A favor and a giveaway

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I am working on a project that I am really excited about.  But I could use your help.  This site typically gets between 1,000-1,500 hits a day when I am regularly posting. The problem is...I only know where a small percentage of those hits are coming from.  It would be of great help to me if I knew a little bit about who is reading this blog.  So, if you can leave a comment telling me some demographics like married/single and how long,  how many children, their ages, or no children, male or female... Also, what keeps you coming back here.  Please let me know which kinds of posts are helpful or make a difference in your life. This information will really help me out. I will open up the comments so anyone can comment (even anonymously).

I started this blog as a scrapbook for our adoption but people have recently shared with me that it has made a difference in other aspects of their lives.  That really touches me and humbles me.

As a thank you, I will randomly choose one commenter and give away a year subscription to Veranda magazine (one of my favorites).

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Now I am off to clean.  Our house looks like a bomb went off.

233 comments:

  1. I love your blog and love reading about your family! Your story of adopting Kate is also inspiring, especially as an adopted child (although domestic). I am 26, married for 1.5 years, no children, yet! :) We are originally from outside Philadelphia, but have lived in Arlington, VA and recently moved to a suburb of Chicago. Glad you had a great time in Disney!

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  2. You probably know I am a regular by now! lol But I love how you have a sensible approach in your writing to life, family, parenting, friendship, faith and marriage. You are open, honest and share from your heart and issues. You ask for help and give it. And your photography is lovely to see. I can well imagine that you and your family are a joy to have in any community that you move into and it is no different with the blogging world. You are a respected teacher here just by being you. Thank you for sharing your life.
    Fondly,
    Sharon

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  3. Louisvile ky, married 21 yrs, 3 kids, I love your photography, your insight on a successful marriage, your faithfulness to you religion, pictures of your house.

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  4. Funny I have never been a 1st commenter on a blog...and I rarely comment...so a double one!
    I am an (almost)32 year old single woman (for now!), no children (yet!), and I live in Philadelphia.
    A couple of my friends were going through the adoption process and I got pretty involved with the process...and what a process it was! I truthfully cannot tell you where I found your blog, as it was about 2 years ago.
    I have made several of your recipes (the one with the pasta, chicken, cilantro is now requested OFTEN) and they are always good.
    It has been neat to see your kids grow as well.
    I enjoy your fashion sense ("some" feel I have a Lilly Pulitzer addiction...).
    And truth be told, it has always been a dream of mine to have two biological children and then adopt.
    Also, maybe it is just me, but I often see "Christian" blogs...not catholic ones...not sure if it is just me. I went through a million years of catholic private all-girls prep school and have now finally built a wonderful relationship with God...so your words really resonate with me...would love to find that Bible Di gave you.

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  5. Hi Kim! Of course I started following you when we were in the process of adopting Emma from Russia, but I truly enjoy your blog for so many reasons. I love your style in clothes and home, and of course I love seeing Miss Kate dressed up! Your family reminds me of ours in many ways! Keep up the great posting!

    Corey
    Winston Salem, NC

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  6. Hi Kim,
    My name is Ainsley, I'm currently 21 and in a loving relationship with my boyfriend. I am from Canada and I stumbled across your blog from Diana's blog "First a Pearl then a Ruby" (which is now two rubies as you would know).
    I continue to read your blog because I have always wanted to adopt from China and after reading your blog for the first time (right before kate came home) i was hooked.
    I love that you are a "real" person on your blog and talk about struggles with your kids and your encouragement for working through martial issues.
    Anyway, hopefully that gives you a bit of information about me! :)
    I love reading your blog and the few times you've gone private I've been so sad!!
    Happy November!!
    Ainsley

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  7. Hi Kim. My name is Reneé. I live in Washington state. I believe site meter records me from Carson, Wa., most of the time (but it will also show me from Chattaroy and a few other random places in Wa., for some reasons). I am happily married for nearly 26 years and have two girls adopted from China, ages 7 (Sichuan) and 5 (Guangdong) along with a son adopted from the U.S., age 21 and he has a son, our grandson, age 1!

    I have followed your blog since I saw it posted on the RQ site years ago. I followed your journey to Kate and I follow you now to watch Kate as she grows. Basically, it's the reason people follow my site as well. They love seeing the children grow and change. I have found your decorating posts quite interesting as well.

    Thanks for keeping open to the public. Our blog is www.daughtersfromafar.blogspot.com.

    Thanks! Keep up the good work:) Reneé in Wa.

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  8. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now. I have been married for 10 years and my husband and I have 3 daughters. I originally stumbled upon your blog from another blogger friend. I really enjoy your blog for so many reasons.... I enjoy your photography, your decorating ideas, your fashion sense, but most of all you writing about the relationship that you have with your husband and children inspire me to be a better wife/mother!

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  9. Hello,
    I am a grandma from Portland Oregon. I have one daughter and she has three children. They are 8, 5 and 2 1/2. I am widowed. I love reading posts from all over and sharing ideas with my daughter. Her oldest is adopted and often I read about things that are helpful with him.
    Thank you.

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  10. Kim, I can't believe I forgot to mention this but one of the things I LOVE about your blog too, are your recipes. Your 'spring salad' is one of our staples now! Please keep posting recipes whenever you can, our family truly appreciates them!

    Reneé in Wa.
    www.daughtersfromafar.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm married with no children. I like your blog because of your great photos of fun family activities, your style and your point of view.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I enjoy reading about your balance in your life. You have a nice mix of photos and decorating and observations. So many blogs specialize in one aspect, and I enjoy those, too, but you have a great blend of topics. It seems to come natural for you to weave together aspects of your family, homemaking, health, and spirituality.

    Trena
    reader since your LSC for Kate =), from Georgia, in my 40's (yikes!), married~20 years (wow!), 1 daughter age 3 adopted from China

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  13. I am in my early 20s and am the mother of one. I have enjoyed the recipes you have shared. We have gluten allergies in our family and it is nice to hear how other people are dealing with their allergy and altering their way of life to promote health. I have also enjoyed all of your photographs and your insights.

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  14. Hi! My name is Jenne, I am married and have been for 12 years with 1 Son age 3 who is adopted from Guatemala. I started reading your blog when you were in the adoption process for Kate. And I keep coming back, you have a beautiful family and I enjoy reading about everything from parenting to the different supplements you use! :)

    Jenne B

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  15. Female, No Children. In a long term relationship. I love your blog because I feel I can relate to most of the morals and values you and your family have. You seem like a really interesting and genuine person and your family are just fantastic. (If I'm being honest, the way you portray your family, is my idea of a dream family lol). Your two boya are so handsome and Kate is adorable. I also love some of the recipes and home decor ideas you publish :-)

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  16. Age: 25-female
    Married: 2.5 years to a 24 year-old Civil Engineering Ph. D. student
    Occupation: Civil engineer
    Children: not yet
    Living: in Stanford, CA
    Why I read this blog: I admire and respect the Godly way you are raising your family, like your decorating style, and LOVE your recipes (Stop and Smell the Rosemary is on my Christmas list)

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  17. Hello!

    My name is Kristine, I'm 26, from Germany, female, unmarried, no kids.
    I found you site when I was randomly looking at blogs about adoption from China abut 1,5 years ago (I have no idea why I even started looking at thise sites). I have lived in the US for 1 year and reading your blog (and some others I am following) just brings back so many nice memories about traditions and holidays that we don't have in Germany. Also I love reading about daily life (I know I am nosy) because I find so many ideas and suggestions that I hope I will take over when I have kids.

    best wishes from Germany!

    K

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  18. 26 yo, Female, Married for a little over four years, one daughter who is 17 months old, from AL.

    I love the decorating posts! Your home is beautiful and you inspire me to make mine look better!

    In case you want to check it out my blog is: http://talesofapeanut.blogspot.com

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  19. I am a married mom of 3 boys Jackson (10) Harrison (7) and Lawson (20 months). I live in Georgia. I have been married for 13 years. I started looking at your blog back at your adoption of Kate. The entries that keep me coming back are the ones on nutrition and natural living. I too love to see your home decor. The life of your boys very much reminds of my own so this is always fun to see.

    Leigh Kelley

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  20. I found your blog just as your husband and son left for China to get Kate. It is the first blog I ever followed.

    I too have two biological sons and a daughter adopted from China. My boys are 10 and 7 and my daughter, Lily just turned 4. You were a few months ahead of us in the adoption process, so your story helped me (and my husband) to know what to "expect."

    Now that we've been home with Lily for 3+ years, I still follow your blog for your beautiful photography and posts about family life (i.e. "gotcha day"--to celebrate or not). I've also purchased some cute clothes for Lily from Etsy sites you've recommended!

    Thanks for sharing your family!

    Mary Karen

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  21. Hi - I enjoy reading your blog; I love the photography, the decorating, and how you juggle life! I live in New Mexico; married, mom to 2 China adopted girls ages 5 and 9, full-time attorney, artist, decorator, writer of children's books, and lover of life...guess I am a "juggler" too, but then aren't we all?!

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  22. I am a 21 year old college student living in FL. Although I am not married and don't have a family of my own, I enjoy reading about your family and also your design projects (such great taste!). what keeps me coming back to blogs like yours is frequent blogging, a sense of transparency and honesty, and a willingness to open your life to other people who can learn from it. I love the longer posts that include more in-depth reflection or stories and the design/family pictures are great too. thanks for sharing your blog with others!

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  23. I don't know if it registers, but I read your blog on Google Reader...I am married, 13 years now, no kids of our own, but I "borrow" other peoples kids and do daycare in our home. I love your photography and your design ideas! Love to see what you are up to as well!

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  24. My nane is Janice. I have been married for 28 years. My husband and I have a 22 year old daughter and an 18 year old son. I teach first grade and love to decorate. I started reading your blog a few years ago and Love it because I find that you are very honest. You don;t just try to suger coat your life...you share the good with the bad. Most moms need to see that, because that is the real world. :) Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with me!!!

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  25. Kim,

    You know I've been following your family since right before Kate came home. Adoption brought me to you but your great posts keep me coming back!!


