S: Waiting For Olivia
BC: Created by Lisa Tawney October 2010
FC: Waiting for Olivia
1: August 16, 2010 11:55 PM The Phone Call that Rocked the Tawney Household | It's A Girl
2: Is that the phone ringing? Lisa : Hello??? Voice: Lisa, it's Cori from Great Wall. I'm really sorry to wake you up. Lisa: Uhhh. . . that's o.k. Voice: I think we've found a little girl for you. . . Bolt upright now Lisa: Excuse me????? Voice: Her name is Shen Wei Xue and she's 3 . . . Suddenly I'm sitting at the computer . . . when did I get out of bed???
3: Voice: Blah blah blah 3 years old blah blah blah really sweet blah blah blah sending pictures now . . . Lisa: I'm sorry, could you slow down? I'm not functioning right now. . . Scrolling through the e-mail, pictures. . . where are the pictures?? Voice: Blah blah blah locked down her file blah blah blah 72 hours blah blah blah call me with any questions. Suddenly, Jeff was standing behind me. And that's when the earth shifted, the possibilities emerged and our prayers were answered.
4: Olivia Xue Born April 18, 2007 Shanwei City, China
5: Waiting for Mommy and Daddy
6: Mommy cant wait to sew & craft & read with her little girl
7: Olivia is already the apple of her Daddy's eye
8: Our Adoption Story Four years ago, we had a dream How life could change if two were three. Could we find room in our hearts, in our home? We were so accustomed to being alone. Our lives were so full - we had all we needed The dream ever changing advanced and receded. In the quiet of night, in the stillness of dawn I knew the answer had come from beyond. I said to my love, I know this can be But only from China, that's what I see. When I think of her there, my mind is at rest - Our family will be from The East and The West. In that single moment our lives changed course, We'd been given directions by an almighty force. And so it began, the paper chase had commenced We could never have known what we were up against. The time frame stretched out and continued to grow What began in a flurry, became so slow. Our hearts would soar thinking our time must be near Only to find there was no news to hear. And so this continued for four years more We feared our worst nightmare was happening for sure. Year after year we did all that was asked Hoping each time it would be the last. I wondered so often where she was - is she fine? From the moment this started, I knew she was mine.
9: So many would question our choice and our plan Would we consider some other land? Why did they ask this? Why couldn't they see? Our daughter's in China, it's clear as can be. As time marched on and days disappeared We wondered so often how is this fair? This roller coaster ride must come to an end If this process is over, will our hearts ever mend? We need only have trusted that God knew the plan, He's guided us gently with the palm of His hand. We prayed all along that His will would be done Knowing the answer could come only from one. The miracle came to our home late one night Just one phone call made everything right. The voice in my ear was so clear and true I think we've found a little girl for you. It's easy to see from the end zone, the score It's all very clear why we couldn't have her before. She wasn't quite ready, she wasn't alone She wasn't yet looking for her forever home. My love and I also had work still to do, Our hearts became guarded fearing it couldn't be true. There was work to be done in our home and our minds - You must live through the darkness to see the sun shine Four years ago we had a dream, Finally, now, two's become three. Lisa Tawney, 2010
11: Our Trip Our first stop will be Beijing where we will see The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. On day three of our journey, we will fly to Shanwei City, Guangdong Province in Southern China. Finally, we will meet Olivia Xue. We will spend several days in Shanwei City bonding with Olivia, sightseeing and doing the necessary paperwork. From there we will fly to Guangzhou where the adoption is finalized. Finally, we will board the plane to bring our daughter home.
12: Wesley needs a playmate . . . | What's missing from this picture? A little girl in pigtails and a pink bicycle.
13: Good friends are waiting for Olivia . . . | This looks like trouble
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