Monday, January 25, 2010

Miss Wesleigh Jane!

What an unbelievable day! We woke up at 3:00 am and left the hotel at 5:30. The plane was on time and the boys spent that time catching up on their journals. I have to say, reading those journals is so awesome. It is amazing to see the trip through their eyes. They were so unbelievable excited (and nervous). We checked into the hotel and got to get everything unpacked. The rooms are small and there are no drawers to put clothes in, so we have things everywhere. That's ok...minor details. We got to the Civil Affairs Office a little early and what do you know...Wesleigh came walking out of the back room with the orphanage director.. I was unprepared for that and started grabbing the cameras. The boys were the sweetest camera men ever. I don't know what the video will look like because they kept switching out so they could have time to play. Wesleigh was very nervous at first and didn't want anything to do with the toys...until, that is, we bought out the stacking cups! She started watching the boys and got more and more involved in the game of building the tower and knocking it over. She started to laugh at them when it fell and even clapped for herself when she built it back. She was adorable, and of course the boys were eating every second up. They just stared at her and would notice all the little details.

When we got back to the room. They all hovered around me to play. I gave her a bath which went quite well. They said she was used to sitting in a tub and I believe them. She is tiny. She seems to be tall, but super skinny! I've never had one of those before ;) She fell asleep sitting on my lap while the boys sat there and stared at her. They are smitten. We also saw that she sucks her second finger to go to sleep....SO CUTE. We all went, "awww" when she stuck it in her mouth. She is still sleeping, but I'll need to wake her up soon so we can sleep some tonight.

So good. She looks like she was well cared for and everything has been great. She's not so sure what she thinks of Richard but she did let him put Cheerios in her mouth. Oh...and the big bow on her head.....I put it in and she never touched it!! She still has it in sleeping right now!! Yep...she's mine!!!!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Keep them coming!! It's a wonderful piece of home, and so wonderful to know we have so many family and friends praying for us. Wesleigh will see one day, just how many people were waiting for her to get home!


DiJo said...

Dear Jen,
What a blessing to see you with that vision of Southern Lovliness on your lap. It is so obvious that God chose Wesleigh Jane just for you! And, he picked this day for her to officially be your daughter. It is also so clear that your prayers have been answered. She has been protected and loved. God safely watched out for her until He could put her in your care. There is a sense of peace, a glow about you! You fought hard for Gotcha Day on January 25th, and I am so very proud of you! I know that Wesleigh Jane will bless you all beyond what you could pray for or imagine! Enjoy every minute as you get to know that precious little "Tea Cup!"


Anonymous said...

What a great day, congratulations!!! Joel

Marcy said...

I got teary eyed looking at all the pictures. I couldn't wait to get up this morning and check your blog. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! I agree with Diana, she looks like she was meant to be with you. A perfect match and fit. And how impressive she didn't touch the bow! LOL! I can't wait to continue to read your journey. You and your family will stay in my prayers. Enjoy your family of six now!! YEAH!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's a doll! You got a daughter, and the Saints are going to the Super Bowl! Best day ever, or what?

Courtney Barnett

Linda said...

The girl knows how to wear a bow!!!(like her cousin Auden) To me it's special that GOTCHA Day is Rylan's birthday-our first Gotcha! So many blessings to thank God for. And those brothers!! How precious are they! Wesleigh, Madelyn and Hayden in Denver are so, so, so anxious to meet you! Can't wait to love on you. Rylan and Auden will be there when you see your new home.
Jennifer, to see you write "she's mine"-the blessing of a lifetime-I'm so proud of you for persevering to make this happen for our family. Wesleigh will soon learn to appreciate the protection and unique love of having a father. Richard, hang in there. I love you all and again, can't wait to meet you, Wesleigh. Mawmaw

Andy said...


Hello and congratulations. We traveled to China almost one year ago to pick up our daughter Maeve. Following your journey has brought back such great memories. We have three boys as well so we can relate to the excitement of having a little princess. Enjoy your trip (it will fly by!) and thanks for sharing!