    Blessings,
    Robin

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  26. I'm a married 30 something in the midwest who just had a baby in May (so wonderful!). I've been following along after finding you a year ago and just love to read about your family! I find your faith to be a good testament and I love the posts you do on decorating!

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  27. Kaite (Female), from Boston, 26- Married, no children yet but the baby bug is biting! I came across your blog from Kelly Stamp's show us your children's rooms... but I love it because my six year old sister is adopted from China (Hefei, Anhui), and I hope to one day adopt from there as well. I traveled with my family to China and it literally shook my world and encouraged me to be a better person, not only for my sister but for the world. Your children are beautiful and thank you for sharing all the pics!

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  28. My name is Kim,Iam married with 4 children. We live in Northern Alberta,Canada.I stumbled across your blog through another blog while we were waiting to adopt our youngest. I seem to love ALL of your posts :) You are a great writer, decorator, Mom and your heath segments encourage me to stay (or get back) on track! Thanks for letting me follow your sweet blog!

    Kim

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  29. Married-4.5 years
    1 daughter - 22 months
    I started coming here when your family was adopting Kate and just keep coming back!

    I like family posts, normal, everyday stuff. It is nice to see other Mothers in action on those not-so-secure Mommy days!

    (PS: I LOVE Veranda magazine)

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  30. jules-DFW area. Married (14 yrs together 18 yrs) 43, daughter is 2 and adopted from Taiwan.

    I started reading your blog when we were just starting our adoption process 06'(China)I just enjoy reading about your children, decorating(we have similar taste) I have celiac so I also enjoyed reading about your cooking for a house with several allergies. We use to live in same big city and husband is from that big city.

    I tend to read blogs where I feel an instant connection or feel as though if you were my neighbor we would be friends(silly I know)
    I steer towards mommy blogs, especially where adoption has played a role in their family, I love to see beautiful photography especially of children. Love to see beautiful decorating as well.
    So your blog is one stop shopping for me:)

    Thanks

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  31. Hi!
    I read your blog but can not usually comment because I don't have a blogger account. I LOVE looking at your decorating pictures as well as those of your kids (and your little girls' beautiful clothes) and all the fun things you do with them! You seem like a super mom! :)
    I am 35, female, I have two kids (ages 6 and 9) I am married and I am a stay at home mom.
    THANKS!
    :)
    Andrea from Newnan, Georgia

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  32. Female, Married for 6 years, 1 male child, 13 mos. Live in S. CA.

    I like your style:)

    Allison

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  33. I have been following for a long while. Mostly adoption stuff. But I Enjoy your decorating posts. We also have 2 bio boys and 1 china princes.

    Amy

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  34. My name's Hannah. I'm from Louisiana and am a college sophomore. I'm single with no kids. I found your blog through someone else's adoption blog (I can't remember which one) and I really enjoy reading it. I want to adopt kids when I'm older and I have 2 cousins adopted from China so I love reading about international and/or special needs adoption. I like all of your posts! Your kids are beautiful too!

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  35. I love your blog - watching your children grow and your decorating ideas.

    I am married with 2 boys (ages 3 and 4) both adopted internationally. We are exploring foster to adopt for a little girl.

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  36. My name is Anne. I am 36. I am from Belgium. I met my wonderful husband 13 years ago. He is in the US Air Force. We have lived in Okinawa, Japan, Washington DC, Dayton (OH), Albuquerque (NM), Niceville (FL) and now Biloxi (MS) all that in 10 years of marriage! We have 2 beautiful daughters Emilie (7) and Claire (5).
    I love your blogs because I love your style and taste. Right now we move so much that I don't really have a theme in my house. I love getting ideas from your interior and hope one day I will get a house decorated as beautifully as yours :-)

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  37. Glad to help! I read you most often in Google Reader, so I'm not clear if I even show up in your hits or not unless I come to the site to comment. Regardless, I'm 39, married but separated, living in Virginia. I have 3 boys, ages 9, 6 and 2. I began reading because of your adoption journey, but I appreciate your faith, your perspective on life and your joy. Reading you is a little bit of happiness!

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  38. I don't blame you for asking at all! I have been married for 12 years to my high school sweetheart. We have two daughters. (Who I think are both pretty amazing:)) Both under the age of 10. I I followed your journey to Kate, and I believe I found your blog through Shana's (Waiting for Sophie). We have had family adopt internationally, so I used to read a lot of international adoption blogs. Now I really like to read anything about home decorating. I think you have beautiful taste in home furnishings. I guess I keep coming back because I like reading your updates on your family and your home. Thank you for sharing your life with us. God Bless!

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  39. Wonderful....just wonderful is your blog; your magnificient PHOTOGRAPHY of your beautiful FAMILY, the two handsome boys and the little gorgeous PRINCESS...!
    Your very sympatic husband and elegant YOU!!

    I love to pass by once in a while and catch up the NEWS, the phantastic PHOTOS and I love certainly your very graceous and kind way of being!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Sending some warm sunshine from TUSCANY; Italy!

    ciao ciao elvira

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  40. We read your blog almost everyday! We are a Bible Institute located in Edinburg, Texas. We focus in Missions and Pastoral Theological training for the Spanish Speaking world. We have students from all over the world coming here to study either (Spanish) in the Missionary Language School or (Theology) in the Bible Institute. We also have a Radio Ministry ( Radio Hope )
    The reason we started reading was because of your post about "Giving up shopping for Lent" ....we also support Adoption and have adopted families on Staff (Ethiopia- Ukraine- Taiwan- China- Mexico)
    We have students from Paraguay, Germany, France, Mexico, Spain, England, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Central America, Africa, USA, Australia and Korea)
    You can check our ministry @ www.riogrande.edu
    Blessings to you and family
    Adriana

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  41. KK

    Single. Forever single. Hmph!

    No children. Because you know, that whole single situation.

    I've been reading your blog for years and have no idea why/when I started reading. But overall I just adore your cute family. Your sense of style in attire and home decor. And your beautiful photography. I am also passionate about adoption- that probably played a part in me reading this blog initially.


    For the most part, I am a long time reader of blogs where I make some sort of connection with (even if just in my own head) the blogger. If I think that we could meet up for lunch and have a fabulous time, I'm probably going to love reading that blog.

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  42. My name is Debbie and I am married with one beautiful little 6 year old girl from Anhui, China who came to us in Aug 07. I can't even remember where I first found your blog, perhaps on RQ, perhaps from another blogger who was in my DTC yahoo group. I love reading your blog because you always share the good, bad and ugly of raising a family which was in part made through adoption.

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  43. Well I"m a female, I reside in Southeast Texas. I have been married for 24 1/2 *25 in March! My husband and I have a combined family of 5 children, 30, 29, 25, 23, 21 and have legal custody of our 3yr old godchild *who is a relative* since childbirth. We also are proud Grandparents of 6 grandkids, ages 6yrs, 2yrs, 15mo, 16mo, 4mo and one due in Jan 2011! So you can see...we have our hands full!!

    I can't quite remember how I found your blog, but I can remember how I loved following your "journey to Kate Emerson"! It was so awe-inspiring. I believe wholeheartedly "things happen for a reason" I found your blog when "our girl" was placed with us. Although our stories "slightly differ" in the introduction to our families....our love for our precious children resonates the same. I come back to this site for so many reasons! Fun, laughter, photography, decorating ideas, cute little snippets of videos of Kate *love those*, and just an overall sense of family! I also follow some of your blog friends who's family I have also come to adore!! This blog *along w/a few other favorites* is like MY MORNING COFFEE! I would like to thank you again, for giving us a glimpse in the life of THE 3 PEANUTS!!

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  44. Your blog is lovely. I am married for 2 decades with 4 children spanning in age from 10-20 and I am inspired by your photography, decorating ideas, and healthy living advice! I feel like I am reading a wonderful family magazine when I visit your site as I often find that much of the topics you speak of relate to those that mothers truly understand. Your writing style is very engaging and your attitude is so positive, you are an inspirational mother! I hope that was of help to you and thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas with your readers!

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  45. Married woman in Seattle with two kids. I enjoy reading about faith as well as your style, fashion, food posts.

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  46. Hi! I've been married for a year and a half, and have four step-children ages 10, 9, 9, and 7. I love seeing your awesome pictures and reading about what you do with your family and kids.

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  47. 49 years old (yikes), will celebrate 25 years of marriage next month. 3 biological children: girl, age 23, graduating from college in December; boy, age 21, graduating from college in May, boy 18, senior in high school and girl age 7 adopted from China; Hunan, November 3, 2003. I stumbled on your blog sometime shortly after Kate came home. I like your family family values, i.e. spending lots of time together, eating dinner together, going to mass together, among other things. I also appreciate that you're a Catholic family and I like that you incorporate that into your blog. Mostly, though, I just check in because Kate is so doggone cute.

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  48. Hi, I've been reading your blog for a long time. Occasionally I'll leave a comment. I like seeing your kids, they're around my kids ages. Your supplements and cooking helps me out as I have been going towards gluten free and diary free for one of my children. I also love to see your decorating. Overall, it just really helps to read others' blogs, not to be nosey, but to see how they deal with issues and so forth. I'm in my late 30's,married, have 3 children (16,12,4),live in the Houston area.

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  49. Hi Kim! I love your blog and am a regular reader. I don't know how I found it, somewhere in the adoption community I guess. I started reading right at the time you got Kate b/c I was in the waiting stage for Molly. I 35 years old, am single and live in Nashville. I love your posts about parenting, all of Kate's fashion (of course!), decorating, and your health/recipes/diet tips. I am not Celiac, but my sister in law is and it helps me to better understand how to cook for her or give her ideas and suggestions to try. My nephew also has a wheat and dairy allergy, among others. So it's good to read about how your family is dealing with a combination of dietary needs.

    Can't wait to hear about the project you are working on!

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  50. I don't think I have ever commented on your blog even though I have read for a long time. I'm 31, been married for 11 years, high school sweet hearts. We have two kids, a girl almost 10 and a boy 7 1/2. I LOVE reading your blog!! I love reading about your family, your cooking, your decorating. You have inspired me in SO many ways!

