December 12, 2007

Happy Gotcha Day!

One year! I can't believe it! We celebrated today with Chinese food (what else!) and chocolate cake! What a year it's been for many ups and downs. Thank God for the ups! We are blessed beyond belief. Why God has entrusted this sweet girl to us, I have no idea. Sydney is a treasure that's for sure!
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December 11, 2007

Thinking of Mama...

I can't help but think of Mama today. Tonight would have been her last night with Sydney, I'm sure it must have been so difficult for her. Sydney had been with her since she was about 8 weeks old. I will be forever grateful for Mama...

December 8, 2007


One year ago today we were on our way to China! It's hard to believe. Here are a few pictures from the first few (of MANY) flights. This time last year we were waiting to board our flight to Beijing. The Chicago airport with 3 kids, Uncle Will, the "expectant" parents, and TOO MUCH luggage! We were a sight to see! What an adventure.

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November 29, 2007

Pretty pictures...

I'm such a horrible blogger, the only thing I do is post pictures every now and then. I'm sure that's what most people look for anyway. Let's face it, I'm not the writer that my husband is! But I do have a PRETTY girl! Well, of course I have three!

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September 12, 2007

9 Months!

Our 1st picture of Sydney!

Sydney now! Having fun with blocks!

I really can't believe it's been 9 months! Last May we submitted our 1st application to AHH and in a record 7 months( although I had been waiting FAR longer than that) we had our sweet girl. The time has really flown by since she has been home. As prepared as we thought we were to become parents to a toddler we just really had no idea the challenges we would face. Sydney's diagnosis of NF1 left us stunned to say the least. I know that God has a special plan for our sweet girl. I can only hope to stand up to the challenge with as much faith and grace as possible. There are days when I feel as though I'm failing miserably.

Speaking of grace, I really miss my Grace. She is now in Ireland. I hope you see this post soon. Know that you are in my thoughts EVERYDAY. I couldn't have done any of this without you.

For those of you that still keep up with the blog, please continue to pray for Sydney and our family, we truly appreciate it!



August 13, 2007


The past 8 months have really flown by. We've experienced so much with Sydney, ups and downs. I think the finality of adoption and all of the stress with doctor visits set in for her in the past few months. She has had to deal with so much in her short life. Her next appt. has been scheduled for January, what a welcome relief! Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks and blessings,


July 12, 2007

update #2

PRAISE GOD!!!!!! There have been no changes and the PET scan looked good! We are SO EXCITED to say the least! Thanks for all of your prayers! Please keep them coming. The new plan is to get a repeat (chest) MRI in about 5 months. In the meantime we will be discussing a new clinical trial coming up that is aimed at shrinking the tumor. Sydney once again had an uneventful day with her sedation. It's SO good to be home. We feel like we can finally take a breath! We are looking forward to a few days off with Daddy!

July 10, 2007

update #1

Sydney had her long awaited (dreaded) MRIs yesterday. She did FABULOUS! Thank God! CCH is a DIFFERENT world! Her sedation was a breeze, literally! She took a few breaths of "gas" and was out in a matter of seconds. All of this is done before any IVs. What a blessing! She didn't have any trouble after waking up or eating! Please keep praying. I'm so thankful that everything went well yesterday. She will go in Thursday morning for the PET scan and then we meet with Dr. Weiss at 11:00. PLEASE PRAY......

June 12, 2007

6 Months!

I can't believe it's been 6 months since we were in China to get our sweet girl! It seems like she's always been here. I finally decided to post some pictures (certain people keep pestering me to do so!). Not much to say , I just wanted to get the anniversary post up. Enjoy the pictures!

June 1, 2007

A break...

