Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1 day!


Tomorrow morning we leave for China!!

Today I am doing a lot of "last things" around here...

Last time I am making my kids breakfast before going to China

Last time I am putting ICE in my drink before going to China

Last time I am hanging out with my teens late at night before going to China

Last time I am brushing my teeth with tap water before going to China

Last time I am tucking my kids in bed before going to China

I am trying not to be sad and just savor the time ๐Ÿ’—

will be our 2nd day with Henry Mingyu ๐Ÿ’—
(The day we go back to the provincial offices together to sign the papers to make him officially a Kreps!)

I will be learning what comforts him

I will be learning what makes him laugh

I will be learning how amazingly capable he is

I will be learning what his favorite foods are

I will be learning what he likes to play with

I will be learning if he likes to take a bath or swim in the pool

Oh sweet boy - I can't wait to show you the LOVE of a mama and a family ๐Ÿ’—

grateful, Sandy

Monday, July 24, 2017

2 Days!


wow - o - wow! 

Our bags are basically packed!

(I wanted to try and do carry-on only....so we needed to know if that wasn't going work - it did work!)

(Also - 3 kids have appts. today and Darren has his follow up cardiology appt. tomorrow so my last days home are full)

We have our hotel reservations

our itinerary 

our plane tickets



Sunday, July 23, 2017

3 Days!

3 days until lift off!

(Photo taken by one of the boys!)

I am wearing my Lucky Fin Project shirt as I am packing today!

I am thinking of Henry Mingyu and praying for his heart ๐Ÿ’—

Is he back at his home orphanage?
(He has been living in a foster group home in Beijing since May 2015 so he probably didn't remember the orphanage. Frequently kids are returned to their home orphanages for the last few days or weeks before adoption)

Are they preparing him for adoption?

Have they given him the care package we sent?

Have they shown him the pictures of our family? 

Is he scared?

Please join me in praying for Henry Mingyu's heart ๐Ÿ’— 
That God prepares him for our family ๐Ÿ’—
That he isn't scared ๐Ÿ’—

I am loving my boy today - and he doesn't even know it ๐Ÿ’—

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, July 22, 2017

4 Days!


until Alex and I head to China!

HOW is that POSSIBLE?!

Time is such a funny thing - at times it seems so fast (like right now!) and other times seems to drag on endlessly minute by slow minute....

I am looking forward to spending time in China again. Savoring the people, the culture, the sights, the sounds, the smells, and "my China" as Darren used to say ๐Ÿ’—

I am also looking forward to sharing my love of China with Alex. At 15 years old it will be a life changing experience for him.


grateful, Sandy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Kids

Leaving my babies is soooo hard!

Almost all of my worries, sad thoughts, and sleepless nights come back to leaving my sweet children behind. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I will be gone SIXTEEN DAYS!

My parents will help during the day while Erik works. The older kids help when they are around.

I will be gone SIXTEEN DAYS!

When the kids ask "mommy why do you have to go?" I remind them how I traveled around the country or the world for them. But I do understand....mommy's are supposed to stay home. I agree!

 I made a paper chain for the kids to count down the days until mommy, Alex, and Henry Mingyu comes home ๐Ÿ’™ Each link has the date and what city we will be in that day.

A treat bag for each kid (with each treat labeled....didn't want to cause my mom a sorting nightmare later!). I hope the kids are given these treats about half way through our trip.

At Madeline's graduation I asked my mom to take a picture of Erik and I will each child. I got fancy and bought dollar store frames! This is the gift they will get the day I leave.

We got a kindle on amazon prime day for $30. I am not bringing a lap top this trip and blogging on my phone is impossible! I am testing out the kindle blogging with this post and it seems to be working (besides not being able to center the text...oh well!)

grateful, Sandy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hills and Valleys!

So many emotions today as I:

* Call our credit cards to prepare for international travel
* Load a VPN on our traveling devices (so I can access this blog, email, and facebook)
* Figure out how much cash to travel with 

Still need to:
* Pay for international texting on my phone 
(calling is too much money so hoping to make skype work too!)
* Register with the US Embassy
* Load WeChat on Erik's phone
* Try and load VPN on the kindle
* Make gift bags for kids staying home
* Start packing!

A sweet friend who is adopting Henry Mingyu's foster home buddy sent me this song today

It is sooo perfect - so many hills and Valleys coming my way.


GOD is WITH ME during ALL the hills and valleys!!

Thank you for praying for us friends ๐Ÿ’—


Monday, July 17, 2017




Just typing that makes me feel ALL the emotions!

I had dinner tonight with some sweet foster/adoption moms ๐Ÿ’—

A treasured gift from a friend

God provided this amazing group of women - who get me ๐Ÿ’—

grateful, Sandy