    Blessings to you and your family~

    Kristy from VA

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  51. I’m pretty new to your blog, but I have enjoyed it. I originally visited because we have also adopted from China and are praying for our 12 child (also from China) to be home soon!!! My husband and I love our family and love living here in Colorado.
    loves,
    Shonni

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  52. I am a regular reader, mostly a lurker..tried blogging myself, but it is just not for me! I am a SAHM of 2 in NC. I love reading mom blogs, hearing about activities, scheduling, typical issues, cooking, decorating, trying to stay healthy. have loved getting to know you & your family!

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  53. I believe I randomly found your blog quite a while ago through a photography website. I was fascinated by the story of Kate's adoption and loved the interior shots of your home (all of my sofas and chairs are from Quatrine, too :)) and so I added you to my reader. I feel badly sometimes about reading blogs but not contributing, so I figured this was a good time to out myself.

    I am 34, live in North Texas and have two young children (ages 3 and 2) and I appreciate your comments on parenting, being a mom, etc. Thanks for letting us peek into your life! :)

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  54. I am 31 and married with a 12 week old little girl. I don't remember how I found your blog, but I enjoy reading about your family and looking at your pictures.

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  55. I'm 38 married and a mother because of adoption. I have a boy and a girl and their ages are similar to Your son Will and Kate.

    I keep coming back because we share a lot of the same interests and taste in things. I also appreciate your outlook on life. Honestly, I just enjoy reading your blog. ::)

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  56. You know I love everything about your blog, because I love you so much!!! The kids, health, decorating, cooking, etc. It is all wonderful and you do a fabulous job! xo Tessa

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  57. I am 38, I have two kids 8 and 5 and I am a SAHM from Lexington, MA. I've been married for 12 years. I just love your blog and I enjoy reading it.

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  58. Gosh, I can't even tell you when I began reading your blog it's been so long! I wish I could tell you this all for real, but I'm anon, so, alas, this comment must also be anon.

    I'm married and have been for 3 years. We have 1 child. I am a 29 year old female.

    I love reading about the little things - and you write so well! I come back because after reading you for over a year, I feel like we are friends chatting on the phone catching up with one another.

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  59. I have been reading your blog since September 2007! I am 26, married 2.5 years with no children. You will never believe this but when I first started my blog I hit the "next blog" option on blogger and "Sippy Cups are for Chardonnay" popped up! She had a link to your blog and that is how I found it! I am now living in Chicago (as you know!) I love your blog because I think you are a great role model for me - style, career, parenting, decorating and marriage-wise! :) I love reading about all of the above but mostly parenting and marriage. xox

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  60. My name is Clare and I am 38 years old. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years and we have an 11 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and a 4 year old son. I love reading your blog because you write inspirational posts about being a mother. Your children are gorgeous and I love seeing pictures of your house. Thanks for writing. I started my own blog last month but I haven't really gotten the hang of it yet.

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  61. I'm a single girl who has been reading your blog for quite a while. I don't have any kids of my own (maybe someday...) but am a devoted aunt to my niece (3) and nephew (1). I would dearly love to adopt from China someday and I believe I found your post through Di's blog. I have to say - I love all of your posts. From the family-oriented ones to home decor and even your favorite drugstore beauty products. Keep 'em all coming! :)

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  62. I almost forgot....I live in a suburb of Chicago.

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  63. Hi, Kim. We live in Texas. I'm 37 yo. Married to my best friend in the whole world and we have a 5 year old son....and a Yorkie :)
    I was born in Argentina to a very Catholic Italian family.
    But I became a Protestant at 17 yo.
    I love your recipes and the Tortilla soup is a family favorite. I like the way you focus on tradition!
    I found your blog because I like Photography, Decor, Gluten Free-Organic foods and Lilly Pulitzer so coming to your blog is like catching up with an old friend
    Karina

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  64. I am a 42 year old mom of an 11 year old daughter. I just stumbled upon your blog one day and got hooked on all of your pictures. I love your style and aspire to be organized enough to blog, but it just never seems to work out. I don't really have a good reason for why I am hooked on your blog because generally I go toward crafters blogs. I just like yours. Your family will always have a wonderful treasure.
    Kim

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  65. My name is Jennifer, I am a mother of four 3 boys and 1 girl. I work as a registered nurse in the ICU. I came across your blog one day while I was reading a friend's blog "Journey To Oakley", and I have been reading it since. My husband and I have been happily married for 9 years and are getting ready to start our adoption process this coming year. We are wanting to adopt a child from China with special needs. Your blog site has made me feel lots of different emotions from happy and laughing, to grateful and blessed. I really enjoy when you share those beautiful pics of your family and your everyday life moments. I think it's great that you share such great memories with all of us. Thanks for sharing! My blog is "Our "H" filled blessings"

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  66. I'm 61 and from sunny Calif. I have been happily married for 38 years and the mother of 3 grown daughters who are 35,30,and 27. I love your blog for your honest portrayal of family life. I am especially interested in Kate since my oldest daughter was adopted (domestic adoption). I am also Catholic and love how your morals and values come shining through in your blog.

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  67. Great seeing you at Disney! Love your blog and as you know I am a maried mom of 7 and from the midwest.

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  68. I live in Charlotte, NC. I'm 29years old and I've been married to my husband for 2 years. I stumbled on your blog about a year and a half ago via Sippycups. I check it basically every day or every other day. We don't have any children, but I've admired the way you parent. We hope to have children in the future. My cousins (twin girls)were adopted 23years ago from Korea. Their sisters (white)were also adopted 26and 29 years ago through Catholic Social Services. I enjoy reading about your adoption traditions. I also enjoy reading about how you and Dave make your marriage work. We're a Catholic Family too and it is helpful for me (a younger married person) to see what has kept your faith and marriage strong. As a bonus, I LOVE your style. Your clothes, home decor, etc. are right up my alley! ALSO...my sister has Eosinophilic Esophagitis and as treatment she is gluten free. My family typically eats gluten free too and I enjoy hearing your tips, recipes, struggles, etc. It makes me think that I could make it work if we're blessed with children! Wow...I didn't mean to write that much! I hope this is helpful!

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  69. Hi Kim. My name is Christine and I'm from NY, but currently living in Alaska where my boyfriend is stationed for the Army. I'm 24 and have no children of my own yet, but I love your blog and it's something I look forward to each day. A few years ago I started reading your blog along with some similar ones for no specific reason that I can remember. The whole adoption process is fascinating and I love how you share your family, tips, successes, trials and pictures. I can only hope to have a happy, successful family like yours one day.

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  70. Hey Kim,
    I have been reading your blog for years now as you know and LOVE IT! I am interested in adoption so that is what drew me in initially. My favorite thing is hearing about what your beautiful family is up to. Also, I enjoy your posts about cooking, decorating, etc. Your tortilla soup recipe is a favorite of ours, along with cilantro shrimp and the chicken/penne/feta dish. I am 33 yrs. old and born and raised in Atlanta. We moved to NJ 5 yrs. ago for a transfer with my hubby's job. I have been married for 8 yrs. and have 2 boys- Preston, 6 & Cooper, 2. You are an inspiration to me and are such an incredible person. Thanks for letting me peak into your family's life!!

    Emily

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  71. My name is Kelly. I am married with three bio sons.
    I stumbled into your site while doing research on our adoption. We are currently in the process of bringing home our daughter from China. I appreciate your insight and experience.
    We are a USMC family currently stationed in DC.

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  72. I'm Jill! 33! Female! Married! Born in Ireland, moved to Canada 10 years ago! One daughter. Adopted from China as well!

    I have no recollection of where I found your blog, but I know I was following it for a while before we travelled to China. I love your honesty. I love to see what you guys get up to. And I specifically remember when we were in China and you linked my blog (on your blog) of our sweet Lilah Grace. God is good - He brought you into the equation and we were prayed for fourfold! Thank you!

    Jill

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  73. I''m a grandma of 3 - 5-3/4, 2-1/2, and 8 months. One of my sons was adopted at birth (domestic) and I love reading about other adoptive families. I've gotten great ideas for clothes and toys for my grandkids from reading all the blogs. I am also interested in your recipes as Celiac runs in our family and we all eat gluten-free. Also love all your links and it is from your website that I read the other adoptive, decorating and cooking blogs. It's why I visit your site once or twice a day and I appreciate you showing when the blog was last updated so I know if I am current or not. I was married 15 years and have now been divorced 26 years. I love in the midwest, right in the center of the country.

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  74. Hi! I am Lynn from Wyomissing, PA. I have been following your blog since you went to China. My daughter, Kate, was adopted from Chongquing, China in July 2004, so I tend to gravitate towards blogs that are dedicated to an adopted child from China. That was my first reason, but then you had so many awesome posts that interested me so much- decorating, eating healthy, gluten-free, dairy free recipes, etc. Visiting your site is a treat after a long day teaching 27 third graders for this busy 38 yr old!
    Lynn S.

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  75. Hi Kim,
    I'm a friend of Rachel S's - we went to grad school together. I guess I started reading your blog after I started reading her blog about bringing Lily home. So, I guess I started reading about 3 years ago -- Kate had recently joined your family. And I just really liked your blog.

    I'm single, no kids, her age, and I live in Boston. I'd always hoped to be a SAHM, but things haven't worked out that way! I also wanted to adopt from China, but given my current marital status, that's not happening! But I guess that's how I got into reading and enjoying all of the adoption blogs. Then, I feel like I "got to know" your family, so kept reading! It's fun to hear how your kids are and watch them grow up.
    No need to add me to the giveaway; I live in a condo in the city and Veranda magazine isn't so relevant to me ;)
    Keep writing!

    Best,
    Melissa

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  76. Hi Kim! I have been following your blog for about 2 years and love your posts about the boys (because you are successfully raising two well mannered, Christian young men in this day and age, something I strive to do!) and value your thoughts on parenting, marriage and family life. Also, I love the pics of home decor and Kate's fashions :-)

    I am a married (12 years!) mom of 2 (5 yo son; 1 yo daughter, both adopted domestically) who works outside the home. I believe your site meter reads visitor from San Juan, PR when I visit!

    Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us!

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  77. Hi Kim!
    I've been reading your blog for a long time! : ) I'm 39, married for almost 15 years (we share the same anniversary!), and have two little guys who are 3 and 4 now. I love your reflections on family and marriage (I think your counseling background provides some real wisdom that I appreciate.) We also share a love of photography, but not of professional photography...which I also appreciate. ; )
    Love your posts on family traditions too! And decorating. You have exquisite taste!
    Happy November!
    Jennifer

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  78. I don't even remember how i stumbled upon your blog, but I just really enjoyed your story and your honesty about life, adoption, schooling, etc.
    I am from IL, 30, married with 2 step children and hope to be on the adoption path as soon as we meet the time requirements! I have several blogs i read who have adopted from China and just soak it all in and pray for the day when it hopefully will be our turn.
    Thanks for sharing your story and opinions and decorating style!

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  79. I am 37 years old, married, the mom of two daughters (one from China and one from Vietnam - ages 6 and 2). I live in KY where I work in the public school system in administration. I started following your blog about 2 years ago I think...around the time we adopted our second. Can't remember how I found you, but enjoy reading about life with your three kiddos. We just went to Disney too! Left there the day you arrived. Your princess pictures remind me of those with my girls.

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  80. Married for 16 years to a wonderful man, mom of 2, newly stay at home mom (struggling) after working child abuse investigations for 15 years and live in Indiana. My best friend adopted from Taiwan, which is how I originally found your blog. Love your sense of style, great parenting advice (our son is 10, our daughter is 4), love that your blog is not focused on any one aspect of life, but daily happiness and struggles that we can all relate to. I struggle with photography, but I'm learning!

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  81. I'm a single gal in Los Angeles and I stumbled upon your blog a couple of years ago. I love looking at your pictures and seeing your beautiful family is very heart warming and inspiring.

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  82. Hi Kim,

    I started reading your blog as my husband and I waited for our daughter in China. We recently returned from China with Caroline. Caroline is one. I have been married 7 years and live in Naples, Fl. I enjoy reading about your family and your darling daughter. I love when you share shopping advice and all of your health ideas but mainly your faith and honesty inspire me.

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  83. My name is Megan. I'm a 42 yo from Houston, TX. I LOVE your blog. The Decor, the photos around the city
    (Alligators, Store closing post and Rodeo included)
    I found you through Cote d'Texas
    We also share the love for all things preppy

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  84. Hi! I am a mom of 5-- 4 bio boys and one little girl who we adopted from China exactly 2 years ago today! :) I also teach kindergarten part time (morning session).
    Been married for 20 years! Life is busy and good! :)
    Love your blog-- stories about your kids, your photography.. just family life in general. :)

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  85. Hi, I'm Jen and I am 37. I have been married, happily for 13 years. I am a SAHM to our four children 10, 8, 4, and 2. We suffered with infertility with our first three children and we were blessed with a surprise 4th. I enjoy your blog and come back because I love what a wonderful, down to earth wife and mom you are. I love seeing pictures of your home and family. Lastly, my husband and daughter have celiac disease so we as a family also have food restrictions.

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  86. Hi! I love your blog. We are researching adoption, specifically SN adoption from China. I love your storeis about your kids, decorating... my degree is in Architecture, and have a penchant for classic yet comfortable and livable design. Your photography skills are great, and getting better every day! God Bless!
    Best,
    Katherine

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  87. Kim
    I'm Karen from Hartford, CT. I'm 30 years old and enjoy to read about your family life in general. You have a beautiful life to read about on difficult times for this country. So I just grab a cup of tea and sit to read and enjoy about your Decor, recipes and fashion. Your good taste shines through the entire blog. Your classy style reminds me of times gone by way too quickly, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Onassis etc. I'm so glad the preppy lifestyle is back
    Thank you for sharing

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  88. Age: 23-female
    Single
    Masters student in elementary education
    Children: none
    Living: Knoxville, Tennessee
    Why I read this blog: I love the pictures and your sense of style. Your home is beautiful and I enjoy reading about your adventures with your three beautiful children!

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  89. You blog is so much fun to read! I came across it about 6 months ago when I was reading adoption blogs to prepare for some counseling work I did in a Chinese orphanage this summer- some of your posts following Kate's adoption were quite helpful. I'm 23, single, no kids but hope to adopt from China some day. I'm in grad school for Clinical Psych and live near Chicago. I just like your blog in general- the decorating and party throwing stuff is great, the photography, the cooking . . . it's all great. Keep it up!

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  90. I LOVE your blog Kim. I'm from Uruguay. My name is Charlotte Smith. My parents are from London and I have a Chinese sister. She is 10 years old now and likes to check how Kate is doing every now and then. We are missionaries here. I'm 16 years old and love all things Pink and Green. We found your blog because a friend back in the USA mentioned it via e-mail.
    Greetings from Uruguay
    Charlotte
    Montevideo, Uruguay

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  91. Hi Kim!

    I am 26, a single lady from New York. I love your blog and have been reading for a few years. I found your blog through other blogs on China adoption; it's something I have always been interested in for when I have a family. As for what keeps me coming back...well, your writing, your fabulous photographs, the beauty of your family, and your decorating tips. I LOVE when you do posts on decorating and show us what you've done with your own space. You have a fabulous eye!

    Thanks for sharing your life!

    Best regards,
    Tamara

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  92. Age: 25
    Gender: Female
    Occupation: Bank examiner
    Location: Birmingham, AL
    Relationship: Single, but engaged
    Children: None

    I love reading your blog because I have always been interested in adoption someday. It's interesting to read about your adoption experience and learn about the fun/excitement of raising three children. Plus it also doesn't hurt that you have impeccable taste in fashion and home decor! :)

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  93. I'm Meredith from The Woodlands TX. I own the Lilly Pulitzer shop on 6 Pines right next to J.Crew. I read your blog because i'm also a shopaholic and should be giving up by now but at 45 years old it's maybe too late!!! :)
    I like the Lilly you wore to go to the Concert
    Mer

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  94. Hi Kim- I think you know that I found you through Denise when she was on her journey to Maggie and have followed ever since. I've been married for 12 years and we have an 8 year old son (so your stories about boys make me smile).

    I'm a fan because you're not afraid to be honest, you've got beautiful taste, elegant style, sweet children, a husband who cooks things mine can't pronounce, you embrace traditions, love your family and your garage is a disaster. What's not to love???

    Hope that helps!

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  95. Hi Kim,
    I came across your blog through the adoption community. We have had a heart for adoption for years and I have followed many on their journey you being one of them. We have 3 little biological blessings and now are so close to brining our son home from China. I enjoy your mommy heart, your photography, your decorating, your recipes, your heart for the Lord. It is fun watching your family grow!
    Blessings
    Julie

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  96. Hello from Paris, France. I don't have a blog or google ID. I read your blog because I really like the way you share life with everybody, one of my friends went to the US and stayed as an exchange student. The family she stayed with is adopting a little girl from China and while she was there her host was reading your blog.
    Wow that's a long story but the truth is that now many of my mom's friends read your blog because we simply like you. Write a book. We'll buy it, promise! Like Bree Van de Kamp's book!! Your style is unique. Go back to use your pearls. We miss them
    Aimee Rousseau

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  97. I am addicted to your blog! I first discovered upon it while reading my friend, Carrie Hebert's blog. I keep coming back because my daughter is also named Kate. I love seeing the precious outfits you dress her in and the beautiful photos you post. I also really enjoy hearing about your family and seeing what you are doing throughout the week. I'm married, with one 19 month old daughter (named Kate). I live in Lumberton, TX. Happy posting! Keep it up!

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  98. Hi Kim, I have been happily married nearly 22 years, I have 3 children (son 18, daughter 16, and new daughter, 20 mos.) Our youngest is from China and we are actually going to get her on November 18th! So excited!!! I have been a fan of your blog since we started our adoption process 5 years ago, and I've been following you ever since. I love reading about your family. You have beautiful children! I also enjoy reading about decorating, shopping, recipes, etc. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful tips & ideas! You have great taste! Oh-and you are a wonderful photographer, too! God Bless!

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  99. I've been reading your blog for a few years but can't remember how I found it. I'm married for 33 years with a grown daughter (30) and son (24) and soon a son-in-law. Your mix of family stuff (love how you're raising your kids), faith (I'm ordained Episcopal clergy), and home decor (because we all need to feather our nests!).

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  100. Toronto, Ontario CANADA

    Married/5-years
    5-children 3-girls 2-boys -we are a blended family
    waiting to adopt from China since January 07.


    Good luck with you venture.

    Lea
    xo

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  101. Toronto, Ontario CANADA

    Married/5-years
    5-children 3-girls 2-boys -we are a blended family
    waiting to adopt from China since January 07.


    Good luck with you venture.

    Lea
    xo

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  102. Shannon..otherwise known as Jack and Palmer's mom :)

    Palmer is so in love with your Kate.

    I grew up in Philly and a small portion in Louisville. I am married to my High School sweetheart... 18 years now. We have 5 year old identical twins. I have many friends that have adopted in China. We did fertility for our boys (lucky that we ended up with identicals) so adoption was in our mind and still is at this point as I no longer can have children.

    Your blog inspires me to be a better mother, wife and person. You post your honest thoughts, you do not hold back. People may not always agree but it makes people think and that is what is imporant. When Kate cut her hair...oh I could feel your pain. I am sure lots of folks could. I pray my kids never do it. After that post I went and talked to my kids about not cutting their hair. My husband thought I was silly. But it was a true fear I had...and something you had to go through. Your children inspire others to be better people.

    LOL@ carolyns post about your garage. I totally forgot about that. Lets hope you have a 3 car garage. That's what our 3rd car looks like too!

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  103. I found your blog through my sister who adopted a baby boy two years ago. She got me interested in adoption, and I'm hoping when I'm older I will be lucky enough to adopt.

    I'm 21, in my final year of university, and currently dating a wonderful guy.

