My Amazing Shrinking World

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how adoption has shrunk my world.  In that post, I mentioned Jiayin Designs who sold these cool pendants....
Well, I emailed the lady that runs this website inquiring about ordering one.  They actually customize the pendant with your child's original Chinese name.  After exchanging a few emails, I realized this woman actually writes a blog that I already read!!!  Talk about a small world!

She works with another woman who lives in China and helps on that side of the business.  They also make these super cute dolls...

I haven't ordered one of these beauties yet, but it's on my wish list.  Here's the coolest thing...the profits from these sweet dolls goes to support a woman and her family in Beijing to do the work they've been called to do.  Also, the Jiayin sales employ artisans some of whom have no other sources of income.  What a great way to support those that are trying to make their own way.

Back when I ordered the pendant, I sent my new friend Kylie's Chinese name (Ying Bei) and the Chinese characters.  They also ask you include the meaning if you know it so they are sure to make the right pendant.

As you know, in her referral paperwork, it said Ying means "welcome" and Bei means "baby" and we weren't overly in love with that, so we made her Kylie Liann (Liann taken from her surname of Lian).  Well, the message came back that her name actually means "welcoming the precious one" which I love so much more.  Now, I kind of wish we had worked that in.  We could call her Kylie Liann Yingbei Taylor.  Many families give their children an American and Chinese middle name.  I'm still working on Steve on that idea!!!

But anyway, I finally received the pendant in the mail and oh my...if you are an adoptive parent, you MUST order one of these.  Words do not describe...

I wish I'd gotten a better picture of it.  But I just wanted to get something up.  I have worn it at least 3-5 days a week since I got it.  And someone suggested I give it to Kylie when she turns 16 (or some significant age).  I really think it will be great! 

So, if nothing else, run over there and take a look at their stuff.  It's beautiful stuff!  And if you order, tell them I sent you.  I don't get anything from a sale...just want them to know I like their stuff and want my readers to support them!


The Raudenbush Family said...

It's so super fun to be in the business of sending out family heirlooms. :) So glad you like it and thanks for the shout out!

a blog full of weldons. said...

soooo excited that you are SO very close to meeting your sweet baby girl! we just brought our daughter home in august from china! what an incredible adventure it's been! she fits our family so perfectly! i ordered one of those neclaces when we got our referral (and have been able to hang out with kelly a few times...she's a real gem!) and my daughter LOVES to hold my neclace...sometimes when she is really upset and i am holding her, she looks up, and touches the neclace...almost as if she knows it's her name :) and calms down!

anyway...just wanted to stop by and say hi...i'll be following your journey to your sweet pea!!