I’m so proud to introduce you to our second daughter, Marigold June or “Goldie”!

We adopted her in July from Jiangxi, China. She accepted us right away, but over the past two months we’ve gotten to know her and bond with her in a deeper way. Her and Nova’s sister relationship is truly one of the most special things I’ve ever experienced.

For example, last night we were all hanging out in the living room listening to music and Nova was playing with a puzzle and she suddenly said, “Hey mama, I’m so glad we have a sister!”

Though our new life with two children isn’t without hiccups and tears, I go to bed every night feeling full of love and so grateful.

Emma joined us for the first half of our trip to China and was there when we met our little golden girl for the first time. It was so incredibly special to have her there with us. One of the most special moments was after we got back to our hotel for the first time. Jeremy and Nova went to grab lunch and Emma and I just sat on the bed and tried to make Goldie laugh—and it worked. It was so surreal! One of the happiest moments of my life.

Many people have asked how our adjustment has been. It’s a tough question for me to answer since every day has been a mix of highs and lows. I think that’s just how being a new parent is—you never feel 100% solid. Every day is such a roller coaster.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support this year … and last year—AUGH adopting two kids in under two years is a pretty BIG life change. I’ve appreciated all the kindness along the way! In some moments, it made me nervous to fulfill such a huge dream and become a mom so publicly. But it turned out to be the most bonded I have EVER felt with our blog readers … our family felt overwhelmingly supported and it really was the highpoint of my entire online experience. Thank you.

For now, our family feels complete and we are excited to experience Halloween and the holidays with Marigold for the first time. There’s so much to look forward to as she has just started to say her first words and she hasn’t yet taken her first steps.

If you want to read more about our adoption stories, I have some archives here.

Love you all! xx. Elsie