Three years ago we met our precious Dragonfly at a orphanage in Vietnam. This was our very first personal adoption experience and that day is etched in my memory forever. We walked into that tiny cinderblock room and there she was laying on that low wooden bed. She was wearing layers of clothes and a knitted yellow hat. I can close my eyes and see it perfectly. All the other babies were rolling around with each other like puppies, but she laid perfectly still and looked straight at us as it say……… “Are you here for me?” Yes, my sweet dragonfly, we are here for you. Forever!
Still working on it………… stay tuned.
The kids were out of school today for a teacher work day and the temperature was actually in the 70s. It was amazing and we could not resist spending our time outside. Musician had a couple of friends over and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a nice taste of spring that hopefully is going to show up in the very near future.
Musician had her softball physical today and there is no doubt about it….. she’s growing up. Before we turn around, she’s going to be an adult. I can’t believe she only has two more years of high school left and then she’s college bound (on most days). While she didn’t grow any inches over the past year, she lost 20+ pounds. I am so proud of her. Her vegan ways
drive me crazy make me proud that she can set a goal and stick to it. She can be a stubborn thing when she sets her mind to it, and I believe this trait will take her far in life.
In just a few short months, she will have her license and I will enter a whole new world of worry. I am pretty sure it was only yesterday that she was driving a tricycle. Everyone tells me that it will be a blessing when she can help chauffeur everyone everywhere. I’ll be sure to let you know when I let her loose on that one.
I really am amazed that two people can grow another person. It’s remarkable, don’t you think? How did Jeff and I accomplish this beautiful, wonderful person who plays the guitar, drums, ukulele, computer and iPod and phone? Only God could have been responsible for this and I can’t wait to see what else He has planned for her life!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremian 29:11
Every day I spend time wondering what our new son will be like. What kind of personality does he have? Will he be quiet and laid back or loud and busy? What does he do all day in China? There is no way to know exactly what he is like until we finally have him in our arms for a while and see his true self. I can’t wait for those days to arrive. We were given the chance by our wonderful agency to ask some questions recently. They sent a list of questions to his orphanage and within a day, we were sent back the answers!! We learned a little more about him. Some things are very interesting.
We know that he is living with a foster family and has been for quite a while. He loves candy and cookies and playing with toy cars. He isn’t afraid of anything and can be comforted with a toy car. (note to self : purchase plenty of toy cars) He speaks and understands only Cantonese. He hasn’t gotten our package yet, but I think this is because Chinese New Year slowed down the mail.
Learning all these new details about him only makes me miss him more, and I haven’t even met him yet.
Mathematician had to have a physical for the upcoming baseball season yesterday. Each year I am amazed at how much he has grown from the year before. I knew this year he had grown several inches because he has actually outgrown me! His voice has changed and we tease him that he is going to have to shave that upper lip before too long. He was 5’8 1/2″ tall and I couldn’t believe it! Where did my scrawny 6 lb baby go that I gave birth to? I guess all the food he has been eating and all the sleeping he does, is to fuel the growing that is going on. When I look at my children, I am amazed at the young men and women they are growing up to be and I can’t believe how fast it is happening. I’m so proud of Mathematician. Not only is he tall and strong on the outside, but he is tall on the inside. He has a beautiful helpful spirit and is my right hand man, especially when Jeff is at work or out-of-town. I can’t wait to see the man that he will become someday. God certainly blessed us with him, almost 14 years ago.
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord”…… Psalm 127:3a
WOO HOO!!! We hardly ever get a chance to go out because as you might imagine, our lives are busy busy. Tonight, though we are going to make it happen. Thanks to some wonderful friends, our little girls will be
spoiled greatly taken care of and our big kids will be entertaining themselves at home. I’m not going to lie, I love having my man all to myself. Yippee! It’s date night. Unless it’s an emergency, please don’t call.
I guess a person could say that a house full of people creates chaos, but I would have to argue that a house full of people creates entertainment. There is always something going on around here! From trampoline fun to Nerd Day at school to preschool dress up – you could never accuse us of being boring. And you would also think that I wouldn’t have time to count the days it takes to process our adoption paperwork, but don’t worry….. I still do!
SMH came over to play today at our house while her mommy went to a meeting. The girls had a fun time pushing toy filled strollers and shopping carts around the living room. They played with dolls, and carried their blankets and shared lunch. It’s really amazing how well they play together since they are all three so
spoiled rotten well loved. I especially love to watch the relationship between Ladybug and SMH. Some people may think I am crazy, but there is a special bond between them that can’t be explained. They arrived in their families’ arms at the same exact time and traveled home from China together to a brand new life. In those early days, when Ladybug was not interested in any other person, she would reach out to touch SMH. She has always smiled happily when she saw her and one of her very first words was “Mei”. When my dear friend and I were waiting during those long months for our daughters, we would often talk about our hopes for them to have a close relationship. It looks as if our hopes are coming true and it’s a beautiful thing!!