Jeremy and Courtney Couch are from Louisville, KY and they asked for me to join them on a very important trip to China. Jeremy and Courtney have one son, Tai, who they adopted from Vietnam when he was just four months old. Tai is back home in Louisville with Jeremy’s parents as we will be in China for a few weeks. They miss him already, but this trip is as important as the one six and a half years ago to Vietnam to adopt Tai.
You see, adopting children who need a loving family and home is very important to them … so we are here to adopt a little two year old boy. They have never met him!!
I am so lucky to be here with them!! I will get to see them meet for the first time – and so will you!!! (I can’t stop smiling.. literally – I cannot stop smiling!!) I hope learn lots about China while I’m here and what its like to adopt children overseas.
AND GET THIS… they have already named their boy. PARKER!! Parker Brendan to be exact. (I LOVE HIM ALREADY!!) Park is a common Chinese name, and St. Brendan was the patron saint of sailing. Courtney’s dad loved sailing and they wanted to honor him in some way. Courtney said she just knows he is watching over us on this journey as he always is.
We will be spending a few days in Beijing before flying to Parker’s province to finally meet him. We’ll spend several days in his province before flying to Guangzhou to finalize everything. And then we should have a few more days with him here in China before they leave.
This is going to be an fun and emotional trip. I have lots to learn about adoption and challenges for families and children alike in the process. I will share that and all the LOVE that will come from this special trip to CHINA!!
I arrived in BEIJING, CHINA!!! I am with Courtney Seewer Couch and her husband, Jeremy. We are here on a VERY special mission!!!
This was the last photo of me and Paul at the Sochi Airport. I was really sad to say goodbye to him and the Martins. I couldn’t think of better way to kick off my WORLD TOUR than with Paul and his family at the Olympics. They were amazing and I miss them already. Parker is a Detroit Redwings fan, but now has a real interest in following and cheering for the Paul and the Pittsburgh Pengins!!! He loved the photos we shared.
The last two photos while in Sochi, Russia. As the sun sets on the Black Sea, it seems like a perfect place to reflect on two wonderful and memorable weeks at the Olympics with the Paul and the Martin family.
Today Parker went to the hospital with his mom and grandmother for his chemo treatments and blood work. Once a month he has chemo administered through the port in his chest. Lots of time waiting as it was a busy day at the hospital. But Parker’s counts were good and he is recovering now. He’s so brave.
Paul introduced me to some of Women’s Team USA Ice Hockey team!! They were all fun and said “Hi” to Parker. They also gave me more Olympics pins. Pin trading is a REALLY big deal here and everyone is trying to find the perfect one. I have quite a collection don’t I?
Paul said I was a “Ladies Man”….hehee,,,maybe a Ladies (Flat) Man!” Parker is the real Ladies Man. Paul was SO impressed that Parker got 30 Valentine’s Day cards at his school!
Parker felt bad about Paul’s injury to his right hand. So he wanted to send Paul this picture to help him “Finish Strong”. Every photo of me or Parker making a muscle has always been with our LEFT hand. This is one of the only photos of Parker making it with his RIGHT hand… just for Paul. We hope you get better soon!!
I missed watching Paul play and I think the USA missed him playing. Due to his injury, Paul couldn’t play and USA lost back to back games to Canada and Finland. Paul is bummed from his injury and the games, but is in good spirits. I told him LOTS of my friends are thinking about him and that cheered him up! He has a cast on his right hand (as many of you noticed on TV from an injury during the Slovakia game). Doctors will reexamine him when he gets back to Pittsburgh, but until then, we will spend as much time together as we can. I think he is amazing to still show me around even with his hand in a cast!!!
I am sooo bummed about today’s game vs Canada. We lost the gamebut I am upset because my friend Paul hurt his hand in the game vs Slovakia and couldn’t play today. I haven’t seen him yet, but will tell him you were all cheering for Team USA and hoping he makes a fast recovery.
USA still has a tough match up vs Finland in tomorrow’s game @ 10 am EST..especially without Paul in the lineup. Will give update when I see him.
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It was so exciting to watch Paul play well on defense as the USA is on a roll with big wins – including vs Russia!