Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Finally... Mia

After 4 years 9 months and 22 days ....finally my daughter.
Introducing Tong Min Ying
Birth date October 9, 2010 
5 months and 28 days old
Currently in Tonggu SWI in Jiangxi, China 

And yes...
those are magical flying penguins in the background of the top photo.
That blows my mind. I don't think I could have asked for a bigger sign.  

124 comments:

Colleen said...

SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I am completely thrilled for you!!! :D

Julie said...

She is lovely! I am very happy for you both and I hope she is in your arms before you know it. Congratulations!!!

Eliza2006 said...

I am crying now! Oh my! Isn't she beautiful?!!! So happy for you!

KJS said...

Words just cannot express how happy I am for you. She is so beautiful and Livi already wants to hug her.

Tonya said...

Congrats! She is perfect in every way!!!

Lisa~~ said...

So very happy for you and big congrats!! It's amazing how it sometimes works, flying penguins in Mia's referral photo and we had a London bus on the front of Maisie's jumper in her referral picture. Huge signs that the child that you receive is the one all along who was destined to be your child. Enjoy Mama!

Two Kayaks said...

So very happy for you! She is beautiful and so very special. Congratulations, Krista. You've waited a lifetime for her.

Donna said...

Congratulations!!!! Love the penguins in the background. It's a magical, happy time!

Julie said...

Holy flying penguins Officer! That is amazing! She is so very beautiful! You're a momma! Congrats!

Shannon said...

Oh wow, Mama K! She is amazing! Such a cutie and those cheeks! Gotta love cheeks! Those clothes make her looks so rolley polley and yes she's probably really tiny. Oh and she's so young. Those penguins are truly magical! Made me laugh! Oh aren't you begging to travel immediately?! Wooooo-hoooo!! That's your beautiful Mia!

Clementine said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful!

Jacquie said...

After lurking for all these years, you deserve a HUGE CONGRATS!!!! Those cheeks are to die for. Oh happy day!!

Beth said...

Congratulations Mommy.

dawn said...

Gorgeous and such chubby cheeks. Congratulations to the new Mummy and to her brother, Griffey.

tdarwish said...

I am sooooo very happy for you!!!! What a wonderful and magical day. She is just perfect!

Anonymous said...

Coming out of lurkdom to give you a huge CONGRATULATIONS!!! I gasped when I saw the penguins -- WOW!!! She is absolutely beautiful So happy for you!

Sherrie in PA

Kim said...

SOOOOOO excited for you ..
Now I know what I have to look forward too.... LOVE YA..
Hugz..
Can't wait to hear what her whole name is going to be..
Hugz..

Amy said...

Congratulations!!!

Abby's Mom said...

Tears over here too! She looks perfect and look at the determination in her eyes :) I can't stop looking at her. Can't wait to see a smile on her. Have fun this time is so sureal (sp?) and as you know just the best feeling!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little girl! Congratulations!!!!

Diana said...

I am so happy for you. Mia is beautiful and now we all can not wait to see her in your arms:) The penguins blow me away..they say a "Red Thread" and they are not joking as she is your daughter for sure!!

Mer (Lulu's Mommy) said...

crazy beautiful

OziMum said...

Flying Penguins. Still can't believe it!!! ;) HUGEST CONGRATULATIONS, Luv - you finally put a beautiful face, to your princesses name!

Liz and Ava said...

Krista she is just beautiful! Congratulations! Can't wait to see her in your arms!

Selkie Mom said...

Congrats - I have so much joy for you, your daughter and the flying penguins. I have been looking forward to your post and am so glad.

Johnny said...

Woot! Congrats!

MotherMotherOcean said...

That made my eyes tear up. I am very happy for you. May these next few weeks pass quickly for you!

~Kristen said...

Just Gorgeous... So happy for you K!!

Enjoy this moment... I'm sending good thoughts for a speedy TA.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

This is so awesome.. congrats...

epin said...

