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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" 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

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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