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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


The Naming of the Xue

Our daughter waiting in China has a beautiful name...Xue (pronounced she-way). It flows off the tongue so easily. Like her Chinese sisters, she will keep Xue for her middle name. Eva and Joy have 2 middle names that go together. Xue just has Xue, no other part, just the one-syllable. The tricky part is finding a first name. Because we have a two-syllable last name, I feel that a two-syllable first name will go well with Xue.

I prefer "the road less traveled" when it comes to names. I like simple, yet never out of style names. I'm having trouble here with this name game. We do have a name picked out that we've been calling Xue, but I need to make sure. So, the name is.....Ivy Xue....How does it sound? Simple, yet uncommon, not frivilous, but easy to say. We narrowed it down to Ivy or Maci. I really liked Maci, but I kept thinking of the department store...kind of like Tiffany's. I know we have time to change our minds, but the more I call her Ivy Xue, the more I like it. It's kind of catchy and pleasing to my ear. I hope it is for her, also.

On the countdown side of things....It has been 28 days since we sent in our LOI. Families have been waiting anywhere from 45 - 100+ days for their LOA (the next step). What a range. Our last adoption LOA was received on day 65. We have a ways to go, but 28 days have gone by rather quickly.

Update, sort of. I thought I was being witty with the Title of this post. Apparently I must be the only witty, literature-educated person in this home. "The Naming of the Xue" sounds like "The Taming of the Shrew", Shakespeare's comedy. Get it? Maybe I'm getting too old since my wit just gets stares.

4 kind words:


I like Ivy! Very cute. Maci is cute,too. Wow, can't believe that it's already been 28 days. Maybe another 28 days? That would be wonderful. It's a good thing you started school early,huh!


I like them both. I have a Macy this year in one of my classes for the very first time. I have never taught an Ivy, so from a teacher perspective, Ivy is less common!

Hope your LOA gets here soon!

Heidi York

Oh my goodeness! Ivy sounds soooo goood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Heidi

The Landes Family

I like Ivy. I like that all three China babies would have a 3 letter name. You know how I am with names. LOL

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