Friday, May 02, 2008

FINALLY SHE IS HERE!!!

Izabella FuLing Simpson

Isn't she beautiful!


We are sooooo blessed to FINALLY have our little girl!! Here is what happened and sorry it has taken so long but we have been on the road since this am at 8:30 and had NO IDEA this was going to happen! I talked to Ebbie (atour agency) Wednesday and he said, we have no word and with the holiday they won't probably arrive until next week. So I have been so bummed all week since then. We ALMOST cut our trip short by one day but we were with another couple and my friend convinced me to stay and shop with her all day!! We shopped until I thought I would die! Major retail therapy! So, we left Pigeon Forge, TN this morning at 8:15 just ready to come home have had a headache for two days -- must have been that pre-labor stuff! Anyhow we are driving home and it was a 4 hour trip and we got to Versailles, Ky which is right past Lexington where our agency is and Susan R. called and said they heard word about Sophia, so I started freaking -- soooo happy and thrilled for them. I thought maybe I need to call Ebbie - our family advocate at our agency, A Helping Hand (HAA). So I called and they transferred and it went directly to voicemail and then my call waiting kicked in from AHH and at that point I was FREAKING OUT!! So I immediately called back and he was actually calling me when I was calling him. At the same time all this was happening, I was driving, trying to call and get it on speaker phone and it was finally getting there and I whipped the car into the Versailles Exit and pulled over literally on the exit ramp edge and brought the car to a screeching halt and Scott was like, you cannot park here and I said Watch Me!! So Ebbie left a message saying that he had our referral to call him and we turned around and was in his office 15 minutes later in Lexington. It could not have happened any more perfect.



So......



Her Chinese name is Fu Ling Yang



She is almost 7 months old and weighs 13 pounds & 24 inches long



Her birthday is October 9, 2007



She is from Yunyang SWI



She is so sweet and we are so in love. We neither one know how to act right now. We are in shock and excited and scared and tired and all emotional. So, tonight we suprised our parents and told them at dinner tonight! I cannot believe this is finally happening!!

You all mean so much to us and we are so glad to share this with you and cannot wait to see her sweet face in China. We will probably travel sometime in July so now we have a lot of work to do!!



SUSAN AND RIZ Can you believe it!!!!



And everyone else that is to come!! It does happen and will happen -- all in time. Hang in there my Precious Pandas!!~!



This is so surreal~~

65 comments:

Shelly said...

Congratulations Hope & Scott!!! Panda hugs! What a precious little princess! She is just sooo adorable! Those photos are simply sweetness! Rejoicing with you on the arrival of little Izabella! :) We can't wait to see her in your arms soon! Many blessings as you travel to bring your little ladybug home!

Shelly & David LID 1*24*06

rcpahen said...

What an adorable little girl - she is gorgeous!! Heather called and told us. I am sure you are SOOOO excited. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see her.

Pat and Roger

Sophia's Mama said...

Hope and Scott... OMG Izabella is the most beautiful baby she is a little peanut... This eyes wow she is beautiful... Congratulations! you all are going to be the best parents!

Enjoy every moment of this it is fantastic...

We love you guys
Susan

Gail said...

OMG Hope,
She is BEAUTIFUL!! What a doll!!
Congratulations!
Enjoy this day!
Wishing you a speedy travel to her.
Blessings,
Gail B.

Melissa said...

Beautiful!! Yes this is really happening for you. You have done your wait!! You are both parents and I am so happy for you!

Ladybugsmom said...

Hope and Scott,
Congratulations...she is just a beauty so pretty and dainty what an ANGEL. Can't wait to meet you both in China.
Emily and Mel
1/11/06 no longer waiting finally parents

Shannon said...

Congrats Scott and Hope! Your daughter is Beautiful! I can not wait to meet her!!!

Palmer on the other hand is going to be VERY jealous!!!!

Shannon
Mommy to Jack and Palmer 05/31/2005

Terri and Rich said...

I am so happy for you!! She is beautiful. Our LID is 1/11/06 and we know we got our match but our agency said they won't be calling until Monday with pictures and details. Hopefully, we will get to meet you in person at the White Swan!!

Terri and Rich

Anonymous said...

