Monday, August 15, 2011


What an amazing day, so far! I'm going to make this really quick, but needed to get some pictures up! When she walked in this morning, she was the most pitiful, scared, sad little girl. She was snubbing the entire time and then just burst into tears. It was the most pitiful thing I've ever seen. She was trying to be so brave.






Then...we decided to go to Walmart, and about halfway through, she became a different child. It might have been when she realized that we would buy her anything she wanted :) Since then, she has been laughing, running, dancing, singing and playing. It is amazing. She has already started saying some English words! Right now, she is running around the room looking in everything. This one has exactly the personality we thought she would! Happy and CRAZY!! She is a doll, so funny and happy and so sweet.





I will post more soon!!!!!!!


Christy said...

You have got to be kidding me!!!! I cant believe how amazingly well she is responding-- like a perfect scenerio! I am so happy for you guys. She is a doll and seems to have a perfectly little happy personality. I am thrilled for you guys and so happy I checked your blog one more time before I went to bed. What a happy thing to go to bed to :)

By the way, I just posted some Changsha info on your last post. Good massages etc.

Congrats and I cant wait to see more pics soon!!!!

Christy :)

Sharon said...

It is so wonderful to see you and your husband with Gracie Joy and to know things are going so well! I pray they will continue. She truly is a beautiful child! God Bless!

DiJo said...

Oh my gosh!!!!! I love the pics!!!! My favorite is the two of you in the van with the IPhone! You both look like you were born to be together! THANK YOU for Skyping!! I loved hearing Richard's description of his new baby girl!!! She is going to keep you on your toes! So funny that she made the turn in Wal*Mart!! Good thing you have a few of those in LA!!! I think these day one photos are great!!! She is going to love her new clothes!! Can't wait to see you break out the bows!!!
We love you guys, and we are SO happy for you!
Gracie Joy - you are a gift from God!!!! You have the most precious Mama! And, I just can't wait to see you blossom in your new family!

Love from GZ,
Diana, Jeff, and Ainsley

Robyn said...

It's nearly midnight here, but SO worth staying up! Precious, precious girl... Imagining what is going through her mind in those first few pictures - then the joy that follows. Praise God!

Do said...

I witness the daily life of you and your family through the reading of this blog and feel your excitement.
Gracie is really photogenic. In fact your daughters are both beautiful.
Enjoy your stay in China . Waiting for more updates.

ladybugsnkatydids said...

Wow - kisses for both of you!!! I bet those are some of the sweetest kisses you've ever received. So happy for you and sweet Gracie!

Denise said...

Maggie turned after a bit of shoe shopping and Starbucks! So happy to see you all together, can't wait for more updates:)

Shannon said...

Awwww, these pics are priceless!! I just love God's sense of humor - he used Walmart to give her peace. LOL Can't wait to see more in the coming days. She looks right at home in her mamas lap.

KandK said...

What an amazing "Gracie Day"!!! Adorable pictures of all of you!!!
Gracie is "definately" a "spice girl", LOVE her smile. We need to start a "Spice Girl Club"! I think she will keep you and Richard very busy:)

Can't wait to see more pic's!

God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Aw what a wonderful post! Love seeing the progression of how she warmed up to ya'll. She's one lucky little girl.
Lynette in Laf.

Stacy said...

It's so wonderful!!! And she is so beautiful!!!
I'm so happy for you!!

Let's skype soon! I can't wait to "meet" her. : )
Love the photos!
Love you!

elliotts said...

I was up at 6:30am this morning and the first thing I did was open the laptop and check in to see pictures of you with Gracie. I literally cried looking at them. Many emotions...I am so happy for you and to see how well Gracie has done. It is wonderful! I also have so much build up thinking of our turn next month...I am excited, scared and anxious. Enjoy this time with Gracie. I know you can't wait to Skype with everyone at home!!


Teresa M. said...

So happy for your family and for Gracie! Such a wonder. I couldn't stay up, but didn't sleep that well because I was wanted to see her with you! Just wait until she gets home with the boys and Wesleigh!!! I can't wait to see her in her wardrobe! I'm sure it is stunning! Blessings to you---

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

CONRATULATIONS!! What a joy it is to wake up this monring and see you with Gracie! She is beautiful and you are glowing. I am amazed how quickly she opened up to both you and Richard. These pictures are worth a thousand words. What an amazing little girl. I could not be happier for you and your family. Enjoy your time in China and getting to know your precious Gracie Joy.

All my best to you,


The Payne Family Blog said...

AWESOME!!! I woke up this morning thinking of you and praying all was going well!!! So exciting!!!



Amanda said...

Love all the pics!!! So sweet! What a BLESSING for you all! Looks like you are off to a great start...:)
Can't wait to see her all dressed up with bows in her hair.
Praying for you all.


Football and Fried Rice said...

BEAUTIFUL! It sure didn't take Miss Gracie long :) you got smiles AND kisses! Can't wait to hear more! How big is she!? She looks so healthy and gorgeous - so happy you finally have your hands on her!


