A Pre Referral Contest - You Won't Want To Miss Out

August 1, 2010

As most of you know, we are expecting our referral any time now!! The clock is ticking and the excitement is really building. I am literally on the edge of my seat waiting for "The Call"

There is so much to think about as we approach the big day, but there are two specific things that I have been thinking about A LOT....

Her Province


Her Age/Birthday

So I decided it would be kind of fun to turn this into a contest/giveaway!!!

Do you want to play along????

Maybe this will entice you.........

Shelly Jewels BLOG2
Thanks to one of my BFF's, who just happens to be one of the top Si!pada Directors in the country, one of my lucky readers will walk away from this little contest wearing this gorgeous bracelet...and btw, it is even more gorgeous in person than it is in the photo. The picture just does not do it justice.

Here is all you need to do in order to have a chance at winning the jewels.

Look at the map below. It is a provincial map of China.


Now, pick the province that you think our little girl will be from and then guess her birthdate!

I know that sounds a little difficult to pinpoint an exact date, but I want you to make your best guess.

I will give you one hint...... we requested a child as young as possible. For those that are not familiar with China adoption, it is very very rare to get a child under 6 months of age. I would say the typical range is 6-18 months, unless you are requestiing an older child.

Got it?

Pick a province and her birthdate(month/day/year)and leave me a comment.

The contest will stay open until we get our referral. You can only enter once and if no one guesses the correct date, we are going to go with whoever was the closest. If we have a tie, the names will go in a hat and one winner will be chosen.

Let the guessing game begin!

Good luck..... I cannot wait to see one of you wearing this beautiful bracelet!

Special thanks to Shelly who so graciously donated this piece for the contest.
Love you girl!!!


Everything Beautiful Shay said...

What fun!

Kam said...

Hi lady...I'm on pins and needles with you! Sending love and hugs your way!
love ya~

Shanxi, 9.4.09

Kim said...

March 1,2010

And I hope I am close..
I love Silpada...
You are amazing.. I am soooo excited for you girly..
bring on the referrals..

Becky said...

I am soooooo excited!! I can't wait to see hear all about her! My guess:

Jiangxi Province
March 17, 2010

Love ya!!

Courtney said...


November 15, 2009

Derek said...

Ok, I'm going with Jiangxi, and a birthday of 12-13-09!

It's Ok if the boys play?

Kerry said...

Getting so excited for you Lisa

I say:
Jiangxi. And 12-15-09

big hugs. Thinking of u. Keep your notepad with you ;)

Jennifer said...

I hope the referral will come soon! So exciting!!! I say Jiangxi 9-2-09

Shauna and MacLean said...

I think she will be from Jiangxi province and the birthdate I January 15 2010.

Sandra & Steve said...

So very happy for you!! I'm guessing Jiangxi too and a January b-day of 01/28/10 for your sweet baby. Best of luck to you, I remember my moment as I wait for my next homecoming. ;0)

Smileyhappychan said...

Sichuan Province, with a birthday of December 28, 2009. Good luck!

Leah said...

I am guessing Guizhou, as that is where one of my daughter's good friends is from and I am guessing 6/29/2009 - so excited for you Lisa!!

Anonymous said...

How fun! I'm guessing....
Sept. 12, 2009 =)

Jodee said...

I am getting soooo excited for you! My guess is:

6/12/09 (yep, she was born on my b-day!)

Hurry up, China!

Missy said...

Oh, I LOVE that we are guessing about referral stuff...I just got chills thinking about it :)

Sweet baby girl:



Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Becky, I love your choice!!! Pat might give you bonus points for picking St patrick's day.

Derek, of course boys can play..... As long as they intend to give the jewels to their wife:)

Dita said...

What a gorgeous bracelet and such a sweet friend!

I am already crossing days off on my calendar...I can't WAIT!

September 27, 2009

Sandra said...

Oooh, I love Silpada! I am going to guess that she will be from Guangdong (like Tahlia) and that her birthday will be July 21, 2009.

