Tag: adoption

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!


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!

Last night as a family of nine!

We arrived in Zhengzhou, tired and worn but excited about what the Lord has in store for us in the next 15 hours. We received updated reports on our girls on the bus ride from the airport to our hotel. I have included pictures of the reports if you would like to read and use them to inform your prayers. A few of the … Read More Last night as a family of nine!

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!


We are coming to the end of our adoption journey and wanted to update everyone on where we are in the process.  Today was a wonderful day…we received Travel Approval!!!  China has officially invited us to come and adopt two of their precious daughters.  By the end of the week, we should be given a Consulate Appointment and that will determine exactly when we … Read More ALMOST THERE!

Meet Hope

When Rick and I began our adoption journey (again…) back in October of 2012, we prayed fervently to our God that He would grant us a child.  Specifically, a little girl in China.  We possessed great faith that He would bring this to pass.  And He did!  We were granted the desire of our hearts in December 2012, with the referral of Dang Qi … Read More Meet Hope

Meet Faith

For many years now, I have dreamed of adopting a little girl.  I had no preconceived notions of what she would look like.  Only that she was out there somewhere, and that she had my heart…wherever she was.  It was on December 10th, 2012 that we learned she was in China.  A country that I thought was closed to us.  We in no way … Read More Meet Faith