Homecoming.

My amazing friend Sarah of Mustard Seed Photography captured our homecoming last night at the airport.  We’re not big ‘join us at the airport!’ folks.  It stresses me out.  But, Sarah is an adoptive mom herself.  She understands the madness.  She stayed back so respectfully, took photos, and congratulated me, and then disappeared.  It was…

To My Boys, at the End of our Adventure.

Hi Boys, It’s mom.  I always write these letters when we’re either heading headlong into, or beelining it out of, adventure.  This time, we’re on our way out.  And we will have to make a beeline, straight for the airport tomorrow morning, and straight onto that plane if we’re going to make our connection in…

The Privilege of Being American.

I’ve written about the day my foreign born children were handed their visas to America MANY times. Here is Cate’s post from last year. And Bowen’s is here. Tess’s can be found here. For anyone who hasn’t read our Ghanaian kids’s stories from 2009-2010, we had to fight like hell to get their visas out…

It Gets Better.

Today was full of more touring.  It was BEAUTIFUL.  The weather was perfect.  The boys were funny.  It’s just…good. Had you told me one week ago, when we were waiting nervously to meet the divine Miss Gigi that we would be doing this well just seven days later, well, I would have kissed you. Yes,…

Testing All the Limits.

Today we decided to try taking Gigi to a more pedestrian-friendly area of the city to “let her roam.”  I didn’t bring our toddler carrier, or a stroller.  I thought letting her run would be a nice change for her. She loved it. I nearly had a stroke. This tiny girl has never needed limits,…

Watching Her Come Alive.

Every single time we have adopted, I have been given the amazing privilege of watching my new child’s world come alive.  Sometimes, the process is slow and painful.  Lots of times, it feels scary.  Always, it’s amazing. Every time is different.  This time is no exception.  Gigi’s journey has been a long, hard one.  Getting…

The Very Best China Moments So Far, Courtesy of Cam and Brady.

Whenever we travel to a foreign land, there are always adventures.  Ghana gave us MANY of those.  Oh my gosh, so many.  China is no different.  The boys have gotten a crash course in cultural differences.  They love it. First of all, being African-American in rural China brings out some stellar moments.  Cam was used…

Going Back to Move Forward.

After two days of just kind of resting and touring, today was a HUGE day.  We were up at the crack of dawn to drive the 2.5 hours to Gigi’s orphanage where Cam, very bravely, decided he would set aside his nervousness and go inside so that he could see where Gigi has spent her…

The Beginning of Forever.

She wasn’t pleased at the sight of us at first.  We had to work hard to entice her with a backpack full of stuff, especially snacks. She liked putting things in a bag and then dumping them out.  Putting them in, and dumping them out.  We got right down on the floor with her and…

Shanghai Saturday.

We spent the day in Shanghai again.  Tomorrow morning we’ll move on to Nanjing via bullet train.  The boys are SO excited about the train.  We learned a lot about Nanjing today in anticipation of our journey.  Up until 1949, it was the capital of the Republic of China, now known as the People’s Republic…

Shanghai Sights.

Today we did a full day of touring around Shanghai.  Brady was up an ready to go right away.  He couldn’t wait to get out of the hotel room.  There’s just so much to see and do. We hopped into a cab and took a ride to The Bund.  It was so foggy today that…

Made It!!!

We’ve made it to Shanghai safely!  Let the adventure begin.  I don’t have a ton of photos of a rather uneventful, thankfully, but also uncomfortable, not unexpectedly, plane ride.  The boys were absolute troopers.  We ended up on a plane with no personal inflight entertainment system (seatback screens).  Bummer.  I told the boys how sorry…