Tuesday, September 05, 2006

September Cyber Shower

Sometimes I am just overwhelmed by the kindness...

Check out the wonderful gifts from my September Cyber Shower partner:


Maybe you saw the raspberry hat that I made for her?? That was a gift from the heart as was her package of goodies to me. That is what feels overwhelming. Sending heart-felt gifts 3000 miles across the country to someone who you've never spoken to on the phone. Someone with whom you may never have breakfast. You may know the name of the daughter for whom she waits, but will you ever meet? A cyber shower. Despite the frequently anonymous internet miles...so very personal. Something so unique to this IA process

The theme for the September cyber shower was "the Red Thread". Ambiguous, open for interpretation...that is why I joined in the fun. I always enjoy a creative challenge!

Besides a huge box of wonderful buttercup-oriented goodies...I ended up with an understanding of the needs of a cleft-impaired child and a thoughtful new friend. My cyber-shower-mate, Debs, will be going to China very soon to meet her daughter (DD#2), Meilyn, that waits. Meilyn is a beautiful girl...and I so look forward to hearing about her journey from China to NY. What a loving family she will join.

Debs put together such a thoughtful box of goodies for us! I love this little overall set. It is made of the softest corduroy. And, it has a wee thermal shirt underneath. Very cool. I love it.
The "red thread" here is that Debs decided to buy the same exact "fit" for her daughter. Same-same!

Each gift that Debs sent was wrapped beautifully and tied with a thoughtful note that explained the "red thread" connection. One of the very, very special things she enclosed was a baby "rain stick"....sooooo cool. The "red thread" was that it was her daughter's (DD #1) favorite toy when they met her in China.

Debs also included some chocolate for the "wait" and a lucky ladybug...but, hey, check out this amazing book titled Kite Flying!! It is written by Grace Lin (author of Dim Sum for Everyone), a local author to Debs...who SIGNED this book! See below:



Lovely book, lovely shower, lovely new friend!

Thank you Debs! I so look forward to hearing about your TA & everything else that leads you to meeting lovely Meilyn.

Your kindness means so much. XOXOXO

18 comments:

Stacy said...

What wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I love the outfit, and the idea that both girls will be wearing it is so precious. I may have to copy, I mean borrow that idea. :)

Connie said...

I like that same-same outfit idea too!

Baby rain-stick? I never would ave thought of that...love the idea.

It is amazing how close you can feel to people you have never met in 'reality' It's the best part of being in our community that 'gets' each other without having to explain everything.

walternatives said...

It's heartwarming to read such sincere thank yous. Very nice post. A child-sized rain stick sounds (ha, no pun intended) like a perfect child's toy.

Jen said...

Beautiful gifts. I LOVE that curduroy oufit..it looks so soft and snuggly. These exchanges make the wait tolerable AND we get to make such good friends along the way!!!

Tammy said...

Awesome! I wish I had joined the online groups while we were waiting - the secret pals and cyber showers are so cool. More than the gifts, it's the thoughfulness, understanding and support. Lucky you.

Love the overalls - I'm a HUGE fan of anything non-pink for girls. Don't get me wrong, I like pink, it just sometimes ends up being an expolosion of pink - too much of a good thing. Having the book signed was extra special. Debs seems like a cool lady.

Krista said...

Love those gifts. So very sweet. The book signed by the author is just priceless. Lucky you.

Laura said...

LOVE IT!!! So sweet!
What a great idea!
Laura

Joannah said...

What neat gifts! I love that overall set.

Colleen said...

I love that she did a red thread connection throughout. That is so cool. She is one nice pal!

SBird said...

Love that outfit! And I have to check out the baby rain stick. Very thoughtful gifts.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wen! jz

Tamara said...

It is amazing to think of the bond between IA parents and waiting families. If you are not part of it, you really just don't get it. You got some very beautiful and thoughtful gifts.

On Our Way said...

I am enjoying reading about Buttercup. I found your blog from Confressions of a Russian Adoption. So it is fun to read yours as well. Hope the wait goes very quickly! Thinking of you. Nice gifts!

Irena said...

Awwwww, what great gifts and ideas.

Laura said...

thanks Wendy for your encouraging comment!!
I don't think I will call them again, I will wait until I get a call. :-)
Laura

Mrs. Dr. Dave said...

WOW! That's a GREAT gift!

On Our Way said...

P.S. I LOVE your cyber shower! So cool indeed! Hey, please tell me more about your marathon! I am getting a bit nervous. Mine is in 7 weeks. I think my new goal is to finish before it ends! :) I am getting the distance but my time is slow. Any advice. Email me if you have time: lamaterrell@verizon.net Thanks! M

Danielle said...

I can't WAIT CUZ!!!!! :-) The little outfit was soo cute. I'll babysit every weekend....(yes that means I'm flying out there all the time I don't care). :-)