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Michael on January 3rd, 2009

This log was written by Austin while we were traveling in China. He took the pictures, did all of the writing, and made all of the posts all on his own. It has been migrated from a previous web site, so the format has changed but the content is all here. Travel log of our […]

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Michael on January 3rd, 2009

This article describes our trip to China to pick up our daughter, Ariana. We updated it regularly throughout our trip. I have moved the content from it’s original format into WordPress, so it isn’t in the same daily post update format that it originally was, but the content is all here. Trip Itinerary We leave […]

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Michael on December 4th, 2008

Some information about Ariana’s birthplace. Meaning of the name “Lake South”, from its position south of Lake Dongting. Hunan is sometimes called “Xiang” for short, after the Xiangjiang River which runs through the province. Population 63,000,000 million people live in Hunan, 95% of whom are Han Chinese, with the rest belonging to the Miao, Tujia, […]

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Michael on December 1st, 2008

3 Jan 2006 We just got back from the CAWLI offices where we signed the referral paperwork and received medical information and pictures. Ariana’s Chinese name is Zhao Hong Tao – her given name is Hong Tao (红涛), and Zhao is the family name of the director of the orphanage. “Hong” means “red”, and “Tao” […]

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Michael on November 29th, 2008

In December of 2004 we decided to adopt a girl from China. We made our first visit to China Adoption With Love, Inc., the adoption agency that we decided to use, on December 27th 2004. On 3 January 2006, After months of paperwork and lots of waiting we received a call that our referral was […]

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