Favorite Photo Friday

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An oldie but sweet one…

Katie Mei


Another Step Down….


Today we got the news that we got our Pre-Approval from the CCAA.  Another step in our walk towards Lauren!!  

Sometimes, like this afternoon, when when my kids are all around me- laying by me on the couch- watching Phineas and Ferb, playing hide and seek….and yellin' at each other….and I think, where is she?  She should be here.  And in the same breath, I think What are we doing?  

I know with all my heart it is the right thing.  But sometimes I get scared.  And nervous.  And anxious.  

And more ready every day.


Things you ponder whilst waiting in the adoption arena….

otherwise known as….another random list to take up my time.  And not obsess.  that much.

  • trying to eat healthy feels good
  • it is also hard
  • what is my little one doing right now?
  • is she sleeping?
  • eating?
  • playing with her foster momma?
  • when my kids sniff it bugs me.
  • because they won't blow their noses.
  • and it sounds gross.
  • my favorite razor it the venus
  • and I have to shave my legs on days I change the sheets
  • which happens a lot
  • and it happened today.
  • tmi?
  • the show House is becoming an obsession for Michael and I.
  • when will our clearance come from USCIS?
  • when will we get our PA?
  • when will our dossier finally go to China?
  • will I ever learn some Chinese?
  • except for how to say fart.  Thank you Ben Ho.
  • Thunder UP!
  • sorry.
  • I cannot WAIT to see my niece graduate in a couple of weeks.
  • I love my nieces and nephew so so much.
  • and I miss them
  • and Lindsay and Taylor can make me laugh till I can't breath
  • so can my sisters
  • and Courtney
  • she is my sister from another mister
  • and I miss her too
  • last night we left Sammy at the park.
  • because he wouldn't get into the car
  • because he wanted snow cones.
  • and we said no
  • so we drove around the block.
  • and he was still sitting there.
  • he is a goober.
  • Maisy doesn't eat her poop!!!
  • at least for today.
  • tomorrow she will ask for it on a plate.
  • there is a commercial for land o' lakes butter on the tv right now
  • why does bread and butter taunt me so?
  • why is there an o' in land o' lakes?
  • what can't they say of?
  • kinda like kibbles n' bits
  • who wants n' bits of anything?
  • remember that dog food that was shaped like a hamburger and wraped in plastic?
  • and then it kinda crumbled?
  • yeah,  we used to feed our dogs food like that
  • and I think we got it at Fazio's or El Rancho
  • anyone remember those markets?
  • I love fried rice
  • but only the fried rice in China.
  • speaking of China
  • anyone watch Tori and Dean?
  • ok,
  • I am done
  • really.  
  • I am.

Favorite Photo Friday!

Oh how I wish I could show you a few new favorite photos…..

But, we have to wait.

I can share some older ones…..

Like this one of Sam.

Or this one of Jack and Katie Mei

Or this of me and my sisters.  Sorry.  But ooh I miss you guys.

And, I can officially announce the name of our newest daughter (ok, provided she likes it…)

Miss Lauren Grace (Chinese name) Markmiller

Help Orphans!! : )

There is a wonderful organization called Love Without Boundaries…which helps orphans in China in many different ways.  Our sweet little girl has been benefiting from being sponsored through Love Without Boundaries, and we will forever be thankful for everything she has received because of them.


Right now, they are having an auction….on ebay!!!  Go, look, buy and know you are helping children all over China!!!

Go Here and bid!! : )  



We are in awe.  And amazed.  And once we get all the confirmation from China, we will share everything….but for now, we are thankful and in awe.  We have accepted a referral for a little girl!!!  And there are red threads given to us by God galore…we can't wait to tell the story.  We are over the moon in love, and beyond blessed.


Help Save a Life…..

This is sweet Kiah.  Kiah lives at New Day.  Kiah needs our help. She needs surgery, but needs some help with funding for it.  And it is not only Kiah.  New Day is an amazingly wonderful place.  My niece Lindsay interned there over the summer and got to see first hand the work that they do.  AMAZING.  We can help Kiah and so many other children who are not only in need of forever families, but new hearts… Please consider what you may be able to do!  Go here to see how!!