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We are on our way to China!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2013
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The plane we will be on is huge. Direct to Shanghai from Detroit.
On our way to Xi'an from Shanghai. Almost 30 hours total, last leg of our trip!
Driving through Xi'an on our way to the hotel at midnight, we passed this pretty building.
The day has finally come for us to pick up Gracie from China! We are on our way! As I write this post we are sitting in the Detroit airport waiting for our connecting flight to Shanghai in a few hours. We left this morning at 6am and we are both...
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Trip to China

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Orphan Sunday, and how it all started with Gracie
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2013
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An updated photo of Gracie at the orphange.
Jamie's perspective... Since today is Orphan Sunday, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to share a little bit of how God led us to Gracie. Sometime last year, a friend of ours posted a link to a website called www.rainbowkids.com. I...
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Gracie Jane Eun-Hye Lee

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Chapter 2 -- Martin Update and Adoption Plans!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
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The first photo we received via email of this little girl in China with a heart defect needing a home.
The earliest record of our little girl. The newspaper clipping reads: "She was found near a sidewalk near a garden. When she was found, she was wrapped in a blanket, with a shirt on and the person left a bag of diaper, some baby formula, and pacifier. The person that find her took her to the police station and they turned her over to the government."
We sent a Hello Kitty over to Gracie along with pictures of her new family!
It has been several months since our last post. It seems the last time we wrote, Martin celebrated his first birthday. Today, he is doing really quite amazing. He is so incredibly active and he is very strong. He is growing fast and learning to...
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Gracie Jane Eun-Hye Lee

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Milestone -- Martin Reaches His One-Year Birthday!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2013
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What a difference one year makes!
Justin, Katie, Martin, and Calvin. We love our growing family.
Martin celebrates his first birthday with both families. The cake was provided by a non-profit organization called "Icing Smiles" -- they provide cakes for sick children.
Martin has reached his first birthday! It's really rather amazing to look back on 2012 and see just how far Martin has come. Quite like looking back down the steep trail of a mountain climb. This time last year we were all in Charleston, SC and...
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Martin's One Year Pictures
Martin reached a major milestone with his first birthday! This time last year we were in Charleston...

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We're Being Discharged Today -- Next Stop, Home!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
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Martin is super excited to be leaving the hospital soon!
Saying goodbye to the 4th floor of MUSC!
In the car ready to leave the hospital. Martin knows exactly what's going on. We haven't seen him this excited ever!
Hooray! We're being discharged today! We were told this morning by the doctor that Martin is looking very good and his last x-ray looked clear. We've been given the green light to start packing our bags! Needless to say, we are ecstatic! Dr....
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Tubes + Lines Disappearing -- Smiles Appearing!
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
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Guess who's starting to smile again? Faint, but we'll take it.
Finally got rid of the nasal cannula! Tubes and lines are disappearing. Comfort level is increasing!
Martin sitting up and getting stronger.
Martin continues to make a rapid recovery! Since our last post on Saturday, our children visited us over the weekend, Martin was moved from PCICU to "the floor" in the Children's Hospital, he had his RA lines removed (from his heart), he had his...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Things Moving Fast, Now in Step-Down Unit -- Visit from Kids!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012
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The children loved seeing their little brother again.
Our exit from the PCICU!
Slowly making a recovery. Starting to look like his old self.
Things are continuing to look bright for Martin! He's no longer in the PCICU but is now in the step-down unit (on the 8th floor) of the Children's Hospital at MUSC. More and more lines have been removed and the only remaining things in him are his...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Update: Breathing Tube Out -- Extubated in 12 Hours; Pulls Out His Own Feeding Tube!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012
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Martin was extubated in record time!
Starting to smile?
Early this morning the doctors pulled out Martin's breathing tube! He was breathing very well on his own within 12 hours of his surgery -- which is very fast actually. Also, the cardiologist said that the echocardiogram they did on his heart...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Martin's Post Operation Update -- Patience Needed
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
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The dreaded EKG. Even sedated, it seemed Martin didn't like it. :(
He suddenly opened his eyes -- just minutes after being rolled in! Too soon -- they quickly gave him more sedation.
Some of the surgery team! Dr. Kavarana on the left.
We finally got to see Martin and he does look a lot better than we expected. His color seems to be pretty good and he doesn't seem overly swollen (although he is a little obviously). I believe all those months of good-eating are probably serving...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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Update: Martin's Second Open-Heart Surgery -- Today
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
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Talking with the nurse. Martin not too happy.
Waiting for the anesthesiologist before the big surgery..
Martin admiring the "Martin Heart" necklace made especially for him by Jamie's friend, Lily, owner of Lily Pottery in Greenville, SC.
We were up early this morning and got to the hospital at 5:30am. Martin was pleasant for us last night and this morning and we were sad to have to "do this to him." It's a complicated emotion to express adequately when you want to protect a loved...
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Martin's Second Surgery Photos
Martin's second open-heart surgery (Glenn Procedure) in Charleston, SC.

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