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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 …

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Post Adoption – 1 Month!

Can you believe we met Lila Mei one month ago today? I can’t! It has gone by so fast! Lila continues to amaze us. She is still doing great and we are all adjusting well to our new normal. This month was full of so many firsts for Lila Mei! Here are a some of the new things she’s been doing. …

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My hero.

Two years ago today is the first date that we know anything about Lila’s history. July 24, 2013, our sweet girl was found abandoned. Two years ago, her birth mom gave up her tiny baby girl. Two years ago, a woman whose face I will never know this side of heaven became my hero. I don’t know much about this …

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Jesus, the Sweetest Name I Know

I thought I’d take a minute to answer some questions we get frequently! We have been so thankful to have so many of you be so supportive and interested in our adoption, and I love answering your questions. We always pray that through our story, you will each continue to be inspired to care for orphans and some of you to …

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Hearts full.

We are so happy to be home! My parents came in to welcome us at the airport and asked if they could stay a few days to help out. Um, yes!! So, they wore themsleves out serving us this week! They took the big kids wherever they wanted to go- putt putt, movies, McDonald’s, nail salon, Target for toys, Claire’s …

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China Day 19: Hong Kong

We had a great last day in Hong Kong! We love this place! It felt a little like home but made us even more ready to get to Texas! We spent the morning around the hotel. We had breakfast and then walked over to the airport to see if we could change our seats on the plane (our 11 hour …

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China Day 18: Leaving Guangzhou

We had a great last day hanging around the apartment in GZ. We were all sad to leave!! It has truly been our home away from home and we will miss this place- even the 70s decor grew on us! :)           We loved our guide, Kelly, in Guangzhou! She truly made our stay so easy and fun. I …

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China Day 17: US Consulate Appointment

Thursday we had Lila’s US Consulate appointment! After breakfast we said goodbye to our new friends that were leaving Guangzhou. They had their Consulate Appointment earlier in the week and were heading to Hong Kong and then home to Colorado! So thankful for these new friends- it was hard to say goodbye! Then it was time to drive to the US …

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China Days 12 & 13: Exploring Guangzhou

We’ve had a nice couple of days exploring the city. Saturday morning we decided to take a walk, so we borrowed a stroller from the hotel and we were set! We ended up at Aeon, a grocery/department store. It is set up so differently from what we have in the US! There is a huge grocery store on the bottom floor, …

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China Day 11: Orphanage Visit

We left our hotel this morning early to head to Dongguan. This is the city where Lila’s orphanage is. It is about an hour from Guangzhou, heading down the Pearl River highway back toward Hong Kong. The first thing we noticed about Dongguan is how beautiful it is. It is very lush and green, and in parts you would think …

China Day 10: Fun Day in Guangzhou!

Today was such a fun day! We had to wake up Miss Sleepyhead again this morning because we were leaving the hotel at 9am. We went down to breakfast and then met our guide in the lobby. Our first stop was shopping for pearls at the pearl market! This was such a fun experience. There are SO many places with …

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China Day 9: Medical Exam and Passport

Today was the hardest day we’ve had. Even though we are all still doing really good, Lila had a harder time today with everything. We woke up after another great night’s sleep (everyone is sleeping so good, thankfully!!) and headed down to breakfast again at the hotel. I made Lila a plate of bananas and pancake and then headed to …