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A Pre Referral Contest – You Won’t Want To Miss Out

As most of you know, we are expecting our referral any time now!! The clock is ticking and the excitement is really building. I am literally on the edge of my seat waiting for “The Call”

There is so much to think about as we approach the big day, but there are two specific things that I have been thinking about A LOT….

Her Province


Her Age/Birthday

So I decided it would be kind of fun to turn this into a contest/giveaway!!!

Do you want to play along????

Maybe this will entice you………

Shelly Jewels BLOG2
Thanks to one of my BFF’s, who just happens to be one of the top Si!pada Directors in the country, one of my lucky readers will walk away from this little contest wearing this gorgeous bracelet…and btw, it is even more gorgeous in person than it is in the photo. The picture just does not do it justice.

Here is all you need to do in order to have a chance at winning the jewels.

Look at the map below. It is a provincial map of China.


Now, pick the province that you think our little girl will be from and then guess her birthdate!

I know that sounds a little difficult to pinpoint an exact date, but I want you to make your best guess.

I will give you one hint…… we requested a child as young as possible. For those that are not familiar with China adoption, it is very very rare to get a child under 6 months of age. I would say the typical range is 6-18 months, unless you are requestiing an older child.

Got it?

Pick a province and her birthdate(month/day/year)and leave me a comment.

The contest will stay open until we get our referral. You can only enter once and if no one guesses the correct date, we are going to go with whoever was the closest. If we have a tie, the names will go in a hat and one winner will be chosen.

Let the guessing game begin!

Good luck….. I cannot wait to see one of you wearing this beautiful bracelet!

Special thanks to Shelly who so graciously donated this piece for the contest.
Love you girl!!!

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  • Sharon Ankerich - What fun!

  • Kam - Hi lady…I’m on pins and needles with you! Sending love and hugs your way!
    love ya~

    Shanxi, 9.4.09ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Guizhou
    March 1,2010

    And I hope I am close..
    I love Silpada…
    You are amazing.. I am soooo excited for you girly..
    bring on the referrals..

  • Becky - I am soooooo excited!! I can’t wait to see hear all about her! My guess:

    Jiangxi Province
    March 17, 2010

    Love ya!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Jiangx

    November 15, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Derek - Ok, I’m going with Jiangxi, and a birthday of 12-13-09!

    It’s Ok if the boys play?ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Getting so excited for you Lisa

    I say:
    Jiangxi. And 12-15-09

    big hugs. Thinking of u. Keep your notepad with you 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I hope the referral will come soon! So exciting!!! I say Jiangxi 9-2-09ReplyCancel

  • Shauna and MacLean - I think she will be from Jiangxi province and the birthdate I January 15 2010.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra & Steve - So very happy for you!! I’m guessing Jiangxi too and a January b-day of 01/28/10 for your sweet baby. Best of luck to you, I remember my moment as I wait for my next homecoming. ;0)ReplyCancel

  • Smileyhappychan - Sichuan Province, with a birthday of December 28, 2009. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - I am guessing Guizhou, as that is where one of my daughter’s good friends is from and I am guessing 6/29/2009 – so excited for you Lisa!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - How fun! I’m guessing….
    Sept. 12, 2009 =)ReplyCancel

  • Jodee Leader - I am getting soooo excited for you! My guess is:

    6/12/09 (yep, she was born on my b-day!)

    Hurry up, China!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - Oh, I LOVE that we are guessing about referral stuff…I just got chills thinking about it :)

    Sweet baby girl:


    I CANNOT WAIT!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - Becky, I love your choice!!! Pat might give you bonus points for picking St patrick’s day.

    Derek, of course boys can play….. As long as they intend to give the jewels to their wife:)ReplyCancel

  • Dita - What a gorgeous bracelet and such a sweet friend!

    I am already crossing days off on my calendar…I can’t WAIT!

    September 27, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Oooh, I love Silpada! I am going to guess that she will be from Guangdong (like Tahlia) and that her birthday will be July 21, 2009.ReplyCancel

  • Sharie - Too funny Sandra – I was just going to pick Guangdong like Amelia (and Tahlia)
    I’m going to go younger though…2/9/10.ReplyCancel

  • Mom2Isabel - What fun!!!!
    I am going with Jiangxi

    (Sooooo excited for you, Lisa!)


