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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Day 42 of our dossier being in translation after it took 18 days for it to be logged into the system....that's 2 months folks and I am on the verge of losing it. Last week I saw families with LIDs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at mugsyboo
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This is how Thursday started... That's called "stressed out adoptive mama breakfast". We were so hoping to hear news that our dossier had been translated and moved on to the next step so I spent most of the day checking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at mugsyboo
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Still plugging along with this project...I am kind of amazed I have made it this far to be honest! Starting of Wednesday's pictures with another breakfast shot, she asked for rice and I added a side of stir fried mung... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at mugsyboo
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Lesson learned from yesterday: don't limit myself to just using my DSLR, it was hard to be spontaneous and capture moments just using the big camera so today I mixed it up and used both my DSLR and iPhone and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at mugsyboo
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When we started paper chasing to bring Chen Chen home in 2010 I lost all desire to scrapbook. I stepped down from the design teams I was on, put my supplies aside and the only papers I concentrated on were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at mugsyboo
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I can't believe in a week and half she will be heading to 2nd grade! We have purchased all of our school supplies, we've had our meeting with her teacher, and now we are enjoying the last few days of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at mugsyboo
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Our second daughter Finley Grace, we will be be traveling to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in early to mid November to complete her adoption! When we tell people we are adopting from China and they see her picture, they are always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at mugsyboo
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Over the past few months we have been raising funds to bring our daughter home. We've had 2 fundraiser garage sales, I have been selling embroidery hoop decor that I have been making, we've had a successful t-shirt fundraiser and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at mugsyboo