Hope & Scott,
She is so beautiful!! She has the most precious look, just makes me want to give her a hug. We are so excited for you guys. I know you must be filled with so much joy right now. God has given you a perfect gift, and you guys will be wonderful parents!!!!!

Love you guys,
Clay, Amy, Nick, Nathan, Noah & Natalie

Dee said...

She is some kind of cute! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how does a mother and now grandmother say how beautiful her grandbaby is, words can not express our joy we fell, and we know you now know the feeling of being a mother and daddy.
It is one of the best feelings in the world and we are so happy for you both. She is so adorable you just want to grab her.
We have prayed a long time for her arrival and now it won't be much longer until she will be in your arms. We will continue to pray for her safety and care till she is home with you.
God is good and he does give his children the wants and desires of their hearts in his own timed, and that time has come.
I love you my children
Mom

Alyson & Ford said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful and very young! You have your baby!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Sheryl said...

I have been all choked up reading your post and now your mothers comment just pushed me to streaming tears!!
Hope, Izabella is absolutely precious! Congratulations!!!

Diane said...

Hope and Scott,
Izabella is an absolute doll!
I love all that hair, I hope you have lots of hair "bling" to take to China with you!
Congratulations!
:)Diane and Gary

Anonymous said...

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I am SO happy for you! Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful and I would love to live it all over again. Her room is perfect--even the matching knobs on the dresser! Oh, Hope....I need you to come and do a room for Emma. :)
Love,
Amy D.

Linda said...

You've been given a great gift and I know you already love her. Congrats what a beautiful little girl. Wishing speedy travel...Linda

Ava's family said...

The first words out of my mouth when I clicked on your blog were....OMG, she is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Congratulations!!

P.S. I have a daughter named Hope and a brother named Scott! =)

Norah said...

OMG, She is the CUTEST baby EVER! Congrats!

Claire's Mom said...

She is so cute - and that hair! Big congrats to you! You are on your way to your precious little girl; I will be following your journey.
Panda Love & Kisses to your sweet little one!

Wendy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new baby girl!

our treasures said...

she is so cute, I love all the hair, our daughter has very little. Go get that little one.

chinadolls said...

CONGRATS!She is beautiful. Is your daughter from the county or the city orphanage? Our daughter is from the county orphange. There is a great yahoo group for families with children from Yueyang from both orphanages.

Lynette Epp
jonepp5@rap.midco.net

Christel, Jerry & Alex said...

Congratulations! She is sooooo beautiful! my goodness! You must be in happy shock! :) I can't wait to follow your journey to China and back! She is going to LOVE her room too! It is lovely! It has given me some inspiration!

Congrats!
Christel, Jerry and Alex
waiting for Anthony and Kimi...

Tracy said...

She is absolutely beautiful! You are all so lucky! What a great story!

*Overflowing* said...

I saw your link on RQ and I had to post. Your story is soooo sweet, it brought tears to my eyes. Your daughter is just so beautiful...I think they all are but she has an extra special beauty! Congratulations on your precious baby!! Blessings, stacy
www.mycupoverfloweth.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

WOW. She is absolutely beautiful. She's perfect and is going to fit beautifully into her ROOM!!! Praise the Lord!
Much Love,
Lindsey Burke

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

A huge congrats to you... what a gorgeous little girl and those cheeks... pinchable... take care

Judi said...

Oh, my GOODNESS!! She's so sweet and teeny and gorgeous! It's Skye from over on RQ. Thank you SO much for sharing your story and her photo.
Pssst... are you packed yet? :-D

Nina, David & Ariel said...

She is GORGEOUS! Congratulations, and I hope you get to hug her and kiss her very soon!

Nina

Kim and Jim said...

Congratulations! Ebbie was our FA at AHH as well. We've been home a year this month. It will be an awesome journey for you!
Kim

Kelly said...

I came across your blog on rumor queen. We are in Louisville,Ky. We have been home from China for a little over a yr with our daughter. Your Izabella is gorgeous. Have a wonderful trip.
Our blog is http://emmalis.blogspot.com
Kelly

Cheri & Shane said...

Hope & Scott,

Congratulations!! What an adorable little sweetheart!!! Those eyes are just so precious!!!

Hugs,
Cheri, Shane & Hope

NorasMommy said...