    I really like your blog because I feel like I can learn so much from you. You show so much love towards your husband and children; I hope one day I can do the same with my family.

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  104. Hi! First time commenting..long time reader! I found your blog when researching adoption while going through the process of infertility. I finally got pregnant but share your blog/stories/inspiration to those I know interested and hold the possibility of adopting in the future. I share your same love for photography as a hobby,your healthy-eating lifestyle and your beautiful home. I especially keep coming back to check out your recipes (the tortilla soup is now a regular dinner around here), love your outlook on marriage and pics of your darling kiddos (and with a baby boy and no dresses to buy..I'm also obsessed with Kate's beautiful wardrobe!) I've been married for 4 years with a 9 month old boy.

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  105. Hello! I am also a long time reader and 1st time poster. I cannot even remember where I 1st found your blog...but it is one of my favorites! You have a beautiful family and your love of your family and your faith inspires me.

    I am married with a 4 year old adopted from China at age 2 (who also loves everything princess). We are also waiting for our TA to adopt our 2nd from China (our Lily will be 7 in December).

    Keep doing what you are doing...I love your decorating posts too!

    Caren from Florida

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  106. I am a long time blog follower :)

    Married to my high school sweet heart. We have been together for 20 years.

    Two girls adopted from China: Simone 6, Sophie 5.

    I enjoy your blog because you share your ideas of nutrition, adoption, yummy food ideas, decorating and photography.

    I also so appreciate how you share your ideas with links!! You also let me use your Daughters Birthday cake idea (sorry I have not posted about this yet but I will link you when I get it on my blog).

    I just enjoy your blog so....a person who is also not affraid to share the truths.

    Thanks, Michele

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  107. Hi! I am from Montréal, Qc, Canada. I am french speaking. We have a daugther adopted in China a year ago and... I really don't remember how I get to your blog. I follow some blogs from the US. May be it's through them ;o) I add you to my Google Reader's blog list so I don't miss any of your post. Why am I so interested by you blog? You lovely family and great pictures you take, big fan of them.

    So, it's me ;p

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  108. Married for 7.5 years, with two kiddos - a boy and a girl - and live in SC. I love adoption, decorating, clothes, faith in God, family, traveling, photos, etc.

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  109. Married for 7 years. 1 adopted child from Kazakhstan - my sweet Megan who is 5 1/2 years old (today was a special day because it is her half birthday and she loves to say that she is 5 1/2 years old!!) I live outside of Buffalo NY and have followed your blog since before you adopted Kate. Love your blog for the decorating ideas, beautiful photography and great insights on life and marriage.

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  110. Single and living an NYC...I guess that is kind of a "different" demographic then most of your readers!

    I stumbled upon your blog a couple of years ago. I love taking a peak into your everyday life and your cute kiddos. Your family kind of reminds me of mine growing up and one that I hope to have in the future. You blog tells the good and bad, it is not all rainbows and sunshine. Keeping it real...

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  111. Living in Alabama with my husband of 25 years (and our three sons ages 22, 20, and 17 years old)... we are still waiting for our daughter/sister from China (LID 07/14/2006)... I have been reading your blog and praying for your family since before Kate came home. When I have a pity party "our referral is never going to happen" day, I visit your blog and look at Kate's beautiful face. Cheers me up every time! :)

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  112. I am a 43 year old married elementary school teacher who has been reading your blog since you began your journey to Kate. We have three children - 2 girls aged 16 & 12, as well as a 7 year old son. We live in coastal New ENgland , only minutes to the shore!! I come back to read your blog for many reasons... I love your decorating style & like to see glimpses into your rooms. It also gives me a look at the culture in our country in a region outside of where I live. Finally, reading blogs is how I unwind at the end of a very long day. I am open minded and like to see/read other people's point of view.

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  113. Besides loving your pics and watching your children grow, I follow you because I truly feel that meeting you and Kate is what helped bring Cadence home to us. 35 years old, Virginia, 2 bio girls and 1 girl from China. married 9 years. Thank you!
    Stacy

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  114. Hi, I live in a small town in western South Carolina. I'm a married 39-year-old SAHM who has a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old. I enjoy the decorating posts, faith posts, health/ nutrition posts. I don't watch much tv because I find blogs more entertaining. It is fun to get a glance into another SAHM mom's life.

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  115. Hi..I'm a 35 year old mom to a 5 year dd from China! I think I linked to your blog from First a Pearl, then 2 Rubies and I just liked your writing style. I also like to see what Kate's wearing because it's so different from the way I dress my daughter!

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  116. I am a 29 year old from Charlotte, NC. I've been married for 2 years and we do not have any children yet. I've followed your blog for about a year and a half. I think I originally found you through Sippycups. I follow your blog for a number of reasons. My dear family friends (twin girls) were adopted from Korea 23 years ago and their sisters were adopted 29 and 26 years ago through Catholic Social Services. I've enjoyed seeing your adoption traditions. Though we don't have any children yet, I enjoy hearing about how you parent and how you make each child feel important. My husband and I are a younger Catholic couple and I get a lot of strength from reading about your relationship with Dave and God. I think most parishes could benefit from a couple like you. My sister also is gluten intolerant so I enjoy reading your recipes. As a bonus, I love your style! Your decor and fashion are right up my alley! Good Luck with your new project! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  117. Kim,

    I just realized the post I tried to post earlier actually went through! I was running out the door to vote and wasn't sure... Sorry for posting twice!

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  118. I am a 32 year old mom of two (3 1/2 and 2). I appreciate your insights on parenting, healthy eating, and gluten-free recipes (LOVE the tortilla soup!) I have been following your blog for several years now and come back to it for the reasons mentioned above. I also really enjoy your sense of style both for your home and in Kate's clothing (my 3 1/2 year old is girl and I learned about Matilda Jane from you!) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us!

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  119. I am a single 23 yr old female living in the south. I originally found your blog through adoption links (always had a heart for adoption), but became more interested by your posts about health and decorating. Best!

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  120. I'm a married mom of two living in Ohio. We are in the process of adopting from China (LID 10/16/06) and I stumbled across your blog as we were researching adoption. I continue reading lots of families' blogs who have adopted simply because I love learning about adoption and each family's adoption journey. Plus, it keeps me going during this incredibly long wait we are enduring.

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  121. Hi Kim! I feel like I have been following you forever now. My name is Lynn and I am from Southeastern PA. I am married (8 years) and have two children. My son is 6 and my daughter is 4. I am a teacher.
    I think what keeps me coming back is how real you are. You are genuine, helpful, and human. I love your pictures and I love reading more about your adoption. I also love the homeopathic information you share. Basically, I love it all. I literally check each day!
    Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  122. Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am a Matilda Jane addict! Oops, wrong group :-) I am the wife to a wonderful man, we have 4 daughters ages 25, 19, 5 3/4 & 5. The last two were adopted from China. We live in Indianapolis. I have followed your blog since before you brought Kate home. We were in the process of adoption as well. Thanks for giving a glimpse inside your lives!! Blessings!

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  123. I found your blog from other blog and just started enjoying reading about you family. I am from Ohio. I am a single, female with no children (man I feel like I am placig an ad for a date)!

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  124. That's my code name but you know me and I live near Old City. I am female, single, and have been waiting almost 5 years for my precious baby in China. I love reading your blog because you are a psychologist and have what I think are healthy, insightful, empathic relationships with your kids. You seem to be very attuned to their needs and I enjoy reading your expertise. I admire your faithfulness but I also appreciate that you do not proselytize here which many adoption blogs do. I also love children's clothing and decorating, but like you, recognize that they are not the most important things in life . I think that covers it!

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  125. Hi Kim! My name is Mindy and I have posted comments on your blog in the past. I live in Manalapan, NJ and am married for 12 yrs, we have 3 bio children and brought our Jiangxi princess home 3 yrs ago. I traveled a few months after Dave. She is 4 yrs old. I have always enjoyed reading your blog and reading your tips on parenting and I have enjoyed your recipes...(The mozz, tomato basil appetizer is a favorite and requested at all family parties). While vacationing at kidani village at the animal kingdom lodge in disney this past august (we are dvc members) I started talking to a woman in the pool. She mentioned that she had once lived in Texas and I said "I follow a blog of a woman who lives in Texas" (you are the only person I know in Texas :) she then said "it isn't 3 peanuts is it?" what a small world...she said she was friends with you when you both lived in virginia..her name is Karen W. I felt like we both knew the same celebrity!!!! well, I thank you for letting me be a part of your life and share in your family events and I always enjoy the parenting tips!!!! Thanks again...Mindy :) milkmommy@aol.com

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  126. I have been following your blog since Dave was travelling to bring home Miss Kate. I think you know we have a couple of mutual friends.
    I'm a 37 yr old wife of 12 yrs. We have a 4 yr old from China and a 2 yr old from S Korea.
    Thanks for letting me follow your beautiful family.

    Shauna

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  127. Hi Kim!!
    I have commented before, and been reading awhile. I am 24, single, and work as a nurse.
    I had an immediate connection with your decorating style and fashion sense (for you and Kate!!) I also feel really led to adopt an Asian daughter one day and am so looking forward to the incredible journey.

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  128. I am a married woman living in Austin, Texas. I have been married for 25 years this December. Two children (adults) one is 20 and the other 22. I follow your blog because of your lovely family. Your children are loving and so sweet. They remind me of my own when they were younger and how much joy they were then and still are.

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  129. Hi! I started reading your blog about a year ago...love the decorating ideas! I am married to the love of my life for the past 30 years!! (My husband is an ABC - American born Chinese) We have a daughter (and wonderful son in law) and a son. Can't wait for grandkids!!!

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  130. I'm a Colorado mom to 3 kiddos. My youngest was adopted from China in 2004. I love to follow your blog. Your posts make me laugh and I love your sense of style. Plus, your family is adorable. I found you through the PRO blog and I've been following your blog for about a year now.

