Friday, December 31, 2010

What A Year!!

2010 is definitely a year to go down in the books for this family! Wow! When I look back and realize that it was just 11 months ago that we were in China...amazing!! Wesleigh has definitely been the "theme" of the year. Most of our time/energy has been spent making sure she was adjusting well and felt secure and loved. I'm pretty sure we accomplished that, as she has made herself right at home and fit right in to the craziness. She is the most amazing miracle. When I look at her, I can't help but think about her amazing journey to her forever family. She has been through more, in her 2 1/2 years, than most of us in our lifetimes. God has definitely had his hand on Wesleigh from the very beginning. Some ask, "How could God want her to be abandoned". He didn't, but he knew it would happen. And he turned what the enemy meant for harm, into good. I am in awe of all He has done. I am in awe of His perfect timing. I am in awe of a little 2 year old girl, from an orphanage in China, who has turned our lives upside down. She has changed our lives. My boys will never be the same because of her. I will never be the same because of her.

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December 24, 2010
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So what does 2011 hold for our family? Not too long ago, I would have said it would be a calmer year. No more paperwork, government agencies (especially USCIS which causes me to have chest pains just saying the name!), no planned life changing events. Hmmm.....well.....looks like it's going to be another exciting year in our house! Yes, as many of you have guessed, we do have news...
We are going back to China!!!

I will post details of where we are in the process in the next few days.

I wish you all a wonderful 2011. I hope that it brings you much joy, peace and love.
Thanks for being a part of my "wild ride"!! This bloggy world has been such a source of support, information, friendship and fun!! Many of you will be making a journey to China in the coming year, and I can't wait to see it unfold!
God is Good!!

44 comments:

Stacy said...

YeA!!!!!
I agree about the chest pains the USCIS gives!! That's where I am now in the process and am DREADING this part as it literally makes me sick-
But, isn't it all worth it? I can't wait to do it all over. I am so excited for you guys!! And just wish we were doing it together again.

Can't wait to see/meet the new little one!!
: )

Love you guys,
Stacy

Courtney said...

2010 has been an exciting new year for your family and now it sounds like 2011 is going to be just as exciting. Happy New Year!

Christina said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news.
Happy New Year!

Aaron and Erica said...

WooHoo!!!! I'm so happy for you guys!! I wondered if you might be able to take advantage of that "use your dossier again thing"? I can't wait to see the new blessings that God has for your family!!!

Erica

JulieM said...

How exciting!!! I love seeing the life and love in your sweet little girls eyes after being with your family for a year. What an amazing journey. We are leaving in 12 days to bring our little boy home from China. I just can hardly wait!

Dawn said...

Wonderful news!!!!!
Happy New Year to your family!!

Kim said...

I am crying..
I am sooo excited for you guys..
May this year bring your little daughter/son to your AMAZING family..
love ya my friend..
Hugz..

Serving the King said...

Wooooo-Hooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Girl I am SOOOO incredibly excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Congratulations! I suspected you were thinking about it but it sounds like you have made real progress. That's so exciting. I have truly enjoyed following your journey to China and back home this year with Wesleigh. Thanks for sharing! Cheers to a fabulous 2011!

Adele said...

Wonderful news!!! How exciting!!! This news gave me chills! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more details!
See you soon at Chinese New Year!
Love,
Adele

Amy said...

Oh My gave me chills just reading the news. WONDERFUL!

Amy

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

Oh my goodness that is not what was I was expecting, but goodness I am so excited and can't wait to live the experience through you.

I want to say those pictures are simply remarkable, what a difference. WJ was beautiful to say the least that first day, but the vacancy in her eyes and expression, and now the pure joy and happiness in her eyes. We all know as IA parents that love does not conquer all, but it sure does help!!!

Happy New Year to your family and wishing you the very best for the wild ride called IA!!! Can't wait to see and hear!!!!

Cindy said...

