Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thank you for all you do

We are taking a deep breath before the next leg of our journey and wanted to update you on the response to our request for help.

You saw the need, you answered the call and as a result we have 2 big boxes of pajamas for the 800 children in the orphanage at Xi'an. Between the money you donated and those you bought, we are taking over 200 pairs of pajamas! We also have about 30 tubes of diaper rash cream for this same orphanage. This work is done through a group called Caring for China's children.

We also have over 30 bottles of baby vitamins for the orphanage in Beijing run by Love Without Boundaries. The vitamins are necessary to get the most sick well enough to endure surgeries for cleft palate/lip repair, heart defects, and so many others. Many of the children are severely anemic when brought to the orphanage.

Our special thanks go to good friends, Jamie and Rebecca who donated their miles for our dallas to Chicago trip. To my dad who donated his miles for business class seats. To my niece Marcie for a wonderful all American send off meal. To my sister Lisa and nieces Gillian and Darcey and our neighbors Pete and Rachel for taking care of our dogs. To our church and members who are providing for the expense of shipping the items to the orphanages as well as funds for pajamas and vitamins.

To everyone who is saying a prayer for our safety.

We love you and thanks!
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Taking care of those who can't take care of themselves

When I traveled to China to adopt Grace, I had the great fortune of my sister, Jana going with me. She taught me to pack very light so we could fill our suitcases with things the children in the orphanages needed.

She was right. There were so many children and so many needs that the small amount of clothing, school supplies, and toiletries barely made a dent.

Before the trip to adopt Annabel, Grace and my nieces raised money to buy the children in the orphanage shoes. We also collected toothpaste, toothbrushes, yarn, and other items that were needed.

This time I plan to pack light again. There is a special need at the orphanage in Xi'an for summer pajamas for the babies, as well as diaper rash cream.

We want to help as many as we can so we are accepting gifts of new summer pajamas sized newborn to 3T, as well as diaper rash cream, to deliver to those who have not been adopted. If you are not in our area, but would like to make a donation to purchase these items, you can send it to my PayPal account, at

Any amount is appreciated and it will all go to help those who can't help themselves.
Thank you.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Thankfulness for so many

Our trip is planned and the reservations are made! We are headed to China - soon. But we've had help getting there.

I continue to be amazed at the generosity and kindness of family and friends to the point that I'm at a loss for words.

Every kindness is noted and appreciated - starting with the people who buy our eggs (including those who paid for delivery, Robin). To those who have hired my girls to babysit so they will have spending money. To those who helped with my sale - both organizing and buying.

To those who generously donated their American Airlines miles, Rebecca and Jamie. They gave up their journey so we could take ours.

And for the donations from the people who want to remain nameless, but I know are watching our plans develop.

We thank you all for your help and you will travel in our hearts with us.