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Thursday, September 30, 2010






Makes Me Smile

Most days Jing finds one thing she latches onto
and holds most of the day.
Today that would be EK's shades~
she wore them all morning, through lunch,
and even fell asleep at nap time in them.
Couldn't resist this precious picture of her.

The Sweet Word~ Mama

In China, Jing was quick to say mama
and snuggle up with me at nap and night.
We made the long trip home and in a matter of days
were steered toward surgery and a week in the hospital.

I was able to hold her all the way to the OR door
and 'mama' was the word she moaned
when coming out of anesthesia but...
I was the one that had to stand by and
allow
the doctors and nurses to cut her, stick her, force meds,
crowd over her, wake her, take her ~ you get the picture...

Many would say~ you did what you had to do
and you would be right BUT
she's a little girl who spent the first years of her life
in an orphanage with no mama
to protect and love her NO MATTER WHAT
and was taken away from everything familiar
to be taken to a place full of BIG fears!
I was the one that was supposed to keep her safe now...
and I couldn't explain to her what was happening.
The only thing I could do was pray
and pray I did!
And YOUR prayers made all the difference as well!!!

All that to say~
when Jing moved to the Step Down Unit,
she didn't readily turn to me anymore for comfort
or want me to hold her all the time
like she had before the surgery.

She was kind of back to the same little girl
we took upstairs to our hotel room on JingJing Day~
scared and not secure in anything.
I don't think I heard her say mama
really anytime while we were in the hospital.

Even the last week that we have been home,
she hasn't said mama~ even when I showed her pictures.
She would just point to me.
She does say Baba and all the girls names readily. :)
So thankful for that!
I really think she was skeptical of me.

What does all this have to do with the pic below~
This is the girls' bed.
A trundle where Jing sleeps on the bottom
and I lay down with her every nap and bedtime.

Here they are last night sound asleep! :)


For the days since we have been home from the hospital,
Jing has wanted me to lay down with her
crying if I got up or she woke up to find me gone...
but when I tried to touch her or pat her or hold her~
she pushed my hand away.

I didn't worry too much about it
because I believed my persistence
and patience would win out in the end.
I also know how God waits for me to turn to Him
just the same.

Yesterday was one month since JingJing Day
and we had to take her for the follow up @ the hospital.
My stomach had butterflies the whole time
because she really didn't know what was going to happen.
She was all smiles when we got back into the car
and drove away!

And you know what?
All afternoon, she called me "Mama"
and held her arms to me saying "A ba"~ hold me
and hugged me tight,
AND when we got into bed last night,
she didn't turn away from me like she had done before,
she pulled herself right up to me close,
face to face,
her hand on my face and arm around my neck,
me breathing her breath,
and there is where she fell fast asleep.
In the arms of her mama~
the one that loved her for all times...
good and bad
and ALWAYS will!!!

Thank you Jesus!!!
I'm not saying we are all good
and there will be no more problems
because in all relationships there are ups and downs~
two steps forward and one step back.
I am secure in my calling to be a mom
and will do what God has called me to do with His help.

Psalms 33:1 NIV

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.


PS If you wonder why I write so much or post so much...
it is for a precious 21 year old that lives away
and doesn't spend as much time at home as she would like~
so it is for her I write and share my heart
and know one day she too will have a mother's heart~
probably even adoptive mom. :)
And this is my journal of sorts
where I record all that makes up our life.
One day, it will be what I look back on to remember "the good ole days." :)
Bless you all as you read~
May God bless you with ALL His blessing!!!


The Sweet Word~ Mama

In China, Jing was quick to say mama
and snuggle up with me at nap and night.
We made the long trip home and in a matter of days
were steered toward surgery and a week in the hospital.

I was able to hold her all the way to the OR door
and 'mama' was the word she moaned
when coming out of anesthesia but...
I was the one that had to stand by and
allow
the doctors and nurses to cut her, stick her, force meds,
crowd over her, wake her, take her ~ you get the picture...

Many would say~ you did what you had to do
and you would be right BUT
she's a little girl who spent the first years of her life
in an orphanage with no mama
to protect and love her NO MATTER WHAT
and was taken away from everything familiar
to be taken to a place full of BIG fears!
I was the one that was supposed to keep her safe now...
and I couldn't explain to her what was happening.
The only thing I could do was pray
and pray I did!
And YOUR prayers made all the difference as well!!!

All that to say~
when Jing moved to the Step Down Unit,
she didn't readily turn to me anymore for comfort
or want me to hold her all the time
like she had before the surgery.

