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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

June 17th         We made a big mistake this afternoon. After getting back from the museum, our plan was to take the kids to the outdoor pool. But, as it has been the entire time we’ve been here, it was in between thunderstorms and the pool was closed until further notice. With nothing to do, at 2:00 we came back to the room and turned on the TV and.... READ MORE

June 16 Today we made our annual trip to Hong Kong Disney, and at this point we’ve been to HK Disney more than Disneyworld in Orlando. When I’m at home I rarely even leave the house except to go out the door and grab the mail, so I truly go from one extreme to another when I suddenly become a worldwide globe-trekker once a year. We’ve all been looking forward.... READ MORE

Whoever said that “getting there is half the fun” was definitely not attempting international travel with an infant. Before the flight even took off, Gwennie was already beginning to fuss. Our flight was delayed by more than 2 hours, and we made the unfortunate decision to fly the “friendly skies” despite our better judgement. We did not purchase a seat for the baby because we were told we could use.... READ MORE