About This Blog

You can always contact us via email at (no actual link = no spam):



UPDATE (2015)

Let’s first acknowledge that this blog has, for a while now, been a bit light on content.  We’re still carrying on, though, here in the heart of Texas.  Many of you have, by the inscrutable machinations of Google searches, found your way here.  And, a great many of you who do visit have done so upon watching our adoption video, aka “The Little Video That Could.”  It’s up to somewhere around 6.2 million views.  Frankly, it’s amazing and we are glad that you dropped by…no matter how you got here.

An embarrassing confession: We forgot all about the email above!  So, for a few years now, people have written to us at that address and we haven’t replied…because we didn’t read them.  No doubt, these corresponders have concluded that we’re just the sort of people that feel too important to respond.  The irony is that I’m (Dennis) the sort that is truly bad at responding, while Carita is quite good at it.  She’s now in charge of responding to emails, so the chances of getting a reply have exponentially increased.


UPDATE (2011)

We are now a family of 3, after adopting our son.  (You can read more about the specific experience HERE.)  When we started this blog, we had no inkling that the journey would bring us here.  We’ve learned so much: about the mechanics of the adoption process, the experience of adopting, and about ourselves.  It’s been an incredible ride so far!



Thanks for stopping by.  We’ve titled the blog “The Chen X Family” because we prefer the delusion of being clever.  Actually, the “X” stands for the unknown, as in “we do not know what our Family will ultimately look like.”

We are in the process of adopting a child from China.  Will it be a boy or will it be a girl?  What sort of personality will our child have?  How long will we have to wait?  Will there be more than one, someday?  So many unknowns, sure, but catch a ride with us and see the stops along the way.  Maybe some of those unknowns will be answered as we go.


6 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. Hi Carita, we are an Asian couple interested in adopting an Asian baby – either domestically or internationally. I would like to ask you a couple of questions about domestic adoption – I left my email address here.

    I read your adoption journey, and I’m glad you finally got to bring Jacob home. Congratulations!


  2. Hello Carita,

    I read your blog and it has left my inspired and happy to hear you finally have your little boy.

    I was hoping you might have pointers as where to start in this whole adoption process and/or list of agencies you recommend. My husband and I are looking at adopting an Asian child domestically (internationally if nothing found). We’re both ABC (American born Chinese), from N. CA, and would love to start a family.

    I look forward to your response.

    Thank you!


  3. Hi Dennis and Carita,
    I just wanted to let you know that reading your adoption journey was so inspiring to me. My husband and I have been waiting on our daughter from China for a couple of years now (our dossier was logged in around the same time yours was). As you well know, the wait can be brutal.

    I was sitting here at my computer, trying not to be pouty to God, when I began to “google” and read different adoption stories so that I could vicariously dream through someone else’s experience. I stumbled across your blog, and was totally moved (and encouraged!) by your story. God is definitely being glorified through your whole adoption experience. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I hope things are going well with Jacob. Congratulations!


  4. Rachel, Letie, & Grace:
    Thanks for checking out the blog and actually dropping us a comment. We’d love to help answer whatever questions you might have – about adoption or other topics – and will try and get back to you asap!

  5. Hi Carita and Dennis-
    I came across your blog while researching adoption. My husband and I are both of Chinese descent, born and raised in Malaysia but are now naturalized US citizens. We would like to adopt an Asian baby either domestically or internationally. Would you be willing to answer some questions that we have?

    Your story resonated with me – thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on the new addition to your family.

    Thanks ahead of time.

  6. Hi Dennis and Carita,
    I have just watched your video on YouTube and it has been such a blessing for me. Thank you so much for sharing it. May the Lord bless and keep you as you walked in His will and His ways.
    Blessings and greetings to you from Hungary. 🙂

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