Long-Awaited Update

At the moment, I’m sitting at Heathrow Airport, on our way home from Uganda after an incredible week with our Pearl. Needless to say, things didn’t transpire as we originally planned. We thought Donnie would come home after a week and I’d stay the remaining month or so until our process was done. But nothing… Continue reading Long-Awaited Update

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Travelogue: Day Two

(Continued from Day One) The air in Cairo had been cool, but even at 3:00 a.m. the Ugandan night air was warm and damp. We tiredly shuffled down the steps onto the tarmac and another 20 paces into the nearly-deserted terminal, where the air was just as humid and still inside. We got in line… Continue reading Travelogue: Day Two

Travelogue: Day Three

I can’t recall ever having been so dehydrated. The midnight to noon hours of that January Monday are one big blurry memory of the same repetitive sequence: stomach cramps, rush to the bathroom, wash hands with terrible-smelling hotel soap, flop back in bed, try to sleep. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. After the first couple of times,… Continue reading Travelogue: Day Three

Passport Party

Oh yeah, we’re rocking a Passport Party over here today! I think this might just be the first thing throughout this adoption process that’s happened at the time it was promised, but our Ugandan Pearl has a passport!!! Honestly, I don’t know how to act. Having something happen on-time in a Ugandan adoption is just… Continue reading Passport Party

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Home Sweet Home

Everyone says there’s a honeymoon period following adoption, and I’m sure they’re right. I’m trying to just enjoy each day and not worry about when this time of happiness might be put on pause while our daughter processes through the negative aspects of her new life. But y’all — it’s going SO well! Violet really… Continue reading Home Sweet Home

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One Month Home

One month ago, our daughter first set foot on American soil. It has been a month full of firsts for her, almost too many to list. First amusement park and water slides….   First car show with her dad and brothers….   First camera, which came in some of the first mail she ever received… Continue reading One Month Home

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Four-Plus Months Home

Once again, I am behind on sharing an update on how we’re doing and that’s partly because we’ve been so darn busy every minute of the day, it seems. And it’s partly because of some really negative comments someone posted here that discouraged me from writing for a while. I ultimately didn’t publish the comments… Continue reading Four-Plus Months Home

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