P.S. Hope you got your new flat iron and hair dryer :)

Martha said...

love the pics she is so sweet and loving

Paige said...

She is so very precious! Broke my heart in the first pics but I know she is the most blessed little girl! I bet she will love Target even more haha. So absolutely thrilled for you all and so very thankful she is doing well. She is just perfect!

Serving the King said...

Ahhhhhhhh LOVE, love, love!!!!! I am so happy for you my friend! She's GORGEOUS!!!

Jennifer said...

Tears of JOY!! She is beautiful and looks so happy! I'm so glad it didn't take her long to warm up to y'all...I knew it wouldn't!...and oh my goodness, already giving kisses!! I love it! What a PRECIOUS girl!!! I couldn't be happier for y'all!! Can't wait to see how she blossoms even more in the days to come! :)

Terri said...

What a happy day! She is absolutely gorgeous and a gift from God! Congratulations!

3 Peanuts said...

Laughing So hard that your daughter turned the corner in the Walmart. Seriously!? She is all set for home. She will be seeing plenty of Walmart.

jen, she looks so joyfl and although she was sad at first, she obviously realized y'all were handpicked by God to be her Mama and Baba.

Thank you so much for skyping me too. It was the hi-light of my morning. Sorry I was half asleep. I am kinda glad Gracie put the stickers on my face since I had just rolled out of bed seconds before:) Miss Gracie seems like she is going to be the life of thr party wherever she goes. I can see her being a fun college roommate someday for someone!!! She makes me laugh!!!

Get a good night sleep and I cannot wait to see more of Miss Grace!!!

Lots of love,
Kim and family

Myra said...

YEAH!!! hard to believe, but I think she looks MORE beautiful with you guys!!! SOOOOO glad to hear things are starting well!!! Praying the transition will continue to go smooth!!! THANK YOU for the quick update!!! Blog stalkers are greatful ;)

Bridget said...

It looks and sounds like a wonderful day! So happy Gracie has taken to both of you! She is a beauty! I love all of the pictures! She is a beautiful addition to your already lovely family! Enjoy your time with your sweet girl!

Mary said...

These pictures are fabulous -- what a gorgeous, gorgeous girl! I love the trip to Wal*Mart -- nothing wrong with buying a little affection at the beginning, is there!?! I'll remember that trick...

So happy that things have gone well so far. Praying for that sweet little soul, and her mama and baba! Looking forward to more updates!

Tera said...

Beautiful! I love the picture at the top where she is looking in your eyes, and I agree with Diana- the one with the two both look like you are glowing! So precious!

Leah Mei said...

What a ray of sunshine she is! So beautiful. Enjoy your trip and your new daughter, can't wait to read more.

Kim said...

I was praying for Gracie that she would have a great day and bond well. I am so happy to see her smile!! God is GOOD!

Ruby said...

I am sooo happy for you guys!
Gracie Joy is just precious! I am glad that she doing so well! Thank you so much for sharing your blog! I fell in love with her when I first saw her at Pearl River and can't believe that I get to watch her grow and blossom in your beautiful family!!!

sheryl said...

What an amazingly perfect Gracie Day! She is sooo precious and her personality is quite obvious in her infectious smile! I LOVE the pictures of you and your husband giving her kisses. So happy for you and your family!


Deanna said...

Hi! Couldn't wait to check in this morning and what a sweet surprise it was. She is a doll and I'm so glad she warmed up after a bit. The most precious pic is of her and Richard kissing at the table, that melts me! I hope her transition continues well, not HOPE, it WILL in Jesus' name!! Can't wait to see and hear more about your new daughter :) Esp about her first intro to Wesleigh, I'm assuming on Skype?? Have fun! We love you!!

Allison said...

Congratulations!! So beautiful.
Allison (LA)

Kathryn said...

Congratulations!! What an amazing beautiful little girl Gracie is!! The look on your husband's face holding that little sucker is priceless ~ God bless her little heart! So happy she came around at Walmart... she's a smart little one too!
I can't wait to see her with Wesleigh and the boys ~ what fun you all will have! She seems like such a little firecracker! :) Jennifer you are absolutely glowing! Enjoy this awesome time with your husband getting to know precious Gracie Joy!!


Lori said...

Love your new profile pic!!!!

sweet momma luv u said...

I am so excited to see Gracie with you!! I have been praying so hard for a happy Gracie day for you guys. Praise God!!!! Love the pics. She is adorable and just as I pictured her to be... her personality comes shinning thorough.

Love the kisses already. I am sure there will be grieving on her part but it may come out in a different way.

Big hugs!!

Jennifer said...

Hi, I found your blog on a few friends blogs and wanted to stop by. :) You have a beautiful family and precious new little girlie. :) Congratulations!

Jennifer O'Cain said...

What a great way to start a Monday morning, seeing Miss Gracie with her