Late Breaking News direct from China…


From Carrie on the New Day blog:

“We are SO excited to announce Samuel’s latest accomplishment…

WALKING!  Using a small walker for balance, Samuel has reached a new level of independence.  We are so thrilled, as most of us didn’t even know he had the potential to walk!  Can you believe this little guy?  Isn’t he such an inspiration?!  We’re also super-impressed by our therapy team who work with him every day and celebrates each milestone he reaches.


Did you hear that world?

I said….


I am crying and laughing.  That is such an amazing accomplishment for this little man. 

Is there any doubt that this little guy is going places?


  1. Hi Shelley ~

    I have yet to ‘meet’ you but glad I was able to follow your comment on the NewDay sight to your blog. I would love to follow along on your journey if you are willing. I understand the importance of keeping it private and respect your decision either way.

    Can I first start by saying CONGRATULATIONS on being matched with Samuel!! There are SO many of us rejoicing that he has been matched with such a wonderful family! We adopted Khloe from NewDay and were there mid-May to bring her home. We spent a few days at NewDay and enjoyed Samuel SO much…he stole ALL of our hearts! I have several sweet photos I would love to share with you of him. Feel free to email me direct if you’d like.

    Once again, Congrats on your precious little bundle of love and energy… he is just that and is SO sweet! You are going to be so blessed, as is he!! I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for his life and yours. And what FUN to see him walking…brings tears to my eyes!

    God bless! <
    ~ Tanya

  2. I’m sure you are just overjoyed to see this video. I’m so happy for you and your family. The wait for him must be excruciating!

  3. Oh my goodness! What an adorable video. Samuel is such a cutie! I absolutely loved seeing him walk around the foster home. How exciting.

    If you copy and paste the code below you should be able to embed this on your blog. Not sure, but it should work.


    Samuel Walking from Carrie McKean on Vimeo.

  4. kim denis says:

    No doubt he is going places! And with those eyes you are going to be trying to keep the girls away in a few years! Can’t wait to see God’s plans unfold for him!

  5. Can you imagine your home with Him and Garnet running circles around you all! Pure joy…..and energy!

  6. Hello Shelley-

    I haven’t met you, but I have met Samuel at New Day when I interned there. I SO enjoyed being with him, watching his accomplishments. He has such a sweet, easy-going spirit… you are so blessed!

    Anyway, I would love to keep up with the blog and be able to hear about your trip… I don’t know how ‘tight’ you are keeping it and there’s been hundreds of interns at New Day… so I totally understand if you want to decline.

    Blessings on your family,

  7. I’m one of those Samuel admirers. Stared at his pictures a long time. Such a sweetie and you are so blessed. Would love to follow.

    You have a beautiful family.


  8. Stephanie St-Pierre says:

    Shelly- this video is amazing !! He is AWESOME!!!

  9. YEAH! I finally found you. I am one of Samuel’s fans. In fact, after Nick Vujicic visited our church in Hong Kong, I have solicited dozens to join me in praying for Samuel’s forever family. His name has not failed him. As I am sure you know, the name “Samuel” means “God hears”. Praising the One who heard our prayers and your family for receiving His call.
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  10. WOW! No slowing him down! Truly a miracle!

  11. TEARS of JOY!!! You GO! Samuel!!!

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