Congratulations!! My younger daughter (adopted in Feb. 2009) was also from Tonggu SWI.

H said...

She is so beautiful! I am so very happy for you!

Heather
(Sister to Sam at Just Keep Swimming)

Dan and Karen said...

I couldn't be happier for you! Amazing with the penquins! Congratulations, soak in these precious days of new motherhood glow...show that picture off to everyone!

Rejoicing with you!

Karen
aka dannysgirl on RQ

Kathy said...

Congrats, she is beautiful. 4 of the girls in our group in July of 2007, were from Tongu. Speedy travels for you.

Kayce said...

What an incredible blessing!! Congratulations K!!! Congratulations! Soo happy for you!

Susie said...

Congratulations Krista!!! How sweet it is.

A&A's Mama said...

She is so beautiful! And so young! I'm just so, so happy for you both! I can't wait to follow you to China!

Congratulations Mama!

-Jen-

Sam said...

WOOOHOOO!!!!! Congrats, Krista!!!! We are so thrilled for you!!! Mia is such a little cutie. BTW, we are still stunned by the penguins in the photo!

Sam @ Just Keep Swimming
(Andy, Cullen & Kieren too)

Wendy said...

congratulations!!! she is beautiful!!!!

A Beautiful Mess said...

Congratulations Krista. I am happy that your Mia is the little baby that you have waited for!

Anonymous said...

I am crying so hard. Plus what a sign huh. She is beautiful and I can't wait to see her in your arms...can't wait!!! {{{HUGS}}
Bobbie From Canada

Stephe said...

OMG!! I am so EXCITED for you! She is too freaking ADORABLE and LOVE those cheeks! I cannot believe the PENGUINS!!! Talk about FATE!!! HUGS to the LUCKY MAMA!!!
Stephe & Giorgia

Shannon said...

OMG! You have a DAUGHTER! She's absolutely adorable - congratulations!

Carol and Taylor said...

She is gorgeous. Wishing you both health, happiness, and prosperity all the days of your lives.

Carol and Taylor

Lisa and Tate said...

SCREAM!!! Congrats on such a beautiful BABY!!!

Coley said...

Those HUGE outfits always crack me up!!! Congrats hon!!!!

M and M said...

FANTASTIC!!! I am so happy for you that your dreams are finally coming true!

She is beautiful!

Sue said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Your heart must be melting, she's beautiful. Relish every second because time will fly now!

Chris said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

Ani said...

She's beautiful!!!!!

CM said...

Oh my goodness, that is wonderful! She is adorable! So happy for you!

myminivanrocks said...

Holy Penguins! Amazing!

Congratulations. She's beautiful. I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey!

Anonymous said...

Mia is just adorable beyond words. The flying penguins just prove how she was destined to be your daughter.I couldnt be happier for the both of you. Savor each moment as this time is so magical!!
Congratulations!
Ellen

Wendy said...

I'm just so thrilled for you! I can't believe the wait is FINALLY over for you! And the penguins just blow my mind. I cannot wait to watch her blossom and grow in her Mommy's love.

Welcome Mia!!!

3D said...

SO SO SO SO SO Happy for you!!!

Those cheeks! Those eyes! The penguins! It is all too too awesome!

Keep smilin!

Monica said...

Oh My!........penguins! Huge Congratulations.....Mia is a little treasure.

YAY!!!!!!!!!

A Shadow of My Former Self said...

Thrilled to see this post...I have been following your story for awhile and am so happy to "meet" Mia! Congratulations!

my3 kids said...

Wow...she is beautiful Krista...your daughter..how precious that she has penguins in her picture?! Congratulatios!!!

Janice

Michal said...

What a face!!! Have you noticed how gorgeous she is?!?!?!!? Oh my goodness! You got yourself a daughter. And the penguins!!!!! Just look at her Krista! Just LOOK at her!!! I am so very happy for you! She is nothing short of a miracle. And you will get her before she is a year old!!!!!! And she is beautiful!
And you know that my Ev is from Jiangxi so I have a special place in my heart for Jiangxi Girls. She will be spirited and feisty and every good thing.
Congratulations Mama!
Little Mia at last....
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

belinda said...

