Sunday, February 27, 2011

Amazing Gracie!

I have been sitting on this announcement for a little while. The story behind this little girl just seemed too big to sum up in a blog post. I am going to share her story with you because it is a testament to God's faithfulness and grace. For now, however, I just want to share this:
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This is the sweet face that first captured this mama's heart and made her realize she had another daughter in China. It was such a longshot that we would be able to get her file, but God had it all planned out...not without lots of frustration and tears on this side, however.

I will share her story soon...I promise. For now, enjoy this sweet face!!
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70 comments:

Deanna said...

She's beautiful!! Can't wait to meet her and share in your joy!!! We love you guys!

Amber Lynn said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read all about it and see her come home.

Betsy said...

I am in tears for little Gracie!!!! Can't wait to hear all about her. Wesleigh and Gracie will do incredible things for the kingdom!!!!!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

"sweet" is right!

Congratulations!

lea
xo

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Wow- what a beautiful little girl- and she looks full of life too with that big wonderful smile! I'm envious (have 3 girls myself, two from China) and would love to go back, but we've aged out. (Not to mention my husband would think I was crazy! ha ha) Love these pictures. Oh- and DD# 3 is from Changsha!!- Melissa

Debbie said...

I call my little girl "Amazing Gracie" too, how lovely for you all. I hope she brings you as much love as my daughter gives us. Can't wait to hear your story. Dx

Terri said...

She's gorgeous!!! Congratulations!!!!!

Brandi said...

Congratulations! She's absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to hear her story. My youngest DD is from Hunan (Chenzhou).

Mission To Macie said...

another beauty!

congrats to the whole family!!!

Love,
Jill :)

Shannon said...

She is precious Jennifer! I am so excited for yall. Can't wait to read your journey in bringing her home to her forever family and watchinbg her and Wesleigh grow up together. Miss W is going to be a great sister.

Tera said...

Congratulations! I just came across your blog yesterday from Diana's...which I found from someone else's a few months ago. I started reading about your little Wesleigh and couldn't stop! :) She is too cute and absolutely adorable in all of her sweet outfits! We are also adopting SN from China. I am mailing my I800-A tomorrow! I can't wait to read more about your newest daughter!

Ashley said...

SO Precious!!! Can't wait to see your family completed once more...blessings!

Ashley

Jennifer said...

Jennifer, Gracie is absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad y'all are on your way to this precious girl!

Ashley said...

PS....do I recognize sweat Gracie as of the Pearl River kiddos??? So cool!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Wow, she is stunning. What a beautiful smile she looks like a real sweetheart! Cant wait to hear the whole story!! Dont keep us on the edge of our seats for too long! hehe CONGRATS!!!!!

THE JOURNEY TO HANNAH said...

What a sweet face! She's adorable! She looks like she's full of vip and vigor my dear. I can't wait to hear more details.

Truly Blessed said...

Wow, wow, wow! Congratulations!!!

Gracie is beautiful and will be a wonderful addition to your family. Prayers for smooth paperwork and quick-as-a-bunny travel!

redmaryjanes said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations! She is absolutely darling. :) I am so happy for you all.

Dawn said...

Jennifer...Gracie is just darling..and she looks like she is FULL of Joy!! I cannot wait to hear your story!!
Congratulations! xoxo

Ruby's Fairy Godmother said...

Beautiful Gracie! Just beautiful!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! I can only imagine the giggles you will have between the little sisters in your house!

The Payne Family Blog said...

What a Cutie Patootie!!!! So excited for your family and for little Gracie!!!

Kelly

vicki said...

she is so darling!!
Best gift ever for Wesleigh...a sister! what a blessing!
How close are they in age??
You know, I now have 2 girls 3 weeks apart, and boy...if that doesn't age me like nothing else!! ;)

Congrats to your whole family!

The Gutmans' said...

She's adorable!! Can't wait to read more, blessings from the Gutman Family!!!

Christina said...

Congratulations to your family and to little Gracie! I'm so excited for all of you. She is precious. Can't wait to hear her story!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer,
What a doll! Can't wait to hear how you found each other. :) Congratulations to your family!
Michelle, Bardstown, KY

Lindy said...

What a beautiful child! I see she is just a few months younger than Wesleigh. You will have virtual twins, just like you wanted! She looks so happy and healthy. God is good!

Anonymous said...

AWWWWW! Jennifer!!!! What a precious addition to your family! I can't wait to hear her story! I know it's going to be nothing short of amazing!

Love ya! Krystan

Bridget said...

What a beauty! A perfect addition to your already lovely family!! Congratulations to all of you! You've been on my prayer list and I was thrilled to see your post! I can't wait to follow your journey to your sweet Gracie!!! She is just a doll!

operationlucycomehome said...

Oh I am just so thrilled for you and your new family member! I can't wait to follow your journey to her. Celebrating tears of joy!

Ps. my first look at her, she looks like Lucy's sister!

yveblogs said...

Beautiful, cant wait to hear the story, love the name.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful and what a smile! Can't wait to hear your story! Does Wesleigh understand what's going on?

Kathy said...

She is precious. Can't wait to hear her story and follow you along on your journey back to China.

TanyaLea said...

Oh, Praise God!! I can't wait to hear the full testimony. I'm certain it will bring glory and honor to Him!

She is absolutely STUNNING!! So happy for you and your exciting news! God is good!!

For if God be for us, who even DARE be against us!!! <><


CONGRATULATIONS and God bless!

love,
Tanya

Beth said...

What an adorable little girl. You can tell by that smile she has a light inside her and will make your family even happier....I cant wait to hear her story! Amazing how things just fall into place!?! Best wishes.....and dont wait too long to tell us her story :) I turn to the blogs to give me hope.....

