Friday, April 8, 2011


Update!!!: Scroll down to see the gift I received on Gracie's birthday!!

Today is Gracie girl's 3rd birthday! The package I sent is in China, but I don't know if they've given it to her or not. Hopefully I'll get some new pictures soon! This is from the last batch that came through Pearl River. Her reports continue to say she is happy...and active! :) N557-ZhangGuYu-1_1 Look how long her hair is! I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do with this hair in China! I bet she'll love her some big southern bows!! N557-ZhangGuYu-3_1

Gracie, this is the last birthday you will spend without your forever family! We can't wait to be with you for the next one!!

A couple of hours after I wrote this post, I received an email that contained pics of Gracie's birthday party!! I was prepared for her happy party pics, but seeing her hold those pictures totally got me!!! Enjoy!!




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Seriously....How can you not love that girl?!?!


The Stiffs said...

Happy Birthday Gracie! Jack just had a birthday too. If you have time, let me know how you sent your package. We used Ann but I would love to send something from here.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to your Gracie from my wee Gracie! I can't wait to see those bow in her hair.....Dx

snekcip said...

Happy Birthday beautiful Gracie!!

Serving the King said...

I can't tell you how much I love clicking on your blog and seeing all 5 of those sweet faces up there! Happy Birthday precious girl!

Mission To Macie said...

Happy Birthday to your baby girl!!!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Gracie! Next year we'll have a party for your birthday and you'll be surrounded by all your family who love you! We love you! MawMaw and PawPaw

DiJo said...

Gracie Joy,
I have loved you since the day I first saw your soft culrs, and precious face!!!! I have watched God's hand on your life. He has protected you and loved you all this time.. Now, He has the most wonderful gift for you. A precious family to love you forever! I can't wait to finally see you sharing your joyful heart with the precious ones who are waiting for you... And, if it's God's plan, I hope to personally love on you in China too!!

Just a few more months Gracie Joy!

Happy Happy Birthday!

Miss Di

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!!! This post brought tears to my eyes, those pics are just priceless!!!! Thanks for sharing, Im sure you are beaming!!!

Anonymous said...

What a happy girl, and happier days are to come! Her smile says it all. How blessed she will be. Honestly, she shows a slight resemblance to you :)
Lynette in Laf.

Emy said...

Oh, WOW! TEARS! That last picture is priceless!!! Happy birthday sweet Gracie Joy!

Football and Fried Rice said...

Happy, Happy Third Birthday, sweet Gracie Joy!

Oh, Jennifer - what a GIFT! What a sweet, sassy, spicy looking little girl you've got! I love the way she's pointing her finger in the one picture - I wonder what she's saying? No doubt it's RAPID and in CHINESE!! ha! I can't wait for you to adopt "yourself" - I did it! And never looked back!

Pack the hairbows, and apparently some bracelets, cause it looks like you've got a girly girl!

Mama's coming soon, Gracie!! Hope your day was special!


The Payne Family Blog said...


These are amazing!!! The last one especially made me teary! What a blessing! Happy Birthday Gracie Joy!!!

Little Rylan Cooper said...

That is the sweetest thing I have ever seen!!! Can't wait for her to come home!

Little Rylan Cooper said...

That is the sweetest thing I have ever seen!! Can't wait to meet her this summer

Cathy said...

What an awesome gift for you! I can only imagine how excited you all must be! She is going to fit right in!

Cathy and Naomi

Shannon said...

That last picture is priceless!! It just makes me want to cry thinking about ALL the children in orphanages around the world who are dreaming of having their own family. Gracie is one lucky little girl. She hit the jackpot with yall! Of course, how could yall resist that adorable smile of hers? Happy Birthday Gracie Joy! The ultimate gift of a loving forever family awaits you right around the corner.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Gracie Joy! You are just too precious for words! I am praying for you and your family.

snekcip said...

Oh what a way to end the workday!! She is just precious!!!

Mrs. S. said...

Those photos are such a blessing...she is obviously well cared for and loved there and she is getting closer to meeting you all soon...wish I would have received photos like this of Kate while we precious...especially the one of her looking at your family photo...made me tear up!
Lynn Schadler
Wyomissing, PA

j-chin said...

omg, the pictures of her looking at her forever family photos, these are just beautiful moments for Gracie Joy, God is awesome! I cannot wait for her to meet Wesleigh, they are going to be curious about each other at first, I'm sure, but both girls will grow up loving each other, and their forever family! God is good!

Paige said...

Happy birhtday Gracie!! LOVE the pic of her looking at you all!!! so very precious and it appears she is a girly girl:) Congrats, know it was a happy day seeing her smiling face!!!

Steffie B. said...

Oh my word....I am crying....becasue I know EXACTLY what you are feeling.....praying you travel soon to bring your sweet girl home....she is so precious! ;)

The Gutmans' said...

Happy Birthday Gracie, she is precious!!! Those pictures, melt my heart!!!!

Stacy said...


I am in tears!!!!
That is the most wonderful thing!!
Wow!! I love it!!!!!


Love you all!

Anonymous said...

So much joy and anticipation in these photos. They makes me think of an old song:

The gospel train is a-comin'!
I hear her close at hand!
I hear her cars a-steamin'
And a-rumblin' through the land!

I hear her bell and twinkle
A-comin' around the curve!
She's playin' all her steamin' power
And strainin' every nerve!

So get on board, oh get on board,
Get on board, little children,
There's room for many a-more!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh Jen,

What a gift! Happy Birthday beautiful Gracie Joy! Her smile could light up the world.

I just love seeing the pictures of her holding your photos. How amazing. Her heart is being prepared for you not only by prayer and God but also by the caregivers.

So happy for you all.


Sharon said...

So sweet! Happy Birthday Gracie! Love both of those last two!

Tera said...

She is so full of life! Those last two pictures are just precious! Happy Birthday, Gracie!

Christina said...

WOW that's a lot pf pics! Happy b-day, sweet Gracie! Let me know how you sent that pkg, too! I used Ann last time, but I'd like to send something from the US to Sam. He and Gracie had their parties together it looks like. )

Debbie said...

What a beautiful post!!! Happy Birthday Gracie!!! She is just precious!!! That last picture of her looking at your photo is enough to melt the heart and I can only imagine what it did to your heart!!! Cannot wait to follow the journey and see her in her family's arms FOREVER!!!!

Wendy said...

Oh my how sweet!!! She is so beautiful and happy, I just love the ones of her looking at the photos of her family, so awesome!

Happy Birthday Gracie!!

The Oswalds said...

she is precious! happy birthday, gracie!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Gracie..
Love it.. I am sitting here crying..
PRICELESS photos..

Ali said...

Happy Birthday to your new daughter. May her 4th b-day be even better with her forever family! She is just adorable! I can't wait for you to go her her!

Lauren McG said...

Hang on to your HATS because she looks as if she is indeed FULL of spirit and spunk!!!! What sentimental photos....Can't wait for you to meet her....

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday, Gracie! She looks like the happiest little girl ever! I absolutely LOVE the picture of her looking at her new family. It won't be long until y'all are all together...:)

Sharon Ankerich said...

What a precious post about your precious girl!!! She is adorable and SO happy you got such amazing photos of her party!!! LOVE the one of her looking at you all. Precious!!! I know you are so excited to get on with the wait!!!

Robin said...

Just adorable! Happy Birthday Gracie!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Jennifer, your Gracie Joy is so beautiful! What a gift to see her smile on her special day I am certain.
So happy for you all.
God's Speed....

Frederick,Mackenzie,Noah,Hope said...

PRECIOUS MOMENT! XOXOX Blessings from the Lord above!

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