Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Grace's personality is a trip!
- She loves to run from you and see if you can catch her.
- Her laugh is contagious.
- She is silly and other parents have said she must have been the life of the party.
- She is very smart too, she seems more interested in figuring out the toys and how the work then playing with them.
- She repeats words when I say them or copies the things I do.
- She loves to take her shoes off and have you put back on
- She loves scrambled eggs and watermelon and M&Ms and chocolate. Have to leave them read to keep her from finding snacks and have to hide the M&Ms
- She is going to love Molly and Hunter (our dog and cat) because she loves those photos in her book.
- She grabs the boys faces on the screen when we skype them.
- She waves bye-bye
- She blows kisses and face plants big ones on your face with wide open mouth
- she says momma and papa( for daddy)
- She is very possessive of her mommy. Lily ran to me and jumped in my lap. Grace ran over and said no-no and pushed her away and sat in my lap and said momma. Too funny! Lily didn't miss a beat - she just did it again!
- she gives great laugh
- SHE IS OURS!
Today is a free day. We had breakfast and kind of chilled at hotel. Grace fell asleep on my shoulder while I was chatting with another mom, so when she wakes we will go down for lunch and see what we can find to do. It is so hot out there not sure if we will venture down to the park, and it is not a real safe thing walking around here, traffic is insane! She loves it outside, though she is sweating and we feel like we are gonna die! May try out the pool. Check in more later...
Enjoy the photos
Oh and keep praying for my boys, especially Jonathon as it is hard to be away from each other!
P.S. Your posts melt my heart, I weep as I write them. Thanks for loving us so much!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
- She gets along well with others
- She is very active
- She often grabs toys from others
- She loves to climb to high places
- When she is fussy, they hold her and give her some snacks
- She is very brave and so they have never found her afraid of anything
- She can walk very well
- She likes animals
- raw meat unwrapped for purchase in the meat section
- including; chicken feet and pigs hooves
- tons of children here and everywhere in China with split pants. Pants for little boys that are potty training...no underware, just a big split that their bottom hangs out of, they just squat and pee
- or like today in Walmart, one peed in a trash can in the isle and another little boy right in the middle of the floor
The shopping experience is always and adventure and lots of things to see that have never seen before.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Once we arrived we met up with 4 other families at the airport in our travel group from other places across the United States (SC, New Hampshire, Colordo and Florida) the SC family was actually from Rock Hill which was neat; 3 of the families already had one little girl from China and this was their second adoption. George (not sure his Chinese name, but he says call him George) is our CCAI (our adoption agency) and has been very helpful. He still had 3 more trips back to the airport over the course of evening to get other families coming in.
Once we got checked in we walked across the street and ate at a Chinese Dumpling Restaurant. They were not bad, the fried ones were the best. Not sure what was more enjoyable the food, or Guy trying the dumplings. Guy is not very adventerous on what he eats and is just a meat and potatoes kind of guy so this is going to be very interesting for him. His facial expresssions, comments and the way the dumpling made its way into a napkin had the 3 of us hysterical. He seemed to have no problem with the beer here though and stuck to a liquid dinner. It was also quit comical trying to communicate with a waiter that does not speak english when we don't speak any chinese. He was very taken back though at the tip we left, modest $5 but they don't tip here at restaurants and he was very very apprecaitive and surprised! Meal for 4 and 4 beers; $25 US dollars.
Then we ventured over to the grocery store, which is located in the mall, interesting. Very different things you will see in their grocery store. Kelly and I had to go check out the meats and produce. The grossiest thing to me was the "penis" you can order at the deli...OMG! I did not bother to see "whose". The smell itself about took me out. We got some diet cokes and waters and headed back to the room for a good night sleep. Can't drink the water here, hard minerals our bodies not used to would make us sick, so even have to brush teeth with bottled water.
We slept well, now off to get ready for a big day of tours. Today we tour the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong and Birds Nest (where Olympics were when here in China). Should be a fun day!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
So we leave out tomorrow morning...bright and early (stop laughing those of you who know I am not a morning person, just the one of the many sacrifices I will be making over the next few weeks. We are flying United. We leave out of Charlotte at 6:00am, fly through DC and get to Beijing, China on Thursday, June 24 at 2:20pm We were able to manage a great deal on business class so we should be able to fly in comfort. Pray for smooth flight and that we get some rest.
We will get Grace on Monday, June 28. Our "Gotcha Day".
We will return home on Saturday, July 10 at 11:14pm. This is the moment the boys will be so excited for! This is their "Gotcha Day"!
So folks in less than 24 hours we will be on our way to China. In 5 more days (they are 12 hours ahead of us) we will be holding our daughter...I am overwhelmed at the thought of it.
So what can you do?
