Count of Chicks for Children

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gotcha/Family Days and Birthdays


April and May have been exciting and busy months around here. Elli and Enya were baptized Easter Sunday, which was precious indeed. Afterwards, the family all came to our house for dinner. There is nothing the girls love more than having extended family gathering together.
                                             Enya's baptism

April 26 we celebrated Enya’s 3rd gotcha day. She is such a joy, with a big heart and a bubbly personality. She continues to operate on one speed- full speed ahead ;-). She and Ximi have gotten to where they will spend hours playing with Pet Shop toys. She believes everyone should operate on the same playing field. Injustices of any sort (real or perceived) get her very upset. What an advocate for a hurting world she could be one day!
Enya
 April 28 was Xiaoyun’s 3rd Family Day (she prefers calling it that instead of Gotcha). She continues to do well with her back recovery. She has decided she would like to go to public school this fall. She said she knows she needs to be pushed more academically, but doesn’t want me to be the one pushing, she wants me to just ‘be her mama’.

Xiaoyun
 

 May 4th we celebrated Elli’s 4th Gotcha Day. She is so different than the little girl who screamed and cried for more than two hours on the day we welcomed her into our family. She is like a caterpillar who has become a beautiful butterfly right before our eyes. She is quickly becoming a young woman and leaving her little girl ways behind. She loves to read, especially anything relating to animals. She enjoys learning, and amazes us with all the info she can remember. She’s wonderful with Melody, and a great helper with her little sisters.
Elli
 
May 8th was Ximi’s 6th birthday, and first birthday to celebrate with her family. Since she was adopted a few weeks after her birthday, she has had to watch almost everyone else celebrate theirs, so she was very excited when her big day (more like a birthday week-lol) finally arrived. She had a great day, and we did as well! She is a little pixie. She ‘gets’ jokes quickly, and will laugh and laugh. She loves to color and draw, as well as play with little toys. She can spend hours playing with blocks. If you didn’t see her eyes, you would never know she was vision impaired. It is truly incredible how well she gets around and does things. Her ‘special needs’ have proven to be minor with her can-do attitude.
Ximi
 
Mother’s Day is always a special day for me, but this one was extra sweet. How could it not be with so many wonderful children and grandchildren? God has blessed me- a girl whose dream when she was young was to be a mother- and allowed me to spend my days doing what I love to do.

As mentioned in a previous post, we celebrated Xiaoyun’s birthday May 15. One of the highlights of the girls’ birthdays is getting to go on a date with Baba (Virgil). Xiaoyun enjoyed a night out with Virgil at a Thai restaurant.

May 20 we celebrated Nini’s 1st Gotcha day. To think that a year ago I was sitting in a hotel in Nanchang updating the blog, seems a bit unreal. Nini and Ximi seem like they have been home forever.  One of my favorite things about Nini is how she stands at the window and waves whenever anyone leaves the house. Even if I forget to wave (something I generally do when a family member drives away) Nini can always be counted on. She is the most complementary person I know. I’m pretty sure she has told me “you’re so cute Mama!” more times in this past year than everyone else has in my entire life J . She always tells me how good the supper is. She has made great strides with her physical therapy the past year. Her strength and coordination continue to improve daily.
Nini
 
May 26 we celebrated Ximi’s 1st Gotcha, and rounded out a month long celebration of birthdays and forever days. It is hard for me to fathom that they have all come home in the last four years. Four years ago we didn’t have any pitter patter around our house. No hair bows, dress-up clothes, dolls, princess pink (and purple) bedrooms. We recently had our post placement visit from the social worker, and even she is surprised by how well they have done individually, and also how well they have bonded as sisters. God has truly blessed and worked in miraculous ways in our lives and He continues to do so everyday.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Xiaoyun -birthday and surgery update

Happy birthday Xiaoyun!!! Today we celebrate Xiaoyun's 17th birthday, which means 3 years ago yesterday she landed in the US and began her new life with our family . What a blessing she has been! Not just to our family, but to people around the world. Her chicken campaign (Xiaoyun's Chicks for Children) has raised over $46000 so far, she's been featured in our local newspaper, been asked to speak to youth groups, and the video she made (after being home a few months) encouraging people to adopt (Xiaoyun Speaks) has been watched by over 22000 people!!!! All in the last three years. Who knows what other plans the Lord has for this precious girl as she becomes an adult! (If you've never considered an older child adoption, we pray Xiaoyun would motivate you to look into the possibility)
She is recovering well after her surgery. Her biggest issue has been a reaction to either the tape or  one of the medications, which has caused a rash and itching. We've been pleasantly surprised by how much she is getting around already. Of course, this also means I am constantly reminding her to not overdo ;-)
Thank you to each of you who have prayed for her, even before she became a part of our family!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Update on rod replacement surgery

Xiaoyun is doing better today. She had a rough night, (up until 2:00 am) mainly from vomiting, then a medication she was given kicked in and helped her sleep. She got a private room today, and we were both so happy for the quiet. Since she did have problems with nausea, they kept her on a pain pump until a short while ago. She did get up and walk a bit this afternoon, and unless she has a setback tonight, we will get to go home tomorrow. She will not need a brace. Thank you for all the prayers!!