New Editions

By Kristin

We’ve been adding a few more items here and there to G’s room.  We’re buying items that children need no matter what the age, and a few fun ones too!  It makes the wait a lil easier knowing we’re creating the space she’ll call home.

On instagram, I follow Davi Jo Vintage, run by two gals I went to high school with.  They thrift, junk, paint, and create amazing items.  So when they posted this dresser they were selling at Junkstock, I thought it was adorable, but I didn’t get my hopes up because I was out of town and couldn’t attend.  A few weeks went by, and I decided to ask about it.  Luckily they hadn’t sold it!  When I saw it in person, I knew it would be great for G’s room.  It even had my hometown’s name stamped on the back.  I mean how perfect is that!

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We also ordered a play kitchen from Ikea, which finally came in the mail.  I’m not gonna lie, it took a while to put together.  My mom also found this sweet vintage doll highchair, which goes perfectly with her new kitchen set and doll.

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Dim Sum For Everyone

By Kristin

With our Dossier in China and it being logged in with the CCCWA, we’ve had a few reasons to celebrate lately, so we took the family out for some Dim Sum!  Dish after dish came out, and at one point, the table was full of yummy bite sized little foods. Everyone went around the table saying their favorite item.  No one left hungry!


And oh, the fortunes!  We can’t forget about the fortunes!  They were so fitting, especially since we have an appointment with our agency on Monday to talk about the matching process.


Cooking Lessons

By Kristin

While staying at my cousin Conrad and Celi’s house,  I asked Celi to give me some asian cooking lessons.  Celi is from the Philippines and has lived all over the world. She is an amazing cook!

I think it’s important to learn about my daughter’s culture, and food is a great place to start.  Just as my German family goes crazy for sauerkraut and dumplings, I want my daughter excited to make gyoza (asian dumplings).  I love the idea that cooking together can help us bond and keep her in touch with her culture.



 Celi’s well known in our family for her lumpia (the Philippine version of an egg roll).  They are soooo good!!!


Exploring the asian market.  We had so much fun looking at all the different foods and it was so nice having Celi there to explain a few things.




A whole isle filled with different kinds of noodles!  That’s my kinda isle!




Learning how to make lumpia and gyzoa.





Always on my mind, Forever in my heart

By Kristin


I’m so lucky!  This week my Mom and I are staying with my cousins who live in Virginia Beach.  They only live three hours from Washington D.C., so we took a day trip up to D.C. and toured the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It was gorgeous!  While there I was able to light a candle and say a prayer for a certain lil someone!





By Kristin

11667269_10155751912570022_7115388518809479780_nThe adoption process can be loooong!  And at some point, the journey feels like you’re never going to get there.  It’s like running on a treadmill.  You run, you’re tired, your doing all this work, yet you’re kinda in the same place.  In adoption, you fill out form after form, yet the end goal seems so far off.  And believe me, things have felt far off!

But for me, receiving our LID has made things REAL!

A LID is our dossier’s Log In Date.  Once a dossier is sent to China (DTC), our agency takes it to the CCCWA’s office to have it logged into their system.  The LID allows our agency to look for a match for us on the shared list.

Did you hear that?  A match!  So potentially we could be matched at anytime now! More realistically, we’ve been told 6 to 9 months.

But this is happening!  This is really happening!


By Kristin

IMG_1144Tonight we’re at Parker’s Smokehouse celebrating our Immigration Approval!  That means we’ve received our 797 approval of our I-800A paperwork.

If you feel confused . . . that’s OK, adoption talk can sometimes feel like a foreign language.  All this really means is that once our home study was approved we submitted an I800A application to the USCIS. This results in the 797 approval, which approves our family to adopt a child from China.

The terms I800A and 797 are used interchangeably- technically the I800A is the application and the 797 is the approval, but both terms refer to the same overall process.

So many terms, so many papers!

I guess they don’t call it paper pregnant for nothing!  But it will be worth the wait!!!

G’s bed

By Kyle

The convertible crib is here!!  This is our first big purchase for G’s room and it really is the centerpiece of her room.

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I don’t know if I would call myself a handyman, but I have done my fair share of assembling, destructing, constructing and fixing.  Putting this crib together gave me a tremendous sense of pride.  Knowing that one day soon I will be able to lay my sleeping daughter down in her bed really reminded me that I am going to be a father. It’s a bit surreal at times and sometimes feels out of grasp what we are doing.  When I walk into G’s room and see the crib where she will be sleeping, I am reminded what Kristin and I have been waiting and hoping for is very real and very exciting!IMG_0269 - Version 2

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