The Little Things

It is looking highly likely that Dolly will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow.  Yes, we are going HOME!!! And, it’s likely we’ll be going home without supplementary Oxygen.  I’m pretty sure no one thought that was going to be possible given the condition of Dolly’s lungs.  I know that is sounds to be small…

No Place Like Home.

Dolly and I rolled in tonight at about 9pm.  She did amazingly well on the flight.  I have to give a shout out to the United Airlines flight crew on the Beijing to Chicago run yesterday.  They were amazing!  They gave us a bassinet to lay our Dolly in and she slept for almost SIX…

Can’t Stand It!!!

I was united with our Dolly girl less then two weeks ago. In some ways it seems like she has been mine forever. She is so delayed though.  It hurts my heart to see how behind she is.  At 21 months old, she doesn’t walk, she doesn’t even crawl.  The difference between now and two…

Got it!

Signed, sealed and in her passport!  We’re coming home, baby!!!  One more sleep for my kids in the U.S. and we’ll all be together again.  In just 12 short hours, my dad, Dolly and I will be wheels up! –FullPlateMom,who can’t wait to kiss seven more little faces.

Consulate Day.

I barely slept last night.  I probably won’t sleep much tonight either, not until I have what I need in my hand.  Dolly’s passport is at the Consulate right now.  They have told me that they will print her visa tomorrow and stick it in there.  This visa is her golden ticket to the United…

A Little Badminton, and Something for my Bloodthirsty Boys.

Today was a jam packed day of sightseeing.  It is likely our last one since we will be visiting the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou tomorrow to, God willing, make Dolly’s adoption official in the eyes of the U.S. government and begin the process of having her visa printed.  We are now within 72 hours of…

On the Island.

Today I actually got my dad to shop a little.  I usually enjoy leisurely strolling through stores, carefully choosing my purchases.  He’s a ‘what are you shopping for?  Let’s get ‘er done’ kind of guy.  That’s not my way.  Usually, I have no clue what I’m shopping for until I see it.  I’m uber-cheap, and…

Scenes from Guangzhou

The time I’ve spent here in Guangzhou has been so different then the time I spent “in province”.  This has definitely been the break in the trip, the halfway point if you will, it is a definite “that was then, and this is now” kind of a feeling.  I’ll be heading home in just 5…

Encouraging News.

I’m sorry this post is picture-less.  The food here got me and I’ve been sicker then I’ve been in a long time.  Without getting graphic (and for those Seinfeld fans out there), the streak has ended.  I feel better today though.  Not well enough to tour the Safari Park, but thankful that whatever illness this was…

A Preview and a Contrast.

I got a preview of what flying home with Dolly will be like as we flew from Xi’an to Guangzhou today.  Let me tell ya, it wasn’t pretty.  To all the passengers of that China Southern flight, I’m so sorry.  If I had the Yuan to do it, I would have bought you all drinks,…

From the Walls of a City as Old as Time.

All Chinese adoptions are performed in the provincial capital.  Even though Dolly was found about three hours from where we are currently, we had to come here to complete her paperwork.  We’re in the city of Xi’an (Shee-an) in the Shaanxi Province.  It is the original capital of China.  Today we visited one very ancient…

It Takes an Army.

I told my kids at home that we were praying for two things: for Dolly’s cough to get better and for her to poop.  Well, I specifically told Middle-Middle to pray for poop because if there’s anyone who would find it amusing to pray for poop, it’s that boy.  He’s just like that.  It’s not…