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  131. Oh, I almost forgot....
    When your son, Will and my daughter, Olivia are in college...I want to set them up. :) I think they would be adorable together.

    www.ojldays.blogspot.com

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  132. Hi Kim! My name is Mary, and I live in Tampa (and work at Disney!). I am 24 and have been married for 2 years. My husband and I are interested in adoption, and I found your blog during one of my many searches on international adoption (mostly through Google Reader!). I love reading your design ideas, especially the one for Kate's Princess Tea party.

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  133. Hi - I am a true lurker in that I read your blog but do not comment. I found your blog when looking for ones about Chinese adoptions. I am from the midwest (IL) and have been married for almost 30 years. My husband and I have 2 sons (ages 22 and 17) and 1 queen (age 8). We adopted the queen from China 7 years ago. I enjoy reading about your family - especially the relationship with Kate. It reminds me so much of our daughter - especially her relationship with her brothers. :-)

    I find your blog honest and uplifting. It is not fake at all!

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  134. Hi Kim,
    I have been reading your blog for a couple of years. I enjoy your blog for many reasons. The way you parent your children, raising such Godly men. I love to see how you dress the little miss, I love your decorating style. And as I have gotten to know you, I love your heart! I think you know most of this info...but Single, female, no children, just shy of 50..a Fairy GodMother to my precious Ruby. My favorite posts are about health, decorating and family! Can't wait to hear more about your project!
    Norah

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  135. Hi Kim,

    My name is Rebecca. I have been a follower for about 2 years. I live in Wisconsin. I am married with two children--ages 12 and 3. I love a variety of things about your blog--food allergy advice, beautiful photos, family tips/parenting books/guidance, faith, decor, etc. I needed to cut back on my big time blog reading habit, but your blog remains a regular read & favorite!

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  136. Hi there! I am Brandi. I'm 24 years old married to Mike who will be 31 in December. We have a daughter named Avery who will be 3 in February. I am a labor and delivery RN. I love blogging as a scrapbook for memories because I can't find the time to actually scrapbook paper. I love reading about your family and Kate. I also love seeing pictures of Kate. She is always dressed SO cute!

    mikebrandiandavery.blogspot.com

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  137. My name is Christi and I live in Minnesota. My husband and I are adopting and have waited three years to bring a daughter home. I love reading your blog about your family adopting and I also love photography. You take some amazing pictures. You have a beautiful family.

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  138. I so enjoy your stories. I have been married for 25 years and have 1 daughter who is 21. We also lived in Houston for awhile. GREAT food. I am Catholic and respect anyones choice in their faith journey. God is so good and your family is truly a gift. Please follow your Catholic faith with your bible study, It is so important. We are so blessed to have the eucharist! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful adventures. Great photography. God Bless!

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  139. Found your blog while searching for adoption information a couple of years ago. I am a female,married and have one daughter who will be 4 at the end of the month. Love everything about your blog! You inspire me to be a better mom,wife and person. Thank you for sharing your blog with all of us! Would love to know you in person and be "real friends". You seem like a really interesting and genuine person and have such a beautiful family.

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  140. I am married with no children but it's probably coming soon.
    I started reading your blog when my Aunt was in the process of adopting my cousin and both of you had a very close log-in date. I started reading a few blogs at that time just to get a better idea, since we were all so excited!!
    I really enjoyed your blog and the way you wrote and your family values so I would read every so often. Now that I am heading into the next phase of my life I am reading your blog a lot more now.
    My favorite posts right now are decorating tips since we are remodeling our new home. We have very similar styles so it is always dangerous when you post those :)
    I also love to see Kate in all of her adorable outfits!

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  141. First of all I think you are absolutely beautiful and classy. My dream is to marry a woman just like you one day. I am 30 years old. I was born in Switzerland, I am a lawyer. I have 2 adopted sisters from China although they live back in Wales with my parents
    I am also a decorator for fun. I like your decor and taste in artwork. That's how I found your blog, your comment about the light switches close to art pieces made me return over and over.
    Sorry about my bad English and if my comment about your beauty bother you. I'm European that's normal here :L
    David is a lucky guy to have you as a wife
    Bye gorgeous
    Etienne

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  142. My name is Michelle, I am 42. I am from Maryland but I move to Houston 5 days ago. I was drawn to your blog because of the photography ( something I too am working to become better at). I look forward to your insights. Kate's birthday party was magical. I borrowed several of you ideas for the party I planned for the little girl I use to Nanny. My own children are grown and I have a 1 year old grandson. You have a beautiful family and home.

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  143. Kim,
    I stumbled on your blog a few years ago when my cousin was adopting from China. I am a professional in the foster care/adoption world so that is what has kept me coming back. I am a mom of two 11 and 6, married for 16 years. You are so down to earth and real and inspire me. I also love love love your photography!

    Tina

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  144. Hi Kim. I'm 26, from New Mexico (but moving soon to Colorado), engaged and living together (we've been together about 7 1/2 years), no kids yet. I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago from a friend of a friend's blog. I hadn't been seeking out anything in particular, just wanted to browse, and came across a picture of this beautiful little Asian girl, and her Caucasian brothers. I was intrigued, so I kept reading... and then I went back and started at the beginning, and I've been hooked ever since.

    I read because I love your style, your home, your family and your photography, but most of all I love the way you truly write from your heart. I love to read about your life and hope that mine turns out like yours some day.

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  145. The Decor of course
    Salutations from Julia

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  146. OY!! I am guilty of following through my blog reader. I delurk once in awhile to post a comment but since I don't have a blog, I don't see that it makes much sense to add my two cents.

    I found 3P through Cote de Texas but was thrilled to find you were a fellow adoptive mother. At the time you lived in Virginia and were moving back to Texas. I live in a 'burb north of Dallas. I began reading because of Kate but stay because I've enjoyed how gracious and lovely your perspective is on faith and family. I have major food allergies that I am having to come to grips with so your posts on that are helpful and of course I love your style. I have learned a lot from reading your blog, about many things.

    I became a mother at 41 to the joy of our lives. She was born in Anhui and is 7 years old, a true warrior princess. We also have one Yorkie, Lulu. Between those two, I have my hands full.

    I don't blog anymore since my husband wasn't a fan of it and fiercely protects her privacy although he did get over his angina over me being on Facebook. This year I will be married 23 years.

    Take care,
    Beth
    aka Mommy Firecracker

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  147. Age: younger than 40 *grin*
    Married: 12 years in December
    Children: one daughter, age 6.5, adopted from China and close to referral (we hope) for our second child from China

    I love how you come across on your blog as gentle, but real. That's a hard line to walk, a hard line to live. I think you do so beautifully. Topics don't matter because of that, although I first arrived here because of the China adoption connection.

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  148. Dear Kim ~ I have been following your blog for a few months. I found it through "My Three Boys and My Little China Girl." (I don't remember now how I found that blog. I don't know Jennifer in real life or anything.) I'm single, still like to consider myself young, and live in Louisiana. I must say that I don't seem to have a lot in common with you; I have no kids, different values, etc. That said, I love your blog. Your photography and family are beautiful, and I'm inspired by the way you blog a kind word about all the different people you encounter. This comment should include a link back to my blog, which is very boring, but it seemed only fair to give you the option to visit it, since I have enjoyed your blog so much. Shalom! ~ Rebecca

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  149. I'm 22 and from Australia. Single; I 'discovered' adoption a few years ago and have decided that in the future, I want to adopt from China. I read a few pages, found one blog which lead to another... I love some of your interior design posts and it's lovely to see how Kate has become apart of your family.

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  150. WOW, will you be able to read all of the comments ... I have wanted to tell you I'm here reading about your family ... was new to the computer starting last March ... found your site via a list of someone's "favorite blogs" ... now it's one of mine too ... warm, peaceful, interesting ... would be how I would describe it to someone ...I'm 62 (YIKES) married 41 years, have one married son with 3 children, 3 1/2 year old girl and 14 month old twin boys ... live in Louisville, KY. PS. Thought about starting my own blog but gosh "that's a whole lot of work" ... thank you for doing it!

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  151. I'm a 22 year old girl, enjoying (most of the time) my first year as a middle school history teacher. I must say your children seem like dream students! I'm engaged to an officer in the marine corps and we're getting married next october. I stumbled upon your blog a year a two ago. I have been researching adoption ever since I was sixteen and found out that due to medical reasons I probably wont be able to have children. I love your posts on cooking, decorating, and parenting!

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  152. Hi Kim: I do think it is time I properly introduce myself…I’m Judith, 53, married, living near Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been a daily reader of your blog since 2007. I actually stumbled across your site while nervously reading Rumour Queen on Feb. 1, 2007…referral day for your Kate and for our second daughter Isabelle. Izzy is now 4yrs old and also from Jiangxi (Heng Feng). We also have an older daughter, Abigail. Abby is 7 yrs old and we traveled in 2004 to Anhui, China to bring her home. I never thought I would be raising two small children in my fifties. I really thought motherhood was something that was going to pass me by…now I have two incredible little girls and a lot to be thankful for. Your blog has been inspirational…it’s made me laugh, made me cry and made me think. After a crazy day with the kids…when I think my head is going to explode…I so look forward to stealing a couple of minutes to read your blog. I love your honesty, sense of humor…all the great decorating and shopping tips….recipes..and all the thoughts about marriage, kids and just the stuff of life. I particularly remember reading the posts while your husband and son were in China. I studied the pictures from the civil affairs office in Nanchang in great detail….as I would be in the very same room in just a couple of weeks. When I did walk in that room a couple of weeks later. gosh….it did feel familiar…thanks for those posts. You have been a great “friend” over the years…you have a beautiful family…and I will take this opportunity to thank you for all the great stories, great pictures and for sharing.

    Judith

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  153. Jennifer married
    Seattle
    LID 12/06 China
    Your family is fun, happy, creative etc

    Followed for a year plus...you guys are fun

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  154. Ashley. Single, 24, Seattle. Though I started reading your blog when I lived in DC. I first came across your site, due to the adoption of your daughter. I lived in China several years ago and I love following families with children from China. However, I stopped reading it for a while when I moved across the country. I later came across your site due to your home decorating posts and it was so great to see your family doing well. I stick around, I thing, because I'll never know what I'll get a little decorating, a little dose of one of your kids, it seems to work well.

