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Adoption stories make me cry. . .it is so wonderful to see children united with their forever families. It is an amazing picture of how God has adopted me into his family for eternity. I am often asked about our boys’ adoptions and have people tell me they would love to adopt. Oh, how I wish everyone who said that would take action and adopt.

Our agency, For Every Child (FEC), announced earlier this week they have several children waiting in Taiwan for families. Some of the adoption fees have been reduced for these children with the hope it will help these older children be united with permanent, loving families. Do you have room in your heart and home to welcome a child?

The children are listed on the adoption advocacy website, Rainbowkids.com. I’ve listed each child’s ID code below with a brief description – for more information, you can either register on the Rainbow Kids website, then search for “For Every Child” under agency in the Waiting Child listings, or you can contact FEC’s executive director, Laura Trinnaman, at laura@foreverychild.org

– P3003CY: A 13-year-old boy, currently living with a foster family, is qualified for an FEC Older Child Placement scholarship.

– P3005CI: A 10-year-old girl is also awaiting her forever family. She qualifies for a FEC grant to help reduce some of her adoption expenses.

– P3001LWH: A waiting 7-year-old boy spent four weeks in the United States last summer to experience life with an American family. He has received a $4,000 grant towards his adoption expenses.

– P3004WI: Another child who participated in the summer hosting program, a 7-year-old girl, is hoping to be united with her forever family. “Due to physical abuse as a young infant and toddler, [P3004WI] has received early intervention services for developmental delays and suspected CP in one leg. She has made great improvement and is on track developmentally.”

– P3002PY: A six-year-old boy is also waiting for a family to call his own. He has recently been given a $4,000 grant to help reduce the expenses for his adoption.

I am so happy we answered God’s calling for our family to adopt – we have been blessed in so many ways. It’s my hope and prayer these children will be united with their families soon.

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New travel tab on blog

Posted: June 18, 2011 in Taiwan, Travel
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I’ve consolidated all of our travel-related posts under a new tab at the top of our blog. Between our two trips to Taiwan, we have stayed in seven hotels, traveled the High Speed Rail in both business and economy class, taken a “slower” train to Taroko Gorge/Hualien and back, and had a wonderful time exploring all that Taiwan has to offer. I hope we will be able to return some day, and share these experiences with our children as they grow older.  (Our previous trip is documented under the 2009 Trip tab.) If you are heading to Taiwan soon, I hope you have a great time!

My favorite photos from Taiwan

Posted: June 15, 2011 in Taiwan, Travel

I took hundreds of photos while we were in Taiwan…of people, of food and the places we visited. And, of course, I took a hundred or so photos of our new son, too. I’ve selected my favorite 12 photos from our trip – here they are…

Family Day at St. Lucy’s Center, Tainan – June 7, 2011

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Plaza, Taipei

Ceiling of the Grand Hotel Lobby, Taipei

Chandeliers in the lobby of the Grand Hotel, Taipei

Robot exhbit, Taipei Main Station

High Speed Rail, arriving in Tainan

View of Tainan from our hotel room

Taipei 101

Our little boy, in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

View of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Plaza, Taipei

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Pond & bridge at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Last day in Taiwan

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Adoption, Taiwan

Today marks our last, full day in Taiwan. We begin the long journey home tomorrow morning. We went to the Ding Ding Pharmacy this morning to buy some baby formula before we leave. (Thank you, Judy, for the taxi card.)

We first looked for our son’s formula in a nearby supermarket, but couldn’t find it. The Ding Ding Pharmacy had a huge section of baby formula and cereal. We found his formula and also bought some surfboard rice crackers – our son loves them. I can buy them at home, but figured it would be helpful to have some for the plane trip.

This afternoon, we went across the street to the Eslite bookstore. We found some children’s books we are hoping will help entertain our son on the long flight home. We’re looking forward to being home and introducing this little guy to his sister and brothers.

Cool enough for the W Hotel?

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Taiwan, Travel
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The W Hotel

We’re staying at the W Hotel in Taipei for the last few days of our trip. The rates for this hotel start about $US275/night. However, we applied for Starwood Hotel credit cards a few months ago, and once you use the cards, you receive 10,000 points to use at any of the Starwood hotels around the world. For the W Hotel, 10,000 points is equivalent to a free night’s stay. So we had two free nights just by using our credit cards. Then we booked our airfare and bought a few items using the card. The points from those purchases were enough that we were able to book our third night at this hotel for $US60. So, three nights at this hotel is costing us $60 total.

Let me just say this is the most modern, hip hotel in which I have ever stayed. We wondered when we walked in if we would be acceptable to stay here, if we were cool enough. But the staff has been friendly and accommodating, and everyone loves our baby boy.

The hotel design is retro and has an artsy feeling everywhere you go. Our room has floor-to-ceiling windows, looking out at Taipei 101. The location is convenient to the MRT (the City Hall station is downstairs from the hotel), Taipei 101, restaurants, the eslite department store, Starbucks, etc. Two major drawbacks for this hotel, though: they charge for Internet use in the rooms ($NT480/day = $US17/day); and the breakfast buffet, while delicious, is way overpriced at $NT750/person ($US26/person) plus a 10% surcharge. This morning we had breakfast at a Burger King in the food court below the hotel, where there is also a Mister Donut shop and some bakeries.

Here are a few photos of the hotel. . .

Our view from our room on the 29th floor (Taipei 101 on far right)