Shari said...

Too funny Sandra - I was just going to pick Guangdong like Amelia (and Tahlia)
I'm going to go younger though...2/9/10.

Mom2Isabel said...

What fun!!!!
I am going with Jiangxi

(Sooooo excited for you, Lisa!)


Marla said...

OK, I'm going with Hunan Spicy Girl born 1/19/10.

LOVE the bracelet and your friend even though I've never met her. :) Hopefully soon...

Heather said...

Waiting right beside you!!!! CAN.NOT.WAIT! Okay so, I am guessing


December 26, 2009

OOooh, so excited!!!!

Love you!

ellieshine said...

This is so fun!

My guesses . . .


October 31, 2009

I cannot wait to see her little face!!!!!

Virginia said...

Fun! I'm gonna say...

Jiangxi (like my Ker-Bear)

January 10, 2010 (my birthday)

I'm getting so excited for you =)!

Colleen said...

Ohhh Lisa, I am sooo excited for you!!!! Can you believe this time has come!!!!! It's funny but Province was one thing we never even thought about back when waiting for Faith's referral. I think we just kind of assumed she would be from Guangdong or somewhere in Southern China. Then we found out she was from Zhangye, Gansu (about as far North as you can get, and very few adoptions!)
So. Because I have no clue.. I am going to say Gansu (because I would be thrilled to see another Gansu baby) and birthdate August 1, 2009.
Enjoy every moment Lisa!!!

Birdie said...

OK here goes!
Jiangxi September 6, 2009relsict

Birdie said...

um disregard the reslict.... that as my word verification LOL

Donna said...

Jiangxi Province and 2/28/10.

Sooooo exciting!!!

Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Tammie T. said...

I am the proud aunt of Mostly Amelia so I will guess Guangdong and I think the birthday is November 28, 2009. :)

Anonymous said...

Im going to say


and her birthday is 1/24/10

How exciting! Cant wait to hear!

Wanda said...

Oh boy....too many Jiangxi guesses are covered, so I'm going with Hunan - Oct 15, 2009.

How great to be speculating on these details finally. I can hardly wait to hear the news.


Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

Oh Lisa, I am way beyond excited for you. I have been following your blog for a long time now praying that the process would speed up a little bit for you. And as soon as I read that referrals are pouring in on RQ...you are the first one I will think of. I cannot wait to see your little miracle for the very first time. Ok...now for my guess...

October 14, 2009

Tezzie said...

How wonderfully exciting :D Hope you get your referral soon!

I'm guessing Sichuan September 7 2009.

Sylvia said...

I'm going to say....

Guangdong Province (Ellie's province)

February 18, 2010 (Natalie's birthday)

Can't wait to see your referral!

Mamí♥Picture said...

I am going to say that she will be sharing her birthday with my little man.

February 11, 2010


I am new to your site!
Glad to be here!
My best wishes to you and your family!

kitchu said...

i am just SO DARN EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!

April 13, 2010... yes, 2010. did you SEE the last batch of referrals?

Rachel said...

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see your daughters adorable face! I'm going to guess Guangdong province and 10/18/09.

R Montalban said...

Guizhou and 9th September 2009

fleur de lis cottage said...

How fun!

Jiangxi and 9-18-09

Susie said...

Jiangxi and 10.31.2009

Special K said...

I'm waiting on the edge of my seat right along with ya!

Feb 13, 2010

PS. Okay so that's my birthday, too. But wouldn't that be fun!

Alyson and Ford said...

I will guess Chongqing (that's where AA is from) and December 01, 2009.
Love the bracelet!! Thanks!
Enjoy the excitement!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Patiently waiting for Chayse said...

What a great idea!

My guess is Guangdong Province, October 7th, 2009. (our DD's birthday...can't get more luckier than that!) :)

Cindy said...

yeah Lisa! So excited for you. We are about to celebrate our girl's 4th birthday and our family day this August 19th. We travelled there in 2007. I am voting for a baby girl from Jiangxi and bday of 8/16/09(like Claire). Can't wait to share in your wonderful news!

maren said...

