The Amazing Little Treat

It is amazing how quickly you can get the attention of Meili with a little, colored piece of candy smaller than a dime. Like a tornado to Kansas, Meili is drawn very quickly to the tiny treat pinched between our fingers. In fact, from across a loud room she can hear the clanging in the...
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A Week From Today

Just a short week from today, Tracy and I will be huddled in the corner of some waiting room at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital waiting for word on our little Meili. As with many children on the “Waiting Child List” in China, Meili was born with a third degree (complete) cleft lip and palate –...
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Falling in love with Meili

How can you not fall in love with someone as transparent as our little Meili! One night last week we were watching Meili collect as many stuffed animals as possible in her little stick arms to carry around the house. She noticed that everyone in the family was watching her struggle upright with her massive...
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Things Are Changing…Quickly

Time seems to really fly when you are trying to keep up with the lives of 4 precious children, your loving spouse and a business that knows no regular hours! Unfortunately, our running history of Meili-via-blog has gathered some electronic dust but allow me a couple minutes to brush off the neglected pages and fill...
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Happy 18 Months, Meili!!!

Today is Meili’s 18 month birthday and we thought you would enjoy an update on her special day! Our new lives with Meili are beginning to gel a little more around the-bit-more crowded Davenport home. Meili is adjust well to her new life of noisy children and one mammoth furry kid who longs to lick...
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Crib Fun!

So ever since our children have been little, I have made it a regular practice to stick my head in their rooms during nap time or bed time to see what silly position they are sleeping in. I now have a growing collection of snap shots on my iPhone of every imaginable silly thing going...
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Surgery Update

We met this week with the Team of Craniofacial Specials at Scottish Rite.  And basically we found out that Meili is Awesome!! ……But they would like to give her a few months to catch-up nutritionally before any surgeries.  She has already had one growth spurt since we’ve gotten home.  She’s just growing and learning as fast...
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Meili is learning how to walk!

We had lots of fun tonight watching Meili discover her self-determination by way of taking those first steps in her new life! All it takes is some good tasting organic animal crackers and she is off to the races. Once she get’s her feet under her, the crackers are no longer needed because she will...
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I think she might keep us ;)

So, time has flashed by since we landed on American soil with our newest Davenport member and……..I think she might keep us!! For the most part I think Meili has been very patient with her non-mandarin family.  We have such a journey to go with her but we’re off to a strong start….if we can...
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