Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our 12th wedding anniversary!

Lily and Danielle
Lily, John Christopher and Maddie

Lily dancing with Papa Jim
the happy couple

Today is our 12th wedding anniversary! It is hard to believe! Two days ago, we watched Danielle (my Godsister) marry Lucas in a beautiful ceremony in the same church that we got married in 12 years ago today. It was surreal and emotional for us. It was also wonderful because it was Lily's first wedding to attend and she was their flower girl. We have had a wonderful anniversary visiting with some of our dearest friends!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Lily and Mary Grace

Mary Grace and her family were the first family that we met when we started the process to adopt Lily from China. We had lots of fun times with them as we waited for Lily. They also decorated our house and were at the airport when we arrived home. We still love to spend time with them when we are in Baton Rouge. This time was no exception. We shared a wonderful meal cooked by Kim (thanks!) and David and Wes really caught up while the girls played. They had so much fun. It only made us wish that we lived closer!

Friday, December 28, 2007

More fun with family

Pretty as a Princess
Our family, we sent this pic to Graeme

Luke, Jodi, Rodney and John Christopher
Lily showing her new China Girl jacket (thanks
Granny and Papa Jim
all of the cousins Anna, Luke, Ashley Grace, Alex, Catherine, John Christopher and Lily
Lily and Alex patiently wait to open their gifts
Luke, the LSU Tiger Fan

Opening gifts with family!

Lily and Mom
Jodi, my sis and Lily's Nanan

Luke loved the paper more than the presents!

Wes, Granny and Papa Jim

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Cookies Continued!

These cookies are just for Santa!
Got Sprinkles!

Now this is what I call fun!

Lily is so focused on getting her cookies just right.
So we did finish the cookies before Santa arrived. I would love to show you a picture of Lily biting into her decorated cookies but alas, these were all for Santa! (Lily does not like icing at all except for use in an artistic way!). This was a lot of fun. Thanks Nanan for getting everything together!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

For Christmas, we got PA!!!!

We are so excited to report that we have PA or prior approval. It is a small step in what is the next phase of our adoption. It means that the China Center for Adoption Affairs acknowledges our desire to adopt Graeme and will now move our paperwork to the appropriate place to be matched with his. The letter is dated 12/25/07. Someone wants our son home soon because we seem to be on the fast track so far. I hope it continues. For those of you keeping track, our info is Log in Date 4-20-07
Medical Checklist to our Agency 10-18-07
Date of Referral 12-11-07
Letter of Intent 12-17-07
Prior Approval 12-25-07

I couldn't ask for anyting better. I have tons of Christmas pics to post as soon as I can. Lily is in a wedding in few days and we are having a ball with family and friends. Life is so good!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Baking for Santa

Just getting the dough ready!!
John Christopher was driving the train cookie cutter through the flour!

Here we prove the saying, "Anyone can cook!"

Lily Wen getting a little messy with Santa's cookies

John Christopher too!

Back to business!

Baby Luke had to join in the fun!

John Christopher, Lily Wen and Luke

Lily had so much fun with her cousins, John Christopher and Luke. She is practicing becoming a big sister and is so helpful!!!! They had so much fun making Christmas Cookies for Santa. We decorate them later today so stay tuned!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Just Waiting!

We are waiting again and it is so much harder with Graeme's sweet face looking at us from the pictures. I think of him often throughout the day but most intensely first thing in the morning when he is going to bed and last thing at night when he is beginning his day. I pray for him to be happy and healthy until we can bring him home. We thought we would most likely travel in May. However, April 2007 paperwork is beginning to move quicker so it could be anytime from March to May. We of course want him home as soon as possible. Wes, Lily and I are in Louisiana for the holidays and are having a wonderful time with family. Lily has loved playing with her 2 year old cousin and I am hoping this is preparing her a little more for Graeme. We are currently waiting for PA which is prior approval and then we will wait for LOA which is letter of acceptance. There is a family in China right now that adopted a little girl from Graeme's orphanage. I e-mailed them as they are visiting the orphanage tomorrow. I am hoping that they get to see him and maybe even take a picture of him. The referral pictures that we have are months old and I would love to see a newer picture. Their daughter seems to be transitioning well which is such a blessing. We hope that their trip will be a safe one. All I want for Christmas is a new picture of our SON!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Thank you Wise Family! Our Wonderful Secret Pals!

We received our final gift from our CCAI secret pal and we got to find out who are pal was for the swap. THANK YOU Grant, Janelle and Chloe Wise. I did my best to not find out who you were so I was totally surprised when I got the last package!!! I also cried when I opened and pulled out the Columbia pull over and socks....the first clothes officially purchased for Graeme!! We love the vehicles and ball. It really is strange to have boy toys in the house. We also loved the books, earrings and photo book. The only thing not pictured is Lily's book. She has called it her homework and carried it everywhere since we opened the package last night. This has been the most amazing experience. I love their blog Chloe is just precious. Words just don't seem adequate. THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I haven't posted much since we got the news. We are excited and shocked to say the least!!! My Mom put together the following to show what we have all been up to the last few days! Enjoy! Wes, Margaret and Lily are at
Then there is Lily and her cousin John Christopher....Lily's favorite Next, my sister, Jodi and her family Last but certainly not least are Granny Mary and Papa Jim

As you can see, we have all been pretty busy celebrating Graeme. We can't wait until he is home to dance with us all. Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

IT'S A BOY!!!!!