Hope - she is so precious! What a dainty little peanut! Congratulations!!

Jennifer

Sophia's Mama said...

Hope I had to come back for another look at sweet sweet Izabella... she is a doll...

Hugs
Susan

P.S. How cool is it to have your blog listed on RQ's baby post? It is great!

Nancy said...

Congratulations! I have a YunYang baby as well! He is 3 1/2 though, but I recognize that round face and those cheeks. My blog is www.journeytojack.blogspot.com Check us out. And be sure to join the yahoo group for Yunyang. Email me when you come up for air and I will send you the link.

Nancy
(an RQ reader waiting for my sister's referral!)

Amy said...

Oh what a cutie! She looks so tiny :) Congrats to you & your family.

Brandi said...

She's absolutely gorgeous! LOVE those beautiful eyes!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Amy said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby. I was getting nostalgic reading your post, as it was Ebbie from AHH who gave us our referral call too, in 2005. Their staff is awesome in China. You'll have a wonderful trip!

Olympia said...

Congrats, she is SO beautiful! Consider leaving off personal 'fo from your blog, it's her story not for the world -- just an idea...

Research-China.Org said...

Congratulations on your Chongqing girl! When you are ready to obtain her newspaper finding ad (which has a photo several months younger than her referral photo), come visit us at www.research-china.org. We often have extra copies of the actual newspaper (very limited).

Congrats!!

Brian

Troy said...

Congrats Hope & Scott!! I'd been checking your blog several times a week for any updates & when I saw your post this morning, I nearly jumped out of my chair and was grinning ear to ear. Your hearts must be overflowing with joy & happiness like I can't imagine. God Speed when you travel to China & embrace your daughter. Rob & I can't wait to meet little Izabella! She's a cutie if ever there was!!

Love,
Troy

Susan said...

What a sweet little flower. Congratulaions!

Karen said...

Hope and Scott...Where are her wings? Izabella is an ANGEL and I am so proud that you finally have her referral. What a story about "the call"! Did you ever dream it would happen like that? I am so happy for you and I can't wait to see her in your arms!

Panda hugs,
Karen

KJS said...

Congratulations and Izabella is so beautiful.

Christy said...

CONGRATS!!! SHE IS AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! YOU DID NOT MENTION IF SHE IS FROM HUNAN BUT BEING SHE IS FROM YUEYANG, I AM ASSUMING IT IS FROM HUNAN. YOU DO KNOW THAT THE HUNAN GIRLS ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN CHINA-- I HAVE PROOF-- MY DAUGTHER IS FROM HUNAN-- YUEYANG COUNTY. SO, IS SHE FROM YUEYANG COUNTY OR YUEYANG CITY? MY DAUGHTER IS FROM YUEYANG COUNTY WHICH IS ALL FOSTER CARE-- NO KIDS ARE IN ORPHANGES- THEY ARE ALL IN FOSTER PLACEMENTS. ANYWAY, LET US KNOW IF SHE IS INDEED FROM HUNAN AND IF SO WHICH ONE- COUNTY OR CITY.

CONGRATS AGAIN AND SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

CHRISTY :)

BY THE WAY, BABIES OUT OF YUEYANG COUNTY ARE USUALLY VERY YOUNG LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER. MY DAUGTER WAS BARLY 5 MONTHS AT REFERRAL. CONGRATS

Mom of 5 said...

She couldn't be any more adorable !

Sammi said...

Congratulations!!!! We, too, used AHH and Ebbie was our FA. I'm sitting here now with goosebumps. We saw Mike the "travel guy" for AHH the other day and he said that some referrals came in. I'm so excited for you! She's simply beautiful. She reminds me a lot of my Karsynn with all that hair. You can see our little China girl on our blog at http://waiting4karsynn.blogspot.com

Susan said...

Wow, she is gorgeous! Friday was an amazing day for us too :))

It won't be long until we are on the way to China!

hugs,
Susan

Sophia's Mama said...

I had to come by and get my Izabella fix of the day. Hope again She is simply breath taking..

Hugs
Susan

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Hope and Scott!!!! YOU HAVE A BABY!!! Not just any baby either-she's YOUR BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL! Izabella is absolutely adorable. We wish you so much joy!

