Tuesday, April 27, 2010


If a mother and father can love more than one child then why is it so hard to understand that a child can love more than one mother and father?

Sleepy Eyes

Dinner Time
What's in the package?
Trying on a skirt, but she doesn't like the color!
We love a girl with her own opinion on fashion
But this cute tank top will do...
Sleepy eyes
One more cookie before bed
We are happy Mei Mei's sleeping with the soft floral blanket we sent her.
Jie Jie has a matching one at home.
Good night, Wan An sweet sleepy-eyed girl!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Precious Panda Picture

Tian Tian, this big xiang mao is for you, 
he's waiting in your new bedroom. 

Still Waiting for Travel Approval...

"Adopting a child
won't change the world,
but for that child
the world will change"

City Girl

City girl is downtown today
Please let me have a piggy back ride
This is the way she likes to travel
I see you
So pretty
Looking at photos of her new bedroom 
Eating a cookie

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just Add One Princess

We found out today that our Article 5 will be picked up on May 4th,
and we can expect Travel Approval 2-3 weeks later!

Good thing Tian Tian's room is all ready!

We hope she enjoys the Asian flair

I just love this Mother-Daughter artwork

Big Panda waiting with lots of books

We are so grateful for all the clothes 
her generous big sister, big cousins, and friends have given her

Closet Envy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Tian Tian, we know there will be tough times ahead when we meet each other in China, but we are ready to hang in there and comfort you while your little broken heart hurts and then heals as you grieve for your foster family. We expect you to grieve, you are very attached to your foster mother, foster father, and foster sister. Because you have already attached we know you can and will, in time, attach again. We just need to be patient and allow you to see and feel our love and support. We are ready to sing to you, rock you, hold you, and let you see the love in our eyes while you go through the necessary process of grief and healing. We will be patient. We will hold you and support you as you let all your BIG feelings out. 

Thursday, April 15, 2010


At the zoo today I noticed this hawk. He was not following the rules.


Beautiful Day At The Zoo

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Waiting for Travel Approval, Day 29


It started out a slit of light.

Stubbornly, it grew to a crescent.

In this March-April sky,

while I wait to see you for the first time,

its progress seems painfully slow.

Three-quarters now, it will be full in three nights.

Then in reverse, it will shrink to a crescent before I travel.

Eleven long nights.
I have no power to speed the earth's shadow 
as it moves across the moon's face.

I think that I may notice each degree of progress.
by Marea Rose Jennes

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Rock, Paper, Scissors and Another Update!

Nothing can come between a girl
and her French fries...
...except for ketchup, of course!
Piggy back rides are fun
Such a sweet smile!
This hairstyle is too cute!
Playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors"
As you lay sleeping far away as still as you could be...
How could you know the joy today this photo brings to me?
A few short weeks and you'll be mine, and "I" will soon be "We".
How could you know the love I feel? It's something you can't see.
So have sweet dreams, my precious babe. Sleep well and tenderly.
Some say that you're the lucky one. How could they know it's me?
~Kris Laughlin

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Our Adoption Timeline:

Begin Home Study:
August 10, 2009
Liu Chun Tian
Referral Photos:
August 19, 2009
Letter Of Intent:
August 24, 2009
September 2, 2009
(in 9 days)
Home Study Completed:
October 5, 2009
I-800A Sent:
October 6. 2009
Immigration Approval:
November 19, 2009
(in 45 days)
Dossier To China:
December 18, 2009
Log In Date:
December 31, 2009
(in 13 days)
~Happy New Year~
Letter Of Approval:
(in 74 days)
I-800 Sent:
I-800 Approval:
Cabled 4-7-2010
Article 5
Picked Up 5-4-2010
Travel Approval:
Leaving On A Jet Plane:
June 12, 2010
Forever Family Day:
American Citizenship:
July 4th, 2010