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.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A New Year - 2017

School started. (And gosh - it's now 1/2 over!)
Leila is in the 3rd grade.
She struggles with some of the work, but overall - she's doing SO much better than she was last year.

Darrell started his 2nd year at Marshall.
He's in an apartment this year with 3 other guys instead of in the dorm - which he likes better.
He has a full load of classes, AND he works 2 part-time jobs.
He still works at the rec center on campus, and he also works at the bank now.
He has a lot on his plate, but he seems to be handling it.

Austin and Casey decided to expand their family with a new dog.
They got a Bernese Mountain dog named Marshall.
He's a cutie, but he has LOTS of energy.
(Makes me realize just how 'done' I am with the puppy stage.)

We celebrated our 8th (!) Gotcha Day in Sept.
Can't believe we've been home with our girl for that long.
We went out for our annual dinner at the Chinese restaurant.
I'm so grateful our 'big kids' make the time in their busy schedules for things like this.

The end of Oct brought birthdays.
Leila turned 9, and Darrell turned 20.
We had a 'joint' birthday party at the skating rink.
We had 'kids' of all ages - which was a lot of fun.
I grew up going to the skating rink as a teenager, but the boys did not. I must admit, that I loved being better at something physical than them, for the 1st time since they learned to walk!

Darrell went on a Veterans Day hike in the mountains of NC in Nov.
This was a fundraiser for an organization called standwatch.org.
They raise money for medical care for veterans.
He said it was one of the hardest things (physically) that he's ever done.
They backpacked across mountains overnight in freezing weather.
I'm so proud of him for putting others ahead of his own comfort and well-being though.

Dec was full of ups and downs.

Mom lost her dog and constant shadow, Freckles.

One week later, we lost David's 'baby' - Sable. She was just a few weeks shy of 13 years old.

Christmas was the usual rush and flurry of activities.
Leila was in a parade with her cheer group.
We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival in Columbus - really amazing, btw.
School program, church decorating, and program.

School Christmas Program

Leila's letter to Santa.
Don't you just absolutely love it?
And yes, Allie did get something from Santa too.

Christmas Eve Cookies for Santa

Christmas Morning

Austin MADE me this picture.
Isn't it pretty!?

Ready for Church

Leila had an expander put in her mouth in Dec.
This is in preparation for her bone graft surgery and for braces - both of which, I believe, will possibly be next summer.
She has actually done way better with this than I expected her to.

We had our New Year's Eve party.
Good food, good times, and good friends.
Always a great way to end the old year and start the new one.

Competition season has started for Leila's cheer group.
This is a new thing for us.
So far, Leila is loving it.
Of course, the fact that they won first place at their first meet probably has something to do with that too.

Now we're in the middle of winter - which hasn't actually been that cold or snowy (yet).
The school year is more than 1/2 over, and spring is just around the corner.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 2016

Summer is almost over.
It's flown by way too fast.

Just as the 'kids' cooked lunch for me on Mother's Day, they also cooked for David on Father's Day.

We went on our annual 'Girls Trip' in June.
It was a little different this year.
Instead of a Beach Trip, we went to Colonial Williamsburg.
We had fun and learned some things, and although the most important part was being together - I think we all missed the beach a little.

In July, we went on our 'Family Trip'.
We went to the St. Louis area.
We ended up there due to the process of elimination in finding a place to stay in Mom's timeshare that met all of our requirements.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by all we found to do in the area.

Our resort was super nice.
We played putt-putt golf, went swimming, went fishing, and played 'real' golf.
Of course we went up in the famous Arch.
We went to the caverns that Jesse James used as a hide-out.
We went zip lining.
Grants Farm is the ancestral home of the Busch family. We spent a pleasant (and hot) day there. We saw animals, animal shows, rode a camel, sampled the wares, and saw the famous Clydesdale horses.
We went to Purina Farms and saw some amazing dogs.
The 'big kids' stopped at the Corvette Museum on the way, and then spent a day a Six Flags and toured the AB Brewery.
We went to Union Station - saw the light show on the ceiling, tested the 'Whispering Arches' and completed a scavenger hunt.
We spent some time at a park - played on the playground and strolled thru a museum there.
We had a great week, but we missed Ryan and Shondale.

However - I think the biggest surprise of all and one of the best days we had, was at the City Museum!
Now, the name 'museum' is VERY misleading in this instance.
It is NOT a museum in the way most people (myself included) normally imagine a museum.
It's in an old shoe factory and is a city block big and 10 stories high.
The best description I can give is - a huge, jungle gym / playground for all ages.
I've never seen (or imagined) anything like it.
If ever in the area - I highly recommend it.

We came home from vacation and went straight into Bible School.

We ended that week with a church trip to the Creation Museum.
It wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still a nice day with family and friends.
And Leila got to do a 'free fall' while we were there.

Summer is winding down.
The kids (Darrell and Leila) will soon be back in school.
I'm not ready for summer to be over.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Spring 2016

The first half of 2016 has been rather uneventful.

Leila got glasses.
Although both eyes needed them, one eye is significantly worse than the other.
She has 2 pair - just in case anything happens to one of them.
This turned out to be a very wise decision when less than a month after getting them - a little boy ran into her on the playground and her glasses got bent.
At least she had the others to wear until we could get those fixed.

Leila decided that soccer just may not be her thing, and elected not to play spring soccer this year.
She went back to gymnastics - which she LOVES.
She is driving me nuts doing flips and cartwheels and such all over the house though.

Mom and I went on a weekend trip to the Greenbrier in March.
It was fancy and grand and beautiful, but there are spots where you can definitely see its age too.
Still, it's a place to feel pampered.
Next time - I plan to have one of their famous 'baths'.

Easter was early this year.
Our town had its first ever 'Easter Parade'.
There were floats depicting Jesus's life from birth thru the resurrection.
Our church had the scene where Mary washes Jesus's feet.
And much to Leila's joy - the kids were able to ride in the back of the truck pulling the float!
The rainy / drizzly weather certainly didn't dampen the spirit of the day.

Easter Sunday started bright and early with Sunrise service and breakfast (which our Sunday School class cooked), followed by church, Easter dinner and then a much needed nap.

The 'kids' all cooked lunch for me for Mother's Day at Austin and Casey's house.
I felt very special indeed.

Leila has finished 2nd grade.
Darrell finished his first year at Marshall. He started working at a bank this week for the summer.
Austin just turned 23!
Summer is now here.
Where has time gone?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Christmas 2015

I love Christmas season.
Oddly enough, it didn't seem as busy and hectic this year as normal.
Maybe because Leila was the only one at home, and she didn't have any extracurricular activities going on at the time.
That's not to say I had all my Christmas stuff done early - I didn't.
Leila has had more doctor appointments lately than normal, and I've been trying to work as much as possible lately.
I didn't even start Christmas baking until the week of Christmas - but it all got done, just like it always does.

Just a few pictures from the season.

Putting up the tree


School Program

Church Program

Christmas Sunday

Cookies for Santa

Christmas Morning

Once Christmas was over, it was time to clean up and get ready for our annual New Year's Eve Party.
We love our group that gets together every year to send out the old and welcome in the new with games, fun, friendship and of course, food.

Leila and I were ready for the party in our new matching shirts, but everyone needed a nap the next day - even Mousey.