On Their Way!

At the airport in Entebbe… And on the plane, about to take off! My daughter’s coming home. Thank you, Lord!

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Operation Homecoming

On Friday, a bunch of us gathered at the airport to welcome our daughter home. We had balloons and signs and lots of smiling faces! (We also had one really bloody nose, which added quite a lot of excitement to the wait.) About 40 minutes after arrival, Donnie sent a text to say they were picking… Continue reading Operation Homecoming

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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 Week Update

It’s crazy to think that it was just over one week ago that we were greeting Violet at the airport! This time last week, I felt nervous and unsure of how things were going to go. Today, I can say that the initial transition has gone very well! We ended up much busier than the… Continue reading One Week Update

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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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Two Months Home

I hadn’t really intended to blog here only once a month. It’s just kind of how life has been going. With school starting back and delving back into my freelance writing career, free time is probably going to be at a minimum for the foreseeable future. But…I can at least keep a decent journal of… Continue reading Two Months Home

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Bonding

Violet and I had the most lovely evening together last night. She sat beside me with her head on my shoulder, sucking on a grape Tootsie Pop and watching me edit some photos from our church’s recent VBS. She stayed there a good half-hour or more, and we chatted a bit about this picture or… Continue reading Bonding

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A Different Mom

I knew years ago that our daughter was a girly-girl. And that having her here would be a breath of fresh air for this mama who’s spent the past 16 years of her life marinating in testosterone. But I never really thought about how she might change me. Now, don’t think I have anything against… Continue reading A Different Mom

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No Matter When

I’m working on a three-and-four month update to post next week, but something came to mind tonight and I wanted to share it now. The longer Violet is here, and the more our hearts knit together, the harder it is to not regret all the time we lost. I touched on that here and here,… Continue reading No Matter When

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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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