so i'm finally getting around to putting up some pics from yesterday. i wanna do that BEFORE today's pictures, so i won't forget what happened or get too far behind. i've just picked out a few of my faves to share with you, but there are SOOO MANY!!!
above is the first view out our hotel window when we finally arrived thursday evening, and then below you'll see the view the next morning. needless to say,the boys were mesmerized!!!
below we are venturing out to find the subway station...
little stores like the one below are tucked in the sides of the street pretty much everywhere.
here we are BEFORE our subway ride...a little unsure...and hoping and PRAYING we got the right one. there are only like a BILLION stops to choose from. ha!!
we finally made our way to a place called Ocean Park....a combo of a theme park/aquarium and part zoo. it was LOTS of fun and the boys LOVED it!! it was definitley the best aquarium i've ever been to in my life.
i wish yall could see these in person....they're called spider crabs and were ENORMOUS!!! even behind glass, all i could think of was...."what if THAT thing got out and on my head...you don't KNOW crazy!!!"
we also rode this thingy...totally forgot what you call them. the views were simply STUNNING!!!
russ got a little tired..(okay...we were ALOT tired). ....but i love this picture of him:)
and that's day one yall! thanks for looking. we appreciate the prayers and all the kind words you've left for us!!!!
4/17/11 (Palm Sunday) after much prayer, we decided to adopt internationally through china's special needs program 4/20/11 chose Lifeline adoption agency 4/22/11 (Good Friday) went home to tell our families 4/23/11 submitted application and first fee 4/13 & 4/14 had BIGGEST GARAGE SALE ever..... made $3000!!! 5/18 first home study visit 5/25 second and third home study visit 6/6 mailed off FBI fingerprints for state 6/8 last homestudy visit ~ mailed remaining homestudy fee 6/13 boys had their medical exams 6/15 kevin's medical exam 6/22 my medical exam 6/23 cash for gold party ~made $1100 7 /9 friends' kids hosted "lemonade for Lane" ~ made $133 7/19 FBI clearance from first set of fingerprints (state set) returned (6 weeks 1 day) 7/26 mailed off i800a application!! 8/4 received 797c ~ biometrics appointment date 8/23 biometric fingerprints taken and premier jewelry party with stacey strassheim willoughby ~ made $270 10/18 DOSSIER TO CHINA!!!! (DTC) 10/30 Log~in~date (LID) 11/30 REFERRAL DAY!!!!!!! 12/5 received pre~approval (PA) and began LOA wait 12/13 mailed off care package to Lane AND RECEIVED A VIDEO of HER!! 1/20/12 Lane received care package 2/14/12 I800 approval received and boy's passports arrived! 2/24/12 national visa letter arrived 3/13/12 article 5 picked up
well. . where do i start? i'm the mom of two young boys that are absolutely my heart. we are on an adoption journey to our precious baby girl in china. i adore my sweet hubby and am blessed to call him mine. i love my Lord and am thankful He saw fit to love me despite myself. i consider myself a mom and wife first and foremost, but i also faux~finish, teach preschool, and make wooden distressed frames. no. . i'm not busy at all :O)