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Martha Bonneau
Crystal Lake, IL
Crafty mama to the world's cutest 4 yo
Interests: Crafting esp. sewing and scrapbooking, China adoption, decorating,
Recent Activity
So i'm pretty sure no-one reads over here anymore and I really can't blame you as it has been like 11 months since I have posted anything here. Gosh, I didn't even remember my log-in information! We are approaching the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at mugsyboo
We moved close to 4 months ago, but still have lots of decorating projects we are working on in our new home. We don't miss much about Illinois beyond our friends (insert sad face :( ) but I do have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at mugsyboo
Every year our Elf on the Shelf brings new Christmas PJs. Last year the elf knew we were overwhelmed and busy due to just being home from China, but this year we have our groove back and it was Finley's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at mugsyboo
You know it's been a while since you blogged if you can't remember your blog's password! Since I last posted we have sold our home in Illinois and moved to Kentucky to be closer to family. This time last year... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at mugsyboo
Six months ago today we took an unplanned 10 hour train ride to Inner Mongolia after a cancelled flight to meet Finley. I know I said this with Chen Chen too, but it feels like we just walked off the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at mugsyboo
Yesterday Finley celebrated her first Easter as a member of our family. Last year at this time when waiting for her to come home, we received a few pictures of her and my favorite was this one which we later... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at mugsyboo
Today a certain someone had a birthday, turned five, and spent it with her forever family... She didn't quite know what to think when she came downstairs this morning, but as soon as she saw Minions she was sold on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at mugsyboo
A quick update for friends and family who aren't on Facebook where I tend to update more often as I can do it on the go! Finley started preschool a couple of weeks ago 5 mornings a week and is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at mugsyboo
At the end of the last catch up post we had just landed in Guangzhou on Friday, November 27th. After the cold and wet and snow and ice of Beijing and Hohhot we were definitely looking forward to warmer temps... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at mugsyboo
Today marks one month since we stepped off an airplane as an exhausted family of 4 after a very rough 14 hour flight home from China. Our trip this time had been longer and a little harder than our first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at mugsyboo
A month later I am finally finding the time to sit down and post an update. As of Christmas day we have been home 3 weeks with Finley and I think we are all finding our new groove. By groove... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at mugsyboo
We have a FB group that we have been updating daily so I am way behind in keeping things updated over here as we travel! After my last post from Beijing we attempted to fly out the next day (Sunday)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at mugsyboo
This morning when we went down to breakfast we noticed quite a few American families at breakfast and assumed several of them are here on adoption trips as well, we were even seated by someone I had "met" in one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at mugsyboo
I am going to preface this with an apology for any spelling or grammatical mistakes...we are tired, really tired so my fingers may be moving faster than my brain at this point! After waking up obscenely early this morning and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at mugsyboo
As I type this it is 8:56 pm on Wednesday night in China, we left our house at 8 am on Tuesday morning and got here at 3:30 pm on Wednesday. The flight I had been dreading for months was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at mugsyboo
Booking flights, making lists, starting to freak out just a wee bit because we are going to China in 2 weeks!! Received word of our consulate appointment over night. We had been hoping for the 24th but ended up with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at mugsyboo
Got word this morning that TA has been issued...we could be on a plane in as soon as 11 days!!! Disclaimer: she is not holding signs that say TA, some quick photoshop is at work here :) At this point... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at mugsyboo
Yesterday our Article 5 paperwork was picked up at the US consulate in Guangzhou to be delivered to the CCCWA in Beijing so that our travel approval can be issued! We are hoping for travel approval by Friday so our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at mugsyboo
A few weeks ago I got an idea for a necklace that I wanted for myself and could not shake it. I got on-line, ordered all of the supplies I needed and a few days later I created this: I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at mugsyboo
Our Facebook auction with all proceeds going to help bring Finley home starts this morning at 8 am CST! If haven't already joined our FB group, just go here to request to join and I will get you added ASAP!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at mugsyboo
After months and months of what has felt like trying to run through quicksand, we can finally say we will meet Finley next month! We are waiting for our Article 5 to be dropped off at the American Consulate (hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at mugsyboo
Because we finally received LOA (yay!!!) we were able to send a package to Finley at her foster home. Over the past few weeks we have been putting a package together to introduce ourselves to her. The most important item... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at mugsyboo
One of the things we did while waiting for Chen Chen to come home was work on her room. Almost 4 years later after shuffling between our room, her room, another bedroom, and back again she is sleeping in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at mugsyboo
When we started this adoption we began by picking an agency first. Our initial plan was to be Log In Date first (which means we would compile our dossier, send it to China, and then wait for our agency to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at mugsyboo
After 46 days, which is the only average wait time we have experienced this whole adoption, we received word from our agency that the system in China shows that LOA has been issued!!! Praying the hard copy is at our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at mugsyboo