Wednesday, January 30, 2013

1 year ago today......

On January 30, 2012 we found ourselves in a civil affairs office in Changsha, China waiting for the arrival of our 5th child. She came to us wrapped in 5 layers of clothing, the top layer being a puffy red silk suit that made her look like she weighed 40 lbs.

She had no idea what was happening. Poor baby.

She was scared. And oh she was mad.

We got back to the hotel and undressed her and underneath all that.... was a tiny 20 lb baby. 
She was so sad.
My heart broke for her.
She did not know we loved her.
She did not know it was all for the better.
She was 21 months old but more like a 9 month old really.
Her little crooked and gnarled feet could barely hold her up.
She was only semi-mobile with a scooting kind of crawl.
She was deathly quiet.
She did not smile or laugh.

Slowly, her personality began to blossom.
 And today, 1 year later, she is still a tiny little thing,18 mo. size, but tiny only in stature.
She is HUGE in personality and filled with life.
She laughs.
She is always smiling.
She never stops talking.
And those precious feet....all fixed.
She runs, jumps, gallops, dances her way through the day.
She tells me "I not baby, I Lulu"
Or the latest, "I not baby, I princess."
Yes my dear daughter, you ARE a princess!

Puffy red silk suit....1 year later!

She thought the split pants were so funny!

No more tears.
A happy baby.
A very loved baby.

We can't imagine our family without her. But what if we had missed this blessing? God asked us to step out in faith and adopt again. Not my plan. Not what I thought I would be doing at 47 years old. But oh, so much better! This child is a constant reminder to me what faith can do. What obedience to Him looks like. It doesn't usually make sense, the things He asks of us. But we must trust and obey. And watch the blessings flow freely into our lives.

Happy Forever Family Day my sweet Lulu! I love you, we love you, beyond words!

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Great Sunday

Ok, it is Friday already and this post is about Sunday.....ugh...but anyway, we had a great time last Sunday with the Bryant family. We traveled last January with Jan and her aunt Lulu to China to get "the girls". It was so nice to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon with their big awesome family at their amazing house. Good food, good times, special friends! Thanks Bryant family for hosting. We had such a special day! FYI, there were 13 kiddos between the 2 families! And....they are going back for another adorable little fellow, hopefully this spring!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Basketball Weekend

Well, school has started back up and so have the classes, lessons and practices and games. I tried my best to hold onto every last second of holiday but came screaming back! Julia's basketball team had a tournament in Columbia Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I am so glad I decided to "do life" as I got to watch the Eagles win the 2013- 3D Hoops Basketball Tournament! What a great job these girls did! They are really a JV team and even have a few 8th graders on the team but they played at the varsity level for this tournament because they did not have a JV level. AND THEY WON! It was so exciting to watch and even more so because the Eagles were behind and came on strong after half time and ended up winning! What a great group of little fighters! GREAT JOB EAGLES! And I have to brag a bit, it is MY blog, Julia made the All-Tournament team and also won the MVP of the tournament! I was so proud of her! She is such a competitor and NEVER gives up! Way to go Jules! SO proud of you!