I realize that I haven't updated in a while. Well, I'm tired and I don't want to even think about updates. But here I am. For those of you that actually check the blog and don't already have this info. here goes. After the "good" news from the CT surgeon we went for a routine follow up with the genetics Dr to discuss Sydney's NF1. She did NOT agree with his opinion and suggested we get a second opinion. She felt that we should be aggressive and get the tumor out before it caused any problems. So off we go to Cincinnatti Children's to meet with a leading Spinal surgeon that specializes in this type of tumor. His exact words were "enjoy her while you can", talk about devestating. He said that the tumor is too involved and would definitely cause problems if they tried to remove it. Surgery is NOT an option. That's bad news when you know that surgery is the ONLY option. So he refers us to the NF clinic there. They have a great program, one of the largest in the nation. This will be much better than trying to piece things together here. We have since met with the NF team and again have hope! They have a better outlook than the other Dr. But the disease is SO unpredictable we just don't know what to expect. The plan for now is to have repeat MRIs and a PET scan. If there haven't been any changes then we will again just wait and see. If there have been changes then they will probably place Sydney in a clinical trial aimed at stopping the growth. Yes, this involves experimental drugs.

So there's the update. Sydney is doing great! She continues to amaze us! Our 6 month anniversary is coming up! Sydney does well with routine(I guess we all do), so I'm trying to keep life LOW KEY and consistent. I miss Louisiana. NO PHONES, NO COMPUTER, NO DOORBELLS,and NO DOCTORS! If you've made it this far, thanks and keep praying. God is bigger than this tumor which by the way is described as HUGE.

May 10, 2007

1 year!

Our girl!

One year ago today we submitted our application to AHH! It's also the 1st time I met Grace! Many, many times I've needed a "Grace fix" and she never fails. Thank you so much for EVERYTHING.

April 12, 2007

4 months!

I can't believe it's been four months since we got our sweet girl! In a way it seems like yesterday and at the same time it's as if she's always been with us. The pictures speak for themselves.



April 4, 2007

The Arboretum!

Yesterday we decided to have a picnic at the Arboretum! The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time. We love to go on picnics!

April 2, 2007

Mommy's swing!

This is my new swing from Daddy! He and the boys built the frame yesterday. I just LOVE it! The challenge will be to keep it for myself! Everyone else seems to love it as well!

March 29, 2007

Thank you!

I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that has and continues to pray for Sydney. Also, THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you that have taken the time to call, write, or send an email. It REALLY means so much! Sydney is such a sweet heart just like the rest of our kids and she was given to us by God, just like the others! I really hope that people can see that adoption is so much more than a piece of paper. It's so much more than doing something good. Sydney is our little girl as she was meant to be. It's funny and also sad how responses are so different when you "have" a baby. So thanks again!

Hope you enjoy the pictures! We are glad that Spring is here!

March 21, 2007


We met with the CT surgeon today and reviewed Sydney's scans. The tumor is still there but for now we just wait. He did not recommend surgery at this point. He did say that he would consult with a Neurosurgeon because of the close proximity to her spine. Basically it sounds like we will just follow up with MRIs and CT scans. We are taking this as good news! Please continue to pray for all of us.

Chad and Sandy

March 19, 2007

No news...

We are home! Sydney did FABULOUS! She had a GREAT team caring for her today! Especially Ron with genetics - he was with us every step of the way! The cardio/thoracic surgeon was called for an emergency so we will meet with him on Wednesday for a follow up. Please continue to pray! We will update Wednesday.


March 18, 2007


Sydney will have her long awaited MRI and CT scan tomorrow. She will then meet with the Cardio/Thoracic surgeon immediately following. Please pray for Sydney and for ALL of those that will be caring for her tomorrow. We are praying for miracles- please join us in this prayer. Thanks and blessings.

Chad and Sandy

March 8, 2007

February 27, 2007

Just saying hello...

Cute girl!
Cute sisters!
Not much to say, just wanted to add some pictures.

February 14, 2007

Birthday Girl!

Birthday girl!
Aunt Iva!

Clifford cake courtesy of Daddy!



Sydney had a wonderful birthday! She knew what to expect since Cole and Haley had birthdays in January. She LOVES Clifford, so Daddy made this great cake! She LOVED it!