Elizabeth's Journey

This is the story of how Elizabeth Mei becomes part of our family through international adoption. Please sign our guestbook or leave a comment so we can share your thoughts and well wishes with her as she grows!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


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Sam tests out the swing for Elizabeth.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Since Elizabeth will probably be somewhere around the age of 1 year old when she arrives home, toys will probably be the funniest part of her room for her. Boy, we have had a hard time restraining. It has been a toy for Daddy = a toy for Elizabeth, a toy for Dominique = a toy for Elizabeth, a toy for our secret/swap pal = a toy for Elizabeth. Christmas shopping for our little friends has really turned into a gold mine for Elizabeth as well. I am standing on the ground that there is no way to spoil someone who still isn't here yet!

Everyone has a comfortable place to sit. Elizabeth has a nice ladybug chair and Mommy and Daddy have a Lazyboy! Right now, we just can't wait to rock her to sleep in that chair!

Many, Many thanks to our friends, Larisa, Jonathan, Allsion and Brandon for loaning us their crib and changing table. The changing table has quietly been waiting since last christmas but we just got the crib. I was so excited to put it together so the room would start to look like a nursery. As we were assembling it with the help (I guess you could call it that)of our new kitty Victor, things took a downward turn. With a grateful heart but no directions and a more and more aggravated husband, we just couldn't figure out how to get the darn thing together. After we put the tools down and stepped back, it came to me (Sam has really never even seem an assembled crib, let alone one in pieces!)that we were missing parts. I just knew those sides weren't supposed to stay up on their own. Off to the internet to find the missing parts. Viola! They would be shipped in 14 days! But I wanted them now!!!!! Good thing that I am learning to be patient.

I remember many a nights tucking Allison and Brandon into this crib. We can't wait to make those memories with Elizabeth. Thank you Mom and Dad and Uncle Bob and Aunt Margaret for the dolls that await Elizabeth.

In an effort to be cost-conscience (this would be the first time in this adoption process!), I first attempted to refinish an older dresser. After much sanding and priming, I decided it just wasn't meant to be so off to the store I went. I picked out this unfinished dressor and made it into what I want. I love the butterfly drawer pulls. Later, Elizabeth can thank her Gram for coming to the rescue and running to the store and buying more to go with the new dresser!

With so much time between submitting your paperwork and baby's arrival, there is alot of time to plan, buy (and buy some more) and execute!! We started with butterflies, ladybugs and flowers and it has grown from there! We were most excited to find a muralist who came to home and turned Elizabeth's room into a one-of-a-kind gems! He even added little details like a ladybug walking up the windowsill and the butterfly over the door. We are excited to give Elizabeth a room just for her. Now if she will only come to enjoy it!!!

In My Daughter's Eyes
By Martina McBride