    Ashley

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  155. Hi! i am Amy, 23, live in Germany. I have one son (6), will be divorced in November. I think that does it for my stats. I really enjoy all your posts. Your family and your style of mothering/parenting is a true inspiration to a young mom like me. I also love your decorating tips. Your style is so clean and simple, without being cold and minimalist. I hope my comment helps! keep up the great work!
    *hugs*, amy

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  156. Hi Kim

    I'm Katie in England, 25, I love following adoption blogs as I'm interested in adopting in the future and it is useful for me to see how families transition and deal with any problems they may face. I keep coming back to your blog as I love 'your vibe', the beautiful american houses and the way in which you write. Thank you for sharing what you do :o) Katie x

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  157. From Maine, married with 3 girls, 1 bio and 2 from China. I love about everything about your blog! I'm amazed at your clean house, your sweet kids, your loving husband, and you seem very "southern belle" to me- remind me of a very dear friend. I love hearing about your Christianity (very inspiring, to someone who really doesn't know alot about religion, though definitely a Christian!) Your house is deocrated beautifully, and I love seeing your ideas and how you can still have 3 full of energy children live in your beautiful house- while not breaking anything AND keeping it picked up and clean! (Never see dust in any of your pictures!:)) I also like to read about your "not so great moments" like dropping off the kids at school in your jammies, or having Kate throw temper tantrums, but sitting down on the sidewalk (when she was younger). Love your blog for many reasons- one of the first ones I look at every morning.- M

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  158. Kim,

    I have been a fan of your blog for almost two years. I am a 40ish Mom of fourth grade triplet boys.

    I love your photos, reading about your family and seeing Kate's beautiful clothes.

    Your blog seems very real.

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  159. Hi,
    I'm 41 married and have two daughters ages 8 and 4 both adopted from China. My 8 year old was adopted at 8 months in 2003 and my 4 year old (5 in December) was adopted at 2 1/2 in 2007. I keep coming back for the obvious adoption to China part of it AND I enjoy our decorating tidbits. To be honest I live a totally different life style and although I enjoy the finer things in life my husband pastors a very small church and I stay home so we live on a shoe string budget. It's hard a times to be able to afford nicer things. I love when you find a deal on Kate's clothes and share with us. I've been able to copy some of the styles for my own girls as well. I just like to peek into a world of elegance. :)

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  160. Hi! I am married for 15 years with 3 children, 2 boys (11 and 8) and 1girl (5). I started following your blog when friends were adopting from China, so I could better understand there trials and how I could help them. I have continued because I love to see you decorating style. Also since my oldest in just slightly younger then yours, I look to see what is ahead for me and how I can handle it. Thank you for sharing your blog.

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  161. Live in Houston; married for 11 years with 4 children ages 9-4. Received your link through St. Anne's Society at SVDP several years ago and have been following ever since! Love your sense of style and extreme honesty about raising children. I look forward to each new post...

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  162. Dear Kim,

    Name. Belén.

    Nationality. Spanish

    Age. 41

    Married. 17 years

    Cildren. Four, two boys (14 an 10 years old) and two girls (12 an 7 years old)

    Studies. Degree in Psychology and Degree in Psychopedagogy.

    Occupation. Stay at home mum.

    Why I read this Blog( Kim, sorry about my english, please)

    I "discovered" your Blog by serendipity. My chinese niece had just arrive to Spain and I wanted to know a bit more about adoption.
    Then, little by little, while I was reading your Blog I realized that you were "so mummy" as I was. You express your mum feelings in such a beautiful and realistic way...You have taught me to be a better mum...just with little things...For example, I remember a post where you told us that you liked to spend each day a little time ( at nights) with each of your children...I started as well and know I love this little time with each of my four blessings.

    I would like to comment more in your Blog but I think my English is soooo bad.......

    Kim, Thanks for your Blog.

    A Kiss flying from Spain,

    Belén

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  163. Hi!

    I found your blog a long time ago and loved reading it since it reminds me so much of my little family. I have two bio sons ages 11.5 and 9 and we adopted our daughter Lizzie from China (Hubei!) in March of '06. I somehow lost the link for a few years and then came back just about six months ago and am so glad that I did.

    I am 40 years old, a stay-at-home mom who seems to live in my car. I love home decor so I also love your blog for all the home stuff you write about. I would love, love, love to check out Veranda!

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  164. Hi, I am 43 yrs old, married to my husband for 16 yrs, two daughters 10 and 12, I cannot remember how i found your blog, but your entire story about your family touched me, and the added bonus of your beautiful style and decorating ideas all bring me back for more. I cannot WAIT to see what you have up your sleeve for Christmas Decorating! You have a very inspiring blog to read! Thanks, Wendy.

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  165. Oh and I forgot to mention I am from Ontario, Canada! Wendy!

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  166. I am a forty-something year-old female who has been married for 12 years. I have been blessed with 3 sons, (ages 11, 9, and 7).
    I started reading your blog while living in Beijing, China, 2 years ago. We had move from Houston, TX to China and lived there for three years, (my husband is a petroleum engineer).
    While in China, I was privileged to have volunteered in a local Beijing orphanage for special needs infants, toddlers, and children, (I am Pediatric Nurse Practitioner).
    We are now back in the States living in Colorado,(moving is never easy), but a piece of my heart will always be with the children, people, and culture of China.
    Take Care, Colleen

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  167. Wow, that is a lot of hits a day!
    I have been reading for about 2 years, before I ever had my own blog actually. I know Ally (Chillin in Chi Town) in real life, and I clicked on your blog from her list one day...and just started reading. So, your blog was the 2nd one I ever read (Ally's was the first)....from there I started my own and Now I read a lot of blogs.
    I am 27, married 3.5 years with our first child on the way (girl) due the first week in March. We currently live in NH. I think I come back to read because I like your content. Also, because of that connection I made, since your blog was one of the first ones I ever read, and the fact that I read it in full the week I discovered it! I had no idea at the time that there were SO many blogs out there! :)
    I respect your opinions and values. I also have learned a lot from your blog! :) I also think I enjoyed reading at first because of Kate's adoption. I never really knew any adopted kids growing up. My husband, his twin brother and his sister were all adopted, and it was something I enjoyed reading about and learning about.

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  168. I have been following your blog since before you adopted Kate. You have been very helpful about attachment with Kate. Please share more about it. I also like hearing about your boys.

    I have been married for 19 years to a great guy! We share the same anniversary day with you and your husband. We just adopted our first child from the Jiangxi province in July 2010.She is 13 months old. I live in the North West but I am from the Midwest. Cindy

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  169. I just found your blog, but I love your photography and pictures of your house. I would love to see more of it!!

    I am a former Texan now living in Ohio- 4 kids (three bio boys and one adopted daughter)

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  170. Hi Kim!
    I am 21 years old and a senior at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas! I am not married and have no children. I stumbled upon your blog a little over a year ago and I keep coming back! My friends and I loving looking at your blog and are very inspired by you and your family. Kate's adoption story is truly touching and even though I do not know you personally, from this blog, I can tell that you have such a wonderful family and that you both are amazing parents. You are so genuine and I know that you and your family have great morals. Your children should feel extremely lucky to have you as their mom and will be so thankful for all that you do and all the memories you document about their lives! I hope to do the same when I have a family some day. You pictures are incredible and have only made me want to buy a good camera to capture all the things in my own life. Overall, your blog is inspirational and I admire you for all that you do! Thanks for everything!

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  171. Hello! I'll admit I'm a lurker.. I've posted here and there and we e-mailed once. I'm Lynn a 2 time adoptive mom. Domestic and China. my blog is www.waitingforhope.blogspot.com. I used to stop in while we were waiting to watch your journey. Now I stop in because I love your photography and decorating ideas!

    Thanks for keeping your blog going... I'm too overwhelmed with the day to day and haven't been able to keep mine going... You make it all seem so easy! Thanks!

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  172. Gosh, I have no idea how I found you... mutual blogging friends I believe. I've been following you for about 6+ months. I love everything about your blog.

    I'm in southeastern Connecticut.

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  173. Hi, I'm a daily lurker too!! I'm 44 married and have three sons 10, 7 and 2. We just found out 3 months ago we are expecting again! BTW if it is finally a girl we will be naming her Kate (always have loved that name). We live on Long Island (N.Y.) About an hour drive from NYC. Many things bring me to your blog on a daily basis. I love all of your pictures. I love the way you decorate your beautiful home.
    We are huge fans of Disney. So you can imagine I've been waiting for your updates from your trip!!
    Thanks for blogging and keeping it real. Maureen

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  174. Love your home, decorating style, and photos. I'm single with two precious girls that were born in China. Never married, but kissed a few frogs. I used to be Martha Stewart with everything done just so and always clean...then I became a Mom. I guess I enjoy seeing someone else's home and life that has a bit of order to it - ha! I'm Catholic and find it nice that you are as well. Love your boys' names, I always think of Princess Diana when I read your blog. Your life seems beautiful in every aspect and I like visiting.
    (Now, if you know any GOOD, Catholic men willing to relocate to Alabama, please send them my way)

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  175. Married with 4 kids ages 1-9. Love your blog. Love mostly the parenting tips especially about "capturing the moment." Not only in pictures, but in time. I also ove the birthday letters you write your kids- they are my favorite...you haven't posted Kate's 4year one... ; )
    From Miami, Florida

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  176. Hi, I live in Nashville, TN and LOVE reading about your sweet family! I'm 32 year old female and have 2 girls, Abigail is 2 1/2 and Bailey just turned 1 last week.