OMG.....she is BEA-U-TI-FUL!!!! Congratulations to you!!! Soooo happy for you!!!!

Catherine said...

Oh Krista!!! I am absolutely thrilled for you!! Mia is absolutely adorable!! What a blessing that she is so young too! Hannah was about the same age at referral and what an amazing gift to meet her when she was so young!

Penguins? Penguins!!!!! SO COOL!!! Love it when that happens!!! Hannah was wearing shoes with Mickey Mouse on them in her referral pic.

God is so good! Celebrating Mia's referral tonight with you! When you sleep....heehee, as if! May visions of your beautiful daugher dance through your dreams! Tonight Mia has a name, a face, a dob, a province and a SWI! Oh how your life has changed in the most amazing and wonderful way!!!

Cannot wait to hear all about 'the call' when you come down from cloud nine!!!

K2 said...

Congratulations!!!! She's beautiful.
And the penguins are just awesome.

We have a soft spot for penguins in our house, too. Funnily, our daughters were holding penguin stuffies in their photos.

Donna -N- Andrew said...

Beautiful~ Congratulations!
Donna

Robin said...

Those cheeks! Those lips! Our girls will be sisters. Can't wait to travel together.

Sarah's proud Mama said...

Wow! She's so beautiful! Look at those cheeks!! What a doll! I'm so excited for you! Congratulations! My Sarah is an October baby, too, just a bit older! I'm so happy for you!

Christina said...

I always tell myself, "Good things come to those who wait." And yes, indeed, they do! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

Kudo said...

Krista she is beautiful and trully ment to be your daughter. Just cant get over the penguins call it what you will she will be yours forever. Congrats now it's time for this single mom to go to bed.

Aunt Edie said...

Mommy Krista--On this day your life has changed forever! After such a l-o-n-g wait finally--FINALLY--Mia is here! And--absolutely worth all the waiting. I'm looking forward to kissing those little round cheeks and bringing a smile to that serious little face.

Tamara said...

Can NOT believe it's finally happened for you. CONGRATULATIONS from Australia. I've been following you since you were LID and am so freak'n proud of you for going the distance. Never has someone deserved such happiness.
You're a lucky girl little Mia Xx

Angela@the crazyness that is me said...

Wow. Just found your blog and I am so excited for you. Congratulations. That little face just melts your heart!

Anonymous said...

So very Happy for you. I have been following your blog for a few years now. I can't wait to see her in your arms

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful baby!! Congratulations!

Lorie

Rachel said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!

Teacher Girl said...

Beautiful!!!! I'm so happy for you.

Rhonda said...

So very happy for you! I can't get over the penguins, she was meant to be your daughter.

Congrats, mama!

Elicia said...

I've been reading for a while - but never comment. Congratulations - she is beautiful!!! :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh. My. Lands. You know I have no words. Congratulations, Miss K. Ying Ying is GORGEOUS. And the Tongginator wore those same pants on the day we met her. Can't wait to chat with you - we'll have to exchange numbers.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your very long awaited daughter - Mia is beautiful - May she bring you all the love and happiness you so deserve. After following your blog for a few years I know that you will be a great Mommy. Congratulations again - and cannot wait to see you with Mia in your arms.

Sue from IL

Lisa said...

Congrats Krista!! She is beautiful.

Danny said...
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Laura said...

Oh my god. She is perfect. Those cheeks and those lips. And her chubby little hands. I love how she's all buttoned up in that pink coat. So happy for you lady! And the whole penguin thing.... goosebumps!!!
Laura

Karrie said...

YAY!!!!
Your daughter is just beautiful Momma!!!
SO glad your turn FINALLY came.

Congratulations!!!

Karrie (LOOONNNGGGGG time follower)

Steph said...