She was kind of back to the same little girl
we took upstairs to our hotel room on JingJing Day~
scared and not secure in anything.
I don't think I heard her say mama
really anytime while we were in the hospital.

Even the last week that we have been home,
she hasn't said mama~ even when I showed her pictures.
She would just point to me.
She does say Baba and all the girls names readily. :)
So thankful for that!
I really think she was skeptical of me.

What does all this have to do with the pic below~
This is the girls' bed.
A trundle where Jing sleeps on the bottom
and I lay down with her every nap and bedtime.

Here they are last night sound asleep! :)


For the days since we have been home from the hospital,
Jing has wanted me to lay down with her
crying if I got up or she woke up to find me gone...
but when I tried to touch her or pat her or hold her~
she pushed my hand away.

I didn't worry too much about it
because I believed my persistence
and patience would win out in the end.
I also know how God waits for me to turn to Him
just the same.

Yesterday was one month since JingJing Day
and we had to take her for the follow up @ the hospital.
My stomach had butterflies the whole time
because she really didn't know what was going to happen.
She was all smiles when we got back into the car
and drove away!

And you know what?
All afternoon, she called me "Mama"
and held her arms to me saying "A ba"~ hold me
and hugged me tight,
AND when we got into bed last night,
she didn't turn away from me like she had done before,
she pulled herself right up to me close,
face to face,
her hand on my face and arm around my neck,
me breathing her breath,
and there is where she fell fast asleep.
In the arms of her mama~
the one that loved her for all times...
good and bad
and ALWAYS will!!!

Thank you Jesus!!!
I'm not saying we are all good
and there will be no more problems
because in all relationships there are ups and downs~
two steps forward and one step back.
I am secure in my calling to be a mom
and will do what God has called me to do with His help.

Psalms 33:1 NIV

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.


PS If you wonder why I write so much or post so much...
it is for a precious 21 year old that lives away
and doesn't spend as much time at home as she would like~
so it is for her I write and share my heart
and know one day she too will have a mother's heart~
probably even adoptive mom. :)
And this is my journal of sorts
where I record all that makes up our life.
One day, it will be what I look back on to remember "the good ole days." :)
Bless you all as you read~
May God bless you with ALL His blessing!!!


An Excellent Report

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One week ago today Jing had open heart for a TOF repair
and we had our follow up appt @ Egleston today.
Scott and I wondered how she would react...
as soon as we got to registration,
she started the whimpering so I tried to divert her attention.

When we arrived upstairs for the echo
(and saw all the white coats)
she began full fledged crying.
I was finally able to quiet her down by singing all our songs~
her favorites being...
Twinkle, Twinkle
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Eensy Weensy Spider
Jesus Loves Me.

We then moved to x-ray with the sweetest tech
and that went off without a hitch.
Next was our surgeon appt
and we had to wait just a little while.
We were finally called back and again~ the white coats.
I mentioned to them about her 'phobia'
and you know what every one of them did?
TOOK THEM OFF~ even the surgeon.

The nurse practitioners came in
and took out the stitches and pulled off the steri strips.
The incision looks GREAT!
Jing didn't make a peep.
Our cardiologist and surgeon came in to check her
and she didn't make a peep.
Echo and x-ray looked perfect~
except for a watch they have on her pulmonary arteries.
Dr. Kanter actually said,
"Let that girl do whatever she wants except drive a car."
We couldn't have asked for a better report!!!
You can see from the pics below...
Jing was happy when we were back downstairs
and on the way home.

Once home, the girls were off to play...
the piano,
and watch a little tv...
When I tried to take a pic~ this is what Jing copied EK doing.
They finally gave me a little grin.
We also came home to a big surprise
by our outside door...
a cookie bouquet from my sweet friend Ashley!!!
Jing LOVED the packing once again. :)
Can't wait to try one of those cookies with my coffee.
I think coming home today really was a happy day for Jing!
SO THANKFUL!!!

One Less

Several of my bloggy friends have posted
this amazing video today
and since my little "One Less"
is sitting here right beside me... I had to post it...


Now what are you going to do with that???
God knows. :)

Cool Spiky Hair

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tonight after I gave Jing a bath,
EK said, "She has cool spiky hair."
Of course I had to take a pic
and record the memory.

We are off for our follow up appointment
with the surgeon @ Egleston tomorrow.
Jing will be having an echo, x-ray, and stitches removed.
Please pray they are thorough
and make sure everything is just as it should be.

