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Black and White Wednesday – “Always On My Mind”

After years and years of waiting and wondering when or if this adoption was ever going to happen. I believe we are in the final months (possibly weeks) of our wait!!For so long I could not bring myself to buy anything or make any attempt to get a room ready. I am still not quite there, but I have begun to go through the bins I have been storing in our basement for the past three years.

I saved all of my favorite things! They grow so fast{especially those first two years} and most of the clothes and shoes look like new. Actually, I do have a handful of things that still have tags on them because Sarah grew too fast or the season changed before she actually fit into them.

Anyway, as I was browsing through the 12 month bin, I found these……..

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…..little black patent leather loafers!! They were, and still are, my most favorite shoes that Sarah has ever worn!! Even though you can’t tell in this picture, they are teeny tiny. The shoes are a brand called Trumpette and they are usually carried in specialty baby boutiques. These were given to Sarah as a gift by one of my very best friends and every time I look at them I think of her:)

Whenever Sarah wore them, someone always stopped me to ask me where I bought them!! They are so super cute and kind of stylish and the little rubber grippies on the bottom added comfort and support so she would not slip when she walked!!

She didn’t wear them very long before her little feet outgrew them, so I packed the shoes away and prayed that someday I would bring them out again for our next little girl.

Two weeks ago, I pulled them out and dusted them off. They are now sitting on my desk here in the office. They are a constant reminder of what is yet to come for us!! “She” is never far from my thoughts….. in fact “she” is ALWAYS on my mind.

The last few weeks I have come to the realization that this IS going to happen for us. We are going to see her face and she will be coming home!!! I can’t begin to tell you how that makes me feel. Anxious, Nervous, and Excited……all rolled up into one!!

I am on the edge of my seat just waiting for the latest information or any indication of when we will get “the call”

It is all so exciting and I am finding it most difficult to focus as the anticipation continues to build!

When I stated this blog two years ago, it was to chronicle our journey, and that is what I fully intend to do…….. you will all be with us every “step” of the way:)

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  • Terri - I’m super excited for you and I’m so glad I found your blog months ago! I cant wait to read every detail of your adoption and see the fabulous pictures of your sweet little girl that’s waiting for you right now in China!

  • Cherees - Beautiful shoes. I think they are the cutest.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I am so excited for you and thrilled to have a front row seat as a blog fan!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  • Dita - Lisa, as the weeks approach I am growing so anxious for you (who am I kidding…for ME!) to see the face of the beautiful little girl who will complete your family of 5. I am so thrilled to be on this journey with you and I can’t wait until you slip those little shoes on your darling’s little feet.
    Very soon, my friend……and your turn is here. We’ll all be right here every step of the way and I, for one, will be on the EDGE of my seat!


  • Wanda - Big, happy tears are rolling down my cheeks. I think I’ve been holding my breath, waiting for you to actually be at this very last step of the most amazing adventure I can imagine.

    Sarah’s shoes are so precious – I love how you feel about them. We have a little pair of black sneakers that Daddy still keeps on his desk – Size 2.

    I’m just so thrilled to see this happening for you Lisa – and I love that we can share in it. Thank you!

    Huge kisses!ReplyCancel

  • Sharie - Tears – so excited for your family and for the little one who will soon have a new family to love her.

    I can’t wait until you have the experience of “the call” I know you’ve been through it with Sarah, but you’ve waited so long for this one…the anticipation…praying it comes soon for you and all those who are waiting.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - It is really so exciting to think that she is born now. Heck, she could just be a couple of month old right now, learning to roll over. She doesn’t know that half a world away, there is a darling family who will love her and change her forever!!! I am so excited to ride this journey with you, Lis! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Special K - We’re almost there. I’m looking forward to your journey almost as much as I’m looking forward to mine. :)

    PS. Love those shoes!ReplyCancel

  • - And we all can’t wait to make that voyage with you and meet your little girl for the first time too! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!ReplyCancel

  • Love Letters To China - Lisa… this is the best b&w Wednesday photo posted thus far! I’m so excited for you and your family. As I was reading your post today, I can remember the same exact feelings you described. I can’t wait for you to finally see the face of your little girl. It’s an honor to be able to follow along on the final steps of your “Long Road to China”.


