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Here We Go Again!

We’re going to China! Again! We’re going to have four kids. FOUR!! I still kinda can’t believe it myself, so if you’re shocked you’re in great company! As soon as we got home from getting our sweet Lila in June of 2015- well maybe even in China- we started talking about if we would ever adopt again. Those conversations would …

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Happy 9th Birthday, Chloe!

Sweet Chloe- you are halfway. Can’t believe that in only 9 more years, you will most likely be done with your time at home with us! When you were little, countless older women would stop me and tell me to enjoy every minute, that it goes too fast. But I already knew it because with each passing year, I’ve wanted …

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One Year Ago, Today.

It’s LILA MEI DAY!! One year ago we walked into a government office in Guangzhou, China to get our girl. I remember every detail of the room- the purple couches filled with many other families, some that were already holding their new child and others who were still anxiously waiting to meet their new little one. I remember being so …

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Chloe’s 8th Birthday!

We had so much fun celebrating our Chloe turning 8!! She wanted a craft party, so we made it happen! We had a few girls over for art projects and cake, and it was a hit. I am so thankful for Chloe’s sweet friends! We set up a photo booth and the girls had a great time posing for pictures! …

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New friends.

Yesterday was such a special day! I have a good friend {hi Kristi!!} that introduced me to a friend of hers last summer that was also in the process of adopting from China. They brought their little girl home not too long ago, and yesterday we were able to meet up for a fun play date for Lila and her new friend! They …

Preschool for the win! And Christmas is officially over. :(

Thank you for all of the encouragement and prayers yesterday! Lila Mei had a great day at preschool. The teacher said she only had to tell her “sweet hands” one time! You see, now Lila Mei doesn’t yell at new friends, she hits them! Yikes!! I really think it is coming from her not having words to say, plus I …

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First Day of Preschool

I am sitting here, alone in my house. My second pot of coffee is brewing {don’t judge} and I have the new Shane & Shane Psalms album playing. I don’t even know what to do with myself!!! Today is this sweet girl’s first day of preschool!!! Um, that face. Those cheeks. I can’t even! It was an easy drop off …

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Post Adoption- 5 Months

It’s been 5 months since we met our sweet Lila Mei. So much has changed in 5 months. We have settled into the groove of being a family of five. I’ve finally begun to live with the idea that we’re never going to be on time anywhere, and that we ALWAYS forget something wherever we go. Other than the big …

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Family of FIVE Photo Session

We were so excited to have Stacie of Stacie Tatum Photography come to the house to capture our first family of five photos! I found Stacie through Red Thread Sessions, an organization made up of photographers that are willing to donate sessions for adoptive families. She blogged about our time together here. Thank you Stacie for your time and talent! We are so thankful …

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Post Adoption- 3 Months

Where do I begin? This little cutie has now been with us for 3 months! Three months! That doesn’t seem possible, but at the same time, China seems like SO LONG AGO…truly a lifetime ago! Our sweet Lila Mei has changed so much since meeting her for the very first time. The timid, shy, bug-bite covered, skinny little thing is …

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Post Adoption- 2 Months!

This girl. She has captured our hearts. I have fallen head-over-heels, deeply in love with this tiny Chinese human. I LOVE HER. Sometime between June 29th and August 29th, my heart has been knit with hers. She is my daughter, I am her mother, one-hundred-and-fifty-million-percent. I can’t imagine our life without her. She is so perfect in every way. Before we met Lila Mei, the …

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First Day of School 2015

Well, it happened. Despite my efforts to stop summer from ending, the kids both started school! I cannot believe we have a 2nd grader and a Kindergartener. Y’all are gonna have to give me something when Lila Mei goes to Kinder. I will be even more of a mess than I was on Monday! The kids did great and both …

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Summertime

We are enjoying the last bit of summer! I keep telling people that it feels like it just started. With packing for China and then being in China for three weeks, and then recovering from jet lag— I feel like we’ve only had a couple of weeks of real “summer”! And now school starts in less than two weeks. Have …