Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"We received our referral in August for our daughter and traveled in October. We were able to visit the orphanage. The babies at Yugan are well cared for and defiantly loved. The orphanage is a big building with one floor that we saw with the babies. There are 6 baby rooms with about 5 babies in each room. The nannies have a bed in the room and sleep there, I get the feeling the nannies spend most of the time at the orphanage and then go home for vacations or days off. The little babies spend their days in big baskets and then the older babies get moved to potty chairs. The orphanage has no heat so they are all bundled up in the winter. Overall, I have to say that the babies are very well cared for and that should give you some peace. We sent a care package to Lily and the nannies gave her some of the things back once we arrived. They also gave us a photo album of pictures from when Lily arrived and a necklace for the baby. They really like to stay in touch with the families and encourage email and letters. We even received a Christmas Card from them! "
Wasn't that so sweet of her?
Update: Unfortunately for those of you who didn't get a chance to see them, I had to remove the additional pictures I received from Melissa because she was asked in China not to publish the photos from her visit to the orphanage on the internet. If you'd like to see them, you can leave a comment for me with your email address and I will gladly share them with you.
"Yue Mei Hua, female, was born on June 8, 2008. On June 9, 2008, an abandoned infant was discovered at the gate of Yugan County Social Welfare Institute. A bamboo basket with the infant inside was discovered by an elderly lady who lives at the Institute, Lu Mei Jiao, when she was on her way out in the morning. Grandma Lu Mei Jiao immediately reported her discovery to the County Police. Lu Mei Jiao brought the infant into the Institute.
Upon examination, medical staff confirmed this was a healthy newborn. She has a round face and thin hair. Also placed in the bamboo basket was a printed record of a child’s immunization record.
After formal approval by the civil affairs bureau, this infant was officially admitted to our institute. We named her Yue Mei Hua. Because in ancient times, our county was called Gan Yue, we gave her the family name “Yue.” We named her Mei Hua, because “Mei” means pretty, and together with “Hua” because we foresee brilliant talent for her. We wish for her to grow up with high intelligence and brilliance. All immunizations for Yue Mei Hua are up to date and we continue our wishes that she will grow healthy and thrive.
According to her physical condition at discovery, under the diligent care of our loving staff, when little Mei Hua was under a month old, she drank a mixture of 50 ml reconstituted powder milk and 200 ml of warm water with a small amount of sugar. She ate a bottle every 2-3 hours, 50-70 ml per feeding. Within a month, under loving care, she had good suckling reflex and slept soundly most of the time.
At about 2 months, Mei Hua’s physical growth made great strides. Mei Hua’s four-limb movement was rhythmic and strong, and her focus improved age appropriately. She spent more time being awake and liked to look at her surroundings. Her eyes could track movement.
Now, little Yue Mei Hua can stand for extended periods of time when held under her arms for support. When lying on her belly, she can raise her head up. She knows when her name is called. She can distinguish between strangers and acquaintances. If she fusses, her caretaker calls her name several times, and immediately little Mei Hua stops crying and looks for the source of the voice calling her.
Little Mei Hua enjoys when her caretaker sits next to her and chats with her and plays with her. When she’s happy, she laughs out loud. When talked to, she replies with “eh eh” conversation. She can hold a play block tightly in each hand. She has an active character. She has quick reflexes. She has a ready smile. She likes colorful, sound-making toys and especially enjoys being held by her caretaker to go outdoors to play.
Little Mei Hua’s physical condition is good. She seldom gets sick and has a good life schedule. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. and goes to bed at 7:30 p.m.; she sleeps about 4 hours during the day and sleeps soundly. She eats 240 ml per meal; one to two bowel movement per day; normal urination.
Most recent measurements: Weight 6.5 kg; Length: 60 cm; head circumference 40 cm; chest circumference 44 cm."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Jack and Madeleine overlooking the lake arm-in-arm, TOTALLY not posed :).
Monday, December 29, 2008
I will post a more complete story here tomorrow, but I'll start with these. We are so thankful that the Lord has entrusted Carmon Mei to us.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Fresh Express bagged lettuce is on sale BOGO ($3.49/2). Use the coupon here for $2.00 off each bag (Thanks, Southern Savers). Then use the coupon that is on the front of the most current Advantage Buy Savings Catalog available at the front of the store for $1 off fresh produce when you purchase 2 bags of Fresh Express lettuce . Celery is on sale for $0.89 and Florida tangerines are 10 for $1. However, you can use the $1 Advantage Buy coupon for any produce you choose.
