Back to China: Day 6

Today was our second visit to the civil affairs office for the purpose of finalizing Caston’s adoption. Before we left, all the boys caught up on some tv. I’m not sure what Caleb’s look means. A) Where is the air conditioning, China? B) What do you mean we’re keeping him? We sealed our signatures with…

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Back to China: Day 5

Today was Baby Day!  We started off our morning with breakfast and then took Caleb to the hotel playroom. I love it, Holiday Inn–You’re saying what every mom thinks. Please take care of your kids. I want to steal this and post it at the Chick-Fil-A play area.  Caleb really had fun in the ball…

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Back to China: Day 4

Today was relatively uneventful. Our biggest thing to report today was the horrid jet lag. Three quarters of us were up at 2 am for the day. We played poker in the bathroom so that Caleb could sleep. We flew from Beijing to Nanjing today. Caleb does NOT like to fly, and he let everyone…

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Back to China: Day 3

Last night, I was so tired, I could hardly compose a blog post. I kept falling asleep at the iPhone keyboard. We all stayed awake until 9 pm and went to bed. I had the best night of solid sleep that I’ve ever had in China…five and a half blissful hours. This is phenomenal compared…

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Back to China: Day 2

This morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the hotel with Zhou and our travel group, and then we headed to the jade factory. We saw some beautiful hand carved pieces. We even found polar bears. Go Jackson! Next we went to the Great Wall. Bless our little Braden. He carried his brother almost the…

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Back to China: Day 1

Have we done this before? Braden caught this candid moment as we were waiting to depart for our flight from Cleveland to Chicago. The first flight went smoothly for about an hour, but after I told Caleb firmly for the 25th time not to kick the seat in front of us, he melted down big…

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It’s Not About Me.

Caleb has very recently decided that he hates both the stroller and the shopping cart. Perfect timing. We’re about to add a 16 month old to the mix, and I can’t have any of these people running free. It’s in the middle of his 30 minute screaming episodes in Target that I try to remain…

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Living a Life that Matters

I just got an email from a former teacher from Mississippi State. Jimmy Abraham was by far one of the best teachers Kevin and I ever had. In his class, we had to learn hundreds of facts about MSU, as we were part of a student recruiting organization called Roadrunners. We called prospective students, wrote them…

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Invisible Parenting

There’s no other way to say it. Last night, I had a very public, very humiliating parenting fail at the mall. It wasn’t a planned trip, which I’m sure added to a bit of the chaos. Nevertheless, the four of us there “acted ugly” as my grandmothers would have said. I’ll just jump straight to…

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Chosen and Loved: Introducing Caston!

From my mother’s womb You have chosen me Love has called my name I’ve been born again, into your family Your blood flows through my veins I am currently addicted to the song “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. This song, whether it was intended to be or not, has become my go-to adoption song for Caston. It speaks…

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