The calming touch of a selfless mother

So there I sat watching Tracy’s hand calmly comfort the sobbing cheek of Meili one tired afternoon – and all these thoughts came rushing through my mind (as usual). This hand has comforted three of our own children in exactly the same way so very many times. Follow her hands down to her fingertips and...
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…conflicted

This last week in China I (Tracy) have found myself feeling a bit schizophrenic at times.  Just thinking about it makes me stumble and pause, conflicted.  Knowing one day I will try and explain the experience to our newest family addition….Meili.  As Steve & I have walked the streets of China, I find myself looking...
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Shopping, Swearing and Sharing

We had a loooong day today. Started with some shopping on Shamian Island followed by our swearing in ceremony at the US Consulate here in Guangzhou and ended sharing a cab, dinner and walk with some of our travel group families in a crazy open air market. Ha, ha – gotcha on the headline. We...
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Woven together in a common cause…

One of the unexpected joys of this amazing trip to China has been the group of wonderful families we have been traveling with. There are 12 in all (including us), which is an unusually high number – from what we have been told. Each of us come to China with a different story to tell...
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Trust and gratitude far from home

My wife Tracy met her best friend, Tracy Krohn (here on known as Tracy K), in a public speech class in college in 1994. Who would have know that friendship would blossom into a deep relationship and lifelong friendship that she greatly cherishes. When we discussed traveling to China in the early stages of our...
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Harder than it looks…

As we were flying from Nanjing to Guangzhou this afternoon amongst the piercing squeal of Meili and the constant stares of the Chinese people who sit across the aisle, I realized that all these exotic pictures of ancient places and our precious new daughter have given a one-sided view of the experience of foreign adoption...
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Nanjing at night

I decided to take a little walk around the streets that carve out a unique area around our hotel here in Nanjing. It is amazing what the city looks like at night – one last opportunity to absorb this fine city before leaving…...
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A Visit to the Orphanage

We just returned from our trip to visit the orphanage where Meili spent the first 16 months of her precious life. It is located about 120 miles east of Nanjing in a city named Jiangyin. The experience was deeply moving and I (Steve) am glad Tracy insisted we take the rare opportunity to take this...
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She is a smart little thing…

So we are still getting to know our new little daughter, Meili. Yesterday was day 2.5 without a bowel movement (yes, I know, too much information!) so we began to wonder if our western parenting skills were confusing our daughters eastern ways. Off to the local drugstore I went to locate a baby laxative (of...
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