Ladybugs are a traditional symbol in the Chinese adoption world. Here’s the story:
Ladybugs are believed to be good luck in the adoption community. Several years ago, while numerous people waited for their referrals, there was a huge infiltration of ladybugs across the nation. Immediately following the ladybug sightings, a flood of referrals came in for many of the waiting parents. Many people now believe that when a ladybug is seen, a referral is not far behind.
It has been a very long time since I’ve seen a ladybug, but the other day we opened a package from Keith’s sister to find this:
She made it for Ai Li, not even knowing about the symbolism! The next evening Keith and I were making hair bows for Ai Li (a new hobby I wanted to try out – and a way cheaper way to do it) and we made the matching bow – we even had a ladybug button for the center! Can’t wait to see her in it! Thanks Betsy!
Below is a picture of the rest of the hairbows we made, plus some store bought ones. It’s actually kind of fun and as we learn, hopefully they’ll get cuter. A friend and I are going to make some to donate to True Children’s Home when we go.
We continue to get ready for Ai Li to come home. We’ve talked more about names, but still haven’t decided. We’ve gotten our vaccinations, written letters to thank people in China, ordered new glasses for Keith and I, ordered cleft bottles to donate, have all of our gifts purchased, purchased a few travel toys and snacks……We finally got Koen’s hair cut. It was a big and needed change. We just couldn’t pull off the surfer dude look on him.
We’ve also had some fun lately: