We’re David and Lois McBeath. We live in Point Pleasant, WV – a small town along the Ohio River on the western side of the state. We have 2 sons. Austin is 15. He’s a sophomore at Pt. Pleasant High School. Darrell is almost 12. He’s in the 6th grade at Roosevelt Elementary.
We actually began our adoption journey more than 10 years ago. I saw an ad in the newspaper about Chinese babies. We called about it, but it just wasn’t even feasible at that time in our life. All these years, it was always there, stuck somewhere in the back of our minds. I don't know why exactly – it just was. The thought never completely went away.
We also talked off and on about having another child. Our house was only 3 bedrooms, and we know the boys could have been in a room together, but we didn't want to do that if we didn't have to. In the spring of 2006, for some reason (I don't recall exactly what) - it came up again. We started thinking and talking - why not? So we started checking into it more. We did a lot of research online. The more we found out, the more we felt a calling, a desire and even a need to do this.
We started the adoption and added onto the house all at the same time. It took about 6 months to get the paperwork together. Then about another month after we sent it to China for them to translate it and 'log us in' (11/6/06). That's when we started to officially wait.
We finally got "THE CALL" on 7/13/08. It was a Sunday afternoon! After 2 ½ years, we are finally going to get our baby!
Leila Ann McBeath, formally known as Shun Xi Yi, was born on Oct 29, 2007. She had a cleft lip and cleft palate. The lip has been repaired, but not the palate. (We'll have to do that when we get her home.) She's in the Children's Welfare Institute of Shunde District of Foshan City, which is located in the Guangdong Province, in the southern part of China.

Shunde, the hometown of flowers, is one of four cities under the jurisdiction of Foshan City. Covering an area of 806 sq meters and with a population of 1.05 million, Shunde City is situated in the middle of the fertile Pearl River Delta, between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It was set up as a county in the 3rd year (1452 AD) of the Jintai reign of the Ming Dynasy (1368-1644), and conferred with the administrative status of a city in 1992 by the State Council.

Foshan City is also where the actor Bruce Lee was from.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring 2018

Although it's supposed to be spring, winter seems to be hanging around.

Leila is back in cheer.
This is her 2nd year with GC Starz.
I think we all like it better this year.
We know more what we're doing, plus I like her team better this year. They seem more cohesive and more 'team-like'.
They're doing pretty good too.
We have one more competition left - Myrtle Beach.

Leila had her first Science Fair.
Her topic was: 'Paws and Think - Choosing Sides'.
It was about whether or not animals have a dominant paw (hand), like people do.
Turns out they do.
Not only did she win 1st place at her school, she won 1st place at the county fair too!
Although she had the option of going on and competing at the state fair, she didn't get to due to a scheduling conflict (cheer competition).
Awesome job - especially for her first one ever.

In spite of the weather being hit and miss lately, Easter turned out great.

The 3rd annual Easter parade was fantastic.
Weather was perfect.
Our church was given 'Blind Bartimaeus' as our theme.

We had the egg hunt, colored eggs, the Easter Bunny came, cooked the Sunrise Breakfast (way too early), went to church, had dinner and took a much needed nap.
A perfect day.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Christmas 2017

David has joined the American Legion Riders and is riding his bike more now.

November seems to kick off the holiday season.
Then it's one thing after another.

We went to Winter-Fest at Camden Park.
This was a first for us.

We had parades.

There were programs.

We decorated.

We dressed up.

We got ready.

Finally - it was Christmas!

My favorite part was when all 5 'kids' came in on Christmas morning in Christmas pajamas!
I was totally surprised.

It was Charlie's 1st Christmas.

We ended the day at Mom's - all together.

Fall 2017

Leila started 4th grade, and Darrell started his junior year at Marshall.

We took a week-end trip to TN for Labor Day.
Everyone was able to be together, and we had lots of fun.
We went to an indoor trampoline place.

Since we were ALL there, we also had a family picture taken.
Not your 'normal' one though - a fun one instead.

Sept was also Leila's 9th 'Gotcha Day'.

It wasn't all good.
I lost my beloved Bailey.
Bailey was by far the best dog I've ever had.
I had over 16 years with him, but it wasn't enough.
He loved us all, but he was MY dog.
He loved me more than anyone or anything probably ever has or ever will.

Fly high, Bailey Baby.

Big birthdays in Oct.
Darrell turned 21, and Leila turned 10.

Leila went to her first 'real' concert for her birthday - Kidz Bop Kidz!

And Darrell celebrated his Halloween birthday with the spirit of the day.

Although our hearts still hurt, the house seemed empty without a dog in it.
Leila and I went to Amish country one Saturday and came home with a puppy.
Charlie is a Cavachon - 1/2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and 1/2 Bichon.
Having a puppy again is a little hard, but he's a cute little thing.

Zeus is actually quite taken with him too.
He's very protective of him.
Charlie is his own personal puppy to play with and take care of.

Oct ended with Leila's 1st ever Social Studies Fair (3rd place)

and trick-or-trick (Cleopatra).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer 2017

Leila and I started a 'summer bucket list' this year.

It's just something to help remind us to get up, get going, and go out and do things.
We don't have it finished - we won't get it finished.
But it's been fun trying, and it's been nice marking things off as we go.

One of the first things on the list we did - was go to the zoo.
We went to the Columbus Zoo with some friends one day in early June.
We didn't see everything, but we tried.
We did feed a giraffe though. (What a long, long tongue!)

Austin turned 24, and Casey turned 23 in July.
It seems hard to believe that my baby can be 24 years old!

Soon after school was out for the year, we left for our annual 'girls trip'.
I was even more excited than normal this time.
I had made each of the 'girls' a scrapbook with pictures from all of our previous trips (this makes #7).
I could not wait to give it to them!
This year we went somewhere totally new too. None of us had ever been there. Atlantic City, NJ!
We always have so much fun, and this year was no different.
In addition to going to the beach almost every day, we went on a dolphin and whale watching tour, to an alpaca farm, to a colonial village, to see Lucy the Elephant (a national landmark), and explored the neighboring cities of Cape May and Ocean City.
We checked out the boardwalk, did LOTS of shopping and detoured into Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell on the way home.

A week after getting home from vacation, we went to TN for the weekend.
We took Mom down so she could spend a week with my brother's family.
We always have a nice time there - Darres and Juanita are wonderful hosts.
They have another new house (surprise, surprise) - and I think, this one is my favorite so far.

July was still busy, but not nearly like June - not as much travel.
Although, we did go see the outdoor drama, Tecumseh, one night in Chillicothe.

Leila and I were still working on our bucket list.

Our 'big' event for July was Leila's surgery.
She had a bone graft done. They took bone from her hip and put it into her gum line.
She did amazing!
We were expecting to be at the hospital for 3-5 days.
Nope - one night.
She was supposed to be on a 'liquid / soft food' diet for almost a week.
Nope - she was eating after a couple of days.
The worst part was keeping her activity level down.
Once she started feeling better - she wanted to go.
Of course, her hip would hurt later, but that didn't stop her at the time.
When we got home from the hospital, our church family had collected a get well / gift basket for her.
They filled it with things to keep her busy while she recuperated.
How wonderful to be loved like that!

The Craig reunion, Bible school and a trip to the Blenko glass factory rounded out July for us.