This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).


So Seriously Cute!

Seriously, Ya'll! I thought I was going to explode when we got these pictures in my inbox the other day. Our local-China-adoption-expert, Erin, told us about two ladies in China who run Ladybugs 'N Love. We were able to go on their website and order a package and belated birthday cake to be sent to little M! (Her actual birthday was in March.) The package included a little stuffed panda and a toy from her grandparents and some candy for her ayis (caretakers) from our family. Then they give the orphanage money to buy a birthday cake and ask that they provide pictures of your child with the cake.

It was overwhelming to get these precious pictures and see this sweet child that, in our hearts, is already our daughter. Adoption sure is a wild ride and seeing the pictures filled us with joy and love as well as pain and longing.

So I thought this would be a good time to give a quick update on where we are in the process. Our homestudy has been completed and approved and we are now finishing our dossier and waiting for our fingerprint approval from our I-800 application. All of this will need to be authenticated and certified and then sent to China after which we will wait for our LOA (Letter of Acceptance). After that comes TA (Travel Acceptance) and then our actual travel dates. It is hard for us to predict exactly how long all of this will take but we are hoping to travel by November.

It would be hard to express how much we appreciate prayers at this point. All of this began in the hands of God, and we have complete trust that He is in control. Our deepest prayers have been that God would be with little M- filling her with His presence, comfort and peace; preparing her heart for becoming a part of our family; and keeping her healthy. For Scott and I, we ask for prayer that we would remain steadfast in our faith and trust in God and not let any stresses distract us from keeping our eyes on Him.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and for praying for our family. We are humbled and grateful!


  1. Oh my goodness! She is perfect! Thank you for posting the pics Haley. If I can't have pics of LilyBeth, I want to see pics of every other Chinese baby I can--especially this one. She's adorable. We have sent two care packages and requested pics, but no luck so far. I would be really frustrated, but I know we will be traveling soon, and that helps alot.

  2. Beautiful Baby M...So glad you got a glimpse of your girl!

    It has to be sooner than November! I hope.

  3. She is beautiful! And sure knows how to enjoy cake!