  • Marla - OK, I’m going with Hunan Spicy Girl born 1/19/10.

    LOVE the bracelet and your friend even though I’ve never met her. :) Hopefully soon…ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Waiting right beside you!!!! CAN.NOT.WAIT! Okay so, I am guessing


    December 26, 2009

    OOooh, so excited!!!!

    Love you!

  • Ellie - This is so fun!

    My guesses . . .


    October 31, 2009

    I cannot wait to see her little face!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia - Fun! I’m gonna say…

    Jiangxi (like my Ker-Bear)

    January 10, 2010 (my birthday)

    I’m getting so excited for you =)!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Ohhh Lisa, I am sooo excited for you!!!! Can you believe this time has come!!!!! It’s funny but Province was one thing we never even thought about back when waiting for Faith’s referral. I think we just kind of assumed she would be from Guangdong or somewhere in Southern China. Then we found out she was from Zhangye, Gansu (about as far North as you can get, and very few adoptions!)
    So. Because I have no clue.. I am going to say Gansu (because I would be thrilled to see another Gansu baby) and birthdate August 1, 2009.
    Enjoy every moment Lisa!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - OK here goes!
    Jiangxi September 6, 2009relsictReplyCancel

  • Bridget - um disregard the reslict…. that as my word verification LOLReplyCancel

  • Donna - Jiangxi Province and 2/28/10.

    Sooooo exciting!!!

    Our Blog: Double Happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Tammie T. - I am the proud aunt of Mostly Amelia so I will guess Guangdong and I think the birthday is November 28, 2009. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Deputy - Im going to say


    and her birthday is 1/24/10

    How exciting! Cant wait to hear!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda - Oh boy….too many Jiangxi guesses are covered, so I’m going with Hunan – Oct 15, 2009.

    How great to be speculating on these details finally. I can hardly wait to hear the news.


  • Proud Parents of Halainah Grace - Oh Lisa, I am way beyond excited for you. I have been following your blog for a long time now praying that the process would speed up a little bit for you. And as soon as I read that referrals are pouring in on RQ…you are the first one I will think of. I cannot wait to see your little miracle for the very first time. Ok…now for my guess…

    October 14, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Tezzie - How wonderfully exciting 😀 Hope you get your referral soon!

    I’m guessing Sichuan September 7 2009.ReplyCancel

  • EllieNat - I’m going to say….

    Guangdong Province (Ellie’s province)

    February 18, 2010 (Natalie’s birthday)

    Can’t wait to see your referral!ReplyCancel

  • ☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ - I am going to say that she will be sharing her birthday with my little man.

    February 11, 2010


    I am new to your site!
    Glad to be here!
    My best wishes to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • kitchu - i am just SO DARN EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2010… yes, 2010. did you SEE the last batch of referrals?ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see your daughters adorable face! I’m going to guess Guangdong province and 10/18/09.ReplyCancel

  • R Montalban - Guizhou and 9th September 2009ReplyCancel

  • fleur de lis cottage - How fun!

    Jiangxi and 9-18-09ReplyCancel

  • Susie - Jiangxi and 10.31.2009ReplyCancel

  • Special K - I’m waiting on the edge of my seat right along with ya!

    Feb 13, 2010

    PS. Okay so that’s my birthday, too. But wouldn’t that be fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson and Ford - I will guess Chongqing (that’s where AA is from) and December 01, 2009.
    Love the bracelet!! Thanks!
    Enjoy the excitement!

    Alyzabeth’s MommyReplyCancel

  • Patiently waiting for Chayse - What a great idea!

