Saturday, May 7, 2016


I always wanted one more child. Maybe it was my Dad always saying that pairs were better than odd numbers. Someone to always play with, knowing that one was never alone. Our 6th child has been home for a little over a month. If I were to describe Libbi with one word, it would be “brave”. This young lady knew nothing about us. We were strangers from another world who claimed her as their new daughter. She left the only friends that she had ever known, and Nanny's that loved her as their own. We spent 3 weeks in China with this beautiful girl. She took care of us when we couldn't communicate and she made fast and easy friends with everyone. She was dramatic funny and joyful. She made us laugh. She trusted and believed that we would take care of her, and that everything would be ok. Her first month here must have been terrifying at times. Our only source of communication was through technology, kindness, a hug or a smile. We tried to make sure that she knew that she was loved all the time, everyday and no matter what. But it must have been oh so lonely at times, laying in bed, thinking about China and remembering all that she left behind. She told us that she missed China. Big crocodile tears rolled down those pretty cheeks. She was home. She had a family. But sometimes to Libbi, home was far away and to her, home was still China. She is finding her way. We found someone to help her communicate with us, and to explain our culture. She has teachers at school that help us interpret as well. When she can communicate she is enthusiastic, she is happy, she is in her element. Libbi had a choice. She could have stayed in China, with people that she trusted and with friends that she loved, but she chose us. She chose to become part of our crazy family. I could not wait to get back home after 3 weeks in China, I was ready to get home. Libbi has been home 5 weeks. I can only imagine how she must feel sometimes. But she is learning to trust us, and maybe learning to love us. She is a wonderful daughter and every day we see a little more of our girl. She is opening up, and she is becoming more confident and relaxed. She melts my heart. Libbi made a choice in China, and she chose to be brave.

On this Mother's Day, I will celebrate my children. I will celebrate a very good husband. I am thankful for an amazing Mom who was my role model. I am going to have a great day! I am so thankful to be a Mama of 6.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter in China

One of the parents thought ahead (not me, for sure) and brought lots of candy to hide Easter evening. The kids loved the hunt and really loved the candy!  We were also able to go to Church in the morning with another traveling family.  We are grateful to have found new friends here in Guangzhou.  Libbi found a new friend as well.  She is 12 and the two of them chatter in Chinese just like when Shaelani was 4 and chattered with her friend, Nancy.  We don't know what they are saying, but their smiles say it all.  Libbi is blossoming.  She is so funny and animated.  Last night one of the families commented on her happy, cute and sometimes silly personality, saying how lucky I was.  He is right!  We are so lucky to have met and loved Libbi into our family. She is amazing, as are her other siblings.  I am a lucky Mama!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Libbi!

Many firsts for our girl!  She is learning how to swim thanks to Emily and Shae.  She loves a good Starbucks treat and of course, the mall! We had to take a picture in front of the Cali wall.  She loves romping with her sisters and met some new friends while we were in Guangzhou.  She is friendly, outgoing and has enjoyed everything new that has come her way (except for the shots she got today).  She is taking it all in and taking it all in stride.  She turned 13 today (3/26)!!.  Here is to many more adventures and birthdays to celebrate with her new family who loves you to the moon and back! Happy Birthday, Libbi!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Adoption Day!!

From her goodbyes at her Children's home, to the fast train to Jinan, our girl has done great!  She and her sisters are bonding beautifully. 

It is priceless to watch all of the hugs and the hand holding.  We are so grateful to call this special girl our daughter.  She is so brave, trusting, funny and very protective of her new family.  She is amazing beyond words!  Happy Adoption Day, Libbi!  We Love You!

Friday, March 18, 2016

We Have Libbi

Yesterday, we met our precious Libbi.  It was once again an overwhelmingly beautiful experience.  This child was so brave, all smiles, a bit nervous, and oh so curious.  She made my heart melt.  We gave her big hugs and were able to put a beautiful necklace that all of her sisters were wearing, on our sweet girl,  made and given with love by 2 very dear friends.  It simply said "love" which honestly said it all.  We played Uno, painted her nails, Claire couldn't wait to get her hands on her beautiful hair.  Libbi showed us where she lived and introduced us to her friends.  That evening we went out to dinner with some of the volunteers and staff from her Children's home.  On the way home, she held her new Daddy's hand, and the two of them were talking.  She has promised to teach him some Chinese, and he is happy to learn. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Blessed with 5 and now Blessed with 6! Meet Libbi

Meet Libbi
Isabel Xinlu Lucy 
Born 3/26/2003
Libi is Hebrew for "my heart" and Xin means "heart".
Destined to be in our hearts and part of our family.
We love you sweet girl and cannot wait to meet you !

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Claire's photo shoot

I keep meaning to post these sweet pictures that Ms Claire took of the girls on her last weekend home. She always takes such good care of her little sisters and I love when she surprises us with her photo shoots.  Thank you big girl.