We would like to introduce our son!!! Graeme Wilder Li Miracle

The Best early Christmas present in the world!!!! Big sister, Lily Wen is very excited. Date of Birth is October 13, 2005. He is at the Bengbu City Social Welfare Institute in Anhui Province. His Chinese name is Ling Li Jun and his paperwork states Li Jun is a happy little boy and we often hear his happy giggles coming from his room. He loves riding the rocking horse and is described as Talkative and Energetic. His special need is cleft lip and cleft palate (he has had his lip surgically repaired).

We are thrilled beyond belief and a little freaked because it is so soon after our checklist was turned in to our agency.
Well the Journey to Baby Becky has evolved to the Journey for Toddler Graeme and we could not be happier! Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I have a new April 2007 Secret Pal

I have not blogged about it at all but I have been participating in two secret pal swaps. I am participating in one with my agency and another with my Log in Date group - April 2007. I have loved shoopping for my pals and sending their gifts. I also love opening the gifts with Lily each month as we talk about our baby Miracle. Well after the first month, my secret pal for the April group just disappeared. After the second month, I contacted the owners and swap organizers so they could check on her. I was worried and still we have heard nothing back from her to my knowledge. This month I was reassigned to another pal who sent me my first gift today and boy did she make up for the last few months. She did more than her share and sent gifts for October, November and December. Lily and I had a ball opening the presents. She sent Halloween socks and cookie cutters for October, scrapbook paper and chopsticks, travel cheat sheet for November, books, advent calendar, chinese take out ornamen and the cutest little Santa bib for December. This was amazing to come home to!!!! I LOVE MY NEW SECRET PAL!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Thank you Secret Pal!

Thank you CCAI secret pal!!! It has been a crazy week and we just checked mail for last week. I think your gift sat at the post office for a few days! Sorry to just now be posting. Lily loves her advent calendar and is more interested in opening the doors than eating the candy…not like her mother at all. I love my James Taylor CD and the candles. I listened to the CD all day yesterday while getting things done around the house. It really put me in the mood for Christmas. Thanks also for the sweet toy for our baby. We can’t wait for that referral but your gifts are helping the wait go by quickly.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Lily Wen!!!

Lily is four years old today. Time really is passing so quickly. I can’t believe that she is four years old. She has changed so much from the sweet little 10 month old that was placed in my arms. She is fiercely independent and simply a joy. She loves music and any live performance. She is excited about our adoption of a sibling. She bounced out of bed this morning in such a good mood and announced that she wanted to go to the Mexican Restaurant for her birthday dinner so they could put the big hat on her and sing to her. She has it all planned out! We are having her birthday party tomorrow evening, High School Musical is the theme as requested (demanded)! I love to see her this excited and it is so much fun.

At the same time, I find myself thinking of her birthmother and wishing that there were someway to tell her about our special Lily Wen. I imagine that on the other side of the world there is a woman in quiet reflection on this day each year. I wish for her peace and comfort. I wish I knew the rest of the story. One of the reasons, I wanted to adopt from China was knowing that I would not have contact with the birth family…less complicated or so I thought. I would give anything to have contact. I would love to send yearly or monthly updates and to be able to tell Lily Wen more about her birth family. I didn’t know. I didn’t know I would feel this way. I wonder what her birthmother thinks about each passing year. I wish I could know.

Happy Birthday Lily Wen!!! May you always know how much we love you!!!! We are so blessed!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I finished the 100 Good Wishes Quilt!!!!

Lily and her 100 good wishes quilt. She is wrapped in the love of many!

My 1st prize pic for scenery taken in Orange Beach right after we submitted paperwork for our I171 H for Lily. It was a wonderful weekend!

McKenna, Hannah and Lily took 3rd place in Black and White. Aren't they cute?

At 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, I finished Lily's 100 Good Wishes Quilt. Woo Hoo!!! Yes, me, I did it! I have never sewed more than a button and took on this quilt. I hand pieced it and hand quilted it. I believe it took me about three months from start to finish. I really enjoyed working on it and Lily loves it. I entered it in a quilt contest at the local Mountain Masters Show. I entered for fun and I won first place in the Baby Quilt category! I also entered some of my favorite photos of the year and I won first place in scenery and third place in black and white. I'll post pics of all for you to see!

We have so much to be Thankful for!

Becky and LilyLily with the Goss family

Lily loves Goondaddy Vesper (Becky's Dad)

Lily and Mimi (Mark David's Mom)
Sarah, Lily and Elizabeth

Elizabeth and Lily
Our family

We spent our Thanksgiving with the Goss family. They took me in years ago for holidays when I was not able to travel home. They are my extended family here in Harlan and I love them all and our time with them. Becky is one of my dearest and as Lily would say Bestest friends. We have a sisterly relationship and if we are blessed with a daughter, she will be named after Becky. I have been blessed to watch her girls grow up and they are such beautiful young women. I am sure Lily will learn so much from her close relationship with them. Mark David has the driest, funniest sense of humor. We love them and all of their family and friends who celebrate the holiday together. This year we talked about Lily's first Thanksgiving home. She had barely been home from China a month and we came to Kentucky for the holiday. Special memories! I hope we have our next little Miracle home next Thanksgiving. I can't even list all that I am thankful for this year. It simply overwhelms me.


We went to Dollywood the day before Thanksgiving. We have not been there for the Christmas Season. We didn't stay very long due to the weather but we had lots of fun! Lily loved the lights and her magic wand that she bought!