Catching up

So I think I am over my general feeling of malaise.  Now I am onto Full Speed Ahead.  Haha 

Thank you to everyone who commented and e-mailed to check in on me.  I really REALLY appreciate every word.  It’s so good to know I’m not the only one…

In the meantime, we made a quick trip to Grace’s specialist at the closest Children’s Hospital.  She’s doing really fantastic and somehow those words always put me at ease.  We visit that particular specialist twice per year and it’s easy to forget that there is even a need for the visit until just beforehand and then suddenly I get to wondering how things are beneath the surface.  As usual, those thoughts were for nothing.  And for that I am truly thankful!

We also celebrated a really big milestone birthday as James turned 15 this week.  Everbody says this about their kids, but How On Earth did He Get this BIG?  And how come every year we enjoy him more and more?  We are really thrilled with our young man and we had an absolute hoot the other night on our birthday date with him.  Accoring to a certain arcade game, we are Ace shots at killing giant spiders and leeches, but are not really all that compatible as mates.  Uh ,yeauuuuh?!  Lame plot line, but too funny laughing with our teenager.  :)

I’ve been polling friends for tips on which size diapers or pull ups to bring with us.  Samuel is trained duirng the day, but we expect a regression (you know, hope for the best, prepare for the worst and all that…).  He’s about 20 lb.s and will be 3 (!) next Tuesday.  factoring in his limb difference, but knowing he’s a little guy has made me go a bit crazy.  Input welcome.  :)

The realization also dawned that while we way over pack every time we travel, we also like to bring a lot of donate-able items.  But, on this trip, we will be flying into Beijing and then taking a bunch of domestic flights followed by an international departure via Hong Kong.  That means less than half our usual luggage allowance.  Not sure if our arrival into each city will allow enough time to shop for items to bring to each orphanage.  We’ll have to see…  Any tips (Americans!) on what you do when you fly into Beijing and exit via GZ or HK? 

We received our last monthly update on Samuel (which I will post separately) and it said something that made us curious.  Guess we’ll understand more once we meet him. 

We were able to Skype last Sunday night.  He is a total monkey boy (and we LOVE monkeys in this house).  He loves to climb all over the desk, point the web cam around, show us his belly button, flex his muscles, play peek-a-boo (his favourite), and accost the pig shaped light on the desk. hehe  We notice that his rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is getting clearer and clearer each week.  His new haircut is often styled by his nanny into a very manly swoop across his forehead and he is often dressed to chat with us in a sharp little sweater.  Very adorable handsome.  :)  We have played with him this way for so many months now.  What a tremendous blessing – one we never dreamed of. 

I am ignoring the second half of my Chinese New Year cleaning by writing this post.  We are beginning CNY early this year as our church group is coming over tonight and treating us to some very yummy sounding homemade Chinese food.  Our contribution will be a little more western in that it will need to be picked up from our local restaurant shortly before the party.  :)  Grace has told me that my version is just not quite right and so we jokingly order what we call Fake-Chinese food and don’t even try and pretend its the real thing.  I’m even serving Chocolate dipped fortune cookies from this site.  She has amazing ideas – totally worth the look!

I think I have just about come to the end of my catching up, but before I go finish catching dust bunnies (Hey, it’s the Year of the Rabbit – aren’t I clever?!), I want to make a quick mention about a very special little girl by the name of Sharaya.  Our friends the Berzenji Family is raising funds in order to bring their newest child home.  We travelled with them on our journey to Miss Grace and their daughter Jade Ping is Grace’s orphanage sister. 

Anway, back to Sharaya (don’t you just love her name?  Brings back memories of a certain Amy Grant song – and yes, I am that old.)  Sharaya is a young friend of the Berzenji family.  She has decided to raise money for their adoption fund and the Canadian Cancer Society by cutting off her beautiful, long tresses and not only donating the hair to make a wig to bless a person fighting their cancer, but is also taking pledges in order to give financially to this special family trying to bring home their child from China.  Who says kids don’t have great big hearts?  In addition, both she and Adrian (Baba Berzenji) are taking part in a Congee fast right now!  You can read all about it and all of these fantastic people on their blogs: Sharaya & Adrian’s.  And please, do more than read.  Won’t you encourage them with a donation? 

Off to herd up those bunnies….

And don’t forget to weigh in on the great diaper debate & luggage fiasco of 2011.  I could really use the advice.  😉


  1. Hey Shelley,
    Lia was 28lbs when we met her at almost 4 and fit into a size 2T-3T pull up which I think may be the smallest pull ups you can buy. I was really surprised at how easily we found pull ups/diapers in China. You could always bring some of those and some smaller diapers just to get you through a couple days and then buy more.
    As for luggage, we packed and re packed multiple times as we flew into Shanghai and out of Beijing. We packed suitcases that hook onto each other which made it really easy to get through airports. It was really just a matter of distributing the weight. Our hotel rooms also had scales so we kept re-weighing each time we moved hotels.
    We also did wash our clothes so packed less. You could always use a laundry service once you get back to Beijing. I ended up making lists what was in each suitcase which made it easier to re-pack for the weight. We WERE going to bring an extra duffle bag for the last flight home in case a bag was over-weight and ended up having to buy one as we could not fit one so if you have one that scrunches up really small you could bring it??
    Good luck with your packing!!!

  2. Weighing in on diapers. (Sorry, no experience with pull-ups yet.) My daughter is 23 months and weighs 25 lbs. She fits size 3 diapers ‘around’ her but I’m going to buy 4’s next time for the length. I think they’ll fit better front to back than the 3’s are.

    Hope this is of some help.

  3. Can you believe how fast our BIGS grow up!? Where DO the years go so quickly??? Our Breanna will be 16 in May, and I can hardly believe it. I love her to pieces and don’t even like to think of how close she is getting to leaving the nest. I will cherish every moment she is here under our wings!! Happy 15th Birthday to your James! Sounds like you had a great ‘birthday date night’ out!! How fun!

    As for Samuel, I think he will be close in size to Khloe. She wears a size 4 in Huggies diapers, and that is plenty big. She could probably even wear a size down as far as waist size, but I like the length of the 4’s better. In pull-ups, she wears the 2t-3t size… and I think they are the smallest. I wouldn’t worry about it too much though. NewDay will send a few if you need them, and then your guide will likely take you to shop once your adoption papers are signed. Even though they have Pampers brand there though, I have to say, they are NOT the same quality as here, but they do the trick!

    When it came to packing… I OVERPACKED. And we PAID for it ~ LITERALLY! One thing we quickly learned was to disperse the excess weight more evenly, and we got charged way less. We brought our donations to NewDay, so we lost a great deal of the weight on our first stop. But we still had too much. I brought too many clothes, which was unneccesary. Laundry really was readily available, and we actually just bought some detergent and hand-washed many items ourselves. You could bring along some Woolite or something. But like you, our flight situation was similar, so there was not time to shop for orphanage gifts. We just gave a monetary donation for the big part. I was glad I bought plenty of simple gift bags and tissue to bring along for wrapping the gifts for the directors, etc, though. They came in very handy, and I actually realized I needed more than I brought, so a few things just got wrapped in tissue. It’ll all work out though. You’re a seasoned pro, so everything will be fine.

    So I got this email from my dad the other day about this little boy who was missing both of his legs, just like Samuel, and I wanted to send it to you. It nearly brought me to tears, but also filled my heart with excitement, knowing how many possibilities Samuel’s life and future holds! I think I still have your email address, so I will try and pass it along.

    God bless and Happy Packing!!! <


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