MMMMwwwwaaaahhhh!
The Reed's,
Carol, Bill and Emily Rose

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Amazing, isn't it? My daughter is also from the Yunyang SWI. I traveled last September and it was an absolutely perfect trip and experience. I was with a group of nine other families. All the babies from the Yunyang SWI were in great health and so well taken care of. I know you are overwhelmed with many things right now. There is a Yahoo group for all the families that have adopted from the Yunyang SWI. Please feel free to contact me when you return home (or sooner) if you are interested in joining or just want to "talk". Our trip to Chongqing was awesome and I cannot wait to visit again! My daughter is absolutely thriving and the light of my life! I am so happy for you. Enjoy your trip and this amazing experience!
Jennifer
e-mail: jtmcintyre21@comcast.net

Alyssa's Mommy said...

Congratulations! We have a Yunyang baby and she is a total joy. One of our referral photos is in the big flower too. Be sure to send a care package with at least one camera. We sent two and got it back with all the pics taken.

Shawn & Alan
DD Alyssa 11/23/06, home for 7 1/2 months

Vicky said...

All of the babies are all so cute but YOUR baby... OMG she is a beauty !!! Congratulations on your referral. I love the sunflower pic.. she looks like a little china doll !!!!

Vicky from NY

Jan said...

OMG!!! She is just too cute!!!! Congratulations and best wishes!!! What a head of hair - great for bows and headbands!!!
Jan & John our strawberry blond, Jillian Rose

Glenda said...

Congratulations!
My name is Glenda. My husband and I are also clients of A Helping Hand.Our daughter was also from Yunyang. We first saw our precious daughter Abbey's face on May 2, 2007. We traveled on June 21 and got home on July 4. Abbey is now 19 months old and an absolute joy in our lives. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. My e mail is dozfam7@bellsouth.net and our website is http://www.babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site/home?ID=85368. Our just www.babyjellybeans.com.Child's name Abigail Dozier. On there, I have pictures of the orphanage that I got when we got her. There is also an yahoo group for Yunyang parents.
God bless you both,
Glenda and John
Raleigh, NC

Yen973 said...

Your daughter is adorable. Congratulations. My daughter's Chinese name is You Fu Ling. Have a wonderful journey.
Dana

Karen said...

Congratulations! We adopted our daughter (Yang Fu Li) from the same SWI in August 2006. You turned in your paperwork a mere 6 months after we did-- and here you are with a daughter! She is beautiful. And most of the girls from this SWI are VERY healthy!

Karen in San Diego
http://bsinchina.blogspot.com

Angela said...

Hope,
I was in the Yahoo Group Jan 06 Precious Pandas
We dropped out last summer, my LID was 1/12/06
I am not sure if you remember me! But I am so excited about your new baby- she is so beautiful! I am so glad your wait is over!

Angela

3D said...

Congrats a million times over! She is precious.

Keep smilin!

Melissa said...

She's beautiful. Our daughter's names were close are similar....Xiu Fu Yang from Xiushan SWI in Chongqing.

Redheaded Chick said...

Congratulations! Izabella is beautiful! We adopted our own Isabella, "Bella", in September 2007...she is from Xiushan SWI in CQ. She is now 17 months old. Every day I catch my breath watching her.

My favorite things in CQ were the zoo and Eling park.

Best wishes to you on your journey!

Lisa said...

She is soooo beautiful! Congrats to you!

Lisa in Canada

Kiy said...

I am playing catch up (bounced on over from RQ's). She is absolutely gorgeous, oh my! Enjoy this time, the wait to travel really does go faster than you can imagine.

/hugs, Kiy

Manette said...

Hope & Scott.... I have been on vacation for the past two weeks and so (sadly) missed all the referral excitement. Needless to say, I've been trying to catch up with all the wonderful news and was so utterly thrilled when I read about your daughter's referral!!! She has to be one of the most stunningly beautiful babies I have ever seen!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't wait to follow you on your journey to China in a few short weeks!!! Sending you much love, Manette, Matt, Matthew and Chynna

Dannye said...

what an adorable little peanut...congrats, and I hope she is doing well....come on TA, CA, and the actual travel, so you can bring that cutie pie home!!!

-Dannye & Ray, Orlando, Fla.
LID 7/14/06 (GWCA)
Awaiting Chynna