  • Lisa - I can’t tell you how happy this makes me :) May all your dreams come true!

    Can’t wait to see her!!!!


  • Jo - What a wonderful way to start the day ~ such exciting news! I’m thrilled for all of you that your long journey is coming to its final destination ~ your sweet baby girl! Can’t wait to see the first beautiful photos you share of her with her family.


  • Briana's Mom - Love, love, love this post! You are on the home stretch and I couldn’t be more excited for you. 😀ReplyCancel

  • CM - Wow, that is exciting news! I hope you keep us all posted!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - This is wonderful! I love this post, as well as the picture (as always!). I can’t wait to hear more about your journey, you will be in our prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Carolin - Can’t wait to share in your good news – it’ll be here before you know it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Yay!! I’m so excited that it’s almost your turn in the long, long wait for China!
    Those shoes are adorable :)ReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - Oh Lisa! I am just so excited for you. So very excited. I know she is going to be here very soon and your life will be so much more rewarding and rich. What a blessing.

    I am crying. So very happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Ankerich - What a precious image and then to imagine those sweet feet inside! Oh joy!!! Blessings to you as you wait for her face to be revealed and we will all be crying right along beside you!!! God is SO good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle@BornInOurHearts - Oh my, I just got chills!! The thought that it could possibly be just a few weeks before you get the “call” and see her sweet face…. oh, that does a heart good to hear that. I am so happy for you and your family, Lisa!! You are almost there!!! And I can’t wait to see her wearing these absolutely adorable shoes!! A perfect b/w picture!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodee Leader - Oh my goodness! These shoes are absolutely adorable!

    I am getting sooooo excited for your family! You will be seeing her sweet face soon! I, too, can’t wait to follow your journey!

    She will be sooooo worth the long wait! Hang in there!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - …and I cannot wait to follow along your journey with you to see your NEW family photo!

    Thanks for the privilige of inviting us all along for the ride!

    We are sitting on the edge of our seats with you! Praying for you all every day!

    Have a great week!

  • Football & Fried Rice - Wow – I LOVE the shoes – they are beautiful!

    I love what they represent too – an amazing little “she” that awaits you in a faraway land.

    And she is going to look darling in those patent leather shoes!ReplyCancel

  • redmaryjanes - I am just thrilled for you. I remember how you are feeling. You are on the verge of one of the most amazing experiences ever. I can’t wait to see your baby girl’s face :)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney from The Story of Us - Wow, what an amazing story! Beautiful picture too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - What a lovely and exciting post! Hope you get that call VERY soon. Many blessings to you and the new addition to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna&Co. - What sweet little shoes! I can’t wait to see your girl IN them :) So exited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I have tears in my eyes reading your post and seeing the picture of those tiny shoes. Yes, it will happen…and you will see her beautiful little face soon!!!! You’re so close to experiencing this…the true blessing of adoption.

    Big hugs to you Lisa!


    P.S. umm…I think it’s safe now to get her room ready…okay? 😉 the referral is coming soon.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Love everything about this post!! I can’t wait to see your precious baby and I can finally put a face to the name. Can’t wait to follow you on this journey!

    Love ya!ReplyCancel

  • asj - what an amazing post, your story is so inspiring and joyful… so excited to follow along on your journey!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Those ARE a cute pair of shoes, i can see why they’re your fave. I smiled as a read that whole post because I can feel your excitement!ReplyCancel

  • Our Complete Family - Lis,
    I’m anxious, nervous and excited for you, right along with you sweetie!
    And those shoes… oh my word. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!
    Love you, LReplyCancel

  • Robin - Oh, I KNOW how you feel and I can’t wait to follow along!!!

    Love the shoes!


