Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WE ARE HOME!!! Part One

We are HOME! Nothing better then your bed and your family around! It has been two weeks but it already felt like our journey to China and back was a life time ago!

My awesome sister in law, travel companion and helper!
What started as a picture of  Emma and Abbi turned into a photo op for a family with "The American's"
BEAUTIFUL (at least from the airport) Hong Kong! I hope to go see more of it some day!
Waiting waiting waiting!
Emma loved her journey!Like any child she will tell you her favorite was eating donuts for breakfast and eating McDonalds for dinner (I know great parenting) and staying in a hotel! There were some moments where I could tell she was done with the hotels and food and strange paces where people stared, (especially when we made it to Texas and got delayed) but honestly she blew me away with how much she tolerated in China! It was a growing moment for sure.

Abbi did AMAZING on the flight home!!! She slept pretty much the whole way and when she didn't sleep she was in a great mood most of the way! It was when we got to Texas that she was up and down bug honestly we were all pretty done at that point and praying that we would get a fight out! That last leg of the trip was the hardest last time and for sure this time as well.  Jet lag did not disappoint-to bed at 12am woke up at 3am for the day :/ Emma on the other hard bounced back pretty quick! Must be nice!

Together at last!

My 3 four year olds!

Levi LOVES his sister!

Daddy took 5 of the 7 camping in the back yard.

A sweet friend of ours invited our adoption  mamas group to bring our families  to her Fun Works place. It has arcades, go karts, water balloon catapult, mini golf and batting cages! Jen has a sweet heart for adoption and special needs children and has offered such a gift to us! Adoption and special, needs lends it self to a sometimes life filled with therapies, doctors appoints and lots of crying as we work through grief. Jen gives us a chance to just be a family! Jen THANK YOU for being God's hands and feet! I know your humble spirit but never admit to it, but you are giving our families a HUGE gift!


Celebrating Isac and Nina's birthday's!

Abbi has adjusted so so well! The three older girls just love her go death and all her sweet Abbi-isms. Nina tolerated her for the first few weeks but now we are starting to see some signs of regression. Which is hard to watch since we have gone through regression a few times with her already and I just wish I knew how to help her through it, but we will. Because Nina has regressed since her last hospital stay, food is sacred to her, no ones food is safe, unfortunately Abbi's either, and being she just came from living four years of hoarding food, well it can make meal times interesting. Also Nina still does not grasp personal space, so when she walks she pretty much barrels through who ever is in front of her. For the other kids, this usually is not too big of a deal (aside from Isac, it drives him nuts), but can cause some interesting issues between Abbi ad Nina. All issues that I am sure over time will work them selves out. Levi LOVES his new sister!!! And she him! Which I was not too surprised by given how well she welcomed Nina and Isac, He is always looking out for her, wanting to give her food and toys and helping her out if she falls. Isac is a pretty passive kid. He likes Abbi, and will play with her but if a person is not returning the attention the same he becomes uninterested and being Abbi can not talk, it makes it hard for her to communicate that to him. And Abbi is head over heels for her daddy! It's as if she has been waiting her life for him! At first that is all she wanted but it has gradually evened back out.

Since home, we have already had Abbi's and Nina's Neurologist appointment and pediatrician visit.
I will update more on that in the next blog!

Thank you all for your prayers, love and comments! Some of them truly kept me going some days!!!!

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