China Day 1: Flight to Beijing

Ni Hao! We are in CHINA! We had a great day 1. Our sweet friend Racheal dropped us off at the airport and we were off! When we were scrambling to buy tickets last week, I thought there was no way we would get the new direct flight from DFW to Beijing, but we did, and we are so thankful. …

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God is Able

I cannot believe it is time! Today is here! We have been waiting for this day for two years, but really for our entire lifetime. Yesterday Trey and I kept looking at each other saying “Are we really doing this?!” It’s one thing to take your family halfway around the world, and that in itself is crazy. But this, going halfway …

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Orphanage Donation Update

Hi Friends & Family! We are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received over the last few weeks! You guys are amazing!!! We have already raised $6130! Our orphanage donation fee is $5700, so we have more than we need for that, and we are oh so thankful for each of you wanting to be a part of …

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Travel Approval!

Hi all! We have great news! We received Travel Approval on Monday and have been busy planning for our trip to go get Miss Lila! We leave for Beijing on Monday June 22 and return Saturday, July 12! We will meet Lila on June 29th. Whew! We are in total planning/packing/crazy mode. I will hopefully be updating the blog each …

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The Girls’ Room

We had so much fun redecorating Chloe’s room to make it Chloe AND Lila’s room! From the time we started talking about adopting, Chloe wanted Lila and her to share a room. We had never completely finished Chloe’s room after we moved {ahem, that was 5 years ago}- we just transferred her baby room things from our old house to …

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Immigration Approval

We have crossed off another step in the journey to our Lila! We received the hard copy of Lila’s immigration approval today. We only have a few more steps to go, and we will be on a plane to CHINA! I am getting SO excited. We’ve started our packing lists, and I’ve started doing this: Y’all. There are Gerber Puffs …

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Our Adoption Story.

We recently mailed a letter about Lila’s adoption to our family members and close friends. If you didn’t get one and you put yourself in the “family members and close friends” department, please know it was not intentional! I definitely have crazy adoption brain (which I have to say is worse than preggo brain- way too much thinking and paperwork involved!!). …

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This Mama’s Heart is FULL.

Hi sweet friends! I woke up to puke this morning (Jack at 3:15am), which is the story of our lives these days. That’s for another post, but the good news is, when I was wide awake in the middle of the night I checked my email to find the best email ever. I connected with a mom on Facebook who …

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Care Package for Lila Mei

We found out we are able to send a care package to Lila! I have been busy trying to get it all together to send her as soon as possible. I know it will take a few weeks for it to get to her, but we are so ready for her to start to learn that she has a family …

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Fingerprints Done!

We’ve crossed another hurdle in our adoption process! We had our fingerprint appointment last week! Anyone in the adoption world knows this is a BIG DAY! We thought we would receive USCIS (US government) approval soon after, but instead we were met with the dreaded RFE or “Request for Evidence”. Apparently our home study was missing a key sentence about …

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Home Study Done!

Whew! We are done with a huge step in the adoption process! Our case worker sent our home study to our agency for approval this week! This is such an exciting thing and we are so happy to be moving along! And yes I’m using exclamation points for every sentence! Can you tell we’re excited??! YAY!     We had …