We are adopting two adorable girls who have a little something extra, Down Syndrome!
We are excited to add them to our family.
We will use this blog to update family and friends on our adoption progress and fundraising efforts.
Just joining us? Click on the 2011 posts in the archive to find out why we are adopting the girls.

First visit with Hallie

Oh my goodness I love this squishable, snuggly baby!  She grew soooooooooo much over the last 5 months!  She can now sit on her own and she is crawling!  I am so thrilled she is making progress.  She looked healthy and happy, much to our huge relief.  Her head does look very big (and flat on the back) so we will still need to follow-up on her hydrocephalus when we get home but she is doing so great.  I think I will finally be able to chill out a little and stop constantly worrying about her.  She is so affectionate, adorable and entertaining.  I know I will not get anything done when she comes home because she is just too much fun to watch.

The kids are going to adore Hallie.  I think she will become very spoiled.  She will also be able to hold her own against Jonathan because when she grabs something like a toy (or Mom's glasses) she has such a hard death grip that there is no prying it from her tight little fingers.  Good skill for a large family.

Since her orphanage is close to our hotel, we know that we will not have to cancel our visits.  We cannot wait to see her again and kiss those mushy cheeks.  Here are pics, enjoy!  Note, in most of the pics there is an orange weird toy.  I bought this and KNEW that she would love it.  Everyone in my family thought that it was creepy.  It was her FAVORITE!


  1. Sometimes the strangest toy is the best! Looks like she really enjoys it.

    Adorable glasses by the way! They look great on you.

  2. She's a sweetie! And what a great sensory toy!