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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

Sunday, September 27, 2015

9 Days Home

It is hard to believe we have been home for over a week now. I haven't updated, not because the girls are having a hard time, but because my 50 year old body has a really hard time readjusting to the time difference and dealing with jetlag. On top of that, we began doctors visits this week, and Elli came down with strep throat.
The girls are doing great. It is amazing how well it has been going. A couple of small disagreements, and a meltdown ( Nini, not Meimei) is the extent of it. The girls seem to have almost adjusted to the time difference, though they both want to rest during the day still. Meimei has jumped in with both feet. She acts like she has always been part of the family. Her spunky personality fits right in with the rest of the girls. The only time we have really seen her subdued was the day after receiving 4 shots (she had never been immunized in China, so we are playing catch-up). That day she ran a fever, and was a bit clingy. Even with all the shots and blood work she never shed a tear. She is very affectionate to my mom and step-dad. I think it is because her foster granny in China is called  the maternal grandmother (sounds like wi po - long I and long O sound). The way she handles our granddaughter, Melody, you can tell she was used to being around babies and toddlers. If she sees her getting into something, she'll try to get her away from it.
Erin seems to almost always be in a good mood. It has been harder to find ways to connect, and I know that it will take longer because we have to find activities that she can do. So much of the things we do involve sight, and until you deal with this issue you never think twice about it. On top of that is the language barrier. I know that with time she and the other girls will find more and more things to do together, but it isn't easy right now. She is content to listen to music and books on tape, but that doesn't really promote bonding. After she has been here longer, and we figure out those activities she enjoys doing, it will be better. Thankfully, she is very inquisitive and really wants to learn. She knows quite a bit of English already, and I know she will become fluent quickly. We have an ophthalmology appointment next week, and once we have an official diagnosis we can receive equipment and services from the school for the blind in Louisville.
Today we attended church. It has been a month since we have been. It was good to be back, and see so many who have prayed and encouraged us. The photos above were taken after church. This was our first outing with all the girls. Xiaoyun fixed all their hair this morning, which saved me a ton of time. It takes a bit more planning when you are getting this many people ready to go anywhere- lol! I keep relearning how to take care of a family of this size since we continue to grow. I thank God for this opportunity!!!
Continued thanks for all the prayers!!

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