Welcome to our story...

God has richly blessed us with a big, fun family...
We have 10 children... 3 homegrown & 7 born in our hearts!

Blake... our oldest is 25 and has a heart for the Lord. He enjoys; church, family, mission trips, making music, playing guitar & drums at church, and writing.

Brianna Faith... is 21 and has a compassionate & tender heart. She's a wonderful big sister. She began talking to us about adoption when she was 11 yrs old. She is "Faith in motion"

Brent... is 17 - he's an awesome guy! He's in highschool. He has a special heart for family and God. He loves sports! Brent loves to laugh & is full of life!

Bethany Lidia... now 15, joined our family in August 2006 at 9 yrs old. She's from the beautiful country of Guatemala. She started school for the very first time (at 9 yrs old) and is now in 9th grade. Lidia's passion is sports & dancing!

Benjamin Ross... 15 yrs old. We first saw his picture in April 2007 & came home in May '08. Ben is deaf, but his special need is that he needed a family. Ben loves making home-runs & hanging out with family & friends. Ben is from Tianjin, China.

Briella Xiyao... our beautiful 15 yr old daughter from Fujian Province, China. She joined our family in July 2009. She's always wearing a big smile! She has a passion for the deaf & very proficient in sign language. She loves basketball!!

Bellamei Ying... our Inner Mongolian princess. Bellamei is 14 yrs old and held my hand for the first time on July 18, 2011. She has melted into our big family seamlessly and it is truly an honor to be her mommy.

Brinley Grace FuChuan... is 9 years old and joined our family in July 2007. She's from Jiangxi Province, China. She has the most gentle, sweet spirit... she's an angel!

Bayla Shea Chao-Yu... our youngest. She's 9 yrs old, 5 months younger than Brinley. Bayla's from Hunan, China & came home at 11.5 months. She's bright, funny (and spicy!) We can't get enough of her hugs & kisses.

and our caboose... Braxton Emanuel Jordan - 8 yrs old? (see post below) He's from Guangdong Province and is now officially our son!

This 1 min video shows how we've GROWN!

DTC !!

In March 2010, I first saw her face. Six months later, she was still waiting for a family to come forward for her. She's been waiting 12 years. On Sept 15, we sent a letter to China, called a Letter of Intent, telling the officials that we want to adopt Ying. Within a week they issued pre-approval, pending the receipt & approval of all our documents. Now the homestudy, authenticated documents & immigration approval are finished & today our agency mailed our dossier to China. Now we wait for final approval from China & travel approval. My guess is I will travel in May or June to bring her home. She doesn't know yet that she has a family. She'll find out sometime closer to travel. In fact, when we receive final approval, then we'll be allowed to send her a care package. We'll send pics and a few gifts and then she'll know we are coming for her.
So glad the biggest part of this paperwork mountain is behind us!

Happy New Year - 2011

It's been a few months since the last post. We are finished with all paperwork on the U.S. side, except that we are STILL waiting for 1 document, which is the immigration approval. As soon as we have that, our dossier goes to China. I'm still hoping for May travel. Ying turned 12 yrs old yesterday, 1-11-11. She likely knows nothing about us yet or that she's being adopted.
Here's a little "catch-up" video of the last few months...