Wednesday, February 23, 2011
- 5 more sleeps to TingTing (AK's way of counting down)
- 4 packed suitcases (but I think we're going to have to suck it up and pay for 5 checked bags in China. It's HARD to pack for both snow and 75 degree temps, plus all the gear needed for a 3 year old and a 10 year old!)
- 3 excited people ( me, Mark, AK)
- 2 exhausted parents (Who needs sleep?? )
- 1 more day until we leave for CHINA and our Olivia Ruth YuTing!!
Olivia Day should be Monday, 2/28!!
If you want to follow our journey, please check out my new blog @
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Our Letter of Approval arrived today!! It is so exciting to have the official adoption approval in hand. It is already on it's way back to China... no wasting time on moving forward!
We are anticipating traveling to China in later February or early March. Now we wait for immigration approvals from US*CIS and the Invitation to Travel from the CC*AA. I'm glad we have lots of holidays to distract us from more waiting since March seems awfully far away!
Anna Kathryn is ready to go get her sister now. We went out to dinner to celebrate (Cracker Barrel. Sure hope Olivia develops a taste for biscuits and chicken and dumplings!) and we told her at dinner. She got SO excited- her eyes got real big, and her mouth made an "o" and she just said, "Ohhhhhh, Ting Ting, my sister!"
The best part is... we can finally start communicating with our girl!!! And we believe the orphanage will tell her and begin to prepare her now, too. Please be praying for her as she begins to learn about us, and faces so many changes to come.
Off to scope out Care Package options now... woo hoo!
Monday, October 11, 2010
We are THRILLED to announce (officially) that we are adopting again!
Please join us in praying for Olivia as we prepare to bring her home, as she faces a huge number of changes and adjustments. We are also praying for a kindred spirit between her and Anna Kathryn; that Mark and I would be wise and compassionate as we deal with the parenting challenges before us and we walk through this new territory together.
We will keep you posted as we get closer to bringing Olivia home!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Today, she is even more firmly embedded in our hearts. Our home is noisy with laughter, games, reading, singing (and because she is a hard-headed toddler, a good bit of wailing), filled with toys, and always time for snuggling. Life continues to be SO GOOD with our Snickerdoodle.
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
If you feel like a trip down memory lane, read about our first family day here.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I know it's been a ridiculously long time since I posted, and this isn't even a current photo in the screen below! (It is one of my faves, though.) I am testing out this super-fun tool, VoiceThread, for a project at school that I am collaborating on with another teacher, and realized that I could post VoiceThreads here really easily . I made this in about 2 minutes, no joke, and uploaded it to Blogger in no time. This is the busy mom's way to blog: upload a photo, speak, and voila: a post! Hmmm, I may start blogging again after all!
Anyway, M and AK and I are having a wonderful spring. We are heading into the home stretch of another school year, I am finishing my third-to-last class for my Master's degree, and AK is potty training sloooooooowly. Busy days, for sure!
And, we have a few other things we are working on... but that's another post for another day!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Guess what they were?
For the first time, Anna Kathryn said the words to me in response, rather than being prompted.
I'd just laid her down in her crib after tooth brushing, two stories, bedtime prayers, and some milk. The past few nights we've had a popcorn and dance party after dinner. We pop some popcorn and watch all the songs on The J*ungle Book. (I'm going to try to catch some video of AK dancing this weekend because it is maybe the cutest thing EVER.)
Anyway, as I laid her down she said, "Pop? Jungle Book?"
I said, "We'll do it again tomorrow night. I love you."
And Anna Kathryn said, "I love you."
My mommy's heart absolutely overflowed. Wow. Such sweet words to hear. She said it!!
Edited to add: I just read this post. How blessed I am to be able to hear my daughter tell me she loves me! May I never take it for granted.