Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I know we are still very much in the
"honemoon" stage...and like
any new relationship, with time, things will change a bit and
there will be challenges...
but I gotta tell ya,
it's still going so great!! 
I'm so very, very grateful.
The group pic that you see,
was taken right after our adoption was
It was all I could not not to burse into tears
during that picture!
Shu Li had to agree to being adopted and
she readily did so.
Oh my heart!
The woman on the far left was so very gracious to
Shu Li.  She felt bad that we have
a male guide and took it upon herself to talk to
Shu Li about personal things and
to assure her that though many changes are coming,
she would be just fine.
It was so very, very sweet and we are so
We are heading to Luoyang tomorrow for Shu Li
to say good bye to her friends (hopefully we will catch
them when they aren't at school).
Please pray because I know that it will be difficult
for her sweet heart. 


Ann Marie said...


I'm so glad things are going well. Your guide was Jane. She is wonderful. She was a God send for our adoption of Lily 18 months ago in Anhui. I was so sick! Say hi to her from the Ronsman's.


Sherri said...

that's awesome that things are going so well for all of you. The pictures are great and what a sweet girl you have there.


Mary Kate Keffeler said...

The picture of you and Shu Li walking hand in hand (shot from behind) is truly remarkable...your stride and profile couldn't be more alike...I could almost see that red thread from here!

Karen said...

I read yesterday's post to my husband and I couldn't get through it without crying. I am so in awe of how great our God is! We have discussed adoption on a very surface level, but the whole thing is becoming very real to me. We have 2 children of our own (4 almost 5, and 16 months), and my husband Jason has always wanted 3 children. I'm 35 years old and think way past childbearing years, but I have to tell you, I am sooooo burdened and encouraged to adopt!!!!! I've been following your blog off of Michele McElroy Cordray's blog (hs friend) since about 6 or 7 months ago and reading this to my husband I think he's falling for the idea too. Well, I know this is a comments section, so I'll save the tears for another time, probably on my own blog, but I just wanted to encourage you as you are in China and to let you know that we (my daughter included) are following your journey to China for this second time (weren't around for Lucy Joy's adoption) and praying for your every day including the medical tests/exams to come and the visa interview. May God's arms continue to wrap around you and "Katie" :) Luvs and hugs!

Susan said...

Good Morning from America! We can't wait to see this precious precious!! daughter of yours be united with her WHOLE new family!! What an exciting and blessed time ahead! More hugs from home..

Cari Bacon said...

my prayers will certainly be for Shu Li (you & K) as she says good-bye to her friends. that has got to be so tough, but just like our trust and surrender to Jesus look what we/she gets when we/she leaves the old life and says YES to the new life. (I hope that made sense).

Jean said...

Oh Lori- I am loving following you all in China!! Shu Li is incredible! What a dear girl!! And she even speaks some english- how wonderful is that! She just looks as sweet as can be and HAPPY!!

I am excited for the next chapter in your book - visiting Luoyang!

God Bless you on your journey!!

How is everyone at home?

Holly said...

Praise God! I love your heart Lori. You are an amazing mother. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Love following your journey!! Shu Li is precious. I love that she readily agreed to be adopted. I agree with Mary Kate, there is something "familiar" about the two of you together. God is so great!!!! I pray that the honeymoon stage never ends for you guys.

I'll be praying for your trip to the orphanage. Keep the pictures coming!
Are you still calling her Shu Li or are you transitioning to Katie yet?

Karin said...

My heart is so full I don't even know where to begin. Just SO happy for all of you!! My heart is about to burst! She looks so tiny in some of the pictures--but SO BRAVE! I can't imagine how brave you would have to be to give up everything at her age and fly into the arms of a new family, new culture, new food. Bless her little heart. Praying for you all!

Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled for you guys. Katie Shu Li is beautiful and so blessed to have such a wonderful new family.

We are praying for you.

The Singletary's

Adeye said...

Oh Lori, I can't stop weeping. Tears of absolute gratitude that the God of the Universe has orchestrated such a beautiful thing for your family. Such amazing love. To think that He knew about this before the foundation of the earth just blows me away. She is absolutely precious.
My heart aches when I think about how hard the goodbye's are going to be. Trusting with you, dear friend--that God would hold her heart in the palm of His hand.


Oh, I linked to your blog--hope that's okay.

Melissa said...

These are just answered prayers that everything is going so good! You guys look like you belong together!

Sally- That Girl! said...

I am so glad things are going well. Jut remember it is better to have the honeymoon while in China and the realities or challenges once at home in your own environment. So just enjoy this precious time with your new daughter!!!

Love the pictures. Post more post more!!!

Will be praying for this precious child as she goes back to see her friends. HOw tough that must be for her!

connie said...

Lori, I am SO ENCOURAGED following your miraculous journey as we prepare to bring our 13 year old home from China. God is so good and blesses us beyond our imagination! We are praying you through!

Holly said...

Is sounds like God is really working! How amazing to watch this unfold. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

JR said...

Oh my goodness!! God is sooo very good! I am thrilled to hear that all is going well, that she is able to communicate with you, that she readily agreed to be adopted AND that she is hugging you & Kman and holding your hand (i wouldn't have expected that so soon)!! Thanks for the great pics! (btw, you are looking fabulous!! SUch a skinny-minnie & your hair is looking great - you're just cute as a button! Hey.....just like precious Katie Shu Li!!)

Love to all of you from Durango!

Chasity said...

I'm in tears just seeing the pictures, what a Glorious God we have to give you to your daughter and your daughter to you and your family. I got up bright and early this morning to see pics...So very excited for your family. Katie Shu Li is just beautiful.

carie said...

my heart is about to burst with excitement for your family . the pix of her leaning towards you is precious. blessings! xx

Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness! How exciting, and what an amazing time from the Lord! I know it seems impossible, but Katie (love the name, BTW) even looks like you! Praying for today, & the rest of the trip. We are so excited & blessed to get to share in your journey with you.

Kathy said...

God is so good! Katie Shu Li is so precious.
She has such a sweet spirit. Thanks for all
the wonderful pictures. Love the picture of
you to holding hands! Will be praying for her
as she says her good byes. Also for you and

Sarah the Kool Kid said...

oh my goodness, I'm so happy right now! I'm so glad you have a daughter! You'll be such a good mama to her!!! I always thought you'd be a good mom for a girl! Not that you aren't for boys as well, but girls take more bravery sometimes in a way. haha

Sarah the Kool Kid said...

Oh, and kelly is going to be such a good daddy to her!
Oh, and I just realized, yes you have a daughter, Lucy. But I mean an older one. haha

Tesseraemum said...

Aww, Shu Li is so pretty! Bet the kids at home are dying to have her with them!!

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