Saturday, January 21, 2012

No Offense...

We have  a gut-wrenching, tear-your-heart-out hobby around here.  We peruse adoption agency waiting children lists.  We're not looking to expand our family, but with our collective appreciation for and love of all things adoption, we tend to visit these sites periodically.  Usually, it's just Christi and me.  But today, Christi had the kids gathered around her, looking over her shoulder at the iPad.  We saw a couple of boys from Thailand, ages 9 and 7.  We saw a pair of siblings from Taiwan.  Then we found a 13-year-old girl from China.  This sweet girl will turn 14 in May, at which age Chinese law prohibits her from being adopted.  The agency is looking for someone who has their paperwork all completed and can go soon to bring her into their family.  But this post is not about the joys, trials, rewards and blessings of adoption.  At least not another adoption:) 

This is about our sweet Graci.  Our sweet Graci who's favorite phrase is "no offense."  As in, "Dad, you have a fat offense."  Or "Dad, you don't have very much hair on the top of your offense."  She finds many interesting ways to use this phrase.  We've tried to help her understand that if you say something offensive, then say "no offense," it doesn't quite work.  But somehow the concept is still a little fuzzy for her.

So today, we're looking at the profile of this beautiful 13-year-old girl.  Graci says, quite sincerely, "She's cute!  No offense, but I'm cuter."  Ah, our Graci.  Never afraid to speak the truth, no matter how awkward it may sound:)



  1. Dude - catching up a months posts in one night? Just love hearing about you guys - that's all!!

    And why am I not surprised that Graci is a 'tell it like it is' kinda gal? She's always had that 'spark' or 'spunk' - or something - no offense! ;)

    Y'all have a bunch of class kids -

    love you guys - just love it all!

    aus and co.

  2. Graci, you're insane! No offense. :)

  3. You don't know me:)...but someone led me to your blog. You guys are so inspiring. You are such a reminder of what is important and why we are here! We are sometimes afraid for life to be hard, but that's just life and I'd rather it be hard and bless others lives in the THANK YOU for your goodness and example of that. Now a little bit about why I am commenting, we have had three children ourselves and haven't been able to have more for a couple years and in the last few months, we've felt strongly that we are supposed to adopt. We are opening all ally ways because we aren't sure what direction we are supposed to go yet but I wanted to ask you what your favorite sites are for waiting children? There are lots of questions I could ask you but I'll start with that.:) Our email is and would love to hear from you. No rush, just when you can. We might be headed down a similar path? Not sure yet. Thank you!

  4. I've been looking for blogs of families who have adopted children who are blind or visually impaired. I am one of the moderators of the Yahoo group

    Are you a member? If not, we would love to have you join and advocate for the many kiddos who are blind and waiting in China. We could use some BTDT. Most of the kids at the end of the shared list (waiting the longets) are blind. Thanks for considering this request/ recruitment :)

    Karin F

  5. I love that. I miss Graci! (This is Meghan Voss).