  • elizabeth - Hi lisa
    this is my first week entering – I found you through Karli’s blog – the Bonnie 5 –
    Have enjoyed reading your blog – thanks for doing this –
    Have a happy wednesdayReplyCancel

  • Nancy E - Love the shoes.
    Love your blog.
    Enjoyed your blog and truly enjoy all your photography.
    Thank you for hosting this b/w Weds photo challenge – I am new to posting. Hope you like my photos too.

    Prayers are with you and your family on your long road to China. :)


  • funnylittlepollywogs - WOW!!! Can’t wait to hear that you’ve received the call!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Lisa,(tears in my eyes), so very happy for you, and so excited for you.Sending love and light your way, for the coming weeks.
    Hope you won’t end the blog when “she” finally arrives.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - Congratulations. I’m very excited/anxious/nervous for you too :-). Those are adorable shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Amie - So exciting! that is great news! cute shoes too 😉ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Deputy - Awww Lovely! Super exciting! Wishing you the bestReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Claus - I remember the excitement my sister and her husband shared with all of us waiting for “the call”.

    They have 2 Chinese daughters now. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • - I’m so excited for you and your family! Those shoes are too cute and look brand new. I’m getting goosebumps just reading about your journey!


  • Crayon Wrangler - So excited to take this new turn with you and your family. I haven’t done a B&W in a little while, but was thrilled to read your news when I clicked the link to join up!~ReplyCancel

  • Bo - I love those shoes and the picture is awesome 😀ReplyCancel

  • May - I am glad for you and cannot wait to meet your little girl!! Those shoes are the prettiest I have ever seen!!! I think, if i saw them up close, i too would have asked you as to where you got them from!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is a GREAT picture!ReplyCancel

  • Marcene B - I am so happy to hear that your long journey is finally coming along!

    Blake and Brooke had a much awaited visit with their cousin who was adopted from China last week. I hope your new little one will bring your family as much joy as this one has brought our family!

    Hope your hanging in and surviving this heat. Hugs…ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - Those little shoes are just precious! They made me want another little girl :) Enjoy the last few months of anticipation – it is all part of the process and you don’t want to miss a minute! I’m excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I am SUPER excited for you ..
    I sooo cannot wait..
    And I can’t wait to see her room..
    I have a blanket coming soon for her..
    And I LOVE those shoes..
    Have a great week..ReplyCancel

  • The Byrd's Nest - Woo Hoo!!! Praise the Lord!!!!! I am so so happy and WAY excited to see her face…finally!!! Big hugs my friend:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - I have followed your journey for a long time now. I am so happy for your family that your wait is almost over! Looking forward to reading about your referral soon.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - What exciting time for you and your family. You seem like such a wonderful family and this is blessed to find you. Good Luck with the end of your journey and the beginning of a new chapter in your lives.ReplyCancel

  • Matthew and Larissa - I am trying this out for the first time. Hope I get better at photo taking by doing more photo challenges.ReplyCancel

  • Dave - exquisite!ReplyCancel

  • Freckles & Dimples Photography - just got back from vacation and checked in on b&w wednesday…what a great post to return to! so happy for you, your husband and your kiddos, this journey is often a rollercoaster, and you are almost done with the climb to the top!!
    (and, thost shoes are KILLER!!)ReplyCancel

  • EB - Those are really pretty shoes! Hope you get your good news soon. I remember vividly how impatiently we waited for those phonecalls for our girls. They were so worth the wait!

    Erika BReplyCancel

  • Casey - Oh Lisa!! I am SO very, very happy for you and your family. I remember that excitement well. I can’t WAIT to hear about your call and to hear all the details. My fingers and toes are crossed that you only have to wait a few more weeks!!! A new baby girl!! YEAH!!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - Oh Lisa I can’t wait to see your sweet girl in those adorable shoes! Lucy had the exact same pair and they are still my favorites! I can’t believe you are so close although I know it has been a long time coming! Can’t wait to continue along on your journey! Hope you had a great weekend!


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