July 17th, 2017 Just when I thought it couldn’t get much worse in this fiasco, we found out that our “door-to-door”, “we’re committed to delivering your household goods on the 14th” move was actually completely stalled out…and our stuff was still in NY on the date of supposed delivery. We’re beyond frustrated as we found this out on the day of delivery, and just before the weekend, of course when.... READ MORE

The ability to be able to laugh in the face of extremely stressful circumstances is absolutely critical in chaotic situations, such as a cross-country move, with a large family. We’ve been living “on the edge” for a week now, bouncing from one hotel to the next, living in an extremely crowded, 15-passenger van packed to the brim with kids and stuff (pulling along an equally full UHaul of ~10,000 lbs.... READ MORE

It was pretty ironic that after visiting some of the saddest places on earth (our children’s finding spots and orphanages) that we would end our trip at the happiest place on earth- Disneyland. Chad is definitely not from “Fun Country”, but it was great to hear him scream like a little girl, enjoying the biggest attractions the park had to offer. It’s safe to say that since getting home life.... READ MORE

Yesterday was the last official appointment needed to complete the adoption process, held at the U.S. consulate. Children over the age of 10 must give consent to be adopted, and we had an “interview” with Chad where he was asked three questions before his visa is issued so that he can emigrate into the United States with us. First, he was asked if he knows who we are (to be.... READ MORE

I have loved seeing the positive effect this trip has had on Chaela. We were concerned about bringing her back so soon knowing it would open wounds that were just beginning to scab over. It seems to be having a healing transformation on her heart, and she and I have grown closer in our mother-daughter relationship being here together, in her home country, now that she knows what it on.... READ MORE

We caught an early 8AM flight to Pu’Er after a restless night due to the event that happened. We knew it would be an incredibly long day, but the prayers kept us going. The flight was so short that as soon as I got out my Ipad to try to type the blog, it was time to put it away for the descent. When we landed, the new director, a young man.... READ MORE

The night of Chad’s incident, I messaged with the agency director at Lifeline and told her what was going on. She is a wise lady with lots of experience- she has seen it all. She e-mailed her in-country representative because she was also concerned, and “Lily” called Susan, our guide, to talk to her about it. She wanted Susan to go to the director to get to the bottom of.... READ MORE

I spent a couple of hours today while the baby napped and Joey took the kids to the pool writing about our day. I had almost finished the post, but thought I would wait and add another paragraph or two if anything interesting happened between then and the nighttime when I would post it before e-mailing it to myself to put in the blog site. When I went to retrieve.... READ MORE

This morning really could not have gone any better. We are so relieved! Our agency director contacted us to ask how things were going this morning, and I told her about the phone issue. She advised us to go slowly with the phone in order to build trust. It’s a perspective we understand, and we were prepared to take a different approach than removing it from him cold turkey and.... READ MORE

“Who makes the orphan a son and daughter The King of Glory, the King of Glory! This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You lay down Your life That I would be set free Oh, Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me Worthy is the Lamb who was slain Worthy is the King who.... READ MORE