Congrats on the journey to your newest blessing!
Beautiful pictures of a special family, thanks for sharing. Your Wesleigh is precious!

DiJo said...

Well my friend.... I am so glad you have chosen this special year end day to announce your news. It is a privilege to be your friend... And, I look forward to seeing the child that God chooses to be Tea Cup's side kick. It has been a blessing to watch that little precious child rock your world, and change the hearts of many! She was born to be yours. Born to be "Tea Cup" D! And, born to have a sister who will share her story!

Praying that the new year brings you that precious child we are both praying for! And if not her specifically, that God's hand will be all over the blue print of the next chapter. And, without a doubt you will know that whoever is next, is the child that God has hand chosen for you! Your daughter, and a sister to some very special children!!! Oh, how blessed this little girl will be!

I can't wait to celebrate AGAIN!!! And, I can't wait to journey with you aagain! It won't be long now!!

I treasure our friendship, and I am VERY grateful for you!

Love,
Di

DiJo said...

P.S:
I hope that 12-24 photo is framed somewhere already.
It is so fabulous of all four of your gorgeous kids!!!

:)Di

Cori said...

Congratulations!! Wonderful news. I have so enjoyed following your blog this past year and seeing you precious "bow head" flourish!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

aw, fabulous news!

Happy New Year!

Lea
xo

Kat Shank said...

I've had a feeling for a while now that this was gonna be the case. I don't know what it was, but something in a few of your blog posts... Congrats!!! I so look forward to seeing how things progress. Having come to your blog after you already had Wesleigh at home, I will likely be glued to my laptop for all of this. :)

You are wonderful people doing a wonderful thing. I have the most respect for you and wish you all the luck in the world!

Sharon Ankerich said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos~ Wesleigh had changed so much!!! She is a precious doll! AND I am SO excited about your news!!! It is the best most wonderful thing to go back~ especially for another precious child!
Blessings and Joy for 2011!!!

The Payne Family Blog said...

What wonderful news! I have been following your family this past year as we are on our own journey to our precious daughter. I smile as our boys are nearly the same age and I can sooooo relate. I have loved watching your story unfold. So excited to see what your obedience to God's call for your lives brings. Where are you in the process? We are so close to filing our I800A and it cannot come fast enough! Blessings to you and your precious growing family:)

Kelly

Anonymous said...

The McGowans are so excited with this news! Another blessing is on her way to you and may it be speedy quick! Thanks for taking the time to blog this remarkable journey-- it has been a pleasure to be a part of. Love you all! Lauren McG

Deanna said...

I know others have said this before, but we are reminded by the pictures you posted, EVERYONE looks changed today. Even the boys, who I know were perfectly happy and content look even more so in Wesleigh's company! So excited for you guys and your future new daughter!
Love you!!!
Deanna

Sharon said...

Look at those proud brother's! How awesome. Congratulations on going back to China and Happy New Year!

3 Peanuts said...

I love the way you have hinted and then shared this wonderful news. I am very excited to continue to pray with you and hope with you and be a shoulder to lean on should you need it.

You are an inspiration to so many and I feel so blessed to get to talk to you and know you in real life. Your friendship has been a fabulous gift to me and I am excited to have a front row seat to this second journey. I cannot wait to see Wesleigh with a sister.


I love this post and the photos speak volumes:0)

Happy New Year!

Love,
Kim

Tricia said...

And to think I recall you saying something about jet lag being too horrible to want to ever be jet lagged again.:) I knew love could conquer all. I can't wait to hear more.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer,
I read so often, but never comment (other than my sofa e-mail! Ha! Ha!). I am so happy for you all! Can't wait to follow your journey!

Michelle
(Mom to Sophie from China and Ella from Vietnam)
Bardstown, KY

melody said...

Yeah! congrats! I look forward to following along. We adopted our little china doll this last year and she has two biological brothers as well. It is quite the journey. Our blog is countingourblessingslietzau.blogspot.com

Football and Fried Rice said...

