Thursday, September 25, 2008

Adoption Day

Cate is doing great. She is a smart, funny, sweet little girl. She is full of energy! Although, poor thing, we have pretty much been confined to our room here. Today Jane took us back to the Civil Affairs office where we finished our paperwork here in Hefei. Everything went very smoothly. We will leave here tomorrow at 2:00 for Guangzhou. We are ready. We do know that Cate is scared of water. She will not even go near the fountain in the lobby. Today, Jane helped me give her a bath and talked her through it. I was very grateful. We will definitely have to work on this because our family loves the water! Here are some pictures from today.


Sharon said...

Congratulations on officially becoming Cate's mama!!

I knew you'd have her hair up in a pretty bow! :) Don't you and Sophie just love having all of that hair to style?

Wonderful to see that things are going so well. Hoping the rains will stop in GZ so that you can enjoy your time there.


P.S. The girls had clogging last night and Brinley had her pictures of Cate with her. Everyone was looking at them and saying how adorable she is and that they are so happy for you!

bugs parents said...

Congratulations!!!! Now Cate is officially a member of you family - what a happy day!

Are you going to get to visit the orphanage? That was a special trip for us - when we got to meet Cate ourselves.

Nicci said...

Kim and Sophie and Mimi,

Oh my gosh, she might be the cutest thing I have ever seen! Sophie looks like she is in 7th heaven!! I know you are thrilled and I'm so glad she's adjusting easily! Can't wait to see her in person!


Jill said...

WOW!! She looks like she is doing so well!!
And her's to die for!
What a cutie!
Safe travels to Guangzhou.

Cousin Sheri said...

Kim, nothing compares to that pic w/Cate's head on your shoulder!!!

Lilly's Family said...

Congratulations. Cate is your daughter! I'm so happy for you!
We head out early in the morning. I hate we will miss each other in Guangzhou, but Lord willing, I will be at the airport to welcome you and Cate home! Can't wait to meet her in person! Enjoy the rest of your trip. This part of ours flew by!
Lucy's and the Italian restaurants were excellent!

Ruth said...

Oh Kim!! She is so perfect. She looks adorable in her pink and I love the picture of her with her head on your shoulder!!!

Andrew and Rebecca said...

Congrutulations on becoming Cate's mama on paper!!! I love the picture with her head against your chest. She is so content.

Dawn said...

Cate is so her hair really as thick as it looks?? It is just gorgeous! You all look so happy...funny how all this waiting slips from your mind at this point, doesn't it??

Enjoy the rest of you time in Cate's province.

Dawn said...

We ordered the Wheelie Bug from Music For Little People (.com), and it shipped really fast. Order the "large" is perfect for Lucy, and I have a feeling Cate is about the same size!

I am glad I told you size 7 shoes were too big for Lucy, so you have 6's that fit :)

Busy girl huh?? She will keep you busy!!

Hugs to you!

Kimi said...

Congratulations! Cate looks like she fits in perfectly with your family. I love the first picture where she is laying her head on your shoulder...PRECIOUS!! Her hair is long and thick. She is a little angel.


Hayley said...

Hey Miss Kim,
How cute is Cate. I don't know if you've talked to Rion yet, but they beat Wilson Hall last night(Wedsesday). Just thought I'd give you some Calhoun News. And we have a game tonight in Holly Hill. Well enjoy the rest of your trip. See ya when you get back. Have a safe trip home.
Love always,

bugs parents said...

I went back and looked at the pictures again (and again, and again!). The smile on Cate's face is just beautiful. Seems like she knows she's where she belongs - with her Momma!

Kristin said...

Oh My Gosh,
She is a cutie pie! I printed the pictures at school. Pressley was so excited because he had not seen them yet. I hope you weren't saving them for something special. He is so glad to be going home with Bates tomorrow. He told me first thing this morning that he would be riding with Bates on Friday. But "my George" is picking me up today. He is counting down the days until you come home. Cate is absolutely precious. She looks like she has been with your family forever. It was just meant to be and you can tell from the pictures.
Enjoy every moment!!!

Heidi said...


Congrats!!! Cate is absolutely beautiful. I am very happy for you. We can't wait to meet her in person. I hope the remainder of your trip goes well. Be safe and take care.


PeggyAnn said...

Cheryl /Kim, tried to get IS at work to "open" access to blog so everyone here could see those special pictures..brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart for y'all.
looks like Cate is adjusting beautifully! Sophie looks like the perfect "big" sister. God bless you on the rest of the journey to HOME

eastandwest said...

She is an absolute doll! I know you are over the moon!

Kimi said... old is Cate? I looked all through your blog and I didn't find it. She is such a doll! I sure am enjoying your journey! I love seeing pictures of Sophie and Cate...Sophie is going to be the best big sister!


ww said...

Glad to hear all is going so well - love the photos - especially the one of Cate putting her head on her mommy. Cate's hair is so long - she is adorable! Blessings, Wendy

mom 2 many said...

Y'all all look so good together! Her outfit is just precious!! I am thrilled y'all are official and will be heading to GZ soon!! Then home!!!!

The Fogles said...


Several of the children in our group were afraid of the water too. You could hear screams down the hotel corridor at bathtime! I got in the tub and sat Erica on my lap for her first couple of baths and she never had a problem. Sophie would probably enjoy helping Miss Cate with this.

Safe travels home,