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).



Check it out, y'all! Miss MeiMei is walking! Scott took this video after Mei was home only a few days. Everytime I watch it, I crack up. She was so dadgum proud of herself. Since then, she continues to practice her walking and goes further and further by herself every day. What a gift that we got to see her first steps.

Really we have been so amazed at how quickly Mei is learning new things. She had never heard English before and we were told she only said "Mama" and "Baba" before. In the past week, she has picked up a number of English words and a few signs to help her express her needs (like "more" and "please"). She is saying "No" and one of her siblings names as well as a few grandparents' names and "OK".

I am really thankful for how the older children have embraced Mei. They dote on her and take great pleasure in helping her learn how to walk. It is not an easy transition for our youngest, Beniam, as he was definitely 'the baby' in the family. But he is doing so well, and I am really proud of him.

This first week home has been filled with memorable moments. But there have been tough days, too. We had to take Mei into the ER a few days ago as she was having some complications. But, frankly, alot of good came out of this as we were able to connect quickly with the Peds Surgery folks. On Friday, Mei went under anesthesia so they could explore more what is going on with her. It turned out to be hugely helpful to give us a better picture of what we can do to help Mei. It does appear, at this point, that she will need to go to Cincinnati for surgery, which is what we have expected all along. We *think* it could wait a couple of months or so and we will now be working with gastroenterology to figure out how to best keep her healthy until her surgery.

For those out there who are on the adoption journey, I feel compelled to share a 'real' picture of our first week home. So I must add that the most challenging part for me has been recovering from jet lag. I know that may sound silly, but most nights I can only sleep four hours (it was 2 hours the night we went to the ER). After eight days of this, one becomes quite weary and everything else is affected when Momma is falling-over tired! Tough to make medical decisions when you can barely stay awake!

Thankfully, I could also (and will one day) write an entire post about our "Village"- all of the friends and family who have surrounded us with love, prayers, encouragement, and very tangible help as we bring Mei into our home. Because of them, our older kids have thought this whole thing is one big party as they get last minute sleepovers with friends (ER night), early-morning playdates (surgery center day), and a movie date with grandparents... along with nearly daily visits from friends bringing by meals for us. I truly do not know the words to say how grateful we are for those who have chosen to come alongside of us and lift us up in this season.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. " (Ecc. 4:10- New Living Translation)


  1. Found your blog through some other China blogs. Sweet Mei is just beautiful! Our daughter is also in Shanghai and we expect to travel sometime next month. We're just waiting on Article 5 next week and then TA. Don't know where you guys are located but if you end up having to use Cincy Children's we are close to there and that is where our daughter will have her care when she comes home! Let me know if you need anything in the area! Congrats on your newest blessing!


  2. thanks, jenny! and congrats on being so close to bringing your daughter home. i am sure you guys are getting really excited. we live in florida and yes, i do think we'll end up at CCH for mei's surgery. we are a little nervous about being away from all our family/friends/support here in florida while mei is having surgery. but it is the best plan for her and we know God will take care of us wherever we are! if we have trouble getting into the ronald mcdonald house, i may email you for ideas on affordable hotels to stay in. best wishes to you as you prepare for your new daughter!

  3. Look at her go! So cute. Hope to see you all soon.