Well, there it is - in black & white! Wesleigh Jane is going to have a little sister!!

I love what you said about what God intends for good. It is so true...no, it wasn't His plan for our girls to be abandoned (His plan included us living without sin with Him in the garden). But, we wanted our Independence. Which is why there is evil in the world. And why there is a need for Redemption. I am just thankful that He made a way for us all to be Redeemed!

Can't wait to meet the mei mei in 2011!! Contests and HNE!!

Sunny said...

HIP HIP HOORAY! That is WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I'm so excited for you and your family! I'm beginning to think that I'm ready for baby #3 and Jillian keeps asking for a brother so I'm drawn to all the little boys on GWCA's photolisting. Can't wait to follow your journey! Also, LOVED the pix!

Ali said...

Congrats on your decision! What wonderful news. Good luck and I hope your journey isn't too long.

Linda said...

It'a Happy New Year for our family! Wesleigh has made this past one life-transforming for our family. It is a parent's dream to watch the same God given gifts and heart for children that we saw in the little-girl Jennifer grow and develop into a woman who hears the voice and God and acts upon it - and in the process blesses and influences so many. I am so excited and thrilled as I anticipate welcoming TWO more grandchildren this year through adoption! Love, Mama & MawMaw

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, Jennifer, what HUGE news! Congratulations on your future plans, and congratulations on all y'all have done this past year! Your little Wesleigh is such a blessing. And y'all are a blessing to her. Happy New Year!

katrina said...

Wow what great news. I am looking forward to hearing more. Happy New Year.

The 5 Bickies said...

I love to see the transformation of sweet Wesleigh from the day you first met her to when she is squeezing her brother's face. Thank God you are doing it all again and changing another beautiful child's life forever. You are a true gift!

Keisha said...

How exciting!!Can't wait to hear more! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family! ;)

myra said...

feels good to get that off your chest!! ;)

I hope and pray with all I got that maybe JUST MAYBE you will be one of the few that fly through the paperwork process painlessly...they REALLY do exist and it has to be someone...I vote you!!!

I'll in Huaian taking videos and holding babies in the next few weeks...hhhhhmmmmmm.....feels VERY familiar, time frame and all!!!!!!!

Sammons said...

Wow!!!!! Jen I am so tickled for you all! Man I feel like it was just yesterday we had a conversation about going for a sister and you were no where near that thought :), these little darlings don't take long to change/rock our whole world do they? Well You are ahead of me in the process now but I am right beside you praying for God's continued guidance as he leads you to your new daughter! Just like last time it will be perfect and beautiful and I can't wait to witness it all. GOD is so amazing, thank you for sharing Your blessings with all of us! Mary

Tiffinie Burychka said...

I could not be happier for you and your family! So exciting! God is so good and faithful! Tiffinie

Shannon said...

So excited to hear your news!! I will be praying and believing with you that the process will be flawless and your new sweetheart will be home with yall in record time. Is someone else in your family adopting? Your mom's comment mentioned "welcoming TWO more grandchildren thru adoption." How awesome!! Love the pics too - so sweet! Happy New Year!!!!!

Lori said...

Oh Jen, CONGRATULATIONS, what wonderful news and I am so happy for your family!! It has been such a joy to witness WJ becoming a part of your family and see her Blossom and I look forward to seeing it all again!! Happy, HAPPY new year!!
xoxo
Lori

Lori said...

ps these photos are all so BEAUTIFUL!! :)

snekcip said...

Whoooa look what happens when you are away from the computer for a few days!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm soooo happy for your family!!! I feel privelege to be a part of such a beautiful journey!! Thank you for allowing us a "window seat" inside your lives!!!

Melinda said...

How exciting! I am so happy for you and your growing family! I would love to go back to China for a sister for Mia! We aren't seriously considering it but maybe one day! I can't wait to follow your journey again to China! What a fabulous New Year it is going to be!

Leslie said...

SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!! This is wonderful!!!

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