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Merry Christmas
Caroline did not quite get the concept of Christmas this year.  We tried to explain the true meaning of Christmas as well as Santa Clause.  She loved the Christmas tree and going to the Church Christmas play, but she didn't really understand why she was get...

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6 Months Forever Family
6 months ago, we met a sweet, easy going little girl and became parents for the first time.  We were all very nervous, but Caroline never cried.  She reached out and kissed us like we had been together forever.  Adopting Caroline has been the best thing we ...

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LET THEM EAT CAKE
Since we are not officially celebrating Caroline's birthday until tomorrow, we bought 2 small smores cake squares to share with her today.  She ate a piece after her nap and loved it. We went out to purchase a few last minute items for her birthday party.  ...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TO OUR SWEET, ADORABLE, GIGGLY, DANCING BABY GIRL.  WE LOVE YOU!!!!   The official festivities are not till Saturday, but I just to say Happy Birthday to the sweet little girl that made me a Mommy. Love, Mommy

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Adoption Video
After working on it all summer, I finally finished Caroline's adoption video.  I thought you might like to see it. I feel like crying every time I watch this.  Jim and I are very lucky parents to have this sweet girl. Chrystal

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An eloquent post about adoption
I wish to draw attention to a highly eloquent post by Nancy at "Ordinary Miracles and the Crazy Nine." It is specifically about the fact that Vietnam, after a lengthy hiatus, is opening back up for international adoption.  However, the meat of the post is a...

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Video Evidence of Caroline's New Words


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Reynolda Gardens
     We took Caroline to  Reynolda Gardens twice today.       The gardens were once part of the Reynolds Tobacco Families city home.  I believe they are now owned by Wake Forest University.  The roses are so beautiful and I love the water lily fountain.    ...

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Road Trips, Outings & Having Fun
I haven't posted in a couple weeks.  Those weeks have been filled with lots of new experiences for Caroline.  We took our first road trip.  First stop was Atlanta to visit our friends for swimming and a 4th of July cookout. We stayed in a hotel with a swimm...

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4 WEEKS HOME
We have been home with Caroline for 4 weeks now.  It may seem like a short time, but I already cannot imagine life without her.  She is such a wonderful, happy child.  She loves to wear hats and play in the dirt.  I thought I would share some of the photos ...
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