Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baby Shower Photos!

Here we are at Olivia's baby shower! It was a beautiful party and I can't imagine anything improving it. My lifelong friends, Margie and Mindy, hosted it for us. The best gift we got was Olivia's picture the day before. The greeters!
Charlotte and Olivia O, from our local Chinese adoption group, doing their nametags :)
My sister, Jill, working on moving frozen peas from one dish to another in 30 seconds...
My friend, Sandy, trying to find safety pins in a bowl of rice...
My cousins looking at Olivia's 100 Wishes Quilt (which doubled as a perfect cover for the large screen TV)Left to right, Patti, Mindy's mom, my mom, Margie's son Hans, and Margie's mom, Donna
Olivia O
One of the centerpieces
These were our party favors
My friend Margie designed the beautiful invitation and the cake matched!
Our little friend, Zoe
Time to open the gifts
I needed Lee's help!
Here's what it says
I had to take a picture of the audience we had while opening the gifts! So cute!
This is me with Celia Woyke, whose family also just got their referral. We will be traveling to China together. She picked out this dress for Olivia all on her own! Thank you, Celia!My and my niece, Jenny. She is one of my bestest friends :)
And here are her kids. You have seen them before! I loooooooooove them!!!
With Lee's mom
and with my mom
Just like the old days, the girls all slept over and we talked until 2:30 or so! My friend Sindy stayed over too. We had a great time!Here we are the next morning! Kristi, on the top left, flew in from Ohio, and Mindy, on the bottom, flew in from Texas. It was a wonderful time with dear friends. Kristi and I have known each other since we were babies, and she met Margie and Mindy through me in Jr. High. We have all been friends for over 25 years. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
Thanks, girls, for a lovely weekend and a wonderful party!! Thanks to everyone who came to the shower as well! I will never forget it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Thank you to everyone who has diligently prayed for this to happen! We prayed that it would happen before we went to China and it did!! Praise God for this huge blessing for my parents!!

Instructions Included

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Catch Up Post...

I don't know how on earth I missed blogging this trip from October 2007, but I had to go back to my 2007 photos to make this injustice right! The only thing I can think of is that my mom was getting chemo at that time and I wasn't feeling great myself. Regardless, I am blogging this NOW!! My BFF Margie and I flew to Texas to surprise our other BFF, Mindy for our "25th Friendiversary". We arrived at a swimming practice to a screaming, jumping, very happy Mindy.

Here is me with Mindy in 1984

Me and Margie in 1987

We had a wonderful weekend reminiscing, laughing, dining, getting our nails done, and just enjoyed being together!

Margie and Mindy told me a long time ago that when the time was right, they wanted to host a baby shower for me. Figuring that we would get our referral the first week of May, we planned the shower for May 23. When we weren't hearing anything, I was starting to wish we hadn't scheduled it yet, but we got the call on May 21st, and Olivia's picture on the 22nd! Perfect timing! Shower pictures to come soon! It was a lovely party!

Friday, May 22, 2009

More Pictures! (and a Correction)

CORRECTION: We just found out that the picture we were sent via e-mail yesterday was the WRONG CHILD! Yeah, just when we thought nothing else could go wrong! My mom said it was like getting the wrong baby at the hospital.

Anyway, the post from yesterday has been updated with the CORRECT picture. We hope you still think she's cute! :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meet Our Daughter!

Name: Qian Xiu Di (Olivia Xiu Di Shelton)
Date of Birth: 7/11/2008
Province: Chongqing
Date of Referral: 5/21/2009



Name: Qian Xiu Di
DOB: July 11, 2008
Province: Chongqing

We should be getting the picture tomorrow, so we'll post it then!

OK, China, Let's Go...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Our Alarmist Media

"If it bleeds, it leads." That's the general rule adhered to by the mainstream press -- and nothing jumps off the front page like a good doomsday scenario. Remember Y2K? SARS? The Avian flu? Weapons of mass destruction? So, you can understand why I'm not surprised that this whole "swine flu" scare has been blown way out of proportion.

For example, The Canadian Press is reporting that China's mainland has confirmed its fourth case of swine flu. That's four cases out of over 1.3 billion people. This is what qualifies as international news?

