The Crew

The Crew
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua

Monday, April 25, 2011


1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

Hope you all had a wonderful, fun, family filled Easter! Here are some pics of our weekend.

Matthew and Christina dyeing Easter Eggs

Joshua enjoying the Easter Egg dyeing!

The Easter Egg Hunt at our church on Saturday

Me with the boys

Easter morning after the Easter Bunny's visit. Happy candy eaters.

Me with the Florida Highway Patrol guy. Ok, so actually that is Jacob, but we did laugh about Jacob looking like FHP this pic!

Easter morning before church.

Easter morning outdoor service at church.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pray For Kirill! Click here to read their story.

Please click on this post title to read about this family and their desperate hope to bring home Kirill.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Waiting.... waiting..... waiting.... for LOA.

Not much happening on my blog lately. I have been SUPER on-the-go, working like a maniac, and of course, taking care of my busy family and home.

We are 5 weeks into the final "big wait" of this process. This wait can be anywhere from 20 - 60 days. We are waiting for LOA (Letter Of Acceptance), which is the final approval from China. Once we receive that, we will be heading through our last couple months, with a couple more immigration docs, and then.... Travel!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Joshua is 5 1/2 and he lost his first tooth this week! He was SO excited, jumping up and down, and he couldn't wait to put it under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy! I know that the Tooth Fairy is unusually generous in some parts of the country :), in fact, I know a house where when the Tooth Fairy visits, a $20 bill is left for each tooth. Wow! Really??? But here at our home, the Tooth Fairy visits and keeps it pretty simple :). After all, I think it is meant to be just a token of fun, not another opportunity to well...overindulge. Heck, when I was a kid, it was never over 50 cents! So Joshua put his tooth under the pillow, and sure enough the Tooth Fairy came and left him two $1 bills and some change. Joshua popped up at 6 AM and immediately looked under his pillow. You would have thought it was Christmas! He was jumping for joy with his treasure!

Many hungry children near the boarder of Myanmar and Thailand-click on photo