As the wait for adopting from China continues to grow (and since I have yet to get my 171-H from the US government), I thought it was appropriate that I talk to my daughter about waiting a little longer for her sister. Initially when beginning this process back in November, we thought that we would be traveling to China by the fall of 2006. This, I now know, will not be happening. Even if we receive an expedite due to my husband's Chinese heritage, we still haven't even had our documents sent to China yet.
Anyway, we had been telling our daughter (who will be four this April) that we would be going to China to get her sister when she is 4 & 1/2. Last night in the car I was explaining to her that it might take a little longer for us to get her sister, probably more like when she is about to turn five. I then assured her that someone in an orphanage in China would take care of the baby until we could go there to get her. What she said next was one of the sweetest things I have ever heard her say. She said "but what if another family goes to China and wants to bring our baby home with them?" When I tried to explain that it wouldn't happen that way, she proceeded to say "good, because those orphanage people should know that I'll be coming to get my sister."
I guess she is ready to be a big sister after all!