The frustrating aspect of this fiasco is that this particular strain of influenza is no more potent than those which contribute to about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. Still, that hasn't stopped Reuters from reporting that U.S. health officials are concerned that "the 5,123 confirmed and probable cases and six deaths in the United States" are just the "tip of the iceberg."

I'm sure it's reports like these that have prompted the World Health Organization to keep the alert against this particular flu strain at phase 5, with phase 6 being the worst. Did anyone happen to mention to the WHO that approximately 15 million children died from starvation last year? Or that 46 million kids were murdered by abortion? Where are those headlines?

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Undy 500 Needs Ya!

We really want to make our goal of 500 items by May 24, race day.
Please click HERE to read more and to help. THANKS!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I need an epidural!!!

This is such a painful delivery!!! What in the world? Today marks the 38th month since we were logged in to China's system. We REALLY thought we were going to get Olivia's referral last week. Not even thinking we were being unrealistic this time. April referrals came out on the 3rd, so logic would say that the first week of May would bring the next batch. What fools we are to have had faith in China and to even USE logic. What fools. So we have said, "some time in the next year" in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and now in 2009, and then we have said, "some time in the next month", and "hopefully some time in the next week" and now we find ourselves repeating that. What fools! Once again, we are wrong and once again I ask myself why I am surprised. I am mad at myself for even getting a little excited. The rumors are that the delay is due to the swine flu, even though that makes NO sense. But remember, there is no room for logic or common sense in international adoption. Please pray for us. We. Are. Fried.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

An Undy 500 Update!

240 Undy items so far! Click HERE for more info.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Need Yer Help!

Please join us in collecting 500 skivvies by race day, May 24! For more, click HERE!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


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Our Friends Have Their Son!!

Our friends, Alan and Ruth, were in our travel group for well, years, but then they felt like they wanted to adopt an older child - so now they have an 8 year old boy instead of an infant girl! Check out their blog HERE.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Flip Flops Arrive in Ethiopia and Malawi!

Please click HERE to read more and see some great pictures on the Flip Flop Fleet blog!

Friday, May 01, 2009

I love me some thriftin'

With this unbelievable economy, there has never been a better time to hit the thrift stores. I love thriftin' - but it has to be a good deal. I am amazed lately at some of the prices I have seen. $4.99 for a used kids' t-shirt? Ummm, this is a THRIFT store. Give me a break. I can buy a NEW shirt for $4.99. At the "Underground Target" I can a buy new clothes for $3.00. Upstairs, at the "normal" Salvation Army, on Fridays and Saturdays, kids clothes are $1.00. Sometimes there is nothing whatsoever that I would want to purchase. Sometimes there are great finds. Here are some of the things I have gotten the past few visits. Again, all of these items cost $1.00 each.

I dropped this down on the floor and it landed just like this, and then Abby laid down next to it :)
For Olivia, a like-new snowsuit, Target brand
a Tommy Hilfiger sweater
For Patricia, a GAP sweater
and a fleece pullover
For Philippe, a Ralph Lauren Chaps sweater
and a really nice lined rainjacket from GAP
My advice to novice thrifters is check for stains, holes, tears in seams. You never know why that item ended up there in the first place. My mom loves to do mending (!!), so if I do find something that needs mending, I still get it, but if you don't sew or know someone who does, I wouldn't. My mom can even fix pretty bad holes in knit sweaters, so that is helpful, too. I don't know how she does that...
My other bit of advice is to learn what days are the "right" days to go. Tuesday is senior discount day at SAVERS and so my mom and I go together and I pay her back for the purchases. Some stores have other pricing discounts like "today all yellow tags are 50% off" so you look for items with yellow tags. Nearly all the clothes the kids wore while we were in Haiti were from the thrift store and I even bought some items for Lee and I so we had things to wear that weren't "favorites" since we knew we'd be spraying bug spray all over, sitting on the floor, etc.
If you are a reader, stop going to Borders and Barnes and Noble. There are ALWAYS tons of books for all ages. I have stopped shopping at the thrift stores who forgot that they are thrift stores. I know the ones who often have good things at THRIFT store prices and I go there. And when I feel the desire to "shop", I head there instead of the mall. It is way more exciting to pay a $1 per item, especially when times are so tough and money is so tight. Have fun! Let me know if you find any goodies!
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