Interloper.

Oh, siblings.  You are best friends and worst enemies all rolled into one.  You would think that moving into a house of ten children would be a big adjustment for Gigi.  Not so much.  She is GREAT with all her brothers and sisters.  She revels in the chaos.  She floats from kid to kid, seeing…

Officially Ours.

Today we went back to the governmental office where we met Gigi yesterday to sign the paperwork to make her officially ours.  We have had her for 24 hours now.  At this point, technically, we could either ask for 24 more hours to “decide”, tell them we prefer not to continue, or sign the paperwork…

One Day.

This is Gigi’s last night without a family.  I know she has no clue about the magnitude of change that’s upon her, but I wonder, can she feel something coming? Does she sense that this was her last dinner in an orphanage? That this is the last night that she’ll be tucked into bed in…

My Wish for You (Her Wish: The Final Day).

Dear Tess, Today is the final day of your wish.  Well, we have two days of driving left, but I doubt there will be much to say about those, except “He’s TOUCHING ME!!” and “STOP IT!” I’m kidding, kind of. I think you feel all this drawing to a close, and you’re not sure quite…

Unicorn Rider (Her Wish: Day 7).

Hi Tess, Today was THE DAY.  And, oh my gosh, what a day it was.  We were up this morning at the crack of dawn, putting on our glow-in-the dark unicorn tattoos to get into the spirit of the day. We drove to Bradenton Beach and arrived just in time for you to see them…

The Aquarium (Her Wish: Day Six).

Tessa Claire!!! Today was “the best day ever!”  You say that about every single day, and girlfriend, I love ya for it.  That’s what you tell me about all the ice cream you’ve eaten, “Girlfriend, I love ya for it!”  I get ‘I love you’ about fifty times a day out of you, which makes…

Three Years of Tess.

We joke with Cam, our first, that he is the boy that started it all.  That is very true, but in some ways, Tess wears the title of the girl who started it all.  Three years ago today, in a sterile office in Xi’an, I signed the official papers to make her mine. The next…

How Did You Talk Him Into It?

When I was at the retreat this weekend there was, of course, a lot of talk of husbands and kids.  I have a large number of them.  Not husbands, thank God, just children.  I got asked, again, how I managed to talk Joe into adopting that large number of children.  I have been asked it…

A Fundraiser Fiasco.

Some of you have commented and messaged me about where the information about Cam’s fundraiser went.  He and Brady had come to me with the sweetest request to go to China with me to bring Gigi home.  They offered to split the cost of the extra ticket because we had only budgeted for myself, one…

The Key to the Kids

We’re shaking off the incognito around here.  This wasn’t a decision we made lightly.  It was never our intention to turn them into advocates for adoption, but that is what they’ve become naturally.  They enjoy this role.  They love talking to people about their family, and they never turn down a chance to be interviewed….

Learning To Be A Kid: Life After a Broken Heart.

This girl was up 12 times last night.  She laid in her bed sweating and crying with no explanation as to why she was upset.  I can guess, but I don’t know.  I went in, I went out.  I went in again.  We diffuse essential oils.  We play soft music.  She has night lights and…

Their Story Is Becoming Their Own

I don’t write as much about my kids as I do about my littles.  It’s not that there isn’t so much to say about them each and every day, it’s more that it doesn’t feel quite right to write about the goings on in their lives when I am becoming less and less a part…