Why I applied to speak at a TEDx event

On July 1st I did kind of a crazy thing. It's been a bucket list item of mine for a long time. So, I finally went for it. I applied to speak at a... TEDx event.  I know, crazy! But, is it? I love TEDx events. I love the messages from Ted talks. I love…

A Beautiful Post by my wife about Winona’s Death, Moving Forward and the miracle of Kai’s Adoption.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. A year ago we were plowing through the adoption paperwork and checklists to bring Winona Mae home. We had a crib, stroller and had just bought paint for her room and had planned to paint over the weekend! Things were moving forward and we couldn't wait to hold…

Happy 3rd Birthday Kai David Raitz!!!!

Today is Kai's 3rd Birthday!! Happy Birthday Kai David Raitz!!!!! If the adoption process was lightening fast, we could have had him almost another year, but it's not that fast.  But, we will not take for granted that Kai is now a Raitz and its so much fun to celebrate his birthday today! I can't…

I think we made a mistake…

Ok, I know this is going to sound crazy, but... I think we made a mistake.  Let me back up. I have no idea how we could have done it. Shoot, I have no idea how we did what we did. But, I think we could have attempted it.  I think with God's help, it…

Tired, Overwhelmed, Exhusted, Amazed

So, no sugar coating here.  We're Tired.  Kai is a super happy kid and then he isn't.  Last night was rough. Not much sleep. I ended up walking him from 430-630am all over our hotel. Which worked out, because I was up anyways.  Overwhelmed.  This afternoon when he woke up, wow. He was not happy.…

The Presence of God was overwhelming

Have you ever felt the presence of God?  I did today.  We were in a Chinese medical office and we were waiting for Kai to be seen. Before he can leave China, he has go through a check up and have a TB test.  As we were sitting, family after family starting coming in. I…

The Next Leg of our Journey has Begun

What a day! Long, hard, exhausting, stretching, tiring, good, great, wonderful and everything in between! We left our hotel at 1:30pm and drove to the Nanjing airport. Which was by far the largest airport I've ever been in...ever! They say everything's bigger in Texas, well, everything really is bigger in China! Holy Cow! We got…

Visiting where Kai was abandoned was beyond emotional. 

On June 19th, 2014, Zou HongKai was abandoned outside of a train station, near a lake, in Nanjing, China.  I went back in my calendar and tried to find out where I was when that happened. I was in TN speaking at an event, totally unaware that a little boy was about to be abandoned…

A Look into our Nanjing, China trip through my iPhone 

He loves holding his mama’s hands

I'm sitting in our hotel room. It's sweltering hot in here. I can't figure out how to turn down the heat. And, to make matters worse, I am utterly and complexly exhausted. My body has not caught up with the massive time change. As I type this, I feel like I'm moving at quarter speed,…