December 24, 2006

We're finally home!

This is Sydney coming through the front door for the first time!! I don't think she knows what a big step this is, and how far we have had to come over the past several months. We are so happy to have her home. She is a joy. She has some issues with going to sleep at night, but considering that we just took her from everything she ever knew, I think she is doing great. Everyday she learns more words. She knows all of her brothers and sister's names, and she understands more than she can actually say. Here is a picture of her eating Brooklyn Pizza(yes we had to have it as soon as we got home).

She wants to do everything that her big sister Haley does.

Granny and Granddad brought some presents while we were gone, so everybody is happy.

Now we're just getting ready for bed and waiting for Santa....

December 21, 2006

Ready for Home!

We're getting packed to come home! We are so excited to go back to the states. China was nice, but we really need to come home. We have enjoyed our stay, and have learned so much about the Chinese culture (sometimes too much). This knowledge will be useful later in Syndey's life when she asks questions about her homeland. Overall the Chinese people have been very accepting of us, and we appreciate their kindness and generosity. As we part ways, I can't help but reminisce....

December 19, 2006

A few pics from Guangzhou

McDonald's in Guangzhou, Big Mac Baby!

Waterfall and Christmas tree in the lobby of the White Swan

Can you believe people protest Christmas trees in the U.S. and they are everywhere in's almost laughable to think that people don't want Christmas decorations in the States.

Sydney's first medical exam...she is not happy.

Sydney asleep in the crib...we weren't even going to put her in there for a while, but she wanted to sleep in it...very nice!

December 18, 2006

White Swan!! Yes!

We finally made it! We are in Guangzhou, which is where we will do our final paperwork and get Sydney's visa to come home. We are very happy to have a change of scenary. Guiyang was nice, but Guangzhou has like fifty McDonalds. Plus the White Swan is by far, the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in before. Gold plated faucets, designer shops, mini bar in the room, internet that works (even if it is $40 extra), and the list goes on... We felt very connected to Guiyang, because that is where Sydney spent her first 3 yrs., but we were ready to move on. One step closer to getting back home.

Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know we made it...we have a early morning planned so see ya later.

One final pic to make you laugh, from the elevator in the restaurant in Guiyang...

December 16, 2006

Still in Guiyang

On the 15th we visited the Huangguoshu Waterfall. It is the largest waterfall in China. It was a two hour drive from Guiyang through rural farm country. We saw a lot of poor farmers working in their fields with nothing but a hoe and a bull to pull the plow. They work a huge amount of land with hardly any technology. It's like going back to the 1800's. These people work very hard from daylight to dark for basically no reward. They barely have enough to feed their families. It really makes you think....we have everything that we could ever want, and we're still not satisfied. If everything doesn't go our way, or if the food in the hotel is the same everyday we get upset. God has blessed us with everything and we have no appreciation for it. Driving through those rural villages really opened my eyes to my own selfishness...I hope I can be a better person because of it.

On the 16th we went to a local amusement park in Guiyang. It was a little different than the ones we're used to in the U.S. The merry-go-round went about 50 mph. The adults had to hold the children, and lean in. What a ride! Neil climbed a blow-up rock wall, and we rode in bumper cars. It was fun to get out and do something different. Yes, that is the same sweatshirt I've had on for a full week...oh, well.

Sydney is doing very good. She still misses here foster mom sometimes. You can just see it in her eyes, but she is calling me Ba Ba and Sandy Ma Ma, which is a big step. Her foster mom did a great job with her. She feeds herself, wipes her mouth, drinks from a cup, goes to the bathroom and even washes her hands. She is a joy! Thank you God.

December 14, 2006

Getting to Know China

We are getting to know China in many different ways. I mean that is why we are here right? So that we can tell Sydney about her homeland if she ever wants to know about it. Today we went to a Buddhist Temple in Sydney's province. It was interesting, but the most interesting thing was the monkeys...they were everywhere! Climbing on top of people (not us thank goodness), but everyone was feeding them and they were wild.

We stopped at a local Calligrapher's, and had a wall hanging made with Sydney's Chinese name and a small poem written in Chinese. Our guide translated it for us, and it will be something that Sydney can keep forever.

After we left there we stopped at Pizza Hut in Guiyang and got four 12inch pizzas. Our guide looked at us funny, because he couldn't believe we ordered that much food. 12inch is a large for them, but we explained 16 to 18inch is large for us. American food...well kinda. The pepperoni tasted a little fishy, but who cares it's still pizza. The Lindon family is very passionate about pizza, in fact we eat it almost everyday at home. Sydney loves it, so that's a big relief. Speaking of food, we are starting to get tired of the hotel food we eat two times a day, but we have too much to be thankful for to be worried about that.

