Friday, February 26, 2010

Passports, visa's and more OH MY!

How quickly you forget the amount of preparation that goes into a trip across the globe. There are so many more restrictions than when we traveled to China in late 2005. This time, I'm so looking forward to being the silent observer and watching all these sweet children traveling in the group be united with their families!! For any of you that have been on this trip as an adoptive parent to be just imagine the gift of being there when others experience the joy of those early moments and days! It will be SO incredible to capture the early moments for our friend Angie (video and photos) and she can simply enjoy and savor each second of that instant when her life will change forever. We found ourselves so busy with Elizabeth that we failed to take very many pictures and even less video.. that won't happen with Angie if I have anything to do with it! :)

The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the "lovely" plane ride. Friends that travel overseas on business have told us that airlines are much more restrictive about movement around the cabin. UGG! I think I have something called restless leg syndrome.. I need to research it a bit more, but the name of the syndrome fits. My legs are indeed pretty restless during the 15 hour MRI!

The infamous LOA looks like it will arrive sometime next week and travel will most likely be sometime in April. Springtime in China..ahhh so!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Return to China!

I can hardly believe I'm actually typing this. We are heading back to China! It will be a little bit different this time however because last trip involved our adoption of Elizabeth. This time it still involves adoption, but we will be spectators in the amazing moment.

Her name is Emma. She is 22 months old and from Xi'an which is the city in central China most famous for the Terra Cotta warriors and we will be traveling with my good friend Angie to hand her wet wipes :) We are very excited to be returning to China for this reason and one other very special reason. During our time in Beijing, we will have the opportunity to spend time at Living Hope Adoption agencies orphanage to deliver some things to the children and spend some time at the orphanage with these amazing children. If you have a chance click the link above and read about what these older children have already gone through in their short lives.

Hop on over to meet BEAUTIFUL Emma!!
Stay tuned...!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

oooohs and ahhhh's

Isn't there something so refreshing about white? Maybe it's the absence of color that is the alluring factor, or that there is nothing objectionable when neutrals and whites are tossed together that soothes the mind? Either way, the older I get the more I enjoy lighter and clean looks to rooms. My children's game pieces and little do dads from toy parts etc..have made me immune to anything "collectible" so if it's not functional, I'm attempting to purge it in the name of reducing clutter and complicated living! Now, if I can just convince the rest of my household...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The season of love

I am still hee-hawing :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A little winter pick me up

Memories of Summer...