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8 1/2 days ago we headed to the airport in China for almost 30 hours of travel.

7 days ago we landed in the DC area and our daughter was declared a US citizen.

We came HOME and Felicity met her brothers.   They have loved her for months and she instantly fell in love with them.  It was beautiful to see all of my children together, under the same roof, for the first time.


Our home is all sorts of crazy right now.  Dishes overflow in the sink.  There is more laundry than I thought could be possible begging to be folded in my living room.  Toddler toys can be found on the floor in every room in the house.  I am realizing that we did not toddler proof enough.  The boys start back to their homeschooling tutorial tomorrow and I have spent the last few days attempting to get them back on track with their work, and failing miserably. I try to remember we have only been home for 7 days. and I work to extend myself grace.

And then there is Felicity.

She is a sweet, adorable little thing and …

Gotcha Day and the aftermath

We have been in China now for one week.I have deliberately refrained from sharing about each day and each excursion because there have been so many emotions and feelings about it, most of which are really for our family, especially our daughter to know and share and experience and not meant for sharing on the world wide web.       Monday was our Gotcha Day of Xiang Ling (Felicity Grace) and this is a day that I do want to share. It was a full, busy day and there were so many emotions that enveloped the day.        Due to jet lag, Pete and I have been waking up 3 AM most mornings and Monday morning was no different.But, what was different was that neither of us could fall asleep again.We talked and prayed about the upcoming day until about 5AM and then got ready to be at breakfast by 6:30.We met our guide at 8:30 AM and then headed to the orphanage. The orphanage was only 20 minutes from our hotel, and during that time, I had to keep on reminding myself to take deep breaths and just rela…

Getting ready to bring our daughter home!!

We first saw her face at the end of April.   Her pictures fill our home.  Our hearts have been with her these long months.  And now, we are just days away from boarding a plane, seeing her country, experiencing her culture, and most importantly, holding her in our arms for the first time.  That day will be the last day she will be an orphan.  
"God sets the lonely in families" - Psalm 68:8
We have longed for this day to come and it is almost here!  We are thrilled, and excited and a little nervous too!
Our Gotcha day is exactly 6 months from the day we first saw her precious face!
Please pray for us.  For our travels and for our daughter!



I will attempt to update my blog as we travel.   But, my time may just be taken up with this smiling face!



Preparing for the run, and some changes with the Run for the Little Flowers

The 3rd Annual Run for the Little Flowers is NEXT week everyone!  I cannot even believe that we are almost at mid-October!

I can barely stop my head from spinning these days with all of the developments and changes in our adoption plans.  Within the last week we have gotten travel approval and will be flying to China just days after the Run for the Little Flowers to finally hold our daughter in our arms!

So, my mind has not been, exactly, on the run or the details of it.  But, there are a few things I want to share with you all about it  . . .

First, even though I had originally stated that the proceeds from the run would be split between our adoption and Little Flower Projects, I have decided that 100% of the proceeds will go to Little Flower Projects.  While money for our own adoption would be wonderful, I truly never felt right about taking some of the money from the run for our own adoption expenses. This run has always been about the amazing work that Little Flower Projects does …

Happy Feast of St. Therese!! Run for the Little Flowers Discount!!

Happy Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower!
In honor of the Little Flower all Run for the Little Flower registrations are only $15!! 

 Register today and share with your friends!



7 Quick Takes - Schooling updates, happy mail and rare footage

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!

1.  I am clearly the mom who forgets to post first day of school pictures!
My boys started their new homeschool year almost a month ago and I have finally downloaded the photos from the camera onto the computer.





Although I would love to write a whole post on our new homeschool routine and why a tutorial has been a perfect fit for us, it will just have to be reduced to a quick take.  The transition to the tutorial has been good and hard.  Hard: carpools, packed lunches, lots of school work, and I miss my two oldest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The good:  structure, structure, and more structure, lots of work, quality time with Andrew, and the boys really rising to the occasion.  My oldest will not totally admit it, but he likes it.  He really likes it.  He is really blossoming there and instead of it being a hit to his self-esteem (which I think he feared . . . . he was so afraid it would be really HARD for him), it has been a boost for him. He has become more…

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway items!

I have been remiss in posting about the Run the Little Flowers Giveaway.  I have shared a few sneak peeks on our Facebook, page, but had not compiled the post.

Without further ado, here are this year's giveaway items:

1. Pale Blue Mountain Jade Stretch Bracelet made by Ike and Co Etsy Shop


2. Fuchsia dyed agate and crystal filigree stretch bracelet made by Ike and Co Esty Shop Won by Monica S.


3. $15 Gift Card to Starbucks Won by Susan S.

4. Happy Girls are the Prettiest tank from Transforming Beauty

5.  5 Pack Sampler of Shakeology Nutrition Shakes  Won by Ann D.


6. So Loved Tee (size of winner's choice) Won by Diane F.



And if anyone wants to donate an item, please email me or leave a comment below.

Now, for the details of the giveaway . . . .
 All registrants are automatically entered to win.
You can earn extra entries by:
1. Getting a group together to run it in our area.  This can be your moms group, bible study or home school group, or just a few friends that decided to walk the …

Our Lady Undoer of Knots - Day 9

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 9


Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I c…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 8

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 8
Virgin Mother of God, overflowing with mercy, have…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 7

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots


Meditation for Day 7


Mother Most Pure, I come to You today to beg you t…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 6

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 6


Queen of Mercy, I entrust to you this knot in my l…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 5

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 5

Mother, Undoer of Knots, generous and compassionat…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 4

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)

1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 4

Dearest Holy Mother, you are generous with all who…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 3

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)



1. Make the sign of the cross
2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again
.Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.
4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)
5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary
6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 3


Meditating Mother, Queen of heaven, in whose hand…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena- Day 2

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)


1. Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots



Meditation for Day 2 


Mary, Beloved Mother, channel of all grace, I return to You today my heart, recognizing that I am a sinner in need of your help. Many times I lose the graces you grant me because of my sins of egoism, pride, rancor and my lack of generosity and humility. I turn to You today, Mary, Undoer of knots, for You to ask your Son Jesus to grant me a pure, divested, humble and trusting heart. I w…

Our Lady Undoer of Knots Novena - Day 1

As mentioned in this post, we are praying the Our Lady of Knots Novena for our adoption.  Please consider joining us in prayer.  Please add your own prayer requests in the comments too.  I would love to pray for each and every one of you!

(From TheHolyRosary.org)


1.Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.
Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 1 
Dearest Holy Mother, Most Holy Mary, you undo the…