Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Misty needs a home!

Click below to check out Misty, who is a HEALTHY 9 year old listed with ASIA (our agency). Her file is ready to be returned if she doesn't find a family. BREAKS.MY.HEART.

Cornbread and Chopsticks: Misty: "Please everyone take one last look at sweet Misty.  Her file is to go back probably today.  She is a beautiful, healthy, fun loving li..."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

First Day(s) of School

Already? It seems so soon, but school is in full swing for Ryan and Allie. Ryan says his new school is 'stupid'. He's still mourning the move and wishing we were back in JC. It's hard to be the cause of your child's unhappiness. :( Allie seems to be doing well. She loved her 1st grade teacher so much that I was worried no one else would be able to hold a candle, but she seems to be liking 2nd grade so far. Of course, 'good' is the most I can get out of her so I can't be sure. Maybe one day my kids will start to answer my questions with actual sentences instead of just a grunted word. AnnaClaire had her first day (sort of, they do a staggered start here so she only goes one day a week with 4 other kids) of Kindergarten yesterday. Her teacher said she did great and AnnaClaire said she liked it. At pick up, I saw her gabbing away with another little girl in her class, so I am glad she made a friend before we take her to China. I hate that she'll essentially be 'the new kid' from the very start of her school career. Brady's first day is Monday. He's excited but starting to get a bit bummer that AnnaClaire always seems to get to do the fun stuff before him. Jeff and I met Brandon for lunch between classes earlier this week. He seems to be enjoying college life and, of course, asked for money. Again. Boy, get a job! He's on the 12th floor at Carrick just like I was. Here is the view from his room...

and here we are after walking up 12 flights of stairs with his stuff. I was sure I was going to have a heart attack.

Cameron turned 21 yesterday. It's hard to wrap my mind around that fact. Weirder is that my kids range in age from 2-21 and when I was 21 I had a 2 year old. ACK!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Friday, August 27-Sunday August 29

Fly from LA to Guangzhou (CZ328, arriving at 06:20AM)

Monday, August 30

Meet child in Guangzhou.

Tuesday, August 31

Conduct adoption registration paperwork and notarization formalities and apply for child’s passport.

Wednesday, September 1

Wait for child’s passport to be issued.
Have child’s visa photos taken and go through the physical examination in the morning.

Thursday, September 2

Visit Foshan orphanage.

Friday, September 3

Pick up adopted child’s passport.
Check TB test result.

Jeff and AnnaClaire fly to LA on China Southern Airlines flight (CZ327, departs at 21:00).
No lunch and dinner included.

Saturday, September 4

Free time.

Jeff and AnnaClaire arrive home.

Sunday, September 5

Sightseeing in Guangzhou in the afternoon.
Group lunch or dinner.

Monday, September 6

Safari park.
Group lunch or dinner.

Tuesday, September 7

At 09:30am, Local guide goes to US Consulate to submit orphan visa petition documents.
Free time in the afternoon.

Wednesday, September 8

Free time in the morning.
Go to US Consulate for the oath-taking ceremony in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 9

Go to US Consulate to pick up visa in the afternoon.

Friday, September 10

Fly to LA on China Southern Airlines flight (CZ327, departs at 21:00).

Saturday, September 11

Lisa and Coralie arrive home

Monday, August 02, 2010


It been forever since I posted about what's going on with our family. We've really had a crazy summer. Jeff started a new job at the beginning of May. The job meant that we would be moving back to Knoxville after 8.5 years in Johnson City. Since we'd had the house on the market from September 08-September 09 and couldn't sell it, we figured that we'd be in Johnson City for a few more years while we tried to sell the house and Jeff would spent part of the week in Johnson City and part of the week in Knoxville. Not ideal, but you do what you gotta do, right? We put the house on the market in late April. By late May it was sold. We were shocked. It's truly been a whirlwind of finding a house big enough for a family of 9, packing, moving, submitting Supplement 3's for the adoption (1 for the job change and then one for the move), finding a new church, finding new doctors (not to mention a trip to urgent care for Brady's ruptured eardrum), registering the kids at their new schools (4 HOURS to register Ryan), getting prepared to say good-bye to Cameron and Brandon as they both will soon leave to live on campus at their colleges...oh, and preparing to go to CHINA! Jeff, AnnaClaire and I leave on Friday, August 27 and arrive in China on Sunday, August 29th. We'll get Coralie on Monday, the 30th. When you wake up 4 weeks from today, we will have her!!! Not that I am excited or anything. ;)

I should also note that Mr. Brady is finally 5. He had to wait 3 long months after AnnaClaire turned 5 to be able to say that he was also 5. That was really hard for him. Brandon turned 19 a few weeks ago. Where does the time go? Cameron will soon be 21.

I need to dig out my camera and get some new shots of the littles. It's been a while.