Volleyball Game

If you don't count the many places we visited in China
and the time in the hospital,
and dr appts,
and the football game Friday night...
Jing had her first big out in the crowd trip this evening.

I feel like I broke one of the adoption cardinal rules~
staying at home and keeping the world small...
but to be honest, with two teenagers in the house
there are places we HAVE to go.

Tonight Rosemary had cheer leading in Athens
so Scott took her
and Amelia had a home volleyball game
(which we have not been able to attend)
so I ventured out with the two littles to the game.
The littles did great
and Amelia's team won the game!!!
Go Lady Dogs!
Two peas in a pod.
Amelia is the one hunched down in the back. :)
And yes, I know the pics are blurry...
best I could do considering. :)

Another Day

Our day is full of constant changes in activities
and have been careful not to offer too many
NEW things too fast.

Today we decided to try some art.
Jing saw the scissors and reached for them
so I thought I would teach her how to use them.
Well... she picked them right up and knew exactly what to do.
She constantly does this.
She took her cutting very seriously
and worked on cutting little pieces for about 45 minutes.
EK worked hard on a seal collage.
Jing also wanted to glue on beads...
excellent fine motor control.

We take outside breaks quite frequently
during the day.
Today Jing discovered the badminton rackets
and they played around...

with sweet Baba!!!
Seeing his truck pull into the driveway
sure puts a BIG smile on two little girls' faces!!!
Mine too! :)

What to eat...

Monday, September 27, 2010

What to feed this little one?

We were told she ate rice, congee, rice cereal, noodles...
not picky about her food.
In China, she ate eggs, toast, bananas, watermelon,
chicken nuggets, and pizza~ pretty much anything
but since surgery...
it has been a challenge to get her to try new foods~
Chinese or American.
She is very suspicious
that we are tricking her to take medicine. :(

Tonight I made baked spaghetti
and offered her some plain spaghetti noodles...
just look at that face~
she ate 3 helpings.
I also have a yummy rice recipe from Lynn to try out.
What's better than eating noodles with your fingers?

Jake's mom Dana gave the girls this cute stroller
and they BOTH love it~
sometimes TOO much and have a hard time sharing.

And these would be 2 cute girls hanging out
on the kitchen floor.
Have no idea why. :)
Love you Channie (happy yes).

What to eat...

What to feed this little one?

We were told she ate rice, congee, rice cereal, noodles...
not picky about her food.
In China, she ate eggs, toast, bananas, watermelon,
chicken nuggets, and pizza~ pretty much anything
but since surgery...
it has been a challenge to get her to try new foods~
Chinese or American.
She is very suspicious
that we are tricking her to take medicine. :(

Tonight I made baked spaghetti
and offered her some plain spaghetti noodles...
just look at that face~
she ate 3 helpings.
I also have a yummy rice recipe from Lynn to try out.
What's better than eating noodles with your fingers?

Jake's mom Dana gave the girls this cute stroller
and they BOTH love it~
sometimes TOO much and have a hard time sharing.

And these would be 2 cute girls hanging out
on the kitchen floor.
Have no idea why. :)
Love you Channie (happy yes).

A Package

There was a knock at our door this morning
and we opened to greet our postman
holding a package for the girls.
EK was SO excited but SJ not so sure.
EK opened both gifts~
Art stuff for EK and a sweet sheep for SJ.

EK went right to work coloring her wooden doll.
Turned out beautiful! :)

We have found SJ needs time to like a 'new' item
so we sat the sheep aside until she chooses
but in the meantime~
She LOVED the bubble wrap. :)
Thanks Aunt Jan and Uncle Ray!!! :)


A Sweet Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It was bound to happen~
EK has a bad cold and under the weather.
She decided she would take a nap
with SJ today
and they both woke up in such a sweet mood.
They both came running into the family room
and climbed into Baba's lap.
So sweet!!!

Later after dinner, the big girls
introduced the little camera to SJ.
She LOVED it...as a matter of fact,
she walked around pointing it at us saying,
"Cheese"! :)

She thought it was SO funny
that I took a picture of her while she was taking a pic of me.
Loved this lazy rainy Sunday~
just what THIS family needed!!!


Sisters

Is solace anywhere more comforting
than in the arms of a sister.
~Alice Walker







"May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with

hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13

Sisters

Is solace anywhere more comforting
than in the arms of a sister.
~Alice Walker







"May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with

hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13