    My guess is Guangdong Province, October 7th, 2009. (our DD’s birthday…can’t get more luckier than that!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - yeah Lisa! So excited for you. We are about to celebrate our girl’s 4th birthday and our family day this August 19th. We travelled there in 2007. I am voting for a baby girl from Jiangxi and bday of 8/16/09(like Claire). Can’t wait to share in your wonderful news!ReplyCancel

  • maren - How fun! And how exciting for you! I’m guessing Jiangxi and the birthday of 12/25/2009. Can’t wait until the contest is over. Not because of the prize, but because of what it will mean for your family!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Hi Lisa ~ I’m going to guess your daughter will come from the Shanxi province with a birthdate of November 10, 2009:) This is such an exciting time! Enjoy every moment of it:)ReplyCancel

  • Denise - I am going to guess Jiangxi province and a birthday of Sept 15th 2009. I can’t wait to hear~ReplyCancel

  • Michelle@BornInOurHearts - How funny! I was going to guess Jiangxi, simply because I just gone done pouring through over 300 photos for the calendar and most of the kids in our area were from Jiangxi. It seems to be a very popular province. So, I’m guessing Jiangxi Province, DOB: 12/7/09.ReplyCancel

  • cupcake - Jiangxi province
    23 march 2010 !ReplyCancel

  • linabarbieri - Yunnan
    June 2, 2010ReplyCancel

  • LaLa - There are a lot of Jiangxi referrals lately…but since I have a Hubei Honey I will say~

    Hubei province born on October 21, 2009 (Annslee’s bday)

    So excited for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - FUN!!! OK…since I have a Hubei Honey, I’m gonna go with the following:

    Province: Hubei
    DOB: 11/16/09 no reason, just a random date, but I think she will be 9 or 10 months at referral :)

    I am SO EXCITED for ALL of you!!!

  • Rebekah - What a fun contest! Looks like Jiangxi province is covered!!!

    I am going to guess Anhui province with a birthday of March 13, 2010.ReplyCancel

  • djandsharon - What a cute idea!! I have been following you for a LONG time :)

    How about…Guizhou and Nov 25, 2009

    congrats!! I remember how hard it was to wait.ReplyCancel

  • Love Letters To China - So, so excited for you! Okay… what kind of a good momma would I be if I didn’t go with Liam’s province & his b-day?


  • Freckles & Dimples Photography - fun stuff! I was going to go with Jiangxi, but there are a lot of those guesses, so I’m going with Hunan…12-4-09.
    so happy that this wait is almost over for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Jboo - So fun and that bracelet is gorgeous! I’m going to go with Maddy’s province, Guangdong, and say January 10, 2010! I’m so excited for you and your family!


  • Keisha - Chongquig 😉
    BD: May 5, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Robin - How fun … I love this idea!! I am going to guess 12-27-09 (Tyler’s B-day) & Jiangxi. I can’t wait to finally hear you announcing the wonderful news that you are bringing your daughter home!ReplyCancel

  • Lilly - Guangdong (like my daughter) and a birthday of July 4, 2009 (like my niece)

    congratulations as soon you will be seeing your daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Cool contest – and even cooler that you guys are so close!!!!

    I’m going to guess my Gracie’s province – Guangdong and a birthday of 7/28/09.

    Can’t wait for happy referral news!!ReplyCancel

  • elliotts - Hunan Province

    DOB: January 16,2010

    Can’t wait for this great referral news for you and your family!!


  • Hanne - My guess is

    Chongquing province
    Birthdate 2.2.2010

    Hope you get to see your babyes face real soon

    Hanne from DenmarkReplyCancel

  • Maddy - How exciting!! It’s our very own baby pool :) Can’t wait to hear the good news :)

    I pick Fujian and 10/21/09!ReplyCancel

  • karen - Yunnan, her birthday- 8-22-08.
    best wishes for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - So excited to see your turn is finally coming!

    My guess is for Jianxi, with a birthdate of 2-24-10ReplyCancel

  • Christy - Hunan

    April 4, 2010

    yes 4 months old– I think she will be young and referrals last month were really young so we will see.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Xinjiang

    Feb. 10, 2009ReplyCancel

  • jenbusymom - Hi Lisa! Oh I’m so behind on my blogging, I’m so happy the time is almost here for you! How exciting! My guess would be Hunan, because I love the dumplings, and I’m guessing your little dumpling came into the world…November 15, 2009. This is so much fun! Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Pix-Ology - Oooohhh, how fun! Soe xcited for you to meet your little addittion! I’m going to pick Anhui and birthdate of 1/23/10.
    How exciting!

