Dear Diary: China Day One

Well, hello Jet Lag, it’s nice to meet you! It’s 1:30 am in Beijing, and 1:30 pm in the US. I woke up a while ago and refused to look at the clock until around 1:00 am. After 29 unsuccessful minutes lost to trying to fall asleep again, I figured it’s best to go ahead…

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T Minus Eight

I remember our conversation like it was yesterday. I was in Mississippi for the wedding of my brother and my then future sister-in-law April. April and I were in Tupelo on our way to get our nails done, chatting about randomness when adoption came up. “So where would you get the baby? Here or from…

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When Dreams Really Do Come True

I didn’t sleep well Sunday night. My mind was racing as I thought about my early flight to Mississippi the next morning where we would celebrate the life of my last grandparent, my stepdad’s mother, Clara Faye. I made mental note of the fact that the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) offices…

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Just Another Manic Monday

Remember that song by the Bangles? 1985? I was in 5th grade or so, and I could totally relate. (I had no idea at the time that the song was about her being late for work because she stayed up all night with her boyfriend. So many 80’s songs were completely lost in translation to…

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The Best Laid {Adoption} Plans, Part 1

In an earlier post, I explained our reasons behind our adoption decision. It definitely wasn’t spur of the moment. It was a decision that took years to make, years of allowing God to open our eyes and shape our hearts. It was a rough road filled with internal debate and lots of second guessing. Should…

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Why We’re Adopting

Now that you’ve heard we’re adding another to our gaggle of children, you might find yourself wondering why. Let me be clear. Adoption was our first choice for our fourth child. There are so many factors that influence a family’s decision to adopt. Our reason is because God put it on our hearts. There are…

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