How fun! And how exciting for you! I'm guessing Jiangxi and the birthday of 12/25/2009. Can't wait until the contest is over. Not because of the prize, but because of what it will mean for your family!

Teresa said...

Hi Lisa ~ I'm going to guess your daughter will come from the Shanxi province with a birthdate of November 10, 2009:) This is such an exciting time! Enjoy every moment of it:)

Denise said...

I am going to guess Jiangxi province and a birthday of Sept 15th 2009. I can't wait to hear~

Michelle R Photography said...

How funny! I was going to guess Jiangxi, simply because I just gone done pouring through over 300 photos for the calendar and most of the kids in our area were from Jiangxi. It seems to be a very popular province. So, I'm guessing Jiangxi Province, DOB: 12/7/09.

cupcake said...

Jiangxi province
23 march 2010 !

Unknown said...

June 2, 2010

LaLa said...

There are a lot of Jiangxi referrals lately...but since I have a Hubei Honey I will say~

Hubei province born on October 21, 2009 (Annslee's bday)

So excited for you guys!!

Patricia said...

FUN!!! OK...since I have a Hubei Honey, I'm gonna go with the following:

Province: Hubei
DOB: 11/16/09 no reason, just a random date, but I think she will be 9 or 10 months at referral :)

I am SO EXCITED for ALL of you!!!

Rebekah said...

What a fun contest! Looks like Jiangxi province is covered!!!

I am going to guess Anhui province with a birthday of March 13, 2010.

djandsharon said...

What a cute idea!! I have been following you for a LONG time :)

How about...Guizhou and Nov 25, 2009

congrats!! I remember how hard it was to wait.

Love Letters To China said...

So, so excited for you! Okay... what kind of a good momma would I be if I didn't go with Liam's province & his b-day?


Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

fun stuff! I was going to go with Jiangxi, but there are a lot of those guesses, so I'm going with Hunan...12-4-09.
so happy that this wait is almost over for you :)

Jboo said...

So fun and that bracelet is gorgeous! I'm going to go with Maddy's province, Guangdong, and say January 10, 2010! I'm so excited for you and your family!


Keisha said...

Chongquig ;)
BD: May 5, 2009

Robin said...

How fun ... I love this idea!! I am going to guess 12-27-09 (Tyler's B-day) & Jiangxi. I can't wait to finally hear you announcing the wonderful news that you are bringing your daughter home!

Lilly said...

Guangdong (like my daughter) and a birthday of July 4, 2009 (like my niece)

congratulations as soon you will be seeing your daughter!

Donna said...

Cool contest - and even cooler that you guys are so close!!!!

I'm going to guess my Gracie's province - Guangdong and a birthday of 7/28/09.

Can't wait for happy referral news!!

elliotts said...

Hunan Province

DOB: January 16,2010

Can't wait for this great referral news for you and your family!!


Hanne said...

My guess is

Chongquing province
Birthdate 2.2.2010

Hope you get to see your babyes face real soon

Hanne from Denmark

Maddy said...

How exciting!! It's our very own baby pool :) Can't wait to hear the good news :)

I pick Fujian and 10/21/09!

karen said...

Yunnan, her birthday- 8-22-08.
best wishes for your family.

Brandi said...

So excited to see your turn is finally coming!

My guess is for Jianxi, with a birthdate of 2-24-10

Christy said...


April 4, 2010

yes 4 months old-- I think she will be young and referrals last month were really young so we will see.

Kim said...


Feb. 10, 2009

jenbusymom said...

Hi Lisa! Oh I'm so behind on my blogging, I'm so happy the time is almost here for you! How exciting! My guess would be Hunan, because I love the dumplings, and I'm guessing your little dumpling came into the world...November 15, 2009. This is so much fun! Good luck everyone!

Pix-Ology said...

Oooohhh, how fun! Soe xcited for you to meet your little addittion! I'm going to pick Anhui and birthdate of 1/23/10.
How exciting!

