Various and Sundry Things

The last few days and weeks before we travel have passed so quickly. There is so much to do to get ready for the girls and so much to do to keep up with our big family. I have had so much to blog about, but haven’t been able to find a few quiet minutes to write until now.

I have so much to tell you!

We got our LOA’s and are waiting now for our I800 approvals. We will travel the week of September 10th and no later than September 14th as we will need to be in China on the 16th. Eliza ages out on the 18th, so we cannot be late!

We skyped with Eliza on Saturday night! She smiled at us, laughed at her Dad, and typed, “Every day I think of you and hope for you to come.”

We showed her all the rooms in our home and took the laptop in her new bedroom. She typed, “I like.” We think it was actually Ms, Zhong, the orphanage director who typed for Eliza, but Eliza did draw us a picture and showed it to us. It said, “I love you.”


She said her favorite subjects are English and Art. Her Daddy made her laugh, and she typed, “Father has a good sense of humor.”

She also told us she likes to sing, and Mark said, “Lulu and Daddy will sing together.” Then I saw tears in her eyes.

Did I mention how precious she is?

We have requested an update on Evangeline. We have not had any new information on her yet, and are hoping we hear something soon.

We have sent both the girls silk picture albums with 25 labeled photos form Red Thread China. We are hoping to hear that they have received the pictures soon.

And do you remember the story of Evangeline’s little friend, Emily?


Well, Emily wrote Evangeline a letter.


And drew her a picture.


Emily’s family’s friends sent us a wonderful care package of all sorts of goodies.


Their lovely daughter, Caroline, who was also adopted as an older child, wrote the girls a letter about how good their lives will be now, and sent her email address should the girls want to chat.


They have blessed us with their love, and we are so very thankful.

By God’s grace, we will travel in about three weeks.


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  1. Gordon Garrett says:

    God Bless Y’all. It breaks my Heart, In A GOOD Way, To read this and to know what Love there will be between Y’all and these Woderful New Daughters that God Is Sending To You. All of these children Yearn for someone to love “Them”. REALLY LOVE THEM ! Not just show up for a while in their lives at an Orphanage or Foster Home and play games a few hours a day, For a couple of weeks or month then leave forever. When you told about the comment Daddy will sing with Her and you saw tears, She Knew that means he will Really Love Her ! It also brought tears to my eyes. I am So Happy for your children and the Love Y’all share. God Bless.

  2. Jane Caldwell says:

    WOW Diane…..SOOOOO exciting to hear!! cannot imagine all that both your family and Eliza must be experiencing! God is giving her LIFE thru you!! God bless you for saying YES to Him!!!

  3. Maria Cross says:

    Very excited for you, and I am looking forward to reading how your travel and transition with the girls go 🙂 We are hoping to travel for our 12 year old girl by the end of October – beggining of Nov.
    Could I ask you where you bought your puzzle (children around the world)? I love it, and think it would be a great one for a fundraiser for us, but I can’t seem to find it online.


  4. Julie Agee says:

    YAY! What good news all the way! I am so excited to hear that you will travel soon. Enjoy those days and get ready for some real living when you get home.

    Many blessings to you! If you ever want to talk–email me at


  5. Heather says:

    Diane – I’ve learned about your adoption through Adeye’s blog and have prayed for your family. Can you send me an update with your current financial need to finalize these adoptions? – Heather Haben

  6. Monica says:

    I can’t wait to see pictures of these two girls with their new family, and ultimately at home. It may be rough to begin with, but I think they will ultimately realize things will be so much better here for them, where they are loved and have a support system and opportunities.

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