Monday, December 4, 2006

It's Amazing How Much Stuff You Can Fit in a Shoebox

It's amazing how much stuff you can fit in a shoebox! We mailed Oakley's care package today. To help prepare her for our arrival, I put together a small photo album with pictures of us and her new home. I pray that her nanny will share it with her and that Oakley's heart will be open to us. She is already so loved by her family.

Here's a list of the goodies included in her care package:
  1. Family Photo Album

  2. Blanket (so very soft, with a silk trim)

  3. Teddy Bear

  4. Pat the Bunny Book

  5. Teddy Grahams

  6. Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  7. Two-Piece Outfit

  8. a soft Soccer Ball (Because all three of my boys play soccer and they've already indicated that they expect Oakley to play, too. Thanks, Jennifer, for finding the ball!)

  9. Disposable Camera (in hopes that her nanny will take pictures of her and return the camera to us on Gotcha Day)

  10. Candy for the nannies
We slept with the blanket and teddy bear for days before we sent them, hoping that she would know our smell when we wrap her in our arms. We don't know how many of these items, if any, will be returned to us. Sometimes the orphanages will keep the items for the children left behind. Just in case they keep them, I've purchased an identical teddy bear and blanket to bring with us in hopes that these items will be familiar and comforting to her.

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