Archive | December, 2014

While we waited

Most adoptive parents, during their LOA wait, get their child’s room ready, figure out what they need for traveling and start to think about things like packing, what the child will need upon return, etc.

We decided to renovate the kitchen.

Here’s what it looked like 9-10 weeks ago…


Then about 5 weeks ago…


3 weeks ago…



















There were definitely parts of the process that wore on me, but I kept reminding myself I “decided to do this.” The most annoying parts for me were:

  • The thick dust on E V E R Y T H I N G.  Not just in the kitchen. I laugh when I think back to the first 2 weeks when we actually left up pictures and furniture thinking “oh, it won’t be in the way”  HA.
  • Not being able to cook on a stove for 10 weeks
  • Being in an unorganized mess for Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas

BUT…I have to say the good parts far outweighed the bad.

  • I love projects – this one was just slightly bigger than my other ones to date and, because of that, more fun
  • Being able to problem solve and help come up with ideas and solutions
  • Picking out new everything (I’ve never had a new dishwasher or fridge before! It is amazing and I appreciate it so much!)
  • Wes, Rand and I have adored the skilled people who have been working on this project and especially our carpenters and contractor.  I am actually dreading that there may be no one here next week in the kitchen…(which also means no more Johnny Cash sing-a-longs or people for me to fix coffee or divide my lunch with)
  • There is something extremely satisfying with having a vision and being able to work with other people to see it happen!  For example…here’s a before and after of our pantry-turned-coffee area.  It’s not completely done yet, as we are waiting on some doors, but you get the idea.





I will try and post more before and after photos soon! We are almost there…

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I wish you a Merry Christmas

IMG_5882Tonight Rand made some new friends at the church that we’ve been visiting.  I was worried he would not do well in the “nativity” since he really didn’t know anyone but in no time at all he had lots of fellow shepherd friends.  I sat there in the pew for an hour or so while they practiced and it really made me miss Philip even more and wish he could be here right now and tomorrow for Christmas Eve and then as we are with all the family for Christmas.  By now, he has a care package we sent with pictures of us labeled “mom,” “dad,” and “big brother” in Chinese and it hurts to know that he knows about us and is probably looking at that little picture book and will still have to wait a few months until we can be together.  For now, we will continue to pray for him and orphans (and anyone alone) that God will send his angels to hold them in His arms.

And we may have this Third Day song on repeat…

It’s Christmas time again but you’re not home
Your family is here and yet you’re somewhere else alone
So tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms
And tell you from my heart, I wish you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Philip!!!!  We are counting down the days!


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We’ve been waiting to say that for so long (been dreaming to be this far along since sometime in 2013)…it is a major step in the process.   TODAY I’ll never forget thinking how pretty the Governor’s Mansion looked all decorated for Christmas and then looking down at my phone and getting the LOA email as I sat in my car on Blount Street.  I immediately yelled out the window to my brother Sam to come back to the car so I could go crazy with excitement (I’d just dropped him off at his office after hijacking him at work for a coffee break while I was in Raleigh today).  It’s cool that Sam got to be the first to know about the LOA…especially since Philip’s middle name is Samuel after his uncle!

If you’re in the adoption world, you understand it is a long-awaited thing to be able to have.  If you’re not familiar with China adoption, this blog make a really helpful chart that explains all the steps – it’s been helpful to me – it gets confusing.

What that means is that we’ll probably have Philip in our arms within 12 weeks at the latest.  Maybe even sooner if we FedEx overnight every single thing.  Adoptive parents would make great FedEx commercials.

Stay tuned for more adoption updates…




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Merry Christmas and…

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Rand (3.5 years old) and Philip (2.5 years old).  Philip is waiting for us in China.  More details to come!

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