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  177. Hi Kim,
    I've posted before a few times but not regularly. I don't have a blog but am fascinated with the blogging world :) I found your blog while researching adoption (my husband and I were both domestic adoptions) and it's still in the front of my heart. Therefore, I am married :) have 2 boys (11,8) and live near San Diego. I keep visiting your blog for many reasons; adoption, your stories about your family, decorating, health issues, and connecting thru on your blog roll (i've found so many great blogs thru yours!). We were at Disney the same time as you and I kept my eye out but never spotted you guys (and the heat/humidity was oppressive so my eyes were not focusing all the way! ;) ). Hope you keep up the blog - it really is a great way to document your family throughout the years.
    Take care, Carrie

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  178. hi!

    i am a newly married 29 year old living in georgia. stumbled across your blog about 2 years ago, and have been a constant follower ever since! i love seeing your pictures, hearing about your family life, and i really appreciate your honesty - you share not only what you are thankful for, but also what is difficult in your life at that moment. it is refreshing to read and provides encouragement and new insights to my life.

    thank you!

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  179. Hi Kim. I am Debbie, wife to Mark and mummy to our daughter Gracie, who we adopted in February this year when she was only 11 weeks. I am 41 . I stumbled on your blog through Long Road to China and have been followed you for the last year or two. I think initially I was anxious to "check out" what being an adoptive mother was like! My husband and I had gone through IVF and miscarraiges and I was "exploring" about adoption on the computer! In a way, you encouraged me to keep going with my dream of being a mum and im so glad we didnt give up! I too like your sense of style. I have 4 sisters, two of which are on a gluten free diet. I suspect that I may have a mild degree of it as well. Debbie

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  180. Its Debbie again! Forgot to say that i live in Sctoland UK!

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  181. Elizabeth @ My House is a WreckNovember 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Hi Kim! I'm a 37 year old mom and stepmom. I live in a small town in Arkansas, and first found your blog when I was living in a new town with my new husband and stepchildren- I guess I was looking for anything to help me with the transition from single to wife and mother! Now I have a one year old of my own and have jumped on the blogging bandwagon, too!

    Love your photography, posts about motherhood, and I like your sense of style! It is fun to see how someone else does things- because we all have our own methods!

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  182. I'm a 38-year old married for 10 years mother of 2 girls (ages 9 and 3) from Central Arkansas. I happened upon your blog through a link from another blog that I follow. I keep coming back to see the fabulous photography, the adorable kids, and just to follow the interesting stories. I'm inspired by your dedication to your families health and diets. I'm trying to make improvements in that aspect of our lives as well.

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  183. I don't get to read daily but I always try to keep up... I'm an almost 30 year old married (4 years) female without kids in Hernando, Mississippi. I love to see Kate in her cute outfits... your photography... interior decorating... how you balance life with 3 kids, etc!

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  184. Love your blog and have been following for a few years.
    I am married (14 years) with a 3 year old from Jiangxi (gotcha day in May 2008)- and I love your photos and decorating, as well as your approach to parenting.

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  185. Kim for (China) adopted families' gatherings contact Sarah and Brandon Battle. They are associates with America World Adoption Association in the Houston area. They have a Chinese princess just like yourself and I bet the girls would have a fantastic time together.
    thebattles@awaa.org

    Amanda

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  186. Married for 13 years. 3 kids--ages 9, 5 and 2. Two girls, one boy. Adore the photographs. Treasure the parenting advice. Marvel at the decorating. Respect the honest opinions. I read (daily) for all of that...but also because I miss you so much!!!

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  187. Kim for (China) adopted families' gatherings contact Sarah and Brandon Battle. They are associates with America World Adoption Association in the Houston area. They have a Chinese princess just like yourself and I bet the girls would have a fantastic time together.
    thebattles@awaa.org
    It would also give Kate a chance to meet with other little girls from China. Mark and Kuovonne have 2 little girls, the Cannon Family have 1 and there's many new families in the group!

    Amanda
    http://glorychurch.com/battlesadopt/
    http://battlefamilynews.blogspot.com/

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  188. I am a 19 year old college student that loves to read blogs about many things, fashion, decorating, reading, or blogs that remind me of my family (warm, southern, Christian). I also love your photography and the adorable things you make for Kate, it reminds me of when I was that little and my Mom did those types of things for me! :)

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  189. My name is Jamie, I am 22 years old and have been married 5 months (but we have been together 7 years)we do not have kids yet !! I am in my last semester of college doing my student teaching to be a Physical Education teacher. My husband and I live in NC. I love your photography and I LOVE your story about adopting Kate. It has really inspired me and has been a factor in our decision to adopt a child one day !!

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  190. I love you! Love your blog, love your kids, Love Kate.
    Our daughters are both from Nanfeng. Haven't been commenting. So busy with Jack and Lily!
    Thanks for sharing Kim!

    Lisa in Colorado

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  191. Hi Kim, I don't remember how I got linked to your blog, as I don't have a blog. But I think we were moving from Florida to Missouri, about the same time you moved to Texas. We too left a house I loved. I love your seeing your decorating skills... and of course your family is adorable too. Some of your blog links are now among my daily reads also. I'm married and have a son 24 who just moved back home after graduating from FSU to work on his masters and a daughter 19 who is a sophomore at FSU.
    Jennifer
    Jennifer

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  192. Hi Kim,

    I have been following for quite some time now (I think since right after you brought Kate home). I am married, almost 30 and no kiddos as of yet. I have a heart for my family, faith, adoption and travel. I can't remember if I found your blog through Diana, or I found Diana's through yours....it was a while ago!

    I keep coming back because of your posts. The kids are adorable and it is fun watching them change through pictures BUT you inspire me with all the things you are passionate about. Although I might not have thought about things how you present them, or maybe not even agree, they make me think and quite a few touch my heart. As a young woman it is such an honor to see a wife and mother who makes a bit of time for not only her kids, but all her many passions in her life. Thank you for inspiring me...I know one day I will be a mom (hopefully through birth and adoption) and it is in part due to your story and all the other families out there that share little glimpses of your stories:)

    Blessings to you and your family, Ashley

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  193. Kim,

    I've read your blog for at least two years now. Love how you share your heart, your decorating finds, your wonderful recipes and your beautiful family! Really, really love to hear Kate on your videos. She is darling!!

    At 45, I found myself not married and still longing to be a mom. While I may not have made the "right" decision earlier in life to marry... God showed me that He had a precious child, a world away, who needed a mommy. So, in May of 2005, I traveled to China to bring home my precious Eliza Grace. I'm a southern girl, from Mississippi, who lives in Virginia. Love it here... but really miss family.

    Blessings to you!
    Suzanne

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  194. Hi Kim,
    My name is Mia, I'm 32 and I live in Denmark. I was adopted from Korea at 6 months and have had a very good adopted life.
    I've been with my boyfriend for 11½ years and we are getting married this summer - if we can get it together by then because it isn't that big a deal to either of us. Things are working great without the paperwork ;)

    We don't have any kids and don't plan to have any. Fortunately we agree on this. It's partly because we love the freedom of not having kids (we love traveling and such) and mostly because I have psychological issues (stress, anxiety) that in my opinion wouldn't allow me to be the kind of mother I would want to. If I can't give a kid 100% I'd rather give none and instead just spoil my hubby.

    If memory serves I first found your blog through Yoon's Blur. I think Melissa linked your "Treading very muddy waters.." post on that whole gotcha day discussion and I was hooked from the first read.

    I think someone called you "Sweet Kim" and your gentle, but honest and often funny way of writing is definitely one of the reasons I've bookmarked you. Your love, care and respect for every subject you write about is evident.

    I'm also madly in love with your photography! You take the most beautiful pictures and your pictures was what made me switch from a compact point and shoot to a DSLR. So now I know your pictures are so beautiful because of you and not the camera! ;)

    One may think you and I couldn't have more different lives and beliefs and interests, but your way of letting your readers in is what keeps me coming back whether the topic is decorating, the kids or the weather. You have such a warm personality, it just makes me wanna be your friend! But I'll settle for the blog ;)

    I apologize for the long comment. I just had to take advantage of finally being able to comment ;)

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  195. Hi! I read pretty regularly. I am 30 and married (about 3 years) and expecting our first child. I read because my husband and I would love to adopt and I have loved watching your family expand with Kate. Also, you have some of the BEST decor advice and links. I love your style.

    Allie from Nashville

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  196. Hi! I'm Michelle from Cookeville, TN. We've been married almost 10 years. I have a 24yr old stepdaughter, Heather, and a 16yr old stepson, Jay. We also are fostering to adopt a precious baby girl, Piper! I love your honesty, and also the fact that you don't "preach" you religion...you live it. My dad converted to Catholisism (bad speller sorry) about a year ago and I know nothin about it, and I'm always open to learn something new. Also love the pics of you home..you inspire me!

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  197. Hi there, Mia Hope's mommy from NY! I think I've been reading you forever :) Love your photos, and just hearing about everyday life with 3 kids...we have A LOT in common!

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  198. Hi love your blog been reading for a while. Have 2 boys and daughter from Jiangxi, China. I think that is why I started reading your blog. Love the cooking and decorating ideas.

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  199. Dear Kim,
    I have been wanting to comment on your blog for so long and am so happy to finally be able too! I am a 41 year old SAHM, I have 2 sons and a precious baby daughter from Jiangxi!

    I can't remember how I found your blog, but I do remember it was last December. We had just been home for about a month from China and our life was upside down with busyness and I was exhausted. I finally got the baby down for the night and was reading some blogs. I linked up to yours and I can't remember exactly what I read, but I just had tears rolling down my face because you had blogged about something I was going through with all the adjustment. After that I was hooked. I began reading your blog like a book ~ you are so inspiring.

    I love your recipes, your photography, your style and that you share your faith. Also, that you seem to just keep it real.

    We have so much in common with our 3 kids ~ I would love to be your friend! But like a previous commenter said, I'll just settle for your blog!

    I don't blog right now, but am thinking about starting after the holidays to keep track of "life".

    Sorry for the long post... thanks for sharing your beautiful life!

    Kathryn

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  200. Hi Kim,

    I found your blog two years ago when a friend of mine from Alabama was adopting her little girl from China. I have been following you ever since. I am 32 and have been married 3.5 years to my wonderful husband. After a 2 year struggle with infertility we are expecting our first child in May. I enjoy your decorating tips, photography, and catching a glimpse of the life of your sweet peanuts. Your children seem to have wonderful manners and I hope that is something my husband and I can instill in our child! Blessings to you and yours.

    LeighAnne

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