Better Days

Good part is that Dolly’s cough is better, bad part is, the wheezing is apparently just how she breathes.  Imagine living with croup all the time.  Yeah, that’s how she breathes.  I remember another little girl from Ghana who breathed a little like that.  We’ll hope that Dolly’s outcome is equally as good.  As I…

Gotcha!!!

I’m typing this as out Dolly is laying here next to me sleeping in her little crib. After waiting for her for so long, it feels absolutely surreal to have her here. Just like every one of our children’s Gotcha moments, hers was emotional, amazing and so painful. We arrived at the government offices to…

Here…for now.

I landed yesterday at 3:30pm Beijing time, which would make it about 2:30am my time.  I slept a little on the plane, but the lovely Chinese woman sitting next to me needed to pee about 150 times over 13 hrs and 45 mins and she also had a h*ll of a time navigating her personal…

And I’m off.

It’s 5am where I am, and after almost no sleep because of nerves mixed with excitement, I’m up and ready to get ready to go.  The kids will be driving me to the bus that will take me to the international airport where I’ll spend 13 hours in a plane over the Pacific.  Do you…

The Closer I Get…

I’m 12 days away from leaving for Ch*na.  I have this…feeling.  It’s hard to describe, but I remember it from when I went to Ghana to adopt our kids.  It’s a mix of excitement and terror, of longing and apprehension.  It’s like mile 21 and 22 of a marathon (I don’t know about that personally,…

Relief.

Saying that adoption is a roller coaster has almost become cliche.  Unfortunately, cliche or not, it’s totally true.  After nearly having a mental breakdown yesterday about the fact that we hadn’t received Travel Approval (TA), which meant the government of Chi*a was likely not expediting anything, I was ready to give up.  Tears were shed,…

I Slept Through This Part Of Anatomy & Physiology…

I don’t talk a whole lot about my bread & butter.  I’m a working mom.  Did y’all know that? Hmmm, maybe not.  I am.  My jobs don’t have a whole lot to do with my kids (well, they have a whole lot to do with kids, just not mine).  Besides being a mom, which is…

Twenty Years.

Twenty years ago, I was 14.  I had just started high school.  In fact, this time that many years ago, I had just finished the first month of my Freshmen year.  It doesn’t seem like twenty years ago, it seems like it was yesterday. In the span of twenty years though I finished that treacherous…

What Does it Cost You?

First of all, have you seen my baby?  I had to show her off again.  We think she’s WAY cute.  Sometimes I forget that maybe someone who isn’t my Facebook friend happens to read this blog.  If that’s the case, then you haven’t seen these.  We received an update on our Dolly.  She gained a…

We May Shatter.

Updated pictures came this week, along with the receipt for our I800.  I expect the actual approval to follow this coming week.  We are now within a hair’s breath of our girl (well, compared to where we came from).  We’re just trying to put one foot in front of the other, but it’s like living…

Why did you say yes?

I made a Facebook announcement earlier in the week about our little Dolly.  Some of our family didn’t know about her.  For those of you that didn’t see it, there was a disclaimer with it about only saying kind things to us about our girlie in front of our other children.  Sadly, I had to…