The MYWTM Family Is Growing Soon!!!

Hi guys! Still recovering from major surgery so no Disney posts, but I wanted to (finally) share some news.

In 2006, Kevin and I decided to grow our family through adoption. We started the process of adopting a little girl from China. After 6 long years, our dream has come true.

Please meet the soon-to-be newest member of the My Year With The Mouse family…

Violet Yuemin Hogan

A dream is a wish your heart makes…our dream was you


On the evening of November 7th we will board a plane to China. On November 11th we will hold Violet for the first time, and on November 21st we will officially become a Forever Family.

Please gather up your Pixie Dust and Disney joy and celebrate with us!

And in anticipation of some questions I know you have, here are some joyful facts:

  • Violet will be 16 months old when we adopt her.
  • She is currently living in Yunnan Province in Southwestern China.
  • Her Chinese name is Yue Min. Violet Yuemin Hogan is the name we have chosen for her.
  • Kevin, Theo, my mom, and I are all going to China for our adoption trip. Our adoption is finalized on the 21st, and if you’re looking at the calendar, that’s the day before Thanksgiving, and also 3 days before our wedding anniversary. We have so much to be thankful for this year!
  • No, I haven’t purchased Violet’s first pair of mouse ears yet. But soon…very soon!!!

What was that you said? One more cute photo? Sure!

Violet is about 9 months old in these two pictures


(as for the future of this blog–please don’t worry, I WILL continue to blog about Disneyland! But I can’t make any promises about what and when. I always keep information current on Facebook so if you follow MYWTM on Facebook you can keep track of new posts when they arrive. You can also subscribe by clicking on the “Subscribe Me, Baby” button over there on the right. That will send an email directly to you when a new post comes up. Thank you all so much for being faithful readers and for understanding my new life circumstances. I hope you continue to read and enjoy MYWTM!)

29 responses to “The MYWTM Family Is Growing Soon!!!

  1. freestuff October 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so excited for you guys!!! Violet is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see some mouse ears on that little one. And, in a couple years, you’ll finally have a reason to walk into BBB 🙂

  2. RedRosie October 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hurray! Such exciting news! Our family was built through adoption too. And today is our daughter’s ‘gotcha day’. Both of our kids love to hear their special stories of how they came to us….and I still cry talking about it. I’m crying now thinking about how fortunate we are and how happy you must be!! Thanks for sharing the exciting news. We’ll be thinking of you next month (my sister adopted twice from Korea so I know how long that trip can be!)

  3. Janice October 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Squeeeee! Shelby, I am so happy for you and your family! When did you get your referral? I must have missed in on RQ. So many congratulations!
    Blessings and much happiness to you all.
    Janice (Mayken on RQ)

  4. lisa October 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    She is absolutely wonderful! Those cheeks! Congratulations!!

  5. aimeewrites October 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Yay, congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and her.

  6. Jessica October 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    OMG! So cute!

  7. Elena October 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    How exciting! That is fantastic and she is just precious. Congrats to your family!

  8. Sarah & Michael Chaskes October 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Best of luck with your recovery & many congratulations on the new addition! Have a great trip next month.

    Michael Chaskes

  9. Stephanie O October 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    That is the best ever reason for blog-neglect! She’s adorable and you are all so lucky to have one another. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful trip – what an adventure for you all! I can’t wait to see pics of her in the park.

  10. Susie October 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Yay!!!! Congrats on the new addition to your family.She’s beautiful

  11. Wombatish October 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    She’s beautiful and I couldn’t be happier for you! I can’t imagine waiting six years for something you’ve wanted so badly! I bet you guys can’t wait to meet her, must be agony. Congratulations to a degree I can’t properly articulate c:

  12. Denise October 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing such BIG news with us! What a lucky girl Violet is to have you, Kevin, and Theo for her forever family, as you are to have her. Glad to hear your mom will be in China too. Take good care of yourself, Shelby — soon-to-be mother of two!

  13. Naomi Johnson(Kat's friend) October 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Congrats! That is such wonderful news! A beautiful name for such an adorable little one! Such a great way to describe adoption:”A dream is a wish your heart makes…our dream was you” and a lovely disney reference too! My favorite aunt(she is more like a big sister) was adopted and I have close friends who adopted both their girls. It is such an amazing and joyous way to complete a family! I can’t wait to see more pics and hear about her first visit to Disneyland!

  14. MelindaB October 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Congratulations, Kevin, Shelby and Theo! She is adorable and I love her name. Don’t worry about us–your first priority is rightly your family and your new angel. We will be glad to get posts when you’re able to make them. Have safe travels to China, and I hope that all goes smoothly for you.

  15. IzzyInWonderland (from Micechat) October 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Congrats Shelby!!! This warms my heart so much and she is so precious!! Blessings to you and your family 🙂

  16. Lisa October 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I am so glad you are traveling soon. I brought my daughter home last year, and I was just thinking this morning about how it feels like i’ve known her forever. I hope your recovery is going well, and I hope your travel preparations are also going well.

  17. Melissa October 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to see more and more pictures of your adorable children! Good luck with the traveling! Children are blessings no matter what!

  18. Clinton Balmain October 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

    On November 21st I’ll be on a Disney cruise ship! We’ll send happy magical Disney thoughts your way.

  19. Jill Maland October 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

    What wonderful, happy news! Congratulations to you and your family. I hope your trip to get Violet and return home is a smooth one. What an exciting time!

  20. mims October 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    So, so happy for you and your family! Hope you recovery quickly from your surgery.

  21. J October 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Sending love and happy vibes for the trip! How incredibly wonderful for you and your family! I cannot wait to see the future posts of baby Violet at Disneyland!! 🙂

  22. Jackson October 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    That’s amazing!! Best of luck that everything goes smoothly! How exciting!!

  23. Karlie October 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Congratulations, she’s so cute! I’m so glad that this surgery didn’t coincide with going to get her, that would have been awful!

  24. kayleighmk November 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Wow I’m late reading this but I realize now that I’m reading it on the day you will be meeting little Violet!! She is so lucky to be adopted by such an awesome family, and to get to grow up going to Disneyland all the time! Officially jealous of little Violet Yue Min! Congratulations to you and your family Shelby!

  25. Gayle November 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

    How exciting. Congratulations!

  26. gretchen December 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! I just popped by because Jude and I are heading to DLand tomorrow, and I wanted to see your holiday recommendations and now I see this exciting news! You must follow up and let everybody know how Miss Violet is doing! Congratulations!

    • Shelby December 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you Gretchen! Have a great time tomorrow. Don’t miss the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch, and you can also find Santa in the Elias & Co. store on Buena Vista Street in CA Adventure.

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