Monday, December 27, 2010


Mr. Bao Yun Fei....

....who is waiting for us in the province of Henan in Zhoukou city. Is he not the most handsome little dude ever?! I can't wait to get my hands on him!!
He is 7 years old and his papers say he can't wait to have an even more caring mother and father. I can't wait to give him that.

A little tidbit for ya~ Henan is China's most populous province with more than 100 million people. And yet, this 18-orphanage province placed fewer than 100 children for international adoption. I'm so happy he will be rescued from a life of no family or opportunities.

Isabella doesn't say much. She's so easy she'd be happy with whoever we got! Unless it was a baby. She is very certain she does NOT want a baby in this house.

Trey, on the other hand is excited! Bringing Isabella home has not been easy for him. (She gets a lot of attention. She REQUIRES a lot of attention! She's bossy and he hates that.) So, Trey is glad that he'll have a brother to shoot guns, play ball and wrestle with. Isabella is glad to do all those things with Trey, but then I stand on the side lines and constantly yell, "Careful! Easy! Be nice! Stop it!) Like right now as I type this- I'm telling Trey to STOP!

Another good thing about Trey getting a brother is that he won't be sleeping in the basement by himself. I'm not sure I would want to sleep in the basement by myself either!

Not sure of when we will travel. Homestudy is done. Dossier needs to be notarized, certified and authenticated. UGH! Then there's the fun part in getting fingerprinted (AGAIN) at the USCIS government office and waiting for DTC, LID, LOA, I-797, NVC, Article 5 and then TA! I have no idea how long all this takes.
But, I'll let you know as this progresses along.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Best Christmas!!

I have pictures of my sweet sweet girl's first years without me!

A group of us were tipped off about a website for a Chinese volunteer group in Isabella's city, Shenzhen. I spent all morning searching through several years of their various volunteerism.
I can't even put into words what it means to me to have these.

She looked at these pictures of herself over and over and when she got done she asked to watch her adoption video. I'm sure she's trying to put it all together in the order of her life, but I still wonder what goes through her mind when she looks at these younger pictures of herself.

I have over 60 pictures of her and her friends that she remembers. (Some of those pictures are of the back of her head clear across the yard/room though! I'm keeping any little bit I can get my hands on!)

This will be the best Christmas present I get this year, I'm sure!

Enjoy my sweet baby's pictures of when she was a LITTLE sweetie.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Worship in the Mall

This is way to cool not to share.
In fact, it made me cry.

Worship in the mall!
It's got to be against the law doesn't it?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saving for China

My sister found this on the table today when she got home.

It seems her 8 year old is going to China with us.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm in LOVE.