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China Day 5: Hong Kong Disneyland

Saturday morning we surprised the kids and told them we were taking them to Disneyland! They were so excited! We knew this would be such a fun way to celebrate our last days as a family of four. We took the subway directly to the park and got there before it opened. We were sitting enjoying breakfast that we had …

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China Day 4: Touring Hong Kong

On Friday morning, we woke up early (again!) and had an easy morning around the hotel. We opted for breakfast in the hotel, and this was our view! After breakfast we decided to take a Big Red Bus tour through the Hong Kong side of the area (we are staying on the Kowloon side). We rode the ferry over and …

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China Day 3: Travel to Hong Kong

Thursday morning we woke up around 4am with Jack saying he was sick. Those of you that don’t know already, he and Chloe have both been diagnosed with stomach migraines or cyclical vomiting syndrome. Before their diagnosis, I had not heard of this before, but when we talked with a GI specialist and did our own research, this is exactly …

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China Day 2: Beijing in a Day

What. A. Day! I can’t begin to truly describe what today was, other than that it was perfect. We started off with breakfast in the hotel- donuts and waffles- the kids were so happy! And yummy coffee for me (see, God is able!). Our guide, David, picked us up at 8am for our full day of Beijing! I have so …

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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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Happy Birthday, Sweet Lila Mei

Gulp. This is a hard one to write. The day we got Lila’s file, I knew there was probably no way we would be approved to travel before her 2nd birthday. I always thought I would be ok with it, I told myself we are just missing it by a few weeks. But now that it is here, I am …

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Jack is FIVE!

This cannot be true! He is my baby. How in the world is Jack already FIVE? I am so thankful for this sweet boy! He is PURE JOY and just so sweet. Here are a few things about our Jackie at five years old! You love to laugh. You are constantly lightening up the moment- saying something funny, using your “old …

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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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Easter & Still Waiting!

We had a great Easter weekend. I am thankful for time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us, for me! I just kept thinking about Lila all weekend- I can’t wait to tell her the Good News and celebrate with her next Easter! We had a fun day at home after the 7:30am service at Watermark. Easter baskets were opened …

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Our USVI Getaway

We knew we wanted one more trip “just the two of us” before baby girl comes home. So, about a year ago we started planning a getaway. We knew we wanted to go to a beach, and we were using our Marriott points to stay at a Ritz, so we chose the Ritz in St. Thomas in the US Virgin …

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Christmastime in Arkansas

We loeaded up and went to visit Trey’s mom and step dad the day after Christmas! They live in Northwest Arkansas, and we love visiting there. It is peaceful and beautiful! We had a great time visiting with extended family including Trey’s grandmother and her two sisters. I love sitting with those three ladies! So much wisdom and so many …

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Christmas Morning 2014

For the last few years, we have been home for Christmas morning. We love the tradition of the kids opening gifts, eating monkey bread, and then having a big Christmas brunch. This year Jack asked Santa for a bow and arrow, Mario Cart, and a web gun. Santa threw in the BatBot and it was his favorite gift of all. He …