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"Every Good and Perfect Gift Comes From Above" ~James 1:17

"Every Good and Perfect Gift Comes From Above" ~James 1:17
Thank you so much for coming to check out my brand spankin' new blog! I've never "blogged" before, so here goes nothin'! This page is inspired by our adoption process, and I am hoping to get words of encouragement or advice every step along the way :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sending our love

As I sit here today watching Austin at the park, I can feel that fall is just around the corner. Yes it's still very warm here in the sunshine state, but it's definitely bearable. Especially here in the shade with this breeze, i could sit here all day with a book and be happy!

And I am happy, mostly. We just sent Emily a box of goodies. In it there is a lovey for her to snuggle with, a camera for the orphanage workers to hopefully take some pictures of her since we can't, a bracelet Austin made, stickers, and some toddler sized treats :-) Most importantly though is the photo album and letter.

We put a letter in there that had been translated into Chinese asking her nannies to watch over her for us until we can get to her. Until they get this package they most often do not know a child has been matched with a family. This letter serves as Emily's first notice that she is spoken for. We have loved her for months, and she is just now going to be told we exist. Well, that's the plan anyway. We are praying her nannies read her our letter, telling her about our home, our dogs and cats, her own room, but most importantly about how loved she already is. Then, we pray her nannies show her the photo album we made. Inside are pictures of all of us- her mama and baba, big brother, both aunts, and all of her grandparents.. even the dogs! Each picture is labeled in Mandarin and pinyin so the workers can read them to her.

We are praying she gets this package, sees our faces, and begins to get familiar with us. Hopefully this will ease the transition from foster family to forever family. I think the only way we will know if she gets the gift is if we have pictures on the camera we sent when we pick her up! So much is riding on this gift, this box, and it is making me ache for our Emily more so than ever today. I keep myself busy with work, Austin, fundraising, cleaning (haha no not really) but in the down time, in these quiet moments I have by myself, I truly feel like I'm missing something. And I want to sit and cry.

But, I can't. Park time is over, time to go make dinner and do the ironing (again, not really lol)...

Thank you for reading my random rambling of thoughts! Say a prayer for Emily's health and for my sanity when you have a second :-)

~ Erin XOXO

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Introducing...

We would like to introduce to you all the newest member of our family, Emily Mei Moreland! 

The face that we immediately fell in love with!

We were informed by our agency that we received LOA today! This means Emily is officially going to be our daughter! :D We were thrilled, shocked, and scared to death... we were ready for at least a month of waiting if not more. Then today I'm at work and I receive an email from our agency that we got our letter of acceptance! Woohoo!!! So we FINALLY get to share our daughter with the world. Get ready to fall in love, she is a beauty!

She's such a ham!

Pictures from our first update on our little girl...

We love how she points her toes!

The only time we have seen her smile :)

Emily is 2 and lives in the Shandong province, near Beijing. We are hoping *fingers crossed* that we get to travel in November to get her, but as long as we get this little cupcake before Christmas we will be happy! 

We got an update a few days ago with new pictures from when some members of our agency were able to visit Emily's orphanage. It was such a great surprise and a great way to start off our week :)

What a beautiful sweet face!


Hang on Emily, we are coming to scoop you up and bring you home!

So prayers to keep her (and us) healthy until we travel, for a quick wait, and that we can get everything done in time!! 
~Erin XOXO



Friday, September 13, 2013

It's a beautiful day for an update!

I've been in kind of a funk lately, with not knowing if we will get our Emily before Christmas or not. Out of the blue today I get an email from my agency with updated pictures and a video! Eeek it made me so happy to see her face! I can't WAIT to share her with you all!!

We also were informed today that our LOA is in process and we should receive it in a few weeks. Yay!! :D We are currently on wait day 20 so this news makes me very happy. Traveling by Christmas might still be in the cards!!

In the meantime, we have so much going on it is hard to sleep at night. Our photography fundraiser is setting up to be a great day! We had to change the date due to a scheduling conflict, so the new date is Sunday October 13th. This has actually worked out better for many families involved so that is a good thing! Here is the updated flyer:


Feel free to share with friends and family! The more the merrier but spots are filling up fast!

We will also host an online auction with some really great items that have been donated for our adoption. This will most likely be next month, and some are coming out to be amazing Christmas presents! I will share more when it gets closer, so for now just keep our family and our Emily in your prayers <3

Thank you for all of your support!!

~Erin XOXO

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Photography Mini-Sessions

Good morning everyone!

We are on day 15 of our LOA wait. Most people have been getting theirs in about a month to 35 days. You usually travel 8-10 weeks after you receive your LOA.

What does this mean for us? It means that we might be traveling in the beginning of December! WooHOOO!!!

We were waiting to hear from Austin's school about him taking off probably near 2 weeks of 3rd grade. We were informed that if a student is out of the country for greater than 10 school days, they would forfeit their spot in class. They would have to re-enroll upon return, and- because Austin's school is at maximum capacity- he most likely would not get back in. So then they would try to enroll him in a different school, with no guarantee it would be close to us. Eek!

Well, God answers prayers. Our school secretary spoke with the district administrators and, given Austin's particular unique case, they will hold his spot while he is gone! Halleluyah! We did not want to make this incredible life-changing journey without our little man, and now he is all set to come along! :) So now that we are OK to travel while school is in session, it is really hitting me hard how much funds we have to come up with in a jiffy!

Because we will need close to $10,000 pretty dang soon, we are holding a special fundraiser. We have teamed up with a local professional photographer and friend Shelby Hock of Shock Photography and Designs to host a day of photography mini-sessions!


For one day, Saturday September 28th, we will have available 15 minute sessions with Shelby and her assistant in Baldwin Park. These are perfect for Christmas cards, family photos, baby and child pictures, maternity pictures, you name it! And since it is outside, pets are even allowed! Please see the flyer for details, and email me with any questions. I am hoping to make this a fun and rewarding day for everyone involved!

Please visit Shelby's page at http://www.shockphotographyanddesign.com/ to see some examples of her beautiful pictures.

Hope to see you there!!! :)

~Erin XOXO