured so much of it on your blog.
May your journey be swift and may you all hold her in your arms soon

Nadette said...

Congratulations Lisa, she is gorgeous! Now the journey really begins! <3

Unknown said...

That's awesome! It's just great news. I can tell how excited you are, and Nick and Sarah, too! Their grins really show it. It's been a long road for sure, but it will all be worth it soon enough.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Did I not tell you that you would be floating on air :) It will be a while until you start coming down cause you will want to find any piece of info about the orphanage etc
Ask for update info now... hopefully you can get photos of her soon...

Mimi said...

Oh so happy for you, and for little Reagan Elizabeth Wen. she's one lucky little girl.

Anonymous said...

I have stopped by multiple times to admire your beautiful children and photos. Congratulations on your new addition. What a magical time; one that you will hold in your heart forever. Your Reagan is so beautiful and oh so precious. God speed to travel and the adventure to bring her home.


t~ said...

Reading this made me all teary eyed. I so remember every split second, every tiny detail, every single moment that seemed so untouchable for so many years of that miraculous referral day. I'm so happy for you all and I totally picked up on Reagan in the sand. Love her name!
Congratulations on this most spectacular time in your life.

Galen said...

Beautiful photo of your three beautiful children. Love Sarah's dress. Can't wait for you to get TA. So exciting.

Kiy said...

Oh Lisa, I am so beyond happy for you. I am more a lurker than a poster (not much of a photobug - at least not in YOUR caliber!) but I've been reading your blog for so very long. Waiting and hoping along with so many. So so so happy for all of you. I remember the referral days, so happy, so exciting, and a bit scary. Enjoy the ride!


JMCS said...

Hey Lisa!

LOVE the name for your sweetie. How did I miss that hint? Are you still in shock? It is all so exciting and it is almost time to bring your sweetie home. Congrats to you guys again. Reagan is beautiful! Thanks again for the awesome bracelet and can you please thank your friend who donated the bracelet as well. You both rock!


Alyson and Ford said...

Congratulations!! What a long wait! You will now be in a new type of "busy"! Enjoy!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Lucy said...

I have tears of joy for you Lisa! What an amazing day. One you'll never forget! Congratulations! Her name is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! No day is ever quite like referral day (well, except maybe family day!) and the joy is obvious! Happy nearly the end of the long long wait!

been there 2x waiting to travel for #3!

Jennifer said...

I have been settling back in to our crazy school routine, and just got on to see if you had any news, and have tears in my eyes! Your daughter is beautiful! I LOVE the name and could not be happier, for your family! Reagan is one very, very lucky girl to have your for her Momma! Hugs to you!!!!

Rebecca said...

I was reading this morning after having been out of the loop for about two weeks, and I got tears in my eyes! Happy ones of course!

R and J Studios said...

And also - sorry for the double linky having a heck of a comeback to B&W Wednesday...first i linked on the wrong post, but commented on the right one. oops!

Pam said...

Thank you for being so open to all of us with your wonderful story. Congratulations!

Tammy said...

I am so brings back so many memories! When we adopted our Payton, our very dear friend adopted and named her daughter Reagan! beautiful name and beautiful girl!


jenbusymom said...

How sweet that they are excited too, I can't believe Sarah is finally going to be a big sister!

CC said...

we have tons of pics from our referral day too! I even kept the Mylar balloon that I bought to surprise my husband with! :)

Lui said...

Hi Lisa! I just came into your blog and read from top to bottom! What a story! Reagan is perfect and a blessing for a loving family as yours. I will try to join your BW Wednesday. Have a happy week!

And your photographs are simply great!