  • Betsey - Hubei 11/13/09 (my anniversary)


  • ww - So happy and excited for your family.
    Chongqing, 2/22/10. Best wishes, WendyReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - This is so exciting! Can’t wait to hear!

    January 10th, 2010


  • Debra - I’m going to say Jiangxi province and 1-21-10 for her birthday. Best wishes to you and your family. This is a great moment.ReplyCancel

  • Briana's Mom - I am so excited to be doing this!!!! I would love for you to get a referral for a Chongqing spicy girl like Bri, but I think you will get a Jiangxi spicy girl. I’ll go one step further and say Nanchung. 😀 I’ll guess her birthday will be 1/13/10.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - I’m so excited for you!!!

    I’m going to pick Wesleigh’s province: Jiangsu

    I’m also going to pick Wesleigh’s birthdate: 2/12/09

    Can’t wait to see pics of your girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda - I will guess her Province will be Huanan and her Birthday to be January 3rd 2010!
    I know you are on pins and needles! cant wait to hear the great news!

  • Natalie - Jiangxi with a birthday of February 1, 2010.
    I also predict that she will be a huge blessing and absolutely adorable! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Guangxi, October 1, 2009

    So excited for you!ReplyCancel

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  • - ok…changed my mind…

    jiangxi December 16, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie - Jiangxi 3/1/10ReplyCancel

  • deniseschlossin - June 6, 2009
    Guangdong ProvinceReplyCancel

  • Amandalynn - Quinghi

    January 11th 2010ReplyCancel

  • Jill - I’m going to say Hunan and a birthday of October 5, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Fliss and Mike Adventures - I am saying Jiangxi county and her birthday well… they seem to be coming out younger… so… April 12, 2010… hey, what have I got to lose but it would be great if she is from Shauna’s orphanage of Yangxi SWI :)ReplyCancel

  • Fliss and Mike Adventures - Oh… Yangxi SWI is in Guangdong Province…ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - I just recently found your blog and am SO happy for you and your family!! We received “The Call” last year on August 24 – so this time of year is so special to us.

    I am going to guess Jiangxi and a Birthday of October 26, 2009.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie - Jiangxi Province, and since the last batch had very young babies, I am going to guess 3.26.10 as her birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Our Complete Family - Oh my gosh! It’s really almost here! So EXCITED for your sweet family!
    My guess? Jiangsu, 21 January 2010
    Love you chicadee… LReplyCancel

  • Ani - So fun! I” go with Hubei, dob 2-22-10.ReplyCancel

  • 7th heaven: 4Chinadolls 1gentleboy - I was going to say Guangdong b/c that is where my husband is from..
    But I felt driven to pick
    Hunan…So there it is..
    with a b’day of
    My darling Serena’s birthday.
    Congratulatios on your exciting endeavor:)ReplyCancel

  • Faith Hope Love Photography - Hunan & October 16th, 2010

    What fun & I can not wait to hear the news!!ReplyCancel

  • DiJo - Jiangxi Province

    (The day we received TA for Sienna Grace)

    Can’t wait to see who is going to be in front of your camera lens SOON!!!!!!!!


  • Lisa - 3/28/10

  • Mimi - Hi Lisa, soooo excited for you, this is a very precious time for you all.
    Great idea to have competition, and I’m guessing



  • Mei Mei s and Mayhem - This is fun!!! I have been out of the blog world for awhile!!


    Nov. 20th 2009ReplyCancel

  • Faith Hope Love Photography - I choose Hunan and October 16th, 2009…sorry about that! Best of luck and can’t wait for the news!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I guess:



    Sue : )ReplyCancel

  • day by day - how fun!!!! I am just so excited for you, Lisa!!!!

    Hunan spicy gal(like my Ella)

    1/17/10 Sophie’s birthdayReplyCancel

  • Kelly And Allison - Hunan spicy baby..


  • Lynn - OMG! I can feel your excitement as you typed this and I am reading. You, your family and this new little daughter are all so blessed to find each other. I don’t know you other than what I have read on your blog these past few months, but something in my heart and bones makes me feel that “blessed” just barely covers it. Thank you for sharing.

