October 27, 2012


This is the post we weren't sure we'd ever get to write.

And now that we actually CAN, I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about it. Even though a lot of you have seen her picture already because we've chatted face-to-face, it's still a little intimidating to put her out there and officially say, "she's ours."

So, here it goes....

We're very happy to introduce the newest member of our family, Meili Grace!

Isn't she just a little sweetheart?!? We already can't get enough of her :)
(Even with the half buzz-cut, she's totally adorable! Apparently, she had a couple ouchies on her head and I guess it's easier to treat that type of thing if you just shave the hair off! I think some cute hats are in order :) )

Meili Grace is the name that we are choosing to give her. Many parents keep their child's given Chinese name as their middle name. We chose to give her an American name, but came up with one that has some Chinese "flair." Meili is the combination of two Chinese words; Mei (meaning beautiful) and Li (meaning dawn).
It should be pronounced MAY-LEE - to rhyme with Hailey or Kaylee.

This picture above is an updated one that we just received on Thursday. And even though it came in an "update" there was no date with it, so we can't even be sure how recent it is. It's all we've got though, so we're just going to assume it's accurate.

This is the picture we received with our referral paperwork:

Can you see how easy it was for us to fall in love with her?
We *think* she is about 22 months old in this picture.
And if the updated picture is accurate, she'd be about 29 months in that one.

So yes, she's very tiny. Barely on the growth charts for height and not on them at all for weight. But  growth charts are made for kids living in loving family situations, not kids in understaffed orphanages.

As thankful as we were to get our updates and our LOA, both of those things have really caused a lot of emotion. Her update tells us that she's pretty behind developmentally; particularly in speech and gross motor skills. Parent after parent after parent who has "been there, done that" has told me that these kids almost always grow and thrive like crazy once they're home and being given what they need. But it's still very scary. There's absolutely no way for us to tell if that will be the case for her.

So please continue to pray for us, and for Meili. Especially for her health, growth and development. And for us, that the Lord will equip us to handle whatever needs she has, and give us grace and patience to do it in a way that is honoring to Him.


  1. Oh my goodness she is absolutely precious. What a little beauty! I can definitely see why you fell in love. :) Praying for her and for you.

  2. She is so beautiful! Congratulations!

  3. She is BEYOND beautiful! Where is she from again? Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you. For example, we have an Ergo you can borrow if you want / need to. We would love to help you any way we can!!! So many people were blessings to us during our adoptions, we'd really like to "pay it forward." Again, congratulations!!!!

    1. Thanks Diane - I definitely have some questions for you! I'll send you a message on FB :)

  4. Yayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so precious!!!!

  5. Hooray! Wow! Exciting! We are thinking and praying for you on this journey. What a wonderful time to know about your child. Congrats!