Category: adoption

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just a few pictures from today. We travel tomorrow morning (Friday evening for those in the U.S) and would very much appreciate your prayers. This will be Faith and Hope’s first plane ride. We fly from Zhengzhou to Guangzhou – the flight is approximately two hours long. We are having trouble getting to sleep tonight. This is the last night of Chinese New Year … Read More Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bath Time!

This is the first video we’ve been able to post. We have much more footage but upload times are slow here in China. This is video of Hope’s bath time last night. This was her second. During her first, she decided that it was time to relieve herself so we bathed her last night with her diaper on. Faith did well in her first … Read More Bath Time!

A much needed rest day

It was a good day. We were able to stay in the hotel and spend quite a bit of time with the girls today. We received the paperwork back from the different cities that we have spent the last couple of days running to – we will take it with us to Guangzhou on Saturday. One of the items that we received is the … Read More A much needed rest day

Ni hao!

April writes: Today has been a MUCH better day!  Thank you all so much for your prayers!  🙂 After a good night’s sleep, we got up early this morning (6 a.m.) to start our day.  The girls ate breakfast well and we were packed up and ready to leave for Luohe by 8.  We had mentioned to our CCAI Rep Yisha about our tramautic … Read More Ni hao!

Adoption Finalized!

The adoption was finalized today according to China law. It has been a long and exhausting day. We have a longer day tomorrow as we have to travel to Hope’s birth city to apply for her passport. The trip is 2.5 hours one way, with stops at the registration office and possibly her finding spot. We applied for Faith’s passport in her home city … Read More Adoption Finalized!


What a day. Not much commentary, just pictures. The Lord has been, as He always is, superabundant in His mercy and grace toward us. The girls have been wonderful. Faith is a ham, Hope is quiet and petite – very much used to getting her way. I anticipate posting more later but April and I want to thank all of you who have prayed … Read More GOTCHA DAY!

Great Wall

It is Sunday morning, 4:42 a.m. here in Beijing. We had a packed day yesterday. We went to the Great Wall and spent 90 minutes there or so. It was cold once again so we hiked a bit up and down and then went to the coffee shop located at the base of the Wall. The steps were quite steep and snow covered, so … Read More Great Wall

Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

It snowed for the first time this winter in Beijing today. I guess we brought the weather with us! We spent a couple of hours touring Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It was quite cold as you can see from the pictures. We also went on a Hutong (the part of town we were in) Tour – we were driven (?) on bicycle … Read More Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City


Wed, Feb 5 Leave U.S. for Beijing. Depart Louisville to Detroit on Delta flight 5730 (8:01-9:29). Depart Detroit to Beijing on Delta flight 189, (12:25-15:10 Thursday) 13 hour 45 min flight time. Prayer Requests: Travel safety. For our children and the different families they’re staying with (please apply and repeat daily! 🙂 ) Thurs, Feb 6 Arrive in Beijing 3:10 p.m. Staying at Sunworld … Read More TRAVEL ITINERARY AND PRAYER REQUEST GUIDE

Made it to Beijing!

Thank you for your prayers, we made it! We are all pretty tired – none of us slept on the plane. The hotel is nice but the two beds are twins so someone’s going to be on the floor. And seeing how Graceann is already sacked out in one of them, it looks like that’s going to be me. Here are a couple of … Read More Made it to Beijing!

The flip side…from the girls’ perspective

I have been thinking more and more about the girls lately.  What will it be like as they are brought to our hotel room to meet us for the first time…Will they cry?  Will they ignore us, hoping if they do, we will simply go away?  Will they surprise us all by being one of those almost-unheard-of-but secretly-hoped-for cases of “love at first sight”? … Read More The flip side…from the girls’ perspective

Please prayerfully consider…

Dear Friends, We have received great news! We recently learned that Orphan Care Alliance based here in Louisville, KY has awarded us a $3,500 matching grant toward our adoption. 🙂 OCA is very active in foster and orphan care initiatives around our city. There are three letters at the bottom of this blogpost. The first is an adoption support letter that we have written … Read More Please prayerfully consider…