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).


Mei Day!

(Guys, I am so sorry... Everyone has been asking for pics, but we are having trouble getting them on here. I will try and email some soon and try to post them again later.)

Mei is officially ours!! We met her for the first time yesterday morning. They brought her to a room at the orphanage where we were waiting with one other couple. She let her nanny (ayi) hand her over to me. Then Scott showed her this little lovie thing we got her with a rabbit on top. Turns out that Mei does not like stuffed animals. She burst into tears. At first we thought it was Scott, but upon trial and error, we found that it is indeed those darned stuffed animals that she abhors. (There was a big red bunny at the offices at Adoption Day today and she freaked out!) I'm planning to have the kids hide all the stuffed animals at our house before we get back home! It's a darn good thing we don't have any live ones , cause I don't think she would like that at all!

In fact, Mei is terribly fond of Scott. As I type this, she is sleeping on top of him, as this is the only place she likes to take a nap so far. I think he's in heaven.

I'm quite sure that little Mei loves her Baba (Daddy) so much because he makes her laugh. Her personality is very, very shy and quiet. She looks around, taking everything in. And no doubt, she is scared! So it was a big deal when Daddy got her to laugh. It is really cute- she just does this chuckle thing. Like she's entertained but still holding some inside. She is very reserved, and so super duper sweet. Really, she is amazing!

She is learning to trust us, beginning to cling to us more and more in new situations. She definitely prefers her Baba, but is now warming up to me as well, thankfully.

Mei Chara is really a joy, and we are so thankful to have this time here to get to know her better. I feel like we discover something new about her every few minutes. Mostly, we've been spending a lot of time at the hotel, but tomorrow and the next day we will do some more touring of Shanghai before we head out for Guangzhou on Friday.

The kids back home seem to be doing really well. We got to skype with them the past two nights. (Thanks, Berry, for helping get 'Ma' all set up!!) They were so thrilled to meet Mei today and just loved the fact that she blew them kisses.

I have been having migraines and some issues getting good sleep. But this afternoon has been much better. We are so grateful for all those who are praying for us. Please keep our dear friends Philip and Chrissy in your prayers as well as they met their daughter, Li Rose, yesterday and she is just having a tough time adjusting and may be a little sick as well.


  1. Ahhh. . . loving these updates. Praying you feel better and that Mei continues to bond with you. She sounds so precious-looking forward to some pictures! xoxo

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! I'm thrilled you have your sweet daughter. Get as much rest as possible and enjoy your quiet time together. Lots of prayers coming your way!