Betsey said...

Hubei 11/13/09 (my anniversary)


ww said...

So happy and excited for your family.
Chongqing, 2/22/10. Best wishes, Wendy

Jennifer said...

This is so exciting! Can't wait to hear!

January 10th, 2010


Debra said...

I'm going to say Jiangxi province and 1-21-10 for her birthday. Best wishes to you and your family. This is a great moment.

Briana's Mom said...

I am so excited to be doing this!!!! I would love for you to get a referral for a Chongqing spicy girl like Bri, but I think you will get a Jiangxi spicy girl. I'll go one step further and say Nanchung. :D I'll guess her birthday will be 1/13/10.

jennifer said...

I'm so excited for you!!!

I'm going to pick Wesleigh's province: Jiangsu

I'm also going to pick Wesleigh's birthdate: 2/12/09

Can't wait to see pics of your girl!!!

Belinda said...

I will guess her Province will be Huanan and her Birthday to be January 3rd 2010!
I know you are on pins and needles! cant wait to hear the great news!

Natalie said...

Jiangxi with a birthday of February 1, 2010.
I also predict that she will be a huge blessing and absolutely adorable! :-)

Kim said...

Guangxi, October 1, 2009

So excited for you!

wife.mom.nurse said...
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wife.mom.nurse said...

ok...changed my mind...

jiangxi December 16, 2009

Marjorie said...

Jiangxi 3/1/10

peace and fa said...

June 6, 2009
Guangdong Province

Amandalynn said...


January 11th 2010

Jill said...

I'm going to say Hunan and a birthday of October 5, 2009

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I am saying Jiangxi county and her birthday well... they seem to be coming out younger... so... April 12, 2010... hey, what have I got to lose but it would be great if she is from Shauna's orphanage of Yangxi SWI :)

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh... Yangxi SWI is in Guangdong Province...

Kathryn said...

I just recently found your blog and am SO happy for you and your family!! We received "The Call" last year on August 24 - so this time of year is so special to us.

I am going to guess Jiangxi and a Birthday of October 26, 2009.

Marcie said...

Jiangxi Province, and since the last batch had very young babies, I am going to guess 3.26.10 as her birthday!

Our Complete Family said...

Oh my gosh! It's really almost here! So EXCITED for your sweet family!
My guess? Jiangsu, 21 January 2010
Love you chicadee... L

Ani said...

So fun! I'' go with Hubei, dob 2-22-10.

LivingSimply, SimplyLiving said...

I was going to say Guangdong b/c that is where my husband is from..
But I felt driven to pick
Hunan...So there it is..
with a b'day of
My darling Serena's birthday.
Congratulatios on your exciting endeavor:)

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

Hunan & October 16th, 2010

What fun & I can not wait to hear the news!!

DiJo said...

Jiangxi Province

(The day we received TA for Sienna Grace)

Can't wait to see who is going to be in front of your camera lens SOON!!!!!!!!


Lisa said...


Mimi said...

Hi Lisa, soooo excited for you, this is a very precious time for you all.
Great idea to have competition, and I'm guessing



Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

This is fun!!! I have been out of the blog world for awhile!!


Nov. 20th 2009

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

I choose Hunan and October 16th, 2009...sorry about that! Best of luck and can't wait for the news!

Sue said...

I guess:



Sue : )

day by day said...

how fun!!!! I am just so excited for you, Lisa!!!!

Hunan spicy gal(like my Ella)

1/17/10 Sophie's birthday

Kelly And Allison said...

Hunan spicy baby..


Lynn said...

OMG! I can feel your excitement as you typed this and I am reading. You, your family and this new little daughter are all so blessed to find each other. I don't know you other than what I have read on your blog these past few months, but something in my heart and bones makes me feel that "blessed" just barely covers it. Thank you for sharing.

Okay, for the game: Gansu, March 7, 2009.

Again, Thank you for sharing. See you next time.

Anaiz said...