Pray - first and foremost for Grace's healing. Her wound is still leaking. Secondly for Grace's transition. We know God planned long ago for us to be her mommy and daddy. Pray she knows it too and the transition and connection are easy for her. Pray for safe travels, and for our kids back home to be safe and patience and peace for my Mom who will be caring for my kidsd and Kelly's. And, pray I can eat without being sick..pray Guy and I stay healthy too. Lastly, pray for us and the boys to do ok with being apart....and anything else the Lord leads you to pray.
I am overhwelmed that some of my friends have decided to stop where they are at 7:00pm each evening to lift us in prayer. We are 12 hours ahead so as they are closing their day in prayer, they will be lifting our day which is about to begin in prayer. I am truly blessed.
I ended my last prayer asking for God's faithfullness in our finances and a miracle in this area, let me just say this, God opened the floodgates of heaven eand provided a miracle here too.
I hope as you have shared in our journey you have seen the faithfullness of our God. Never ever stop dreaming. I dreamed big for Grace. I thought it was too big. My dream is about to come true. Nothing is to big for God. Remember he puts those desires in our heart (we are not selfish) they are there to drive us to our calling. Then he gets to show up big and bless us. HE is still in the miracle business I am proof of that. Little ole imperfect me, is loved by a big perfect God and so are you!
Follow along ,we will be updatign the blog while we are gone with all our stories and yes PICTURES!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Well I have to say I needed today’s post that I found with updated photos of Grace. I needed to look at my precious daughter and remind myself why we are doing this. We had our travel call today and once again were surprised at the increase in costs for this next step. Over the past 3-1/2 years things have increased in price a lot, probably by like 30%. It was yet another blow to us financially. We are trusting God as we know that we are called to this little girl and he is a God of favor and a God of his promises. So please prayer warriors pray for finances and pray for this beautiful little girl Grace. She is having some problems with her wound not healing from the last surgery. Pray for a healing touch from our Lord. We are eager to bring her home, to love her, to hold her and to care for her. We don’t believe she is in any pain and God has done in a big work in her, a miracle type work, join us in prayer please as we still need continued healing for our precious Grace. We are holding on to God’s word that he brings all things to completion….our daughter coming home and her healing!
These beautiful pictures today have to bring a smile to your face. I know I am a little bias as her mommy, but come on she is adorable! Here is what they said about her with the photos.
“Grace becomes the head of the kids after Benjamin (he is the little boy who left a week ago) left. She is very active and proactive, hitting and running (a Chinese expression to show how active and proactive a kid is), just like Benjamin when he was here. We still feel sorry for the wound on her neck. We hope that after she goes back to her family, she will soon completely recover with the help and love of her dad, mum, and her brothers. Grace is very happy. She has four brothers who love her. Her family has prepared a little princess bedroom for her. We believe that she will become a true princess and the precious pearl of her parents.”
Folks they have seen her photo album I sent and looked and saw she has 4 brothers, they saw the pictures of her room and the “Princess” above her bed!
Leaving for Grace in 12 days…and counting!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Well it is official. Our flights are booked. We are leaving out bright and early June 23 at 6:00am. We will arrive in Beijing China on June 24 at 2:20pm. Kelly and Fred will be on the long leg of the flight with us. We will fly home on July 10th and get home very late 11:14pm. The boys and PawPaw are so excited about meeting us there. Grace will meet her other brother Christian in Cooperstown on Sunday (which is where we will be heading after we fly and change out our suitcases - driving through the night). It will be a long couple days but all worth it! We are so very excited!!!!!!!!!!
So as you can imagine we have been workign on logistics, logistics, logistics. It is amazing how many things you have to get in order before we leave plus to ensure that 3 boys are taken care of with their busy calendars while we are gone. Logan and Christian will be in baseball and basketball camps some so that will help. Jonathon will be on his first mission trip so that will be great too. Just a long time away from my boys. We plan to SKYPE while we are gone though, we are all excited about that.
I am thrilled that we will be traveling with Kelly and Fred and get to bring our girls home together. After such a long wait it is hard to believe this is about to happen! I real dream coming to fruition. Heaven is about to invade earth folks!
I am also very excited about some others that are in our travel group. I have been talking with 3 other mom's whose children are with Grace at the same foster care. One mom got home a week or so ago with her son. The other two mom's and I get to travel together to get our girls. These girls have grown up together and now get to take this journey together too. Us moms have connected to through email during the wait and are so excited about actually meeting each other. You can see their picture attached.
Well more to come later we get our final travel packet and have our travel conference call with our group tomorrow at 3:30pm
Friday, June 4, 2010
So in 19 days we will be in flight to get our baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please pray for peace and order in these next days and for God to prepare Grace as well as Guy and I for our big day! Also for peace for the boys. We have a lot of emotions and logistics and need to feel God with us. It is a long time to leave our boys. But we will soon all be together. Okay I am rambling I am exhausted and heading to bed!
Thank you God for bringing us to this last leg of our journey!