Thursday, September 6, 2012

Keeping it real

Things are going really well.  We are all settling in on US time (I hope) There is some jealousy with Ting and Em but I expected that.  Em came up to sit by me on the couch and Ting HAD to come to the same and put her arm around me too. LOL  It's nice to be fought over sometimes.

Sadly this picture is not first thing in the morning, it was bed time and I still hadn't had a shower that day.  But this is the mom my kids see so I guess I might as well keep it real for the rest of the world too!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Living the dream

I hesitate to post this post.  We have been home for 10 days now and I STILL feel like I am living a dream.  That one day I will wake up and no one will have any clue what I'm talking about when I mention Miss T in China.  

Even when things were hard in China, and they were REALLY hard at times, I still could not quite convince myself that it was happening.  Things started to settle down with our newest princess by the time we got to GZ to start the USA side of the paperwork.  GZ was familure from our first trip so it was almost like coming home in a way.  I felt much more relaxed by that time as well as Miss T was not quite as angry at her new world. We were able to get out and walk around a LOT more and I think being outside really helped Miss T feel safe.

We had our medical exam and TB test done so there was lots of time between those and when we had to be sworn in.  This gave us a chance to visit the pearl market.  That was something we didn't do the first time but I'm really glad we did this time.  We bout pearls for both girls to  wear at their weddings, They were only 60.00 US per strand and I'm not sure what they will appraise at but I KNOW they will appraise for more because it was a wholesale pearl market.  There is no way we could ever pay 60.00 for a hand stranded pearl necklace anywhere in the US so I'm ok.

The flight home was not too bad, LONG but not bad.  The girls slept quite a way and by the time we got home they were pretty adjusted to the new time zone in just 24 hours.  Mom and dad however are dragging.

Our sweet sweet baby girl is adjusting so very well.  Her CP is in the moderate range but she shows such potential in so many areas.  I can't wait to see how far she comes!!!  She also was shown love and nurtuing in her little life because she cares for her baby so lovingly!  It warms my heart to know that someone loved her before I got the privilage of being her mom!!!

I hope to have more update soon.  If you are my friend on FB you know I'm pretty much up to the hour updating.

Next task....getting over jet lag once and for all!!!  This is really kicking my behind this time around!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Sweet home!!!

After one misadventure then another and well, another we finally made it home safe and sound last night around dinner time.

Ting and I slept 13 hours last night so while time of day isn't an issue for either of us, confusion and dizziness are a HUGE issue for me right now.  Pray this will go away soon because I can't walk without leaning over and sometimes nearly falling.

Ting loves her new brother and sister that stayed home, in fact she will have a VERY hard time when biggest sis goes to the Bahamas in a couple months to begin her mission work again. :(  She gives her the BIGGEST smile every time she sees her!  She chatters up a storm in Chinese and is taking quite a few steps on her own already!  I can't wait to see what she can accomplish with some therapy because she is a very independent spirit and I don't think there will be much she won't be able to do someday!!  We have been overblessed with the children in our lives and I must say I don't know why I have been so blessed but am so thankful God chose me to be the mom to the best 4 kids in the world!!!!!!!!!

Thank you all so very much for your prayers and support over the last year while we raised the money we needed to complete our adoption.  There are not words that can adequately describe how grateful we are!  Ting is worth every grey hair, every sleepless night, and every tear that fell while we waited for her.  She is the last piece to our puzzle and our family does indeed feel complete! I hope that one of these days really soon I can get to feeling better and can post more of the pictures from China but until then just know how much I appreciate your prayers!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fell asleep

Yeah so I fell asleep early again last night.

I did want to leave you with one of my new favorite photos and the photo of our family in front of the Consulate right after we had the swearing in ceremony!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Consulate appointment

I wish I had more time to post  Maybe tonight I can get a few photos up for you.  Ting is adjusting much better every day!!!!!!!  She is just amazing and so brave.

We had our consulate appointment this morning and it is all official.  When she gets off the plane in Chicago in a few days she will be a US citizen just like her sister!!!

We are going to lunch now and to the pearl market later so if I'm not too tired I will be sure to get pictures of our beautiful girl and her amazing smile!!!!!!!!!!!!