Yay! I get to join in ads for Linda Olson as well!
She is wonderful and I won't use anyone else, even a couple that are closer to me!
Patient, efficient, and flexible...she is the perfect choice for first timers (and old hands as well :)
I mentioned before that I tried Julie out California once and was less than pleased...she doesn't/didn't communicate well (and this was my 2nd overseas transaction, so I was still a nervous Nellie :) and then she didn't calculate shipping so I had postage due on an Express delivery. I was new and figured that you had to choose the next/closest ship date...which is totally not true! The breeders work with you and will send fish to whatever transhipper you choose...I've even had them hold a fish after I paid (with no additional cost for 3 weeks until Linda's next ship date.
It comes down to knowing that my fish are safe and in the best possible hands with Linda.
I don't know if she's still available but sirinut(?)farms had a blue and white marble with green/teal iridescence as well...thought she was gorgeous...looked similar to the girl you have bid on. I do the same thing and try to always buy a sibling female to go with the male!
Note: another breeder with some great bettas is Alex (polukoff)...check out "my bettas for sale!" Thread on this forum...also his girlfriend Bettascapes has awesome fish :)