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).


Just Amazed

We've been gone one week now, and tomorrow we leave Shanghai and fly to Guangzhou. The last couple of days we have spent touring the city with our guide in the mornings and just hanging out with little Mei in the hotel room in the afternoons and evenings. Scott and I are both constantly saying how amazed and thankful we are with how well she is doing. Today even our guide could not believe she was the same girl he first met two days ago. A few days ago, she would just sit limply, silently and stare. Now she is playing happily with blocks and reaching out to us to get us to play with her and tickle her. She is cruising along the furniture and smiling constantly. It's like her little personality is just coming alive. It is beautiful to watch.

Mei is also quite the eater. I have honestly never seen a child eat this much! She is a tiny 17 lbs right now, but I imagine by the time we are home, we'll find she's already gained some weight.

We are doing well. Sometimes I feel like I am in sensory overload trying to take all of this in and process all we are learning and seeing while also bonding with our new daughter. So I am trying to release it all to the One who orchestrated all of this. I am just in awe that we are here... that Mei is with us now... that God has seen fit to make us family. Oh, how he loves us...

With Hearts Overflowing,

Haley, Scott and Mei Chara


  1. Haley, I'm so glad to see a picture! She is beautiful! The eating is nice now, but it actually takes a while to wear off when you are home. After 5 months at home, Lily is still obsessed with eating constantly. Thomas was the same way. I'm not sure why Grace wasn't. We continue to pray for your family. Have fun in Guangzhou--it's so fun. Make sure you get a burger and fries from Lucy's. And try to sneak in a night cruise on the Pearl River. It's so pretty.

  2. thanks for the tips on guangzhou, sharon! it really is a nice city, and our hotel is amazing. we are going to eat at the cow & bridge tonight per your suggestion from awhile ago. will try lucy's when we go back to the island in a couple of days. thanks for the continued prayers!