China: Pics from Beijing

I finally figured out how to get my SD card slot to work on my MacBook. Thank you, YouTube, for teaching me to blow in the slot and then quickly put my card in. :) Here are more pics from our time in Beijing! I miss it so much! This was heading up the Great Wall. It was a beautiful …

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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 …

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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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┬ámy 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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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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My Baked “Ziti”

I have a go-to recipe that I take to anyone that had a baby, etc… it is just so easy and makes a ton! With one recipe I am able to make a 9×13 pan for a friend and an 8×8 pan for us to have that night! The original recipe came from Food Network, but I have since changed …