Matched!

Cen Li ZhongThe telephone rang yesterday at about 12:30pm, and we have now moved from a waiting phase of our adoption journey to… a waiting phase. The difference is that we now know for whom we have been waiting: her name is Cen Li Zhong, born January 6, 2007 in the Jiangxi province of China.Those of you who might be liturgical types will notice that her birthday falls on Epiphany; just one more little miracle in this whole process.

The most recent medical information our adoption agency has is from late October 2007, and by all accounts, she is a happy, healthy, active little girl. I tried to scribble everything down as Kim from the agency told us everything they new, but my notes are pretty much illegible — there must have been something wrong with my hands. The agency has overnighted a package to us with all of the information they have on Li, so I will write more once we know it.

Cen, her surname, doesn’t carry any special meaning, according to Kim. “Li” in Chinese means beautiful. It fits.

Match Day?

Yesterday, Deb saw that our adoption agency had received the next set of child-matches which include our login date. At some point today, perhaps, the telephone will ring and someone on the other end of the line will tell us that we have been matched with a child in China…

I didn’t sleep much last night thinking about this. To be at this point after more than two years of waiting since our adoption dossier was received in China feels more than a little unreal. And I have a hunch that after three years (minus 9 days, give or take), these next few weeks of this process as we go from waiting to matched to traveling to meeting are going to accelerate at an alarming rate…

Looking Both Ways…

It’s the end of the year, and I’m sitting here thinking about this past year as well as looking toward the coming year and what lies ahead for us in 2008…

In retrospect, I wish I’d written more as this past year went by. (And that’s something that perhaps I can address as this next year passes.) Lots there to reflect on:

  • Work was way too busy, between new projects and what felt like a never-ceasing string of reorganizations. The most recent appears (finally) to have stuck and — as opposed to the others during the year — seems to bode well for my team, at least in terms of leadership for our organization. Time will tell.
  • On the geek front, Linux Mint 4 is now my distro of choice with Fedora 8 a close second. I’ve had some version of Mint running on my primary system at home now for almost a year and I don’t have any plans to change — which is the first time I’ve felt that way since switching to Linux. Deb is now using Linux almost exclusively, as well, so the stability of sticking with a single distro gets more important.
  • Soccer was kind of a mixed bag, based more on stuff off the field than on. Politics are never fun, and they surfaced in a most unpleasant and unexpected manner this past summer. That said, however, we had a good spring season on the competitive front, had a blast coaching the junior high team this fall, and Ian had a really good season with the IFHS JV team (and played enough with the varsity to earn his first letter).
  • We’re finally close to having the project of finishing several rooms in the basement finished, although it looks like that particular project won’t be wrapped up by the end of the year as we had hoped. But it’s close.
  • Our vacation — a week-long camping trip in central Idaho — was one of the highlights for me for this year. We spent a week there doing as close to nothing as possible. Sleeping late, hiking, mountain biking, and eating well from the Dutch oven. Deb was admittedly dubious about the idea of a whole week camping, but it was a wonderful week. I really needed the time away from pretty much everything.

Looking ahead, there are some big changes ahead…

  • The largest of the changes coming for us will be the addition of a little girl to our family. For almost three years, we’ve been in the process of adopting a girl from China. We started in February 2005, and got our paperwork into the mill just as the whole process ground to a glacial pace on the Chinese side of things. At this point, it looks like we should finally be matched with our girl in early January. That would most likely put us in China in late February or early March.
  • Spring soccer will be a little different for us (and Ian) this year, as we have primarily a new team to work with (after having basically the same core group of players together for the past five years). Our focus early will be primarily on getting the group to play together as a unit.
  • Work is likely to hold some changes and challenges for us, too. The workload and the reorganization will no doubt necessitate some tuning and reshaping of our team. We’ll end up updating our CF servers to run CF8 at some point early in the year, and jQuery is playing a bigger and bigger part in the client side of how we develop.

I’m not big on resolutions, but I am going to try to write more as we go through the year on both the geek side of life and on the personal front, too. There will be lots to share as we wrap up the adoption process and begin what will feel, at times, like a new life with a new child.