Thursday, April 28, 2016

Emily and the Great Physician

I know you're probably thinking...

Forget Emily!


Thank you!  Alex is doing great
And tomorrow...or Saturday I will update about Alex.
Unless I'm still suffering from dishwasher failure
and the kitchen has been condemned.

So Emily's cyclic vomiting specialist decided to retire in spite of our threats!

The ungrateful buzzard!
Part of Alex's middle name is after him!
(The Li in LiBao was kept because of Dr. Li)

The upshot is we're not driving all the way to Milwaukee to see a cyclic vomiting NON-specialist!

We decided to move her back to where her pediatric cardiologist is and our local pediatric GI that knows her situation and suggested Dr. Li in the first place.  He agreed to follow the protocol set up and we were good to go....until insurance!

 Ruby hospital and specialty clinic no longer accepts our insurance.  

Now what?

Because, you know, pediatric cardiologists and gastroenterologists grow on trees!!!

Stupid insurance!

The website was no help.
The first insurance person I spoke with said, "I can't find any!" and hung up.
The second offered me names for an adult cardiologist and a pathologist.
I hung up.

Our next step was to try and see if our local doctor's office would prescribe the meds for her.  She has a protocol and the meds are's doable, right?

Kind of.

She came in with a big smile and said, "You probably don't remember, but I already have seen Emily several times."  No, I'd remember!  She's seen Dr. Porter and Chris Baker and Melinda Stoner.  She continued, "I saw her at Ruby when I was a resident there."  

An unasked, YES answer prayer from God.

A doctor who already knows:
what cyclic vomiting is
Emily's specialists by name and studied under them
that we are crazy in love with our daughter,
but not the crazy-we-should-be-committed type
our Emily

It's been almost three years since Em was at Ruby and this former resident still remembered her!

She also remembered praying with Kenton one dark day in the hospital when the outlook was pretty bleak and we didn't know what to do.

She agreed to help us in any way she safely can.
It can't be everything we hoped for, but we expected that.

We are so thankful that God sent us to a physician that understands and is willing to help!
God has blessed us and Emily SO MUCH!

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Baobao's second word was hungry which should come in handy around our house.  He's communicating pretty well considering our Chinese consists of hello, goodbye, and thank you.  He's beginning to imitate which is great. He's also picked up NO, hey you, and yes.  

Here he is agreeing to be adopted.  

A reminder

Facebook is blocked in China so I can't access it.  I have seen your birthday wishes on my email.  Thank you so much.  It was a pretty special day here!


We had a long ride here yesterday.  It was fascinating to see spring move into the country as we rode from north to south for 10 hours.  Different housing, different farming, etc.  Kenton loved it, but the rest of us had had enough after about 4 hours.  We probably have 500 blurry pictures as we flew along at speeds up to 306 km/hour.  We didn't realize that we should have brought food along and were quite hungry after riding for 10 hours.  A 3-year-old boy fell in love with Jamison and became our companion for 3 hours or so.  He shared his oreos and we shared play dough and electronic games.  He was a super cutie but I don't think Jamison was too sad to see him go.  Kenton roped a Chinese man into a game of Uno with himself and the boys.

We reached our hotel on Shamian Island (Victory West) around 10:30 and found that it didn't offer much in the way of privacy.  I was exhausted and frustrated and MAD!  All I could do was cry.  This morning we got it worked out and we are staying.  Our room has a balcony and that's kind of fun although the humidity is HIGH and so are the temps.  :)    My online friend is right down the hall with her husband and newly adopted daughter.  For my birthday she introduced me to starbucks which was fun.  :)  It makes me smile that my first visit there was in China.  :D  We also made friends with a couple from Chicago.  

    You know how little kids make instant friends at the park in seconds?  They don't know names but they're friends anyway.  That's a little like adoptive parents here in China.  It's a lot of fun to meet new people who share similar interests and experiences with adoption.  Truly amazing!

Baobao likes to watch tv and play electronic games.  He doesn't like to be out and about.  He can be a bit of a pest when he wants to go back to the room  ALL THE TIME.  It's a bit of a balancing act for us trying to recognize that he's been through a lot of change and needs a lot of understanding while not enthroning an emperor and setting him up for major disappointment when he gets dethroned at home.  Not to mention that the rest of us would go crazy spending 24 hours in a hotel room together.  
The island is beautiful and smells heavenly.  We look forward to being in a place that's a bit more familiar than Taiyuan was.   We'll be sitting for a few days without progress during the Tomb Sweeping holiday.  Tuesday we'll get started again.  


Monday, March 28, 2016

Alex Li Bao Bao

This is Alex and the boys.  He is a happy child.  Holly says he picked them.  I don't know what that means exactly.  He is liking the boys, burger king, soccer, and  the swimming pool.  I'm posting this for her.  She says he is a good fit for their family.  Honeymoon period is on.  Holly's mom.  Sue

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bao Bao

A week from tomorrow, Lord willing, we leave for Beijing
to add this little guy to our family.
He looks up to the challenge, don't you think?

Life will change completely for him.
New: language, food, family, culture, school, smells, 
even a new name,
Alex LiBao, if he chooses to use it.

Alex/BaoBao is described as being self motivated, a good helper, ready smile, clever, energetic, talkative, gets along well with others, sometimes obstinate, loves to look at books and be outside, fond of listening to music, deep sleeper, active, concentrates and participates in school and his favorite toys are balls and stilts.

March 26 - we should get to Beijing.
March 27 - bullet train to Taiyuan, Shanxi
March 28 - Meet Alex
We hope to go to his hometown Yangquan during the week while officials get his passport ready.

April 1 or 2 we take the train to Guangzhou where the US consulate that handles adoptions is located.
We'll be there for around a week getting medical and visa paperwork done. 
April 9 we start the loooooooong flights home.

This will be the weirdest trip for me.  The boys are going along to ease the transition for Alex.  They'll help model relationships between parent and child and between siblings.  Also, kids tend to bond with kids faster than adults.  The girls are here and going with the Minnesota grandparents to see the Florida grandparents and taking in "Dizz -We - World" according to Emily.  So I'll be on a trip with kids...and won't be taking anyone ALONG TO THE BATHROOM!  In the land of squatty potties, I am blessed!  I can't wait to watch Kenton escorting multiple kids to the bathroom as I go solo!  Woohoo!    

I bet Alex will hate this picture when he's a teenager.
But since we have less than a dozen pictures to help him remember the first 7 years of his life, each one is a treasure.  


See the little treasure in the blue shirt and yellow shorts?
He's almost ours!

Lisa told Lena that this is the boy our family is going to adopt.
Lena said, "That's why he looks happy."

We hope she's prophetic.
Please continue to pray for Alex and all the changes that he's going to be experiencing, that God will continue to prepare his heart for a new home.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thoroughly Chastened

Words of wisdom from James 4

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Lesson #1 for today and many yesterdays.