God's Plan For Us
" 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." Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Xiaoyun goes into the hospital for at least 6 weeks in January. She will have 4 surgeries to treat her severe congenital scoliosis. Her first surgery is January 4. We appreciate all who will keep her in their prayers!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Elli and Enya have had some excitement in their lives lately. In the last 2 weeks Enya has lost 3 teeth (the first she's lost since comng home). The first she pulled herself and Baba pulled the other two. When she lost that first tooth, we told her she needed to put in under her pillow and see what happened to it. Evidently, none of our girls had heard of the tooth fairie. She was thrilled the next morning that there was money instead of the tooth. Since it worked out so well that time, she had Baba pull another one the next day ;-) . This, however, caused two other girls to be a little bit jealous. Elli immediately set about trying to find a loose tooth she could help along (she had never lost a tooth). Xiaoyun felt she had really gotten a bad deal. She told us " No fair! I didn't know about this in China and didn't get any money when I lost mine". Of course, baba is a softie, so the next morning all three had some money under their pillow (and yes, Enya had more than the other two since she was the one who had lost the tooth). Everyday Elli worked on her tooth and had us checking it constantly to see if it was loose enough. Sunday was the big day - Elli's first tooth was finally pulled. Enya also decided to lose another tooth that day (one I didn't even know was loose), so it was quite exciting the next morning when the girls both woke up. In the video you see the girls holding a little bag, which contained the tooth and then the money. These were bags that jewelry was put in when you purchase it in China, so it was a neat thing to use for the girls.
*For the record, our girls know where the money came from - didn't want them thinking a stranger in a tutu was lurking in their room ;-)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Today we celebrated Emily's 19th birthday. It is hard to believe it has been that long since she was first placed in my arms. God has blessed me immensely with this beautiful girl. I don't know how I would have made it without Emily - she is such a help with the girls. The love her sisters have for her is so sweet and a testimony to the fact that she is a fantastic older sister. The girls were so excited to go shopping for gifts for Em and each picked out and then decorated their own cards for her. I think Enya was more excited because she hasn't really experienced anything like this before. Xiaoyun's birthday was celebrated only a few hours after we got home, and I don't think Enya had really grasped the concept until Em's birthday. After Emily had opened her gift from Enya, Enya went into her room and picked out some of her own special things and refilled the gift bag and gave it to Em again. Xiaoyun was concerned about getting something special for Em and asked me everyday this week to make sure I was going to take her to the store so she could pick something out. Watching the girls all swarming around Emily waiting their turn to give her their own gift and card, was so touching.
This afternoon the girls got in the little swimming pool Zak and Mandy had bought last weekend when they brought our precious granddaughter down for a visit. (Last week was a wonderful week of visiting first with Mamaw and Papaw David, and then with Zak, Mandy and Zeza!!) I was out there sitting with them while they played, when Virgil snuck around the house with a bucket full of cold water. He splashed us all, and by the time we were finished we were sitting in this little pool - completely clothed - with the girls. As I listened to the girls laughing and playing, I couldn't help but think of our life and what an incredible blessing it is. The girls would have had no more fun if we had a mansion and an in ground pool. Just the fact that we were all together was enough.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I pray God helps me to see others as He sees them - 'man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' 1 Samuel 16:7b
Friday, June 17, 2011
I am so woefully behind on the blog - sorry! My body is taking a long time to get back to normal, and the girls require most of my energy. All the girls are doing well. Things are settling into a good routine. I realized the other day that we needed to have a chore chart so that I was not the only one doing all the housework. Surprisingly, all the girls were good with that. I explained that my job was to make sure that when they grew up they needed to be able to take care of themselves. Since then, they are pitching in without any complaints (so far!) I have had to lower my expectations about how well a job is done, but honestly, I had already lowered them for myself - it doesn't matter how many times a day you clean the floors or pick up the toys - 20 minutes later it looks as though you never touched the house. I've learned to be a little more laid back on the cleanliness of the house - not sure if that has come with age, or the fact my time is full of more important things - kids on the lap, singing songs, pulling out baby dolls supplies, etc.
We had a flashback the other day. Last year, Elli sat in Virgil's lap and watched Em's dance recital and let us know she wanted to do that too. This year, Enya Li sat on Virgil's lap and watched Emily and Elli dance and let us know she wanted to dance, also. That may end up happening because Emily just became the new dance instructor where she has taken dance for years. Hopefully, Elli and Enya Li can take lessons with her.
Xiaoyun is having a hard time missing her foster family and her friends. We found out this past week she was actually going to a boarding school through the week and came home on the weekends. It is hard for her not to be surrounded by all her friends. She pulled out pictures for us to look at of her class, and also gave me two precious pictures of her and her foster mom. One was made when she was 7 and the other when she was nine. I'm so grateful to have a bit of her past. The foster family had two children of their own - a girl 21 and a boy 19. The girl was married and had a little boy that Xiaoyun was crazy about. There were also two foster brothers in the home. A fourteen year old, who also had scoliosis, and a thirteen year old, who I believe has Hepatitis B. (She has already been tested and does not have it). I can not imagine how hard all this is for her. What is incredible is that she gives us hugs and kisses all the time, loves to sit in your lap, and says 'I love you' frequently. God is a miracle worker!
Elli is doing better with the new family members. She's really taken up with Xiaoyun, and her and Enya Li are finally starting playing together. We still have battles over toys and clothes, but I suppose that is to be expected with two so close in age. Elli has become more emotional, and we have to be careful to make sure she gets as much attention as the other two. She is compassionate when Enya gets hurt and will go get a washcloth and wipe Enya's face, or grab the bandaids if she has a cut or scratch.
Enya continues to be quite the character. She is still up bright and early, but at least she has a smile on her face and gets up in a good mood. She takes delight in the little things. Anything given to her excites her - even if it is a piece of gum. She can turn on the emotions like a switch. She can go from laughing to crying in the blink of an eye. Food continues to be foremost on her mind. She eats non stop. Fortunately, she likes the healthy foods. I sat out cereal around the house for her to snack on, and this week fixed a bucket of snacks that they are allowed to grab any time they want. (We have a bucket of sweets that they must ask for before touching and they are doing fine with that also.) Enya has started singing Jesus Loves Me, and it is precious to hear. We are going to take her to church this Sunday for the first time. It would have been sooner, but the last two weeks we've had someone with strep, three with colds, and one with a mysterious rash in the family. Somehow I didn't think people would appreciate being contaminated ;-) .
The girls got the preliminary labs and x-rays back this week and referrals have now been ordered to all the specialists. Enya needs to have surgery on her eye, and then also surgeries at some point on her lip. Her blood work was good except for low protein (normal given the circumstances) and her lead was a little high. Other than that all looked good. Xiaoyun's labs were about the same. Her xrays showed a 144% curvature, which is considered severe. Hopefully she will be seeing a specialist quickly so we can see what/if anything can be done.
God continues to bless each and every day. We continue to thank God for friends and family who are so faithful to pray for us!
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