Team Tate!

Here is our handsome Team Tate!!

All ready to go!

But first we had to say goodbye.




Goodbyes are never easy. Blake and I are not good at being apart.






After our goodbyes, I got the kiddos busy right away. We had popcorn and smoothies while watching a movie Kayla picked up at the library for us!

After that, we headed out for a walk!






Then it was time for some games! Eliza loves Sorry!


Before bed we all got on the speaker phone with Blake.


We kept busy today as well, with cleaning day, getting grocery, and mowing the farm.

We also have been watching the guys plane head across the world!


The guys made it safely to Minneapolis last night, had a quick nights sleep, and headed to the airport before dawn to check in for their first flight.

While they were checking in, a supervisor was called over about all the extra luggage with the donations for the Samuel’s family. We are praising the Lord that after Blake explained what the luggage was for, the supervisor allowed the guys to check it ALL, and for FREE!!!

When Blake and Grant landed in Los Angeles, their luggage claim receipts had to be scanned again as they checked into their next flight, even though they would not be collecting their luggage. There were questions about the large amount of suitcases again, a supervisor was called again, Blake explained it all again, and again it was allowed to ALL be checked for FREE!

Not only that, this supervisor checked it all the way through to Hohhot!! The guys don’t even have to claim their luggage while they sleep in Guangzhou Saturday night! Praise, praise!!

We are hoping that we can Skype with the guys when we wake up tomorrow morning, as they will have just arrived in Guangzhou.

You all, I have such an incredible peace about me right now.

I know it is because of the prayers so many are saying on our behalf.

The Lord confirmed how important it is for me to be at home right now, as Eliza has been terrified to be put to bed the last two nights.

She likes all of her people where they are supposed to be. Seeing her like this is breaking my heart. Please pray for our sweet girl.

I cannot thank you enough for the support you are giving us right now!

Thank you for all the comments, texts, e-mails, and phone calls!

Thank you for your prayers.

Keep praying with us!


  1. Aunt Tracy says:

    Praise God! Thanks for the photo of their flight path; it is neat to see where they’re going. I’ve been praying throughout the day for you all and trust that Tate will be ready for his new family.

    God bless!

  2. Lisa says:

    What a testimony! I love how God’s provision is seen for the extra baggage. All the little things He sees to on our behalf. He is so faithful. Praying for you all.

  3. Christy says:

    So excited to see this journey to Tate after following last year on your journey to Eliza. Prayers for you all and especially Tate as he is welcomed into your family. i can’t wait to see pics of him coming home!

  4. Forster says:

    What priceless pictures! We’re glad to hear things are going well! We sure do serve an amazing God! We will continue to pray for all of you!

    Love to you all,
    Sarah (for all of us)

  5. Kristen says:

    OH MY GOSH! I checked your blog! And I am SO SO SO happy to hear all the good news that the guys are gone on this most important mission! LOVE YOU ALL! We are praying praying praying for all your intentions during this trip/transition. Now I’m gonna go text you to see if the guys made it ok. The suspense is killing me!

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