Anyway, the internet is very bad in our hotel, so we haven't been able to keep in touch the way we would like. We are doing the best we can.

See you guys later!!

December 12, 2006

We got Sydney!!!

We got her!!!! She is everything that we imagined and more. She is beautiful. She was very hesitant at first, because she loves her foster mom sooo much (pictured on left). She didn't want anything to do with us, but we took a trip to Walmart here in Guiyang and she pretty much opened up to us. (of course we did let her pick out anything that she wanted)
We are in the room now, just chillin out. Here is a picture of her finishing off some good old KFC. Walmart and KFC in one day. She is almost an American already!!

Here she is with her new big sister!! The kids have been so good with her so far. At Walmart Sydney was telling all of the Chinese people that they were her big brothers and sister in Chinese. God has certainly blessed us.

December 10, 2006

The Great Wall

We had a great day today sightseeing in Beijing. Here is a picture of our group from our adoption agency (AHH) on the Great Wall. It is hard to believe that we were able to not only see, but climb one of the wonders of the world. It was definitely a steep climb. Willie, Neil, Cole and I went up to the first guard station and it was a challenge.

These pictures don't even capture how steep these steps actually are. I was very proud of Cole and Neil for climbing as high as we did.

Earlier in the day we went to a jade factory and learned how to choose the different grades of jade. There was some beautiful pieces in the shop, but most were out of our price range, plus we didn't want to lug around a bunch of heavy jade for the next two weeks.

After we left the jade factory we went to eat at an authentic Chinese restaurant. The food was very good. As you can see from the picture, it was served family style, which is fine, but they gave us plates the size of small saucers. So I had about 20 servings.

Fish heads anyone??

We had some interesting bus trips through the City. You would not believe the way traffic is here in Beijing. Cars, bikes, pedestrians, mopeds, scooters, buses, trucks--all serving in and out of traffic at their will. Suprisingly not too much road rage, just a few horn honks here and there. There were several times when I saw two cars side by side in the same lane!!

Beijing is a bustling and growing city. There is construction everywhere, especially with the Olympics coming in 2008. That should be very interesting. The people of China are very hospitable to foreigners . They are very fascinated by the kids, because they look so different than the children here.

December 9, 2006


We arrived safely in Beijing this evening at 6pm! The flight was uneventful and our kids were GREAT!!!!!!! Our hotel is very nice! We go to church tomorrow, then to a Jade place, and then to The Great Wall! I hope everyone is doing well, we are fine and looking forward to all of the great tours tomorrow! We will try to post everyday as time allows. Keep those prayers coming.

December 3, 2006

Getting ready!

Sydney and Haley's new room! I can't wait to see my sweet girls in here! We've had a busy day packing! We leave Friday the 8th and arrive in Beijing the 9th! We will get Sydney the 12th!!!!! Thank you God!

November 20, 2006

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!

We have TA(travel approval)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank God! Brian called today to give us the incredible news. We're getting our baby girl for Christmas! We have a tentative departure date of Dec. 7th! If so, we will get Sydney Dec. 11th! Please keep our family in your prayers.

October 27, 2006


Praise God! We have finally received our LID(log in date)! Our LID is September 4th, 2006! This is incredible news! We are ready to go - just waiting for our TA... We're coming soon sweet girl! Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

October 23, 2006


Praise God! We have new pictures of our sweet girl! She is SO BEAUTIFUL! She is wearing the outfit we sent her! Enjoy! Please keep her in your prayers. Pray that she is home soon...

October 11, 2006


No news...just waiting. Hoping that we will get our LID this week.Praying for a speedy TA. Sydney has been away too long-she needs to come home. We are all so excited to travel-I just can't imagine how excited I'll be when we get TA! Maybe I'll have news soon...

October 1, 2006


Just thinking of my sweet girl-hoping that she will be receiving her care package soon-maybe today. We are still waiting to find out our LID. We continue to hope and pray that Sydney will be home for Christmas! Uncle Will will hopefully be travelling with us-he should receive his passport soon. I hope Sydney will be sleeping with her doll and blanket tonight!

September 25, 2006

Care package!

I'm so glad to post this-today I sent Sydney's care package to her!!!!!!!! I've been looking forward to this day for so long. I hope it arrives soon. I wish I could see her face when she gets her gift...

September 21, 2006

Praise God!!!!!!!

Grace called this morning- we have our Pre Approval!!!!!!!!!!! What wonderful news! How awesome that I was getting things together for Sydney's care package just last night! Thank you, Lord!

