Wednesday, April 29, 2009
These are amazing pictures!
The orphanage director told us that SH was scared of dogs and cats. I asked her if something happened to cause the fear. She stated (through an interpreter), "She is just scared."
Well, apparently something happened. Every time SH saw our dogs she would scream, cry, and clutch onto us for dear life! She would find a blanket and cover her body completely. We started noticing that it was their paws and mouth that scared her. She would pet the dogs if they were laying down, not facing her. She would even sit by them.
We prayed and had friends praying about this! We love Maggie and Allie (our 2 miniature schnauzers)! But we love our daughter MORE! We wanted her to feel safe and secure in her home!
By Sunday, SH was walking around the house with the dogs. She is over her fear of our dogs!
We are so grateful!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
angels sleeping next to each other. This is what I looked
forward to the most. It is my prayer that they will always
be close and love each other unconditionally. I know they
will have their battles (because they already have),
they have a bond that cannot be broken and will stand up for
each other, no matter what the cost. I hope that when one hurts,
the other hurts and when one is full of joy, it brings the other
one joy. I pray that they will both love the Lord more than
anything else and always take their stand as Christians, no
matter what. I pray they will love their family and have the
values that are taught to them. It is my prayer that these
two little girls will always be everything that God wants them
to be and that Steph and I will be the loving parents that God
has called us to be. To God Be The Glory!!!!
Today was SH's medical exam. We didn't know how
she was going to take it because HG screamed through
a lot of hers. SH did AWESOME!! No tears or whining.
What a blessing. And I must say again that Thomas is incredible!
We have heard that a lot of people take 3 or more hours for their
exam, but we were out of there in 20 minutes.
SH and Mommy. I love this picture!!
appropriate title would have been a couple of hours at the zoo.
This picture shows how much fun they had. It was hot and humid
and these two little princesses did not want to walk at all.
I carried SH most of the time and I was truly worn out.
Too bad they didn't have strollers to rent because we would
have been pushing them around in it. We still had fun, but
it was defintely a reminder that everything is not perfect.
We did get a couple of smiles.
And the Lion was beautiful!!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
time without Thomas. We went into one restaurant and sat down.
They handed us a menu ad there were no pics and no English.
No one in there knew English, so we had to get up and leave.
You definitely do not want to order something over here if you
don't what it is. So, we had to get up and leave. It was
pretty funny. We walked around and looked at the menues outside
of each restaurant and found an Italian place. The girl that
greeted us knew English. An answered prayer. This is Vivian in
the picture with the girls. She was so sweet! She is a college
student and her major is English. She was such a wonderful
waitress. You are not supposed to leave tips here, but we had to
and we gave her 2o dollars. The food was excellent and I wish
that we would have found it earlier so we cold have eaten there
more than once.
There is no doubt what SH's favorite food is...NOODLES!!!
it at all. Praise the Lord and thank you to Michael Parr for helping
us get it fixed from the other side of the world!!
We will be leaving Nanning today to go to Guangzhou.
It is so hard to believe that we have been here for more than a week.
SH is doing awesome. She is saying more and more in English.
Her first English phrase was "No Buttons!"
I was on the computer and she got in my lap and started
trying to push buttons. I pulled her hands away and said, "No Buttons!"
She just giggled and said it back to me. Now everytime she gets
around the computer, she will look at me with that mischievious
little smile and say, "No Buttons!".
She has also perfected "I Love You" and of course, she can
say "Roll Tide!" We are so blessed that everything has went
so well. Not much crying and lots of laughing. Praise the Lord!!
We have bunny wars every night in the room. Daddy gets on one
side of the bed and the girls get on the other and the battle is on!
We throw stuffed bunnies at each other. It is so funny to watch
them and listen to them laugh. SH also loves dressing up in her
princess dress. She always has to look at herself in th mirror.
She is so beautiful, just like HG!! HG is doing great and
she is a great sister. SH does everything that she does.
Jealousy has already kicked in...on both sides. Imagine that!!
Whatever one has, the other has to have. If you touch one, you
have to touch the other. I love it!!! They love to dance!
Steph was hoping that SH would have a more calm personality
like hers. Wishful thinking. I think SH may be more wide open
than HG. It is amazing to us how comfortable that she has been.
Imagine being in her position. Two strangers that are a different
race and speak a different language come and take you away from
everythng and everybody that you know. They take you to a room.
They have a daughter that looks like you, but doesn't talk like you.
You are only four years old. You must be terrified. Confused.
It would be so hard. We don't like to get out of our comfort zones
as adults. This is WAY out of her comfort zone, but she just jumps
right in and seems to be very happy! Don't get me wrong, that could
change any minute or when we get home. But I am going to count my
blessings right now and give God the praise that He deserves for
delivering us such a beautiful little daughter and giving us so
much peace this first week.
God, You are so good, ALL THE TIME!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
HG performing her ballet.
I know y'all just want to see pictures, but I have to share how everything is going!
This morning (on the way to breakfast), SH looked at me, smiled, and gave me the biggest kiss! It was the sweetest thing! I just cried!
She is such a delight!
We have found a few things she likes. She LOVES pink, lotion, flowers, playing dress up, and washing her hands. She does NOT like to be dirty or have crumbs on her clothes. She loves for me to play with her hair and insists on wearing bows! Of course, that does not bother me a bit! We love our bows!
These are a few of the fish. NO JOKING! ONLY A FEW!
One of their favorite past times! Jumping on the bed!
So, now we realize we need a trampoline and swing set in the backyard. HG has taught SH to do a front roll. They haven't gotten to the cartwheel, yet.
It was very pretty. The girls had a good time.
This is a the tower that was at the top of the mountain.
While we were there, this nice man came up to us and
wanted to have his picture taken with us.
(I guess because he doesn't see very many Americans)
We took our picture with him and he smiled and
thanked us and went on his way. He was very nice
and I really enjoyed meeting him.
He even gave us each a cigarette as a gift of appreciation.