Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One year

A year ago, my wife and I, still very tired from a long plane flight yet unable to sleep from excitement, boarded a bus outside our hotel with two other families and took a short trip into forever.

What can I say about the year that's gone by?  Magical?  Miracle?  Wonderful?  There aren't words enough in the English language.  Caroline - our daughter - has been nothing short of a blessing for us.  She's playful and affectionate and loving and smart and adventurous and sometimes obstinate.  A smile from her makes my day.

Almighty God, thank you for my little girl, and make me half as good a father to her as she is a daughter to me.  In Jesus' name, Amen.


  1. Beautiful!!!!! Happy one year family anniversary!!!!

  2. Amen! I can't believe it's been a year
    Yes , time really does fly especially once a child enters your life
    Hapoy one year forever family day :)

  3. Thank you both.

  4. To answer your question about travel, theoretically it should be cheaper than an adoption trip to China but not necessarily cheaper than vacationing in the US. You can travel to Taiwan and back for an adoption in under a week if you rush everything. We might stay a little bit longer because we want to spend more time in our girl's hometown instead of spending most of the trip in Taipei. We're intentionally budgeting high so that we don't have to stress about money while we're there. Any leftover money will just get rolled into the next adoption.

    We're looking at $1500-ish per ticket, which is also the cost of a one-way for our daughter. (I really don't understand why a one-way ticket is the same price as round trip... maybe we will have to use the travel agent). We're still debating what to do about lodging. A hotel seems to run $150+ a night if you want something nice. We're debating about renting a private apartment instead so that we can live like the locals and have a washer/dryer in unit and a kitchen. We found a really cute apartment in Taipei for under $100 a night. I have heard taxis are cheap. Then the other major expense is food.