Tag: China

j-day

Today marks the day when we saw Julianne for the first time face-to-face.  We had loved her from afar for nine long months, and finally, we saw her.  I will never forget the feelings from that day.  The way my fingertips felt numb with anticipation and nerves.  The way when we rode the elevator to …

fifteen months {and a prayer for China-mama}

We are ALMOST to the fifteen month mark having Julianne home with us!  It seems like a long time and a short time all at once.  At this point, I don’t remember much of what our life was like before we had her.  Four children is definitely a norm now, not something that surprises me. …

knit together {then & now}

It has been 365 days, little family of mine. One full year since we were all together for the first time. I was privileged to grow three beautiful babies who kicked at and stretched me from the inside before they were born.  The labor and the pain to bring them into the world… it was …

the hardest day. ever.

Our trip to China for Julianne was challenging in so many ways. Culture shock?  Yes. Jet Lag?  Oh yes. Food challenges & wondering WHY Red Bull in China is not carbonated?  Yes, yes. Of ALL of our 13 days there, the most difficult, but far, was our Adoption Day, January 27th.  This is how it …

happy j-day!

January 26th… ONE YEAR since we first saw our Julianne! Some call it “gotcha” day.  Nope.  I’m not going that route.  That day was HARD.  Hard for us, hard for her.  We got something, and it was a lot of anxiety.  So, no. Some call it “family” day.  We’re saving that one for the day …

#memorylaneJanuary

If I could hashtag my thoughts right now, this is what it would be. We are quickly approaching the our One Year mark with Julianne, and I can’t help but reminisce a bit  a lot. I find myself thinking about what her last days in the orphanage were like.  Was she happy?  Did she know …

Little Sprout

So yeah. A couple of weeks ago this fad hit China hard-core. Plastic sprouts. Clipped on your hair. Men, women, children, young & old. None were immune to the lure of the sprout. It quickly became plastic flowers, mushrooms, breakfast foods. You name it. I knew I had to have one. So, thanks to the …

first day of PRESCHOOL!!

Today is a big day, y’all. This little peanut?  She is officially a PRESCHOOLER!! To Julianne’s China-mama, should you ever wonder… this baby girl is doing so well.  During these big “firsts” for her,  I always feel a twinge of loss layered softly beneath the joy because there is emotion on the other side of …

Ayi For a Day Kit {50 for 50 in 5 weeks}

Excited to share an opportunity from my friend Kelly at My Overthinking.  If you’ve ever wondered what you could possibly do when it comes to orphan care and the massive NEED that exists, take a look at this.  It’s a small way to help in a practical way, and a humongous way to help in …

How Going to China Changed My Life

We have been home for six months and this is the first time that I’m actually sitting down and processing our trip to China. For a while, it was just too fresh, you know? The thought of any attempt in organizing my thoughts made my brain hurt, and so I just didn’t. But now, I think …