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05-18-2003, 10:35 AM
Hi Everyone,
Yes I am home from China. We had 5 days notice that we had to leave. What a mad scramble. We arrived in China Jan 6th and returned Jan 20th. It's been 4 months and they have gone by fast. I am so busy with Miranda. She is such a joy.
Sorry I haven't updated sooner, but it's been such an adjustment from no children to having a toddler!! Miranda is 19 months old and very active. I will attempt to attach some photos.... note the word attempt. lol
I promise to check in more regular, now that Miranda has a schedule it is easier to find time for email.

I'm Back!!!


05-18-2003, 11:46 AM
Congratulations on your new addition! :D

Inca's Momma
05-18-2003, 12:46 PM
Congratulations!!! That is wonderful she is so cute!

05-18-2003, 01:49 PM
I have some more Pics I will try to post.


05-18-2003, 01:54 PM
More Pics...

05-18-2003, 01:56 PM
Oh, what a sweetheart! Congratulations!

05-18-2003, 01:57 PM
Ok,Ok.... I figured out how to post these Pics.... I could get dangerous!!

Here is a Picture of me at the Great Wall of China. It was 10 below zero!! Burrrrrrrr

I had lost 270 lbs in this picture!
I have to figure out how to post a before picture....lol
I might have file size problems..... lol


05-18-2003, 02:02 PM
hee, funny. we'd love a before picture to compare, though. ;P

yay, a bigger picture so we can really see how cute she is!!!

05-18-2003, 02:02 PM
I am on a roll.... I found 2 before Pics....


05-18-2003, 02:04 PM
Here is before Picture Number 2. I weighted 466 lbs.... oh my!!


05-18-2003, 02:14 PM
Where am I finding these pictures at?? My Husband must of loaded them onto my computer???

I have a couple more before pics.....


05-18-2003, 02:16 PM
I promise 1 more before Picture....
I didn't realize I had so many of these pictures. I always avoided the camera. Sneaky Husband.... lol
I can't believe he loaded these, wait til he gets home!!! lol


05-18-2003, 02:20 PM
And then look at you in China. Girl, you are amazing. What an accomplishment!! Now you aren't afraid to post those before pics at all, are you!? Now that you can show us what you look like after all your hard work! Absolutely tremendous, what an inspiration! And your daughter is beautiful. Just beautiful. Congrats!!!!

05-18-2003, 02:21 PM

Here is 1 more after Picture of me and Miranda in China.
I look rough, I was up most of the night with Miranda. This picture was taken on the 2nd day we had her. The first 4 days were really rough.


I hope I haven't bored anyone with my picture show....

05-18-2003, 02:40 PM
She's adorable, and you look great. Congratulations!! :)

05-18-2003, 03:14 PM
Congrats on your new daughter & you look amazing!!!

05-18-2003, 09:25 PM
You do look amazing and you're definitely an inspiration!! Your daughter is completely adorable and so lucky to have a mom that cares enough to get healthier.

05-18-2003, 11:51 PM
oh i'm in tears, darlin!!!! a beautiful new daughter and a beautiful you!!!!!!

you are giving me so much hope! i'm down just about 270 pounds as well.. 40 to go. and then they're figuring at least 20 pounds of skin...

and you are FABULOUS!!!!!!

05-19-2003, 08:34 AM

She is absolutely adorable! I'm so happy for you!


05-19-2003, 09:43 AM
What a beautiful child. Congrats!

05-19-2003, 10:18 AM
Hey Derby!

Welcome back! Miranda is ADORABLE! Congrats on the new addition to your family.

YOU LOOK FABULOUS!! You are absolutely an inspiration. Way to go!

05-19-2003, 11:25 AM

Welcome Back!!!!

She is just absolutely adorable!! You should feel very blessed!

And YOU!! Wooo Hooo! You go girl! You look amazing!!

05-19-2003, 02:53 PM
Thank you everyone for the nice comments.
My Daughter is a hands full but I'd do it again. As a matter of fact we are going to do it again. We can summitt another Dossier to China as early as Jan 04. It takes about 14 months to process, but we are going to do it again.

Where's Jennifer??? I saw Pippy had posted......

Thanks so much, the encouragement it what you need to succeed in weight loss. If the people around out make you feel good, you will feel more motivated!! Miranda has motivated me, the adoption was my focus. I did every thing I needed to do to prepare to be a good Mommy. And my first focus was on being healthy.

Hang in there, it's a life long battle, but we can win!!


05-19-2003, 05:45 PM
Hi Derby!
I am thrilled to see your posts and pictures! It looks from the patriotic picture that you've already finalized? Congratulations on all of it. Seeing it makes me feel like it's REALLY going to happen to us soon.

I'm in tears. I'm so glad you updated us. I can only imagine what it's going to feel like to see our baby for the first time!

And congrats on your amazing weight loss. You're truly an inspiration in many ways.

05-25-2003, 10:50 PM
Are you adopting from China? If so when did you send your Dossier?

Let me know..... Feel free to ask me questions. The wait is awful but talking about it helps..


05-26-2003, 04:48 PM
No, I am adopting from S. Korea. We got our Homestudy approval on 3/26 and are on the official waiting list. S. Korea is much faster than China and we expect to bring our baby home toward the end of the year.
We expect a referral after the end of July.

thanks for asking!

05-27-2003, 02:07 PM
derby she is beautiful, and you look great! I'm glad that everything went well for you.

Angi, it must be so exciting to be preparing! Good luck.

05-27-2003, 02:54 PM
Your picture show was far from boring. You are a picture of hope and such a beautiful child. Keep up the good work!

Miss Chris

05-29-2003, 11:07 AM
Wow you look amazing. That is wonderful news about your beautiful daughter as well. She is adorable. Love her to pieces and enjoy.

Mine are now 5 yrs and the twins are soon to be 4. Time sure does fly by quick.

05-31-2003, 07:37 AM
You have done so well! The pictures don't lie do they? Congrats on baby Miranda. I know I have said this in the past but that name is a favorite of mine. If my son had been a girl that was the name I had chosen! Good luck to you!!