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I Can’t Pretend I Don’t Hear the Train.

Some weeks ago, I read the story of a man who grew up in Nazi Germany. Each Sunday when he went to church, a train would go by. It didn’t take long before the church members realized there were cries and screams of desperation pouring from the cars – train cars full of Jews, roaring … Continue reading »

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Love (ALL) Unconditionally

“Love (ALL) Unconditionally.” For a couple of weeks now, we have been running a t-shirt sale with that message, as an adoption fundraiser for our newest family member. I’ve been mentally composing a blog post all that time to explain why that concept, that phrase, is so important to me. But then, the shirt started … Continue reading »

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Expectations. 6 Months Later.

There are times it’s hard to believe it’s been 6 months since we met Meghan and finalized her adoption, and other times when – looking back – I wonder how on earth we have done SO MUCH in the last 6 months.  We’ve made the rounds through ALL the specialists.  Types of doctors I didn’t … Continue reading »

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In Fall of 2012, we fell in love with a little girl.  At the time she was two and a half years old, and aside from having Down syndrome, was perfectly healthy. We had three referral photos of this little hairless beauty, and a file that described a girl with spunk and joy and a … Continue reading »

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Orphanage Thoughts on a Cold Day

We’ve been homebound with snow and ice for a few days, and I’ve spent a large part of the day thinking about Meghan’s history, about winter and holidays, about orphans.   * Our little girl came from an orphanage with limited heat, some rooms completely unheated.  Last year was record-breakingly cold.  I know her orphanage … Continue reading »

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3 months and counting

Brief updates on life with Meghan and the other kiddos… Meghan is making great strides every week.  She’s becoming more secure, more confident.  She’s happier, more interactive, and more trusting.  She’s also more likely to throw little fits when she doesn’t get her way – or start squawking if she thinks we haven’t been paying … Continue reading »

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Each day, Meghan shows us a little more.  Sometimes it’s in a new physical milestone or letting us see something new bring her joy; sometimes it’s a further glimpse of her personality or further growth in her relationship with us.  Lately, she’s been showing us mourning… grief and loss.  Nothing in particular that shows us … Continue reading »

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At the end of 3 weeks with us (3 years, 7 months old)

Tracking M’s progress – for her sake, for mine, and hopefully for encouraging (ultimately!) others who may be considering a child with substantial developmental delays. 🙂 At her pediatrician appt this week, she’s estimated at a 6-9 month old developmentally speaking.  32″ tall and almost 20 lbs (off the percentile charts tiny). * Goes from … Continue reading »

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Thursday & Friday in China, and Saturday Travels

It’s 4:30 am at home in the US. I’m on neither China-time (5:30 pm) nor US time!  Everyone else is still sound asleep, including one new citizen 3 year old. 🙂 Thursday.  We slept in a bit before heading down to the watermelon and rice buffet.  My husband discovered the bacon around this time, so … Continue reading »

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Tuesday & Wednesday

I had a post, but either China or my computer ate it.  It basically went like this. Tuesday – * Chen Family Temple * Passport arrived, yay! * Meghan screamed.  For hours.   Wednesday – * Consulate Appointment, yay! * 6 story crazy-mall with guide, and wow are Chinese ‘legos’ cheap and of fantastic quality. … Continue reading »

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