Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Fun!!!

Today we spent the morning at Chuckee Cheese to help my niece, Lindsey, celebrate her 4th birthday! It was fun to celebrate with her! She's a little miracle baby, who's not so little any more! Born 8 weeks early and weighing in under 5 lbs.... you'd never know it now!! Thanks Lindsey for asking us to come help you celebrate! The girls are so blessed to have a cousin their age!! We thank God for your miracle arrival and how you've grown and blossomed in the last 4 years!!  Now, watch out world, these three girls will keep all of us hopping as they grow up together!!! Ages 4, 3, and 2!! Little stair steps! With a whole lot of energy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wordless FRIDAY! February 17th 2012

 Play date at the Commons indoor Playground

So, the following pic deserves some explanation. Emmie has been waking up in the middle of the night and NOT wanting to go back to sleep. I told her she had to stay in bed, look at books and she was NOT allowed to come wake me up!...... Well, she did not wake me up, but she did NOT stay in bed either! She found sharpies, a black one and a red one, she let the dogs out of their kennels, she colored on herself (after stripping down to her birthday suit), she colored on the dogs and she colored on a chair. This is what I found when I went to wake her up the following morning .........

A pleasantly warm winter day!! Which hardly ever happens around here!!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Birthday letter to a Birth Mother I'll Never Meet.....

OK, so I've missed Wordless Wednesday the last 2 weeks :-)  I'll be more proactive this week!!

(typed all of this on Elise's birthday, Saturday February 4th)
So today Elise turns 2!!!!! I can't believe it! We waited for her for so long. At times the wait was painful, frustrating and seemed never ending. And now she's here! She's been here for over 7 months. It seems like yesterday I was opening up the email to see her face for the first time, then hoping on a plane 8 months later to go get her, then holding her for the first time, and bringing her home to her forever family and placing her in the arms of her daddy! Feeling so blessed by this amazing journey, amazing daughter, and an amazing God who orchestrated the whole thing!

There is also a mother out there somewhere who is remembering this day a little different than me. She remembers laboring and delivering a beautiful baby girl that she could not keep. She remembers holding her crying newborn baby and soothing her. She remembers staring at every inch of this baby girl and trying to memorize it. She needed to burn the image of her baby in her mind, because tomorrow she would not see this baby anymore. Maybe she begged her husband to let her keep the baby, maybe she named this tiny little girl she held so close, maybe she sang the baby to sleep......

My mind can go on and on imagining the joy she felt holding her baby and the pain she felt knowing what laid ahead. Sometime in the night of February 4th, she wrapped her baby in a blanket, she said goodbye to her precious baby and she, or someone she knew placed the baby at the gates of the Poyang SWI.

I wish I could tell her all about the baby girl she gave up. If I could, this is what I'd say......

Dear Birth Mother,

I wish I could tell you that she is doing great. That she is in the US, in a small town in the state of Indiana. She has a family with 2 brothers and 1 sister. She has a mom and a dad, and a huge extended family, and all of them love her very much!

I would tell you that Elise is happy, playful and full of energy! She smiles all the time! She smiles so big her eyes disappear! Her laugh is contagious. She walks, runs, and even skips! She talks nonstop :-) She LOVES food! She loves to play with her brothers and sister. She loves playing with sidewalk chalk, her power wheels jeep and baby dolls. She is very attached to her bear blankey. She is terrified of animals. She weighs 28 lbs now! She is growing like a weed! She has a great life full of everything she needs, and most of what she wants.

She was the missing piece to our family. We love her so much and can't imagine our lives without her! We are forever grateful for your sacrifice. You gave up something so dear and precious to you, in hopes that she would have a better life. Because of your sacrifice, we have been forever blessed with a daughter!

Thank you,
Tracy/adoptive mother