Monday, December 13, 2010
|Enjoy the Season!!!!|
Monday, December 6, 2010
|Just moments before we met Lucy for the first time.|
I am not sure if others viewing this have the same reaction as me, and maybe it will sound a bit odd, but watching this breaks my heart. Our little girl is scared to death. The only way that I can try to understand how Lucy must have been feeling is to think about what it would be like if I was abducted by aliens. And I don't say this in jest. We were nothing of what our girl had known up to that point in her 11 months of life. We looked and sounded different. The entire scene (as you could probably sense and hear) was chaotic. Here we were in our hotel lobby, other crying babies surrounding us, all kinds of things being handed to us, our guide directing us in what we needed to do next... And all that was probably going through little Lucy's head and heart was: where is my world? what is happening? who are these strange people? At one point in the video you can see Lucy looking at Brian, and it is evident this is what she is thinking/feeling.
|Hello, sweet girl....|
|Asleep at last... Lucy's first night with us.|
Happy Forever Family Day to you, sweet Lucy.
Monday, November 22, 2010
It all starts with God, because without Him, my life as I know it would not be possible. All the praise and glory goes to Him.
|The Summer Palace in China...almost one year ago.|
Of course to all my family and friends, too many to mention (which in and of itself is a blessing), thank you for all you bring to my life. You support me, enrich me, sustain me, challenge me, love me... I am filled with gratitude, and forever better because of you all.
I am thankful that this past week we had our final post placement home study. After five years of social workers coming to our house to be sure we have running water (yep!), a posted fire escape plan (believe it!) and (more to the point) that we will be/are sufficient parents, we are done! Alleluia!
There are so many other gifts that I have been given, so many other things that I have to be grateful for. But family, friends, relationships...these are my greatest blessings and the most important. So I will stop here. May each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by those you love.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
|At the zoo with our new friend, Abby.|
|Lucy's first haircut!|
|I love being outside!|
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Brian and I have been full of excitement waiting for the arrival of our first Halloween with Lucy. We were fortunate to have Brian's sister, Bridget, in town to commemorate the occasion. Lucy was our little "angel," and even though it was a bit cold, she had a blast! By about the tenth house (my best guess) she had the whole "trick or treat" thing down. She got so excited going up each driveway in her wagon and would fervently yell "chocolate" in anticipating of her next treat. Who knew it would be this fun!
As a final note, we got our tree! For those who read my blog post from September 28th, you know that I won this tree at a fund-raiser for a local girl just adopted from China. Originally, I had won a maple tree. But when the generous donator from C & M Landscaping (also the little girl's uncle) found out about the connection between our families, he suggested planting a Cherry Blossom tree instead. This line of tree is abundant in Asian countries like China and Japan. This past weekend we all graciously watched as they planted this beautiful new addition in our backyard.
Friday, October 22, 2010
So for any of you football lovers, you must know that the game was a real nail biter, with South Carolina losing in the last minute. Being with my brother (a South Carolina alum)/sister-in-law, and our UK friends Johanna and Ross, posed quite the dilemma for us. But Brian and I have developed an affinity for South Carolina through my brother, so this was our team. Needless to say, the loss was a disappointment, but we still had a blast. Thanks to Ray and Jessica, Johanna and Ross for organizing this great get together. What a blessing to spend a beautiful day with family and friends while Lucy was well cared for.