to China for Clementine: a down day

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Today we rested. It just seemed like the obvious choice with our girl still so sick. Which meant staying in the room and doing everything we could to keep her anxiety to a minimum. It also meant keeping the camera out of her face. But after she woke up, took a bottle and filled a […]

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to china for Clementine: at last

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Today was the day. After several false starts and heart wrenching delays, Clementine day has arrived. The day started out slowly as we readied ourselves (much like we did yesterday, as that was supposed to be the big day) and silently braced for the possibility of another late morning phone call with news we did […]

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to China for Clementine: the Great Wall

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Yesterday was a roller-coaster of emotion. Before we even headed down to breakfast, we got a phone call from our guide, Helen. Chris took the call. Despite the fact that I was all the way across the room, I could make out a few words. Sick. Hospital. Pneumonia. Our plans for the day – to […]

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to China for Clementine

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We are here. We landed safely yesterday and other than a certain someone tossing her cookies in the immigration line, it was a flawless travel day. We arrived at our hotel with just enough time to catch our breath and brush our teeth. Then we went out for a short walk to a local noodle […]

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I’m gonna miss ‘em.

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So what does a mama do, when she should be packing for China? She ventures into the fall-colored woods with her kiddos and takes pictures of their sweet faces. Because she’s gonna miss ‘em. Crazy to me that I’ll be leaving in a little over 24 hours. And I’ll be away for 2 whole weeks. […]

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going to China

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And we are going soon. Like a week from today, y’all. We found out last night that our request for a Consulate appointment on the 24th of November was approved. Which means we will be holding sweet Clementine in our arms on the 17th. Only 12 days from today. And guess what else we got? […]

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best Monday ever.

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We are jumping for joy around here. We got travel approval, y’all. If you’re not hip with the current adoption lingo, (heck, I don’t even know what it all means) *travel approval* means that China has given us the final a-okay. They’ve checked the come-on-over-and-squeeze-your-baby-girl-for-the-first-time-ever box. And we are ecstatic. Hoping to get our consulate […]

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orphan sunday

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Today is Orphan Sunday. We watched a video in church that was created to celebrate all the children who have come home to families in our church through adoption. Some from Ethiopia. South Korea. Alabama. And a few especially adorable ones from China that, when their faces flashed across the screen, might have made me […]

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good things

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Finally, finally finding a moment to sit down and catch my breath…lots of good things going on. On the morning of September 26th, we got a surprise phone call from our wonderful Lifeline social worker. I think she was in as much disbelief as we were to hear that we were “match reviewed” – which […]

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the daily

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In July, on a challenge from my friend Lisa, I dusted off my Instagram account. And it’s been true love ever since. I was a bit wobbly starting out, not quite sure how to pick and choose what to post. But I’ve since decided to pursue pictures that very much represent *real-life* to me… the […]

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