Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
So here is what we've learned about Ella:
At 4 months, she weighed 13 pounds and was 22 inches long. (2lbs and 2 inches smaller than Claire was at the same age). We've been told the Xiu babies are a little more on the petite side. She is described as a moderate sleeper, laughs out loud, and is active (oh boy!). Several people have been asking us how to pronounce her Chinese Name. We think we have figured it out:
Xui - is pronounced "shoe", (I love shoes!!) and it means beautiful and elegant
Fu - is pronounced "foo", and it means double happiness or double blessing
Xing - is pronounced "sheeng", and it means star
Her American name will be Ella Xui Frost. This is kind of neat because we've had the name Ella chosen since we started our paperwork. Ella and Xui both mean beautiful. The same thing happened with Claire. Claire and Hui both mean clear and bright. God's ways are so much higher and greater than ours!
Claire is so excited about Ella. It took a few days to sink in that this really was a picture of her sister because we've been talking about it for so long. She carries her picture folded in her pocket with her everywhere and shows it to everyone. She also has one taped to her bunk bed. I just hope she feels the same way about the real Ella as she does about the picture.
We are now waiting on Travel Approval and a Consulate Appointment. Unfortunately Chinese New Year is approaching and that could delay our travel approval. We hope to know an approximate date in the next two weeks . But it will probably be mid to late March. Please pray that we can travel quickly. Of course we want to go now, but also for us, being in ministry, one of the busiest times of year is Easter and the weeks leading up to Easter. We would like to be home and settled in by then. I know a lot of you reading this have been praying for us through this whole process and we want to thank each of you. It has meant so much to us.