So excited for you! My guess is March 2, 2010 Fujian.

Elizabeth said...

So exciting!

Providence: Sichuan (because my friend's daughter is from Chongqing)
DOB: 1-15-2010

Katie said...

How fun and thoroughly exciting! I'm going to guess:
December 23rd, 2009

Victoria Dixon said...

Oooh, I'm going for Jiangxi province, because that's where our daughter's from. LOL 3-7-09. Congratulations and you are in for the best time! Just make sure you have someone come over to help with things about two days after you come home. That's when jet lag will really kill you if you're anything like me. Good luck! This brings back great memories. :)

Shelly and Family said...

Ok Girlfriend ~ Here is my guess and it was pretty simple...

JIANGXI (for it was the province where Francesca is from...)

and ~

Jan 20th (for it is Francesca's birthday)

I know it is shot in the dark but I just have to go with it!!!!

So much fun! Can't wait to see your referral and who will win!!!!

Have fun at the beach!!!!

Shelly and Family said...

{{{{OK forgot the year - it is 2010!}}}}

Molly said...


January 15, 2010

So excited for you and your family!!!! :)

bella said...

I think she will be from Jiangxi and her birthday will be April 23, 2009. What a blessing for your family!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Jiangxi Province ... October 15, 2009

runninggal said...

I'll go with LiLi's...

Jiangxi and Oct 19, 2009

I can't wait to see this beautiful baby!!!

Deb said...

I can't wait to see that sweet little face Lisa!! Here is my guess:

Jiangxi Province
DOB: 1/13/2010

Jane said...

Dez. 13/2009

Julie said...

October 10, 2009

JMCS said...

Just want to say how very excited we are for you and your family Lisa!

Here's my guess....

DOB: November 25, 2009

Can't wait to find out. :)

Melanie said...

Guangdong and birthday of 12/31/09. That's right- a New Year's baby! ;)

Bridget said...

Sooooo excited!!! I have to guess Jiangxi ( where my sweetie is from) DOB: 11/10/09!!!

No matter what province or DOB it will be a wonderful day indeed to see her beautiful face!! Can't wait!

Gail said...

Well Jiangxi is winning by a landslide...and even so my guess is:

Jiangxi(Grace's province of birth) and 11-1-09 for your sweet pea's birthday!!!

Hoping this is the week you'll be seeing her beautiful little face for the first time, Lisa.


Unknown said...

Gonna go with the home team guess, Hunan province, my daughter's province, 10/14/09 birthdate.

Anonymous said...

What an exciting time. Can't wait to hear the news!
My guess is Jiangsu, October 11, 2009.
Valerie H.

Unknown said...

Guangdong province 10-2009. I can't wait!

Buckeroomama said...

Jiangsu / Aug 18, 2009.

This is so exciting! :)

carolinagirl said...


I'm going to pick the Jiangxi province, and I'm guessing a birthdate of November 24, 2009.

Hoping to hear soon!!!

Shari said...

I am so excited for you! I will guess Shanghai and 11/17/09! Can't wait to hear your news!!!

Carolin said...



Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

I will choose one of the DD's provinces ~ Jiangxi. Katie is from Gansu and as much as I would love to see you bring home a daughter from there it very rarely happens.
Birth date ~ 1/1/10


Chrissy Czonstka said...

Hong Kong 3/30/09

kerri said...

Can't wait to hear your news, any day now, so exciting!!
My guess,
Jiangsu prov.
Jan. 9 2010

Unknown said...

I hope you hear soon!

My guess,



good luck!

Tracy J.

Marla said...

Chongqing with a wonderful birthday of July 11, 2009!

Nightingale said...

Jiangxi Province

Congratulations on your upcoming referral!

adoptannalee@yahoo.com said...

So excited for your family!
Stalking your blog lately ;-)


Best Wishes

Sherri said...

Yay!!! Your turn is just around the corner :)
I'm going to guess Hunan (Jade's a Hunan baby)
And....Dec 16/09.