September 20, 2006


Today we received an update on Sydney!!!!!! I was so excited!!!! She is 35" tall and weighs 22#s. I'm not sure how accurate these are but it seems she's tall and slender for her age! She enjoys playing with dolls, playing in the park, singing, and dancing! I hope to get new pictures soon...

What a busy week we've had! Today we submitted our visa applications and our travel prep form to Brian at AHH! It was so hard to let go of our passports-I really don't like to part with originals!!!!! I had to email Grace for a "Grace fix"! She later emailed to let me know that everything had arrived in the office safely!

We've been shopping a lot the past few weeks-trying to get everything ready for our trip! The girls have matching outfits-they are SO cute-I can't wait to see them together!

Hopefully the next time I post I will have pictures.

September 13, 2006

Let the packing begin...

We have luggage! Thanks to Cynthia for the great advice!

I had a conference call with Brian "the travel guy" yesterday! How exciting to finally start planning for travel! This week we will apply for our Visas. Hopefully we will have a speedy travel approval and be on our way in the coming months. I'm still hoping that our sweet girl will be home for Christmas.

Please pray for all of us as we get closer to Sydney. Please pray that she has a smooth transition and will feel at home with us.

September 8, 2006


No news today...just waiting. Tomorrow Chad and I have a parent education class and Tuesday I have a pre-travel conference call! How exciting to begin travel preparations! Hopefully we will receive our PA before TA(travel approval) so we can send Sydney's care package. But I'll take the TA-send away!!!!!

August 28, 2006


Neil, Cole, and Haley with their passports! We are ready to go!

August 26, 2006


We received the copy of our dossier today! One step closer!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see you sweet girl...what a long wait...someday soon you will be home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Missing you ...mommy loves you!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 25, 2006

Sweet girl!!!!


FINALLY!!!!!! Today we are DTC(dossier to China)!!!!! I've hoped for this day for so the wait really day closer to my sweet girl!!!!!!!

August 23, 2006


Grace has ALL of our dossier paperwork! Everything is ready to go to China!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank God! We are a BIG step closer to our sweet girl! Haley thought we were getting sissy today! I wish...

August 21, 2006

Good news!

Grace received our Dossier today! The I171H and home study should be here soon! I'm so glad that Grace has the dossier! What a great way to start the week! I feel like I can breathe again. Hopefully the dossier will go to China this Friday! We love you baby girl!

We went to the circus yesterday! What fun! Thank you Daddy!

August 18, 2006


We received word yesterday that ALL of our Dossier is at the Chinese Embassy in D.C. ! This is wonderful news as it brings us closer to Sydney. Still trying to accept that there was a reason for the HUGE delay in processing. Hopefully we will have DTC(Dossier to China) next week.

August 17, 2006

Still waiting.........

We have been told by our agency that the bulk of our Dossier is at the chinese Embassy! Now we are waiting for the I171H and homestudy to make their way there! What a frustrating few weeks it's been. We should have had our Dossier to China already....... Sydney, we are trying. We LOVE you SO much...................

August 15, 2006


After a record approval time from USCIS now we wait. Our Dossier is STUCK at the US State Dept. Praying for patience and a FAST turn around. Our Dossier should have been in China already. Very dissappointing.....................

July 31, 2006

A family affair!

We are taking the kids to China! Praise God! What an awesome experience this will be! This week the kids will apply for their passports. Neil is so excited to have a passport! Let the packing begin!

July 26, 2006

China! Here we come!!!!!!!!!

We received our USCIS approval today! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!! All of our other Dossier documents are in D.C. We hope to have our Dossier to China in the next few weeks! Can't wait to get our new baby girl!!

July 18, 2006


Our homestudy was scheduled for delivery yesterday July, 17th. Hopefully we will get a SPEEDY approval! You know the old saying "hurry and wait".

July 12, 2006


The homestudy is READY! It will go to USCIS tomorrow!!!!! The countdown to the I171H begins!

July 11, 2006


Waiting for Sydney. No news today. Still waiting for our homestudy to go to USCIS....................

July 10, 2006


Chad received his passport on Saturday!!!!!!!! Mine is in the mail!!!!!! Still waiting for our homestudy to reach USCIS..............HOPEFULLY this week.

July 7, 2006

And the wait begins.......

Today was a GREAT day! We submitted our remaining documents to AHH for certification and authentication! It was hard for me to let go of my ORIGINALS! We are awaiting USCIS approval and our passports! Passports should be here next week!

June 29, 2006


Well, we applied for our passports today! Finally! Tomorrow, I'll be doing our photo page and we are set with the paperwork!!!! Here are some more pictures of Sydney.