The Story

Day 15 – US Consulate Appointment

Ok, so I need to preface this post with a little info about how China adoptions work. A very long story short, to adopt from China you go through months and years of paperwork, home studies, and all kinds of mile markers, and then at the end of that very long process you get your…

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Day 11 – Medical Tests

We woke this morning rested and ready to go, had a FaceTime call with the kiddos at home, and headed down to breakfast. At breakfast the drastic difference in our new location really showed. There were American families here, lots of them! We are finally in a hotel with other families that are adopting that…

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Day 9 – The “Park”

First off, last night we slept well. We all went to bed early (Samuel is full tilt and Jess and I are finding ourselves worn out each day). This morning we got up, spent time on FaceTime with the kids (FaceTime works way better than Skype, in case you were wondering), and then headed down…

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Day 8 – Finding spot, Walmart and Park

We are running a little late on our day 8 post. We got up, went downstairs and ate breakfast and then met our guide to head out to his finding spot. Samuel is a great eater.  His favorite breakfast foods are eggs {it’s a good thing since we have chickens}, watermelon and a yogurt drink.…

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Some Videos from our trip so far

Here are several videos from our trip so far. Walking around the market and trying not to get run over. Adam playing Chinese hacky sack in the park with some locals: Samuel’s gotcha day: Walmart in Taiyuan:

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Day 7 – It’s Official

Today was a big day, the Big next to meeting Samuel, but I will get to that in a minute. Samuel slept great last night for being his first night with us.  He snuggled right up with Baba (Chinese for Daddy) for some of the night.  At some point he called out for Mama twice,…

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Day 6 – Gotcha Day

Today we woke up having not slept well. Up and down all night we woke up tired and knowing that we should eat breakfast but not at all hungry. We dutifully went down to eat and managed to eat a little bit. I ate a tea boiled egg (which was interesting) and Jess just kinda…

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Day 5 – Taiyuan

Today was our first day in Samuel’s hometown. We got up and headed down for the breakfast buffet. There were lots of bread/pastries, steamed veggies, eggs, fruit, dumplings, congee, and some other stuff we had no idea what it was. Breakfast was good and Adam said the coffee was good. After breakfast we walked up…

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The Waiting

The waiting part of the adoption process is hard. Really hard. Yesterday we were 95% certain that we would be traveling this Wednesday to go and get our son. Today we found out we will not. Its funny, sometimes you don’t realize how much you are looking forward to something until you are on the…

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Updated Photos

Since we are getting close to travel we received our last update with pictures.  Here are some updated photos of Samuel! Samuel’s Birthday Party from November (we sent presents and a cake) Most recent photos we have received.

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