Archive - June 2013

Quick Trip Recap
Last week in China
Our Lola!

Quick Trip Recap

WordPress and WiFi were not functioning well in China. We were not able to update the blog regularly. So here is a quick photo recap of the trip. I have so much to share, so I’ll use pictures to recap and tonight I should be able to sit down and spill my heart after the wee ones are in bed.

IMG_0882 A representative was visiting from the Ethiopian Government. Therefore the Ethiopian flag was flying with China’s flag in Beijing. May have been the coolest thing ever. _MG_0899China is full of intense buildings. Their history is craziness. _MG_0945Locks placed by lovers all along a portion of the Great Wall. Super fun.  _MG_0955Me. Trying to hard to pose well on the Great Wall. It was a serious hike and my hair was FRIZZY. Super humid and smoggy in Beijing. That’s totally not fog behind me… it’s smog friends. So gross. _MG_0957Lots of fun signs along the Great Wall.

IMG_0965 We failed with our Gotcha day pics, but it was so incredibly emotional it just didn’t seem right to stick a camera in her face. It was joyous and sorrowful all at once. I’m meeting her for the first time in the picture above. She kinda hated me here. IMG_0968She liked Daddy (BaBa) much better on that first day. She allowed him to hold her while she cried. IMG_0973 Leaving the Civil Affairs office with our daughter. Unfortunately, we had to go back everyday and she didn’t do well with the visits. IMG_0978This is Miss Lola later that day. She was totally cool with us and pretty happy as soon as we settled her in and gave her some activities. She is playing with big textured stickers in this picture. IMG_0982Lola has it in her mind that if she tries hard enough she will be able to see. In fact, she is so amazing that she fooled us into thinking she could see certain things for the first few days. Basically she can see light, some very bright colors, and can tell where large objects (such as furniture) are located. Having just a little bit of sight tires her out, she is always straining to see more. IMG_0984We ate more noodles than I can even begin to describe. Isn’t this chair beautiful? IMG_1006 Lola’s first bath in the hotel after overcoming her fear. Now we can’t get her OUT of the bath.IMG_1020Checking out the Super nice downtown area in Guangzhou. We came to find that the Chinese government likes to build super expensive buildings and use them for one event. Then they sit there, unused thereafter. An example is directly behind us. We were told by an individual we met there, that China likes to show a good face to the world. I could say a whole lot about that, but I’ll refrain for now. IMG_1030 Okay. I don’t drink Pepsi. But it was delicious in China. IMG_1038Just hanging out with Dad in the hotel.

IMG_1086 Some attachment techniques going on here. Feeding Lychee fruit to the baby bird.IMG_1026Riding on the bus with out travel group. She LOVES her Nalgene.  IMG_1036She kinda likes me now. 🙂 IMG_1062Taking one of our many walks through the hotel.  IMG_1093 Fresh from a bath!_MG_1107We head to Vanderbilt tomorrow with this sweet girl. We are anxious to understand her eye conditions better. There is definitely some hope that surgery may be an option to help her eyes function better. We appreciate prayers as we prepare her for a 3 hour doctor’s appointment tomorrow!

Last week in China






Our Lola!

-gotcha day



Next in line we have Liam. The baby. It’s a good thing our number four isn’t a baby. Liam has firmly taken his stance as the baby of the family and he may have some serious adjustment issues should a younger child ever enter our clan.

This is momma talking here… but I think he may be the most scrumptious little almost 2 year old anywhere. He still sleeps in our bed from time to time and I love waking up and seeing him snuggled up with us, breathing sleepy little sighs. I still can’t believe I get to be his mom.

Liam is what I like to call an extreme extrovert. Always on. Always the life of the party. And always as loud as he can possibly be. He loves a spotlight.

It’s going to be difficult for him to be away from us for the next two weeks. If you think of us, please pray for understanding in his little heart.


Don’t ask him to take out his paci for a picture. Just thinking about it makes him too sad.

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Next in line, we have Miss Charlotte. And don’t take the Miss lightly… she likes a title. Char is our super girl. Loves pink, purple, princess, Lalaloopsy, nail polish and the pretend spa. However, she can also join in with her rough and tumble brothers. She’s pretty much going to be the perfect woman someday.

We always refer to Charlotte as our spiritual child. She loves Jesus and “talks to God” all the time. I love hearing her sing worshipful songs when she’s up in her room all alone. I’m thrilled that she has the gift of faith. It’s so simple for her.

Charlotte has spent a lot of time praying for Lola. Very heartfelt, and somewhat pleading prayers. She wants her sister to be home so badly. We are overwhelmed with Joy as that day is finally approaching.

Charlotte recently informed us that she is going to be a doctor someday. She wants to help children like Lola. Melt our swelling parental hearts.

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As we prepare to become a family of 6, Calvin and I have tried to spend individual time with each of the current 3. I thought it would be fun to feature each of our babies on the blog as we countdown the days (did you read that? DAYS!) until we leave for China to bring Lola home. First up, is Elliott.

Elliott is almost 6 years old. He is over-the-top excited to start kindergarten this year. He wants to be a scientist and live in our house forever. Really. Forever. I struggle with the fact that I’m mostly okay with that arrangement. He promises to cook for us.

Elliott is kind to animals, he likes to find bugs in the yard and he really likes to sneak into our bed at night for cuddles. Elliott is the difficult combination of smart and stubborn. Typical first born. 🙂

Elliott is excited to have a sister who is also five, going on six. His current passion is measuring himself after meals to make sure he is still taller than Lola.


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