    Okay, for the game: Gansu, March 7, 2009.

    Again, Thank you for sharing. See you next time.ReplyCancel

  • Anaiz - So excited for you! My guess is March 2, 2010 Fujian.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - So exciting!

    Providence: Sichuan (because my friend’s daughter is from Chongqing)
    DOB: 1-15-2010ReplyCancel

  • Katie - How fun and thoroughly exciting! I’m going to guess:
    December 23rd, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Victoria Dixon - Oooh, I’m going for Jiangxi province, because that’s where our daughter’s from. LOL 3-7-09. Congratulations and you are in for the best time! Just make sure you have someone come over to help with things about two days after you come home. That’s when jet lag will really kill you if you’re anything like me. Good luck! This brings back great memories. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly and Family - Ok Girlfriend ~ Here is my guess and it was pretty simple…

    JIANGXI (for it was the province where Francesca is from…)

    and ~

    Jan 20th (for it is Francesca’s birthday)

    I know it is shot in the dark but I just have to go with it!!!!

    So much fun! Can’t wait to see your referral and who will win!!!!

    Have fun at the beach!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly and Family - {{{{OK forgot the year – it is 2010!}}}}ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Jiangxi

    January 15, 2010

    So excited for you and your family!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • bella - I think she will be from Jiangxi and her birthday will be April 23, 2009. What a blessing for your family!ReplyCancel

  • a Tonggu Momma - Jiangxi Province … October 15, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Chinamama - I’ll go with LiLi’s…

    Jiangxi and Oct 19, 2009

    I can’t wait to see this beautiful baby!!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb - I can’t wait to see that sweet little face Lisa!! Here is my guess:

    Jiangxi Province
    DOB: 1/13/2010ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Jiangxi
    Dez. 13/2009ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Jiangxi
    October 10, 2009ReplyCancel

  • Jonni - Just want to say how very excited we are for you and your family Lisa!

    Here’s my guess….

    DOB: November 25, 2009

    Can’t wait to find out. :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Guangdong and birthday of 12/31/09. That’s right- a New Year’s baby! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - Sooooo excited!!! I have to guess Jiangxi ( where my sweetie is from) DOB: 11/10/09!!!

    No matter what province or DOB it will be a wonderful day indeed to see her beautiful face!! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Well Jiangxi is winning by a landslide…and even so my guess is:

    Jiangxi(Grace’s province of birth) and 11-1-09 for your sweet pea’s birthday!!!

    Hoping this is the week you’ll be seeing her beautiful little face for the first time, Lisa.


  • June - Gonna go with the home team guess, Hunan province, my daughter’s province, 10/14/09 birthdate.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What an exciting time. Can’t wait to hear the news!
    My guess is Jiangsu, October 11, 2009.
    Valerie H.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - Guangdong province 10-2009. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Buckeroomama - Jiangsu / Aug 18, 2009.

    This is so exciting! :)ReplyCancel


    I’m going to pick the Jiangxi province, and I’m guessing a birthdate of November 24, 2009.

    Hoping to hear soon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shari - I am so excited for you! I will guess Shanghai and 11/17/09! Can’t wait to hear your news!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolin - Guangdong.


  • Life with JJ, Starr and Spice - I will choose one of the DD’s provinces ~ Jiangxi. Katie is from Gansu and as much as I would love to see you bring home a daughter from there it very rarely happens.
    Birth date ~ 1/1/10


  • Chrissy Czonstka - Hong Kong 3/30/09ReplyCancel

  • kerri - Can’t wait to hear your news, any day now, so exciting!!
    My guess,
    Jiangsu prov.
    Jan. 9 2010ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - I hope you hear soon!

    My guess,



    good luck!

    Tracy J.ReplyCancel

  • Marla - Chongqing with a wonderful birthday of July 11, 2009!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Jiangxi Province

    Congratulations on your upcoming referral!

  • - So excited for your family!
    Stalking your blog lately 😉


    Best Wishes

  • Sherri - Yay!!! Your turn is just around the corner :)
    I’m going to guess Hunan (Jade’s a Hunan baby)
    And….Dec 16/09.ReplyCancel

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