Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Monday, January 23, 2012

One last picture from China......

Oh sweet baby......the layers you must wear just to keep warm, your tattered clothes, your runny nose, those eyes that seem to be saying "When are you coming to get me Mommy?" Six more sleeps my baby and you will be an orphan no more! Your family is coming to get you.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday Xin!!!!

Today we celebrated Xin's 6th birthday. He actually turns 6 on Feb. 1st but since some of us will be in China, today was his birthday! He wanted a "party",poor guy had never had a party, so yesterday we did that with some friends. Today we had the family birthday celebration complete with birthday pancakes, presents, dinner out his choice-Mexican- and singing with cake (well cookies) and ice cream. He loved it! Oh Xin, you have come so far little buddy! We love you and are so glad we get to celebrate all your birthdays to come with you! We are so proud of all that you have learned and how hard you try to fit into family life. You're doing great!!!! Happy Birthday Xin! Big Big Hugs!!!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Random Thoughts...very random thoughts!

So I have had so many things just spinning through my head lately..... to do lists, things to finish, things to get, things not to forget, school work to finish up, ball practices, emails to return, etc..... I feel like I might just jump off the nearest tall building! But I have had a lot of thoughts lately too. So here they are in no particular order:

I can't wait to hold my baby
I can't wait to hear her laugh-hopefully she will laugh at some point on the trip
Can I make it out of the house without bursting into tears while saying goodbye to the "Littles"
I can't wait for those breakfast buffets!
I can't wait to see what God has in store for us when we visit the orphanage
I want to glorify Him while we are there
I am looking forward to time with my "Bigs" for a few days
I am going to miss my "Littles' terribly
Will Lulu cry, scream, shut down, throw tantrums
Will this trip and adjustment be as hard as Xin's
Lord, please hold me up if it is!!!
Will Lulu like us
Will I forget some important paper we need in China
I can't wait to kiss Lulu's chubby cheeks
Will I be able to leave that orphanage without taking multiple children with me
Did I mention the breakfast buffets
I can't wait to ride the train thru the China countryside
Are Lulu's feet really clubbed
Is jet-lag going to kick my fanny again
What will the new normal look like
I am so excited!!!!!
I am scared
I dread the 16 hr plane ride...oh please let my TV and light work this time
I hate those small HARD beds
Can't wait to try some spicy Hunan food
I don't want Lulu to be frightened
Will she let me comfort her
Will Jaida do ok without Mommy
Will Xin miss us...oh how I hope he does
Will my parents, bless their souls, be able to survive the "Littles"
I get teary thinking of the reunion of our family in Columbia on the 8th
Did I write everything down my parents might need
What if the ants come back....we get ants sometimes
Will all of our luggage make it
Hopefully nobody will get sick
I can't wait to kiss Lulu's nubby little fingers
Will this really be our last child...holy cow...I would have never guessed 3 adoptions!
I want to enjoy this time in China
I want to stop worrying about ALL the little details
I have to change diapers again...and wash 46!
Will Lulu be scared to death of the dogs...they are a trip by the way, the 2 of them!
Is the train station going to be hard to navigate without a guide and all our stuff
I am excited about Hong Kong
Will Lulu look the same as her pictures
Will Jaida REALLY be ok
Just the thought of homeschooling when we get home kicks my fanny
Are we bringing enough gifts for the kids at the orphanage
I can't wait to go back to Lucy's (restaurant in Guangzhou)
Will we still be able to get a "red couch" photo
I am going to have 5 kids!!!!!!
I am so BLESSED to have 5 kids!!!!!!!
I am so scared to have 5 kids!!!!!!!!
Did I print out all the directions from Mapquest my parents might need
Am I leaving enough meals so my poor Mom doesn't have to cook too much
We are missing Xin's bday (celebrating before we leave.... but still...guilt)
Sam will turn 10 while in China, I hope it is a good day
Will it be utter chaos when we get home...I don't function well in chaos
I think it will be utter chaos for awhile
Oh yeah...another growth opportunity for me
Will I "feel" God when I need Him
Did God really call us to this...or did I just imagine it
Seriously can't wait to kiss her cheeks
I almost forgot to leave the trash pick up schedule..and the recycle
Will I be able to have my much needed morning quiet time again...maybe not for awhile
God will understand ...I will steal some semi-quiet moments when I can
I get to hold my baby in 18 days...less because they are 13 hours ahead
2 weeks from now I will be sitting on the plane....8 hours down, 8 more to go
I think I will have a glass of wine on the plane, maybe it will help me sleep?
8 months ago I saw her face for the 1st time, 8 more months without a family
In 18 days we will have her in our arms forever, our Louisa will be with her family

I have to stop now because it really never ends, my brain and its endless chatter, this is just a sampling. Are you tired? I am.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Tickets purchased- depart the USA on January 26th-and we got flights and seats of choice!
A day and a 1/2 to tour Hong Kong
Off to Changsha January 29th
Hotel rooms of choice
Gotcha Day January 30th-oh my can't wait!
Get to visit orphanage-Feb 2nd-via bullet train to Chenzhou
Off to Guangzhou on Feb 3rd
Rooms of choice there too
Depart Guangzhou for Hong Kong the 7th via train
Depart for home-HK to Chicago to Columbia on the 8th
Arrive back in Columbia at 7:00pm on the 8th to the arms of my other 2 babies I am going to miss terribly!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The last 2 letters...........


Travel Approval-details to follow!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Best Friend

Julia and Haley. Best Friends. Born 6 weeks apart. Friends for 13 years. Inside jokes. Laughing at each other's silly jokes. Being totally yourself with each other. Crying together. Laughing together....lots. Growing up together. Sharing things together. Moving apart but staying close.
We had the sheer pleasure of having Haley with us this past week. I told Haley she could be our 6th child anytime! We miss her already! The good-byes are always hard and there wasn't a dry eye in our house this morning. What a blessing a special friendship like this is!
We love you Haley!