Jenn said...

Rejoicing with you! She is absolutely beautiful! Praying that you learn more about her and she bonds with you more and more each day! Thank you Jesus for placing the lonely with families!!

Jenn (AWAA family)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Couldn't wait to see the pics this morning. So jealous you get to use bows now....

Niki White

Anonymous said...

Couldn't quite hold back the tears! Have known for 20+ years you were meant to have a little bow-wearing girl! She is absolutely ADORABLE!! We're praying for a safe trip back for her to see her new home! So happy for you, Fran

Colleen said...

She is beautiful!!!! Look at her : ) Congratulations on a wonderful Gotcha Day!!!

Mission To Macie said...

Im just so happy for your family! Looking at your pictures just brings back floods of memories from when we were in China getting our Macie Jane! Make sure you take thousands of pictures! Can't wait for a playdate!!!

Have fun!

Jill :)

3 Peanuts said...

Oh Jennifer, you have the most glowing and peaceful look on your face!!!!! Just like the Lord says that He has all of our days planned. I believe Wesleigh was always part of His plan for your family. It looks like she fits in so seamlessly. I need to get the kids off to school but I ma coming right back to stare at her some more. She is a true vision of loveliness. Enjoy every single second Jen! I am so glad the boys are enjoying her immensely too. From what you wrote they sound so enamored with her too. I am sure she will warm right up to Richard.


Terri said...

Congratulations!!! Your daughter is beautiful!!!!!

Football & Fried Rice said...

East meets South for sure!! I love seeing Wesleigh, already looking very southern :) I am very proud of the boys - this is a huge adjustment - any little sister would be an adjustment, but to wait three years & fly to China to get her? Well, that's just spectacular & they are handling it with such grace! I am glad that they are able to entertain her & get some smiles from Wesleigh. I love the smile on YOUR face - you know, amidst the chaos and the jet lag, there is always room for love.

Enjoy this bonding time!

Football & Fried Rice said...

Oh, & I meant to tell you she is VERY beautiful in "person"!! I think, too, that she looks like she has been taken care of & loved and it won't take any time to put some meat on her bones!

Stefanie said...

She is DARLING! It's wonderful to see Miss Wesleigh in her mama's lap :) She looks like she's doing GREAT!
Happy DAY!!!

MississippiZen said...

You look so peaceful with her .... WOW! Can't wait to see her personality unfold over the next few days! It will be funny to watch one tiny little Chinese girl lead all your boys around .... they seem to have that effect :)

Enjoy these moments ... they pass by so quickly!

Sending LOVE from Who Dat land!


Anonymous said...

Oh she is yours - big bow and all! What a wonderful day that the Lord has planned for you all. Miss Wesleigh Jane looks like a perfect fit for your family and the boys must be over the moon excited. Prayers being uplifted for your FOREVER FAMILY!!!

Blessings to you, Richard, Bryce, Braden, Cade AND WESLEIGH!!!! Ashley

Denise said...

I am so emotional looking at these pictures this morning...just overwhelmed at God and His faithfulness. Hope it is ok to post about it on my blog today! Hugs~

Dawn said...

Congratulations Jennifer...this moment is so surreal. Wesleigh does seem perfect in your arms..God's plan is always perfect. I sit here remembering the day we emailed talking about Lucy and switching to SN...and to see this precious little Girl on your lap is a true testament to listening to the Lord's plan for your family. I will check in every moment to see all the bow headbands that I am sure Miss Wesleigh will be donning!!! Your WHOLE family is glowing...there is really something special to adding a little girl to a family with all boys...enjoy every moment~xoxo

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read the boys journals. I read a comment about how the time will fly for y'all but right now it seems to be creeping here. I can't wait to see y'all coming down that concourse at the airport in 10 days. I'm so proud of you and Richard for being faithful to the call of God.

Ok, boys, I have an assignment for all of you. You have to teach Wesleigh how to say "Mawmaw" and "Pawpaw." Now if she could learn that by the time y'all get home that would really be cool.

