Our package from the agency arrived this morning and we also received her translated reports.
Our little Marlo has been described as being able to speak to herself, responds to adults speaking to her, is interested in colorful toys, she is quiet, and can play alone. Oh, and is also known to be obstinate, sometimes impatient and likes to cry!!! Gotta say, that makes me smile. Knowing what you want and how to get it when you want it - she will need that here with 4 brothers and 1 sister ahead of her!
All our paperwork has been overnighted back to the agency today. Hopefully, Friday afternoon, our acceptance letter will be on it's way back to China and we will be one step closer to that first moment of melt my heart.
There have been a lot of other June families that have so generously took time to give us further information about our little Marlo. I know they have a lot on their plates, some just getting home, but they still made an effort late at night or early morning to get us as much information we can get our hands on. There is something about the adoptive world. Families start as just a family, but find you enter an entire community where you all just want to see everyone put their head on their pillow at night with a smile on your face. It is a community where no one is left out and you feel a bond with those that travel this journey with you. In fact, I spoke with a mom that walked this journey with us when we adopted Ilei. Our girls were from YiYang SWI and came home in 2004. She has an older daughter is from Jianxin SWI! My oldest daughter and her youngest daughter are both from YiYang and her oldest and my youngest are from Jianxin! Both our girls share their beginnings - so unreal that out of all the places and people in this world, my two baby girls and her two baby girls will always have that tie together.
How they match us and why, will stay a mystery, but they have a way to bring us together. Here is Marlo's referral picture with a snapshot of Ilei taken the day I got her in China. Although Ilei is a few months older in this picture, we think there is quite a similarity between the two.