Monday, May 28, 2012

1 year ago today......

........I sat down at my computer early in the morning with a cup of coffee to check emails while we were on vacation. I saw this beautiful face for the 1st time staring  out at me from an email saying we had 48 hours to lock her file. Really.... all I saw was this face saying "Please come get me Mommy" And that we did!

I now get to see this beautiful face every day.

I get to see her laugh and smile.

I get to watch her explore new things.

 I get to see her filled with love and overflowing with happiness!
 Our God is so very good!

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Small World

Last June this sweet 13 yr old held and loved on our Lulu in Chenzhou China while she was still technically an orphan.

Almost 1 year later Makenna sat in our home in the southern part of the USA holding Lulu...a much loved member of our family.

This is Shannon who leads the mission team to I wish we were going!

Two important young ladies in her life

Chenzhou sisters!

Minus 5!!!!!

Ten awesome kids brought together by the miracle of adoption!

Today we had the privilege of meeting this awesome family in person. We "met" them online last year when Shannon and her daughter Makenna visited Lulu's orphanage on a mission trip. They were our lifeline to our daughter for all those months we waited not so patiently for her to be home with us. They sent us pictures, videos and Shannon and I share a passion for orphans. What a wonderful afternoon with a wonderful family! Just another unexpected blessing God brought into our lives through adoption. Next year Julia and I hope to be going with them back to Chenzhou. What loving hearts they have and I am so thankful my daughter was the recipient of their love last summer. Thank you Makenna and Shannon! We LOVED meeting you all...lets do it again!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

The 5 beautiful souls that make me a Mother!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there I know and especially to my wonderful Mom!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

3 months home

I am going to let these pictures speak for themselves........

Happy, funny, blossoming, learning, talking, trying hard to walk, spoiled rotten and love beyond words!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cast Free!!!!!

 Although her casts have never really slowed her down....yes, she loves standing in the basket, and climbing and cruising and climbing,

 and the pink "Uggs" were really pretty cute...a bit smelly at this point,

it was time for those things to go....... this is my baby's straight left foot,

  and this....this is my baby's once "bad" right foot that is now flat and straight! And she is proud of them both!!!!

 She has already tested these new "puppies" out. And keeps asking where the casts went???

 And then it was bath time, real bath time, like IN the bathtub bath time.

So she really tested them out and kicked and kicked and kicked those precious straight feet. She was filled with joy and I couldn't get her out!!!! (notice the tan line)

Oh the absolute joy of seeing those feet for the first time in over 8 weeks! I cried! They look beautiful!! And they appear to be working beautifully too! Such a simple fix really but so unobtainable for an orphan. My heart is overflowing with thanks tonight to my God who would NOT let me/us stay in our comfort zone. He pushed and pulled until we obeyed. And this is the end result of obedience....a happy, smart, beautiful, funny, clever baby girl with the cutest feet I have ever seen! Thanks be to you oh God!