International adoption programs began growing rapidly in the late 1990s as people learned of the many benefits of Chinese adoption. One fall the ladybug population grew unusually large in Guangzhou, China. (Guangzhou is a necessary stop for all Americans adopting from China.) This large ladybug population explosion was thought to be a lucky omen for the many adopting families flowing into China. From this incident the legend has grown, so that now ladybugs represent happy adoptive families being united with beautiful children in China. So, I am choosing to believe that all of those ladybugs surrounding us were a sign that this is the week! China is back from their week long holiday (celebrating their 60 years since the revolution) and the rumor is they will be signing off on referrals. Keep praying, and I will keep you all posted!