Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sweet Samson

We have known this precious little man since he was 5 months old! He stole our hearts then and he still owns them. This little boy is just... well, let me start at the beginning.

Samson was born with CHD. When we first met him he was tiny and very, very fragile. He needed heart surgery and we were really concerned about him. I think handing this tiny, frail, blue baby boy back to the nanny and walking out of that orphanage ranks among the hardest things I've ever done in my life. 

By the next time we saw him he was 17 months old. He had been to Shanghai and received his first surgery! He was still pretty tiny, but this time it was tears of joy rolling down my face as I left. This tiny, precious boy was going to live!

We saw him again in April, a silly, smart, active two year old. This time he came in with his doting foster mom and my heart was so full watching him play and do all of the things two year olds love to do. I handed him a mirror and he immediately put it to his ear like a phone! 

He came in with the same foster mom when we saw him 2 weeks ago. He is now 2 1/2.  It took him a bit to warm up to all the strangers in the room, but once he did he charmed us all over again! He had these silly little broken glasses that he kept trying to put on. He would wrinkle up his little nose to try to keep them on. It was adorable!

Samson is doing great developmentally. He walks and runs and jumps. He gets along well with the other kids in his foster home. He is toilet trained. He speaks simple words in Mandarin.

This little boy is so special and he needs a special family! Please contact April Uduhiri at if you want more information about Samson!

And please, share Samson's story! Let's find his family! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Morning Matches!

Why not begin the week with some spectacular news!?

We have matches, matches, matches!!

First of all lovely little Arielle!

Then handsome Kurt!

Then beautiful Kira!

Isn't that about the best news you could wake up to on a Monday morning?

Congratulations to our precious Superkids and their excited families!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Few Statistics

We are home! Here are a few statistics about our trip. Excluding our international flights we traveled 2, 188 miles.

We traveled by:

We stayed in 10 hotels.

We took thousands of pictures and hundreds of videos.

And memories? More priceless memories were made than you can count!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Superkids in Taiwan

This is going to be the very, very condensed version of our Taiwan experience. We leave for the airport to fly home in about 30 minutes.

Yesterday we were able to meet with the directors of both of the orphanages Gladney works with here in Taiwan and tell them about Superkids and what we do. We had excellent, thoughtful discussions about how we can work together to help the waiting children here. Since every country has different rules and laws surrounding adoption our exact approach needs to vary from country to country to best serve the children there.

Anyway, we also got to meet a few children at one location, and oh my! were they ever adorable! If you are interested in learning more about Taiwan adoption you can contact Mary Chapman at for information.

Monday, September 28, 2015


We just got new files! We love waking up to this kind of news! And since I'm sitting in a hotel in Taiwan listening to the wind still gusting from the typhoon yesterday, I'm going to tell you about one of our new little boys!

This is Jared. He is 2 years old and as cute as can be! He thought blowing bubbles was super funny, as you can see!

We first met Jared in April of this year and we saw him again on this trip. He is just such a typical, adorable 2 year old boy! He is doing great developmentally. He walks and runs and jumps, he blows bubbles and loved playing with the toy in this picture!

Jared has cryptorchidism (undescended testicle). This is such a minor need and this little boy is doing great!

I'm posting a video we took in April since we sent most of the videos from this trip home with one of our volunteers who went home on Saturday. 


Jared needs a family! Could this darling baby boy be your son? Please share this post so that Jared's family sees him soon! Contact April Uduhiri at for more information about him!

Sometimes Our Best Laid Plans...

Sometimes our best laid plans... come to naught and the best thing we can do is accept it and move on.

We certainly did not plan for the Dujuan Typhoon to hit Taipei while we are here! We received the news this morning that the government had closed schools and government jobs for the day, so that meant we would not be allowed to see children. The weather was not yet too bad, so we went to a few local places and then got beef noodles for lunch. They were so good!

In the Howard Plaza Hotel

The American Embassy

Mr. Yeh
We stopped by Carrefore on the way back to the hotel and got some water, fruit, and snacks. We are well stocked with food!

Gongzhan and Mr. Yeh


The rain and wind have increased throughout the afternoon and it is supposed to continue to increase for the next few hours. We are dry and safe inside the hotel, watching from our 12th story windows. It is pretty amazing, really.

We would much rather be seeing kids than experiencing a typhoon today, but we doing just fine here in Taiwan!

We are hoping to still be able to meet with the orphanage officials tomorrow afternoon. And Mary will be here until Wednesday evening, so we are just waiting to see how much we can do this time in Taiwan.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Visit to Children's Hospital of Shanghai

When we were in Shanghai two weeks ago, we discovered that one of our little Superkids was in the hospital. And had been in the hospital for a long time. We were very concerned about him and tried to get all the information that we could.

As we were preparing to head back to Shanghai for the weekend we decided to try to see if we could get into the hospital to see this sweet little boy. This is not normally allowed so we really didn't know if it would happen.

Keely talking to the surgeon on the phone.

As it ended up, Keely, Erin, and Gongzhan were able to go in and see him yesterday afternoon. Keely was even able to speak directly with his doctor which was a huge benefit! We were very excited to see him doing better than expected. He hopefully will not be in the hospital for much longer and will be able to join his family as expected in the next few months.

The PICU entrance.

Through the window of the room our little guy was in.

As we visited the hospital I couldn't help but think of all the little Shanghai Superkids who have been there. So many of the kids we see have been to this hospital. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to see where they have been and to be able to picture it now as I think of children and going there in the future.

The entrance we went in

The outside of the hospital.

This is an experience I wouldn't have missed for anything!

We are now in Taiwan. Mary Chapman was here waiting for us when we arrived. We are excited to see the children here tomorrow!