Beth said...

What an adorable little girl. You can tell by that smile she has a light inside her and will make your family even happier....I cant wait to hear her story! Amazing how things just fall into place!?! Best wishes.....and dont wait too long to tell us her story :) I turn to the blogs to give me hope.....

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have to admit. I was having a senior moment yesterday. My youngest DD is from Chenzhou- not Changsha. Changsha is where we met her! Oh gees. Got caught up in all the excitement! Congratulations again. She is beautiful!!- Melissa

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, she is beautiful. Her eyes smile :)
Lynette in Laf.

DiJo said...

Amazing Gracie has been amazing since the first time I ever saw her joyful face. It was clear that God has had her in the palm of HIs hand. She is truly special Jen and Richard and I could not be happier for you! It has been a privilege to watch this amazing story unfold. I can not think of a better name for her than Gracie Joy! She exudes both!!!!!

"For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him!" ~1Samuel 1:27

I am so thankful you followed God's call for you to go back for this precious new daughter of yours!

Congratulations!

Love,
Diana & Family

Ani said...

She is a cutie! Can't wait to follow her journey home.

Sharon Ankerich said...

OMGoodness.... pure sweetness!!! Love her name and SO happy for you all as you begin your journey to your sweet precious baby!!! CAN NOT wait to hear her story!!! Precious!!!!!
Blessings and joy!!!

Paige said...

Jennifer,
You have to email me!!!! I am going through the same thing and I think you are the one that pushed us take our leap!!!! You must be Diana's friend. Sooooo very happy for your family!!! Please email me when you get the chance! She is so very precious and we have been praying for her as well!!
pgrit@colliervillepet.com
Thanks,
Paige

Amy said...

She is Beautiful. Can't wait to hear the story.

Congratulations
Amy

carolinagirl said...

Gracie is absolutely GORGEOUS! I can see why that beautiful face captured your hearts!

Stacy said...

She's beautiful
Congratulations
Now, let's hurry up and get to China!!
: )

Love you!!
xoxoxxoxo

snekcip said...

She is BREATHTAKING!!! I can't wait to see and read about all the wonderful plans God has orchestrated for your family.

I love her name!!!

The Oswalds said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

Jennifer O'Cain said...

Congratulations!! Looking forward to following your next Journey to China.
She is precious!!

Ali said...

She is so beautiful!!! Can't wait to hear all about your new daughter!

Katrina said...

OOOOOOOO How beautiful little girl!!!Congrats!!!

Kat Shank said...

Yay! What an adorable little one. And yes, please don't make us wait too long on the story.

elliotts said...

Congratulations, she is beautiful! I am so happy for you and your family and continue to hope this will be the month for us too.

Hugs,
Diane

3 Peanuts said...

Jen,

I am so excited for you guys!!! It must feel so good to be at this point to be able to share this and post about it:)

I know the ups and downs you have faced and how clear it has become that God planned for Gracie to be in your family. Her smile lights up a room and I think she looks like YOU (especially in the last photo). She is gorgeous!!!

I have been praying for her since the first time you showed me her photo and I will continue to do so.

Cannot wait to see how she enriches your lives and I know how y'all will enrich hers:)

Love,
Kim

Leah Mei said...

Congratulations, Jennifer, she is just gorgeous.

Daisy

Alyson and Ford said...

Wow! Such wonderful news! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Suzanne said...

Congratulations to you all!! Gracie is darling... and I know I recognize her smile and those eyes from Pear River... Can't wait to hear how God orchestrated Gracie's life to be YOUR daughter!

Can't wait to see Wesley and Gracie together and of course, your boys with another sister to love and to look out for! Miss Gracie Joy is in for a blessing!!

Love her name!

Heather said...

Oh so sweet. She is just precious. I will be anxiously (un)patiently waiting to hear her story.

Congratulations!

Cori said...

Congratulations!! She is precious and looks so sweet spirited and happy!!

Tricia said...

She is adorable Jennifer. I can't wait to see her with her family.

Tricia

Lauren McG said...

My heart is so happy! I only wish I could be journeying with you...Oh well, I will be there in spirit. I pray for a swift trip to China and to have another beauty wrapped in the arms of your loving family. We love you all. Lauren, Jim, Sophie and Sadie

Julie said...

Your little Wesleigh will LOVE having a playmate. My girls were knitted together beautifully by God. Prsying that for your girls.
She is stunning!

my3 kids said...

Congrats..what a beautiful little girl Gracie is. Can't wait to hear more about your story and of course following your family to China:)

Janice

The 5 Bickies said...

She is beautiful! It's so exciting to think about her in the home and family that is waiting for her. Love her spunk and spirit.

Canada to China and back! said...

Jennifer, she is beautiful! I can't wait to hear the story of how she found her way to your family. I am sure you are all very excited! Your Gracie was born 1 day before my Addison. :)
Can't wait to follow your blog to China!

Kim

ashia said...

she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! congratulations on another princess!! how will miss w do in sharing the attention?! ha! so happy for you guys! i'm sure the boys are thrilled! God is GOOD!

Emy said...

AHHHH!!! I've been checking EVERY DAY and I must have missed this post. She is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! So excited for your family and for sweet Gracie Joy!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Gracie is absolutely adorable! Congratulations!

Melinda said...

Gracie is so beautiful! I love her name! I am so thrilled for your family! Congratulations!

Debbie said...

She is three days older than Darci. How sweet!!! Cannot wait to see her in your arms FOREVER!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found.
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come.
'Twas Grace that brought me safe thus far,
And Grace shall lead me home.

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