Congratulations! I have been stalking your blog, waiting for the news! Your daughter is beautiful! So happy for you!

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

Awesome!!!
I can''t wait to follow on as you travel to China.

I'm a Mama to a little TongGu girl too!!!! But she's not so little anymore... 10 months in Nov 2005 when we met her and now she's a 6 yr old getting ready to wrap up Kindergarten!!! Let me tell you the next 5 year will go by SO MUCH FASTER than these past 5 years!

Congratulations! She beautiful!
-Mary in Saint Louis, MO

Alicia said...

What a beauty! Congratulations :)

RamblingMother said...

beautiful! Congrats to you! It's about time, LOL!

Sean and Mic said...

Oh My Word- she is absolutely adorable!!! And like everyone else in bloggy land, I have stalked your blog for days waiting to see this gorgeous face. Congratulations- you deserve it!
Now bring on a fast TA, and let's get that baby home!

Where's Rocket? said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful! And she's yours! I found my way here from Tonggu Mommy a few weeks ago and have been on the edge of my seat waiting for your news. :)

Kelli said...

Oh my goodness! Krista she is BEAUTIFUL! And so TINY! Cannot believe how tiny she is!! (And bundled up in about 8 layers it looks like!) Congratulations!!! I remember the tears the day I saw my daughter's picture for the first time- your life will now never be the same! Congratulations- what a beautiful day to become a MAMA!!!!!

shelley said...

Your Mia is stunning. Such a beautiful soul looking out through those wonderful Chinese eyes. Congrats on your girl. I couldn't believe that there were penguins in the background....PERFECT

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I have been following your blog for such a long time - waiting for this moment!
I am soo happy for you. You deserve this!
I'm also happy she is so young...you will be there for many of her firsts...
I too think its so cute how bundled up she is. She has the most adorable, kissable cheeks!
Wishing you the best as you prepare to bring Mia home.
Shelley
Canada

sitestats said...

What a lovely daughter you have!! Oh my goodness; I am SOOOOOOOO excited for you. I've been following your blog for almost 4 years now and I am just so overjoyed you know her face now and I can't wait for the "gotcha day" photos :) YIPPPIEEEEE!

Miche said...

Oh goodness, I signed in with my work google account-I'm sitestats above, whoops!

Rhonda said...

Coming out of long time lurkdom to say a big congratulations! Your daughter's cheeks are delicious! So worth the wait!

Melanie said...

WOW! She's so beautiful!! I'm SO SO happy for you! and the penguins? wow...=) I hope you share the details fo the call. Congratulations!!!!

k1 said...

Little did you know here

http://miles2mia.blogspot.com/2010/10/it-was-meant-to-be.html

that she would be born the very next week.

Tracy said...

CONGRATS on your beautiful baby girl :)

Trace7, RQ

amazeingteacher said...

congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! i've been following your blog for years as we both waited this out! I'm also a single mom and traveled to China in May of 2010. If you have any questions feel free to ask! She is so adorable, you will love being a mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

linda said...

i have followed your blog for years. so so happy for you that at long last you have seen your daughters face. LOVE the penguin connection.

Patricia/NYC said...

De-lurking here, to say I am SOOOOO HAPPY for you!!!! I have "followed" you for awhile (Kris & I go waaaay back - original LID mates way back when & have found you through her)...

Your daughter is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! And the penguin connection is truly amazing!

What a special time for you!!! ENJOY every moment!

Michele said...

She's adorable! Congratulations!!

Lesa said...

Oh Krista!!! It has finally become your turn!!! She is gorgeous! Our son is from Jiangxi and is a pistol! Must be something about that area. You will meet her in Nanchang.

Anonymous said...

I,too have been reading your blog for a while and wish you CONGRATULATION on your Mia's referral!! God is so GOOD!! our daughter is now 15 ,adopted in 1998 and time goes by way too quickly!1 She is adorable-- Happiness and Blessings,Cathy from Illinois

Briana's Mom said...