Also, Revlon nail color is on sale for 40% off its regular price of $3.29 making it $1.97 per bottle. There are PLENTY of Revlon coupons for $2 off a color cosmetic product and you can stack it with the $2 off a Revlon product from Publix's previous Advantage Buy Savings Magazine to make some serious overage.
Head on over to Cassie's blog for more great deals at Publix!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Also, through Sunday, Dec. 28 the restaurant has a three-course dinner for $49.50 that This offer includes a choice of salad (Caesar Salad or Morton's Salad Single), a Single cut filet mignon, a choice of seafood (Broiled Sea Scallops, Colossal Shrimp Alexander, or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake) a choice of a Signature Potato or Fresh Vegetable Choice, and a choice of Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake or Key Lime Pie. WOW!
All 80 Morton's locations are offering both deals.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Reducing your computer's power consumption can be a surprisingly easy way to save money, do a little something for the planet, and extend your equipment's life. Assuming that you shut down your computer for 16 hours a day (versus keeping it active 24-7), you could save $0.16 and 2.63 pounds of carbon dioxide per day, or 960 pounds per year. A car emits about 2,666 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, meaning that the energy you will save over the course of the computer’s life (3 years = 2,880 lbs) will equal a bit more than taking a car off the road for a year.
A computer and monitor turned on for 2 hours a day costs $1.44 per month. A computer and monitor turned on for 10 hours a day costs $7.20 per month. A computer running for 24 hours a day costs $17.28 per month. Do you REALLY need to use your computer for more than 2 hours a day? Try allotting an amount of time each day to check email, pursue money-saving scenarios, read blogs. etc. Then turn your computer OFF for the day. Not only will you save more than $15 a month, you'll get WAY more done around your house.
Furthermore, in the average home, 75 percent of electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are off. To save energy, simply plug your electronics into a power strip with an on/off button and turn them off when not in use.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Today’s Code: 23MJT7
And, as an added bonus, every Sunday in December (and the first Sunday in January), you can get a free rental from Redbox locations inside Walmart stores. All you need to do is use the code specific to the Sunday you are renting on. (So, these work like Monday codes, but we get them in advance.)
The codes are:
12/07/08 - 11MOMS4US
12/14/08 - 11MOMS4UA
12/21/08 - 11MOMS4UN
12/28/08 - 11MOMS4UT
01/04/09 - 11MOMS4UA
Notice the end of the code spells out “SANTA” across all 5 weeks. So, enjoy the codes courtesy of Redbox, Walmart, and the Eleven Moms.
And remember, these codes only work at Walmart locations on the Sunday specified.
Friday, December 5, 2008
In practical terms for Wal-Mart customers in California, this means that the Wal-Mart employee is the responsible party. If the cashier sees an error (or one is pointed out by the customer, which is a morelikely scenario) then that cashier must give the customer $3 off the item. And if the item is less than $3? Well, then it's free. This starts now and goes for four years.
The L.A. Times holiday shopping blog adds that the investigation leading up to this decision was three years in the making and spanned the state. The finding was that overcharged customers paid an average of $8 more than they should have paid.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Publix has $1/1 coupons for Promise Supershots in the Publix Winter Family Savings Magazine. You can stack 2 of these coupons with some that have come out in the Sunday inserts recently ($1.25/1 or $2/2) and make off with 2 4-packs for $1.24-1.49 each.
Then you can mail in your proofs of purchase for free eco-friendly reusable bags. The offer states that only one claim is available per household address, but it does not state how many reusable bags each household can request. So I am going to request multiple bags. The yogurt is a good deal at $1.24 and I definitely live by the policy that "It Never Hurts To Ask".
Click here for the online form for the free reusable bags. The yogurt has to be purchased by December 6 (this Saturday) but you have until the 22nd to get the request postmarked.
Check back later for more Publix deals with coupons from the Advantage But Savings Flyer and The Winter Family Savings Magazine.