All posts for the month January, 2013


Published January 22, 2013 by megchristo

Our journey to China has begun! MJ and I are now waiting in Chicago for our flight to Beijing. While I was boarding the flight in Des Moines I had tears in my eyes. I was thinking about how long we had planned for this day. I was thinking about finally holding my daughters in my arms. I was thinking about how much I was going to miss my boys while we are on this journey to our daughters.

While we were circling over Lake Michigan to land, we were flying over the fluffiest, whitest, most beautiful clouds. The kind of clouds that look like cotton candy, but I am sure would taste even sweeter. The sun was just beginning to rise giving the whole scene a heavenly, surreal glow. As we were flying over this glimpse into heaven, I was reliving childhood memories of when my sister and I would pass long summer days by laying on the grass and staring up into the heavens. We would point out clouds, and say what earthly shape they reminded us of….a dog, a heart, a monkey, etc. As soon as we would identify them as one thing they would begin to morph and take on a new shape. I think clouds and people are very similar. We are all constantly shifting and making ourselves into something new. Something even more beautiful than before.

I than began thinking of our new daughters. Soon they will be free of the label orphan. They will be Elle and Mae Christofferson. They will be American citizens. They will be our daughters…Gabe, Carsten, and Griffin’s sisters. They will be unconditionally loved, nurtured, and doted on. Most of all they will be free. Free to become the best people they can be. Little women destined to help shape the world around them. The possibilities are endless. I am thrilled to be able to watch them shift their shape into who they want to be. I am thrilled that one day they will call me mom, and shift the shape of the person I am today into a whole new form of me.

China Here We Come!

Published January 19, 2013 by megchristo

In an awesome turn of events, we are leaving for China almost a month sooner than we expected.  The great news is that we will get our hands on our daughters on Monday, January 28th!  We will also make it back in time to enjoy GiGi’s Playhouse “i have a voice” Gala on February 23rd with our friends in family.  MJ and I are scrambling to get everything done before we leave with our jobs, GiGi’s Playhouse, the boys, paperwork, etc.  We will get there one “to do” list item at a time. 🙂

We are also processing through a wide range of emotions.  We are both fidgety, and our stress level is high.  We are trying to keep cool headed, but it’s tough.  I have to admit that I am super excited, scared, anxious, and every emotion in between.  I am also sad that we will be leaving our boys for 2 1/2 weeks.  I know they are in good hands, but I will miss them terribly.  We made a “to do” list of fun things to do together before we leave.  On the list is Incredible Pizza, ice cream, games, and sushi (guess who added the sushi).  The boys are calm and going with the flow for the most part.  Carsten is getting upset seeing MJ and I packing, and not packing him.  So he has started packing a few suitcases of his own.  He is so stinking cute and funny!

I can hardly wrap my mind around this being our last weekend together as a family of 5!  From here on out, we will be a family of 7!  I will also no longer be the only girl in the family.  OMG!!!  So much to process and take in.  I am trying to “be” in the moment, and take it all in.  What a journey this has been already, and it’s only going to get more exciting from here!

To my boys:  I love you with all my heart.  You are such great boys!!!  I am so proud of the little men you are!  Gabe, you have the most tender, sweet heart, and I admire that about you.  Carsten, you change everyone’s life you meet, and  I love how you approach life with a can do attitude.  Griffin, your love for life is contagious, and I envy your little “honey badger” swag!  I can’t wait to bring your sisters home to you!  You will be great role models!

To my daughters:  We are coming sweet girls!  I know you probably can’t comprehend your new life with us, but we sure can imagine our lives with you!  We hope you feel how much we love you already!  Once we hold you, we will never let go!  Soon you will be home where you belong!

Let’s do this thing!!! ❤