Wednesday, July 19, 2017

6 Months

It has been 6 months since Kara flew back to China. I have been asked for an update so many times, I apologize it has taken so long, our hearts were hurting.

When Kara returned to China she was adamant that she did not want to be adopted by a family in the US or ever return to the US for that matter. We spoke with the adoption agency that we hosted thru and requested that she be counseled on adoption and what that means. Our hope was that she could get some counseling and after returning to China change her mind and decide that living in the US with a loving family would be okay.

We received MANY inquiries on Kara, but after learning that she wasn't open to the idea of adoption, families moved on to looking at other children. In China when an older child is adopted, they are asked if they want to be adopted at the consulate for finalization. If they say no and continue to say no despite counseling, etc, they are not adopted by the family. The family loses their money and leave with a broken heart. As you can imagine that is a VERY hard leap for a family to make.

Kara is still saying that she is not interested in being adopted and returning to the US. It's heartbreaking for us, but we hope and pray that because she doesn't have any medical needs she can make something for herself after she is released from the orphanage in a few years. I honestly don't see her ever having a family of her own and that is hard.

I wish I had an exact number to report, but I would guess that approx 80%-90% of the children that came for hosting have families in process to adopt them. Without the opportunity that hosting presented them, they might not have found a family.

Today China released some new rules. One of which is to close their hosting of children from China. We were lucky enough to have participated in hosting, that will no longer be an option.

Thank you for following along with our journey this past winter. Here are some photos....I may have shared some of these already, but a post is better with pictures :)

Friday, January 20, 2017


L&H Photography was so generous to offer her time and talents to capture some great pictures of Kara! Thank you Alexaundrea for capturing this super special little girl!!

She sent them to me last week, this has been a difficult and busy week, and I apologize for the delay, but here they are! We took these pictures when it was snowing like crazy and about 10 degrees. She wasn't very excited about me making her leave her coat off (I left mine off too, for what it was worth), but look at how cute she is!!!

THIS is Kara, joyful, silly, spunky and a little sassy! This girl is still waiting for her family, could that family be YOU?

For more information about adopting Kara contact

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saying Goodbye

This is a hard post to write. I know so many people are wondering what was it like saying goodbye....

Saying goodbye wasn't the hard part.....

Kara was so excited to see her friends. She came to America knowing that she would only be here for one month. She left the only family she has ever known behind to travel for days to meet strangers that didn't speak her language or cook her food. She was excited to get back to what she knows, school, friends, foster family, people that speak Mandarin, etc.

Our family knew no matter what the outcome of the month, Kara was returning to China, there were no other options. We had prepared ourselves for this, as a family (Kara included) we kept track of the days until she would be returning to China.

When she left from the airport there were no tears, the other boy that flew with her was visibly upset, but Kara was prepared. I think this helped both me and her. I hugged her before she boarded the plane and told her I loved her. She walked down the jet way and waved and said goodbye. She looked back multiple times and waved, but always with a smile.

Kara just arrived (approx 60 hours from her flight out of Chicago) at her orphanage.

The hard part is now. The hard part is folding her clothes that she won't ever wear again. The hard part is hearing Audrey say she wants Kara to come back forever. The hard part is wondering how she is doing.

I don't know how Kara is doing, but my guess is that it will be the same for her in the days to come.

For us, this month was a crazy, wonderful, emotional roller coaster. For Kara, she came scared, experienced things she would most likely never experience in the orphanage, she visited a Dr, eye Dr, and dentist in the month that she was here, she hadn't seen any of those in the last 5 years (that we know of), felt the love of a family....But it's not over, we all still have feelings to sort through. It's complicated....she's worth it. Every child is worth it.

Here are a few pictures of her the few days before she left.

Kara :)
 Mom and the girls!
 It's hard to take a family picture of 6 without a selfie stick ;0

Friday, January 13, 2017

She's Gone.....

Kara headed back to China this morning. She had a connecting flight and won't arrive in Beijing for some time yet. She was excited to see her friends that spoke the same language!

We sent her home with a new backpack and a few extra clothing items, some markers, colored pencils, glow sticks for her friends at the orphanage, a gift for her caregivers, a photo album with photos from our adventures and of course a bunch of glasses that she can wear for fun!!

I know I sound like a broken record, but please, please keep sharing her story. I know her family is out there, perhaps viewing my blog, her pictures, maybe they can't get her out of their head.

One person can't change the world, but one person can change Kara's world.

I am going to keep updating the blog, I still have lots of pictures to share and stories to tell!!! I pray that I can update our blog soon with pictures of Kara's family that is working on getting her home forever.

If you want more information about adopting Kara please contact

Here are some pictures from her departure and our overnight in Chicago.

 Me and Kara the night before she headed out from Chicago.
I had a hard time waking her up for her flight!
Parker, Kara & Ms Zhou (Chaperone). We had a small group leaving from Chicago, but they met up with many more friends at other airports. 

 Kara showing Parker her photo album.

 Kara & I - Rebecca & Parker

Just Videos

This post consists only of the videos of Kara posted previously on the blog. Some people have not been able to view them so I uploaded them to youtube.

Kara Being Helpful

Kara Counting

Kara Swimming

Please contact for more information about adopting Kara.

My contact info is If you have questions about Kara or want to learn more about hosting.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

All Smiles!

A HUGE thank you to Kopper Family Dental, not only did they donate her exam and x-rays a week ago, they also donated Kara's filling and did some awesome preventative care for her teeth today!! Kara did awesome, she was such a rock star. We were able to successfully fix her cavity she had. There is one other tooth that is chipped, but when we finished the first side she was ready to be done. The chipped tooth isn't as big of a deal as the cavity, we were just going to fix it for her if we were able. Because of the amazing people at Kopper Family Dental, Kara can go back to China and not have to worry about this cavity causing further problems or pain!

I noticed the other day Kara had mastered the scissors! When she first arrived she didn't know how to hold them correctly and had a difficult time using them. While watching her the other day, it hit me, she couldn't do this when she got her!

I included a video of her helping me with breakfast the other morning. Raya likes to choose the fork she wants to use (spoiled) so you can see Kara showing her two forks and letting her pick and then starts to hand out the scrambled eggs! She is such a great helper, always one step ahead of me, ready and willing to help any way she can.

If you think this sweet girl could be yours reach out to me or contact

Kara with Marin & Kevin Kopper, they do such a great job with kids!! 

(Below) Watching Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (Netflix) in Mandarin while getting ready to have her cavity filled. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Supergirl turns 11!

Kara turns 11 in January. This weekend we celebrated her birthday. We drove up to my sister's apartment in Minneapolis and went swimming in her pool. All the kids LOVED it! Kara and Audrey were in the pool for a long time. Kara loved the water even putting her face in with no problems.

After swimming we ate some cake, Kara had two pieces! She had another piece for breakfast this morning :)

Here are some pictures and a video from our adventures yesterday. The bottom picture is from Friday, Kara colored the picture and then wrote her name in English (she did pretty well without any help)! On the right hand upper corner of that picture she placed a sticker that reads "adopt me." She had no idea what it said, but her family is out there, maybe this is the sign you were looking for ;)
Video of Kara Swimming