Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sweet Cali

Life takes such convoluted paths. When I think of some of the challenges our adopted children have faced, I sometimes weep. Five of the seven were abandoned at birth. Graci was abandoned at age 5. Cali's biological father passed away in a mining accident and she was abandoned by her biological mother, but she was still able to live for a time with her paternal grandmother. Due to the rural, inaccessible area where her grandma lived, once Cali was in a wheelchair, it was no longer feasible for her to live there. At this point, she moved to an orphanage that was about a 2-hour drive away. She continued to have some contact with her grandma and her aunt. We met both of these wonderful women when we went to adopt Cali and also when we went back to adopt Conner. Cali had the chance to travel again to China on her own last summer and see them again. It is such a blessing to live in a time of free and instant communication. She still loves her family in China and keeps in touch with them. A few days ago I came across these pictures that were given to us when we first adopted Cali. So precious!!! We love you Cali:)


Cali with her grandma.

Cali with her biological parents.


  1. I have never seen those pictures. So sweet! I feel blessed to have you in my life, Cali Rose!

  2. Awwww!!! She was so cute. She has grown into such a beautiful young lady! Love her forever!

  3. Keep at the post and more videos via YouTube. I came across your videos of Sophi a while back and would occasionally check in. I hope your videos get more views! Hope you get to introduce all your children and make a very successful channel. Best of luck and wish your family great happiness.

  4. Is Cali originally from Shanxi China?


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