I just have to congratulate you over here too. :D She is truly amazing!

Donna said...

Congratulations, Krista! I can't believe this day is finally here...she is beautiful!

Sarah in MT said...

Congratulations, Krista! I am so happy for you. Little Mia is just adorable and so lucky to become your little girl. I bet you can't wait to smooch those chubby little cheeks.

Anonymous said...

Krista She is so gorgeous!!!

I hope that we get to meet in Guangzhou!!!

xoxo Your June Sister (6/2006)

Kim~ aka 2poodes~!

Wendy said...

I've read your blog for a long time and don't think I've ever commented. Your daughter is gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

Congratulations Krista. I hadn't checked until today because I thought it was Wednesday that you would get your referral. What a Looooong wait. She is adorable. And yes, I noticed those penguins in the background. She was truly meant to be yours! :-) And.. she is just a young little baby. Your journey is only beginning and the short wait to travel time will seem like nothing compared to what you have waited so far.

C said...

What a amazing sign and a beautiful daughter. You are both blessed. I can't wait to see pics and/video of your "gotcha" day!

Shauna and MacLean said...

Congratulations she is adorable loving those cheeks! I have been reading your blog for years and am so happy for u.

C said...

you know, the flying penguins had me thinking. Kate's referral picture was in a little red convertible. I had a little red convertible at the time!! Wow!!
Congrats again. so wonderful!!
carol

kitchu said...

I am just speechless and so happy for you Krista... I can't even begin to tell you. Thanks for the email, week has been crazy and I haven't had time to get on line and come back to check!

You KNOW how long I've waited for this with you and how much I love you. Welcome to this next chapter of your life.

The waiting is done.

This is only the beginning of the many blessings that are about to be the rest of your life.

ALL THE VERY BEST to you and little Mia. I am here for ANY advice/help/travel tips. :O)

LOVE YOU BOTH!

K said...

What a miracle, after all this time, to have such a beautiful daughter and the penguins to seal it.

I cannot believe that in just a few weeks you will be sitting in the exact same civil office that I sat in two weeks ago when I received my daughter! I can definitely recommend a great restaurant in Nanchang!

I am so happy for you and little Mia. You are going to have so much baby time with her!!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for the most miraculous journey of your life!

Teresa said...

Woohoo!! Congratulatons!!

The Mali Chronicles said...

She is a stunning little beauty! Many, many congrats to you....

Gail said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!
I received my referral on April 4 so you should be traveling around the same time I did. Very hot and humid in Jiangxi!
It has been a long long long wait. No one knew how hard AND emotional this journey was going to be so ENJOY this time!
Wishing you a safe and speedy travel to her.

Jannine said...

Congratulations! She is simply adorable. I received my daughter in October (just days after Mia was born, actually) after waiting 4.25 years from LID. I know how horrible the wait is; I lived it. But, once you see how perfect Mia is for you, you will have no doubt that she came exactly when she was supposed to come.

Cheers,

Jannine

Eden's mom said...

Another chubby Tonggu baby! Congratulations - we adopted our daughter Eden from Tonggu in January 2009. She is 3 now and our greatest joy.

Billy said...

She is gorgeous!!
Congratulations mama!!

Tanya said...

Congratulations Momma!

She's so young! I can't wait to get a good look at her not bundled up in that marshmallow man outfit. And the cheeks on her... so cute!

Anonymous said...

Hi Krista,

She is just precious and oh so adorable!!! Here's wishing you safe travels and all the best!

Deberah
LID: 6/13/06 (SAC)

Minnie0672 said...

I have absolutely no idea how you are going to read all of these comments but I'm crying (as I'm sure so many more people are) and she is so beautiful! Congratulations mom!!!!!!!

Hedgetoad said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you!

She's a beautiful girl :) I hope that everything speeds along and you are holding her soon!

Danielle Moss // Graphic Design and Photography said...

she is gorgeous!