And Diana I just want to thank you for being so faithful in posting for Jennifer... and at some really early hours. It was so wonderful to see that post at 5:30 this morning. Thanks you, thank you, thank you!!!!!


Anonymous said...

She is so beautiful. I am Jill's sister-in-law and she has kept me informed on your travel. We are praying that all keeps going well. Love seeing the pictures.
Missy Lee

Nancy said...

Hello, I found your blog link on the Huaian families yahoo group! Many Congratulations on your daughter!! I just left an email to you as well because your daughter is from the same SWI that we are hoping to adopt from! We are looking at a little girl from there who also has SpinaBifida and I was wondering if you are planning to visit the SWI in Huaian city? If you are, we would love to have some photos or an update of the little girl we are looking at!

Many Blessings to you and your family,
Thanks and best wishes,

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE those photos..
Wesleigh can sure sport a bow.. YEA..
Love it..

Aaron and Erica said...

Praise the Lord!!!! We're rejoicing here with you in Alabama!!

YouYou and I keep staring at the pictures...she says, "There her mommy, there her daddy, there her guh guh...just like me!" It brings back so many memories to see you guys there. The picture of you Jennifer, on the floor with sweet WesLeigh asleep in your lap and toys spread all around you...that is all too familiar :) You look so peaceful and happy in all of the pictures. I'm so very happy for you!!

Congratulations!! I hope you can sleep tonight and not keep waking up to stare at your sleeping princess.

The Oswalds said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful!

Little Rylan Cooper said...

I am sitting here crying as I look in amazement at the awesome way adoption builds families! She is perfect and I love the bow:) Rylan was quite excited to see her pictures this morning on his birthday, although he thinks she is his sister too:) The whole day yesterday I kept asking Joel what time is it in China do you think they got her yet, I could'nt wait to wake this morning and see the pictures!!! Enjoy the rest of the trip with a two year old, what an adventure! We love yall and can't wait for yall to come home!

day by day said...

Oh, Happy Day!!! Congratulations Jennifer... to all of you!!! Your little Princess is just beautiful!!! What a blessing to see another family united! How sweet your boys are and the smile on your face shows how happy your Mommy heart is!!

So happy for you!!

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

The day you have been waiting for!! I was so teary-eyed looking at these pictures. She is just a little doll, and I died over that bow!!

Gail said...

Congratulations Jennifer and family! What a beautiful, sweet girl. Enjoy every single moment of this time in China!

Cori said...

She is so beautiful!! LOVING the bow!!

Anonymous said...

These pics melted me and I was so excited for all of you!
I can almost feel the joy coming from the pics and posts.
I know you all must be running on adrenaline!
Enjoy your time there and keep those pics coming!

Lori Kaiser

ww said...

Congratulations to you and your family! Wesleigh is so beautiful - love the photos and hearing about her wonderful big brothers. I've been following your blog for a long time but not sure if I ever is so exciting to see your family finally together with their precious daughter/sister. Blessings, Wendy

Christy said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! She is just amazingly beautiful and sweet. I am soooo thankful things have gone so well. She sounds like she is just quietly taking everything in and loving it. I just love the picture with you holding her while she is sleeping. That is precious! I am just thrilled to finally see her in your arms. She is perfect! I will continue to pray for her adjustment and yours as well. What a joyous day!!!

Big hugs!!!!

Christy :)

ps- she may just be a petite little thing. Mia is not short but skinny-- not much fat on her at all and we have had her for almost 3 years-- just built that way. Wesleigh may be the same way but for girls, isnt that great??? My boys were chubs so I was not use to it either and use to worry about nutrician and finally just gave up and realized she is just thin naturally-- lucky girl :)

Kristi said...

You've got to love a girl in a bow! :) A huge congratulations to you. She is just beautiful.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Congratulations to all of you! She will be rotten..rotten..rotten...and she deserves it! I am so happy for you:)

Paige said...

YAY! You all look so happy! Im so glad it all went to well. Thank the lord! She is so cute! Love the bow!

redmaryjanes said...

Congratulations my dear friend! She is absolutely beautiful!

Michelle said...

How wonderful for your family. I look at the pictures of you holding her & I see true bliss. You are blessed!

Michelle G. Ward

His Heart for Orphans said...

I am so excited for y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is beautiful!!!!!
Love y'all!
In Christ, Aimee'

Anonymous said...

Tears of joy in my eyes.
Wesleigh is beautiful, and the admiration in the boys eyes is priceless.
Enjoy your time in China - it goes too fast.


Anonymous said...

Pricelss the picture of you looking at the camera holding your sleeping angel. Amazing. So happy for you all.
Hugs, Jennifer Smith

Mrs. S. said...

You are just simply glowing and that says it all! I was so excited to come home from teaching today to check out Miss Wesleigh! She is gorgeous! Your boys seem to be absolutely in love! SOOOOOOOOO happy for you guys! Enjoy every second!
Lynn Schadler
Wyomissing, PA
Can't wait for tommorrow's picts!

Anonymous said...


Priceless pictures!! You are bringing back so many wonderful memories of both of our adoptions. I'm glad that she is doing so well. Tell your husband to "hang in there." My daughter Emmalyn did NOT like her daddty at first either. They are the best of freinds now. God knows she was meant to be in your family. We will keep praying for you and your family.

P.S. Love the bows.


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

These pictures really say it all......OH MY WORD.....all of you are just beaming with happiness!! CONGRATULATIONS!! She is just beautiful:) I am so happy for you!!

Enjoy every second!



Anonymous said...

i couldn't wait to get home this evening and check your blog. I'm soooo excited for ya'll. she looks right at home in the arms of her momma. Love the bow! She looks amazing, healthy, and happy. love kristy otts

Courtney said...
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Courtney said...

She is adorable. Congratulations. I love all the adorable pics and she looks perfect in that bow!

Ruby's Fairy Godmother said...

Jennifer, what a beautiful little girl. The photo of you holding her, your face is has God's peace written all over it!
I was so hoping you and my cousins would be traveling at the same time and could meet at the end of your trips. They don't leaving until the 27th from you all will just miss them. Their daughter was also from the waiting child list an she is 3 years old.
God is so faithful!!!
Congrats to you and your family!

carolinagirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I have been thinking and praying for y'all all day. Am so so happy to be reading this post! yay!!!! Miss Wesleigh is a precious doll baby!
Congratulations again.

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulations! She is just adorable! I love her bow!

Stephanie said...

I am so behind! I didn't even know you had left yet but there was nothing better to open my computer up to than to see that your precious family is complete. I am so happy for you all! The pictures couldn't be more perfect-she is right where she belongs and the joy in your face speaks volumes!


Anonymous said...

She is beautiful! I am so so so happy for y'all and I cannot wait to meet her. She looks so happy, and so do the boys. I can't wait to see yall and meet my new niece! I hope yall have a great time the rest of the trip and I'll see you soon!

Love you!

DiJo said...

P.S: I forgot to say it looks like Miss Wesleigh has some GORGEOUS eye lashes too!!!

Looking forward to posting again soon!


Keisha said...

Oh my word!!! I love the bow!! Yep,.. she's yours! lol! I have enjoyed reading your post and following you on this special journey. :) Have fun.. and don't spoil her too much! lol! ;) (like that's possible!)

Ali said...

Congrats to you andn your family! She is beautiful.

Erin said...

Jennifer! She is just so cute! She looks so delicate and tiny. I am happy for you all. I know your boys are just falling in love with her. And... you look so pretty too!!!!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

Oh My!! She is absolutely precious! I am just so happy for you all! It's so cute that your family has just clicked with her. :)

The Raudenbush Family said...

She's gorgeous...and the bows! Oh, they are so cute on her! Loved reading about the day and how excited your boys are. So happy for you!

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