Amazing news- we are heading back to China to become a family of 5!!!

We never imagined our family-building would bring us back to China but we could not be happier to be going back to a country we love and to be in a program that we believe in.

We have fought hard for every one of our children and child #3 is turning out to be the biggest battle.

Keira is almost six years ago and is a smart, loving and funny. She is overall a happy kindergartener who makes us laugh and keeps us smiling all day.  Our journey to Keira was extremely difficult, as she is the product of more rounds of IVF than I would admit but we would not change anything and am so thankful for her.

Connor (age 5) was born in Shanxi, China in March 2011 and became our son on January 2013.  Connor is a super athletic, smart, loving and funny boy. He is real boy-boy who loves everything superhero, fast cars, and sports related. We had a wonderful experience adopting Connor from China and are thankful every day that he is ours. Could not imagine life without him.

We always knew we wanted a big family so it was no surprise when we started talking about a third child after Connor had been home about one-year. We were open to everything but in 2014, we applied to be in a pilot program to Haiti. The next 2 ½ years of were filled more adoption lows than adoption highs but we remained committed to bringing home our little girl (“Nora”) from Haiti. In March 2016, our little Haiti girl (who just turned 3) passed away from dehydration following a bad stomach bug in her orphanage before we could bring her home. We will never forget her (

We knew the next little O’Cathain child was out there but the question was “where was she.” After thinking and talking we decided she is in China. We are so excited to be back in the China program and to watch this journey unfold.

China Special Needs is a relatively smooth program and a welcome change of pace to our difficult 2.5 years in the Haiti program. There are still so many unknowns in International adoption and some additional unknowns are we are transferring our file from Haiti to China-as we are able to bypass some of the waiting times. We are hoping to bring our daughter home before the end of the year! . It has been a bumpy path to her but we know she is out there and cant wait to see her picture and meet her.

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