Thursday, May 29, 2008


To all who have been following our jouney the time has come to go to China. We got our travel approval on Tues, May 27th!! And since then life has been nuts. We heard today that Mom, Dad and Brian will get Andy on the 16th!! It looks like their trip will run June 10th through June 27th. This may change slightly but is our best guess. Tomorrow I work on booking tickets. We are all so excited to have him home. I can only imagine what he will bring to this family. My heart is very sad that I can't go but this was the choice we made so now I will wait to hold him in my arms. The kids are excited with a way that only kids can do. We know that things are still not good at the orhpange and are hoping to help out some way when we are there. How many turn of events this journey has had. So for tonight I will sign off and hopefully blog soon as we make more plans. Yeah!!! the time is almost here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kindergarten Graduation

Riley showing us all he accomplished in his first year of school. We couldn't be more proud!!

Field Day

The girls and I spent Field Day with Riley at school. I love this picture of Riley and Brianna doing the three legged race. He was so sweet to her and let her join his class.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Update on Andy

We got an update on Andrew today!! What a blessing that is. He looks good. We got a report that he is full of energy, outgoing and very active. We are all excited to see all that personality!

New Picture of Mr. Andy

Friday, May 16, 2008

Another Week

Another week has gone by. Another week filled with so much tragedy and heartbreaking loss. The loss came from the earthquake that hit China this week. It is torrible with heartwrenching effects on lives. We were very worried about Andy but now believe that he is okay. However now as with many places in China the new worry is the orphange being able to get supplies to our little guy and all the children. I pray that he may home come soon and God will watch over all those hearts that have suffered the greatest pain of this earth.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mothers Day

Tomorrow is Mothers Day 2008. Mothers Day is my favorite holiday. It is usually spent outside planting and just being with my family. I love the fact that it is basically simple and yet celebrates the greatest job I could ever have had. Not saying there aren't days I want to pull my hair out, but those kids are worth it all. Riley and Brianna have their "little secrets" for tomorrow. It is fun to watch. A mother of 4 ( soon!) who would have thought.

Happy Mother's Day to all who read this!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mom waiting for her boy!!

AAC sent us this "It's a Boy" announcement. How much does this Mom love that!!


My first blog...

Our life has changed again for the 4th time on May 1st when we got the call that Andrew Xiao Tong will be coming home in June. For each of my four kids there is a special place in my heart that marks a time when I learned they would be in my life. For Andy this happened a week ago. Brian and I started this journey a year ago and the road wasn't always filled with acceptance but ALWAYS persistence on my part. I believed that little boy needed me and I needed him. Since then Andy is always in our prayers and thoughts. Riley is so excited to be a big brother, has big plans for Andy. Brianna tells me she will carry him and take care of him!! And Miss Katie, well she will have a hard time with this as she is now are baby and my constant shadow. I try not to think of how she will deal, but to think that each day we will give it all we got to make sure everyone has a place in our house and hearts!!

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