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July 12, 2014

Week 28: Matthew!

Daily Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Aviator by Chelle's Creations
It's Saturday night in China, Saturday morning back home, and I'm done with my Week 28 Daily life Page. Does that mean I'm a day ahead?

Week 28 was a big week. Matthew is officially a part of our family. I tried to capture what our week looked like in just 7 pictures and a couple paragraphs of journaling. There is so much more. You can only imagine how many pictures I've taken and how many thoughts/emotions/memories I want to preserve through scrapbooking. Those will have to wait, but they will eventually be made. Right now I'm catching up on sleep, spending lots of time with my boy and trying to soak up all of these moments.

Daily Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Aviator by Chelle's Creations
 Journaling: Week 28! We’ve waited for this week for almost a year. Sunday we flew to Nanjing and on Monday morning we finally met Matthew. We brought a few toys and began playing with him. There’s so much more I could say about our meeting, but that will have to wait for his scrapbook. We went back to our hotel room and played all afternoon. Again, so much I could say and scrap about, but I will wait. On Tuesday we had our official adoption day. We went back to sign some papers. We all had to thumb print several documents. He is now officially part of our family. After all the document signing we went to Zhongshan Mountain National Park. It’s probably the most beautiful place I’ve seen in China yet. We did a lot more stair climbing....and sweating. I’m loving making memories with our little boy! On Wednesday we took the fast train to Xuzhou and spent two days in the city where Matthew’s orphanage was.

Daily Life Templates 8 by Scrapping with Liz
Aviator by Chelle's Creations
Journaling: We saw some of the sights and also visited the orphanage. It was heartbreaking to see all the babies and children, but it was heartwarming to see my kids interacting with these babies. I’m pretty sure we would have taken home a couple more if they would have let us. On Friday we flew to Guangzhou....but not after a long, interesting delay at the airport (more about that on another page). We are finally settled here for the week and get to enjoy Subway!

And just because he's just so cute I had to share this pictures with you (it wouldn't fit on my page). We are all doing great together. His big sisters think he's the cutest thing ever, his little sisters like to make faces with him on skype, and needles to say we all love him so much. He's very smiley, he soaks everything in, he's so willing to learn, he likes to color and draw, he also likes my sunglasses and my camera, and he REALLY likes flying. The last 6 days have been incredible. #GodisGood


And I haven't forgotten about my freebies. Here's your Daily Life Journal Card 28. Enjoy!
-Liz

9 comments:

Ephémère, Qc. said...

Thank you very much for all these beautiful journal cards, it's great and appreciate. Merci beaucoup, c'est en plein ce que je recherchais, des templates de cartes. Bye...bye...have nice weekend.

Rhadonda Sedgwick said...

I don't always thank you for the freebies so please let me thank you to infinity. Matthew is so cute!! What a loving family to welcome him as part of the family. What a great future is in store for all of you.

Pam K said...

Matthew is adorable! What an amazing adventure & wonderful memories you have as he is officially part of your family!
Thank you for the journal card template ... they are all terrific & it is so generous of you to sharing them with us each week.

Becca said...

Thank you for the wonderful template. Congratulations! He's adorable!

Lara Read said...

I'm so happy for you. You dont know me, I found your blog from the digi show and have followed for a little while. While you have been talking about your adoption and finally getting your sweet little Mathew, my sister has been doing the same and in fact she is there now. And in Guangzhou. She just blogged about a plane ride where they had to sit on the plane for an hour before take off. Have you happened to meet the Wasdens? They are adopting a little girl,zoey. This is there 6th child and second china baby. We can't wait to meet her.

Elizabeth Albers said...

Thank you all so much.

Lara, I haven't met her yet. We did have a 4 hour flight delay on Friday. There were delays on all flights to Guangzhou. I haven't met her yet, but I'll keep my eye out. I might see them at the consulate on Tuesday.

Michele said...

I cried like a baby reading this. I'm so happy for you all. He's just so adorable. Safe travels home!

Jenny said...

Congratulations!! I am impressed you were able to choose just seven photos to include in your spread for the week! So happy for Matthew and his forever family! :)

Jennifer Moore said...

What an amazing journey. God is good. Congrats on the new addition to your family.

Thank you for the journal card templates.

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