This blog has posts from our first adoption and second adoption

Let me apologize in advance

By adamw | June 20, 2013

This post is to attempt to explain a few things about the interactions of adoptive families with their friends and family during the period of time that they are trying to establish a bond with their child. It is common for friends and family of an adoptive family not to realize some of the complexity…

Samuel’s First Star-Spangled Banner

By adamw | June 14, 2013

Last night we packed up the family and headed to Sara Kate’s swim meet. This event had been described by some grandparents as “mass chaos” or “pandemonium” so headed out not knowing quite what to expect. We got there and found a site that was busy (and hard to navigate through while carrying a cooler)…


By adamw | June 12, 2013

We are home and we are adjusting. The last two nights we have gotten Samuel to sleep through the night, which has been a nice change from his wanting to get up and party at 1am. He is still grieving from time to time, but overall seems to be adjusting well. The other kids are…

Day 18 – Traveling Home

By adamw | June 11, 2013

Sorry for the delayed blog post. Traveling for 26 hours from door to door will do that to you. We have been jet lagged and reconnecting with our other kids and figuring out what it looks like to be a family of six. We started out our morning early, eating breakfast and checking out of…

Day 17 – Shamian Island

By adamw | June 7, 2013

Today we ventured back out to Shamian Island. Shamian Island is an island that was once inhabited by westerners as I understand it. They made it into an island (with a waterway around it) and the buildings on the island are a cool mix of western and eastern styles. The island is really pretty and…

Dy 16 – Hanging Around

By adamw | June 6, 2013

Today was relatively uneventful. We did a little shopping in the morning for some souvenirs, which was fun. I’m still convinced that all malls in China must be required to be 6 levels with shops that average in size of about 10 by 10 or less. We ate lunch in the room and tried to…

Day 15 – US Consulate Appointment

By adamw | June 5, 2013

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…

Day 14 – Dinner Cruise

By adamw | June 4, 2013

Today we got a slow start. Doing the zoo and circus in one day will wear you out for sure, but it was worth it. We ate breakfast as usual and then headed out behind the hotel to explore the hotel’s little garden area. It was impressive. Tons of fish in neat little ponds and…

Day 13 – GZ Zoo & Circus

By adamw | June 3, 2013

Today is day 13, hard to believe that we have been away from our kiddos for 13 days. While don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed our time in country, I am just ready to get back home with all my kiddos in one place. Only 5 more sleeps until I get to squeeze their…

Video – Travel to Guangzhou

By adamw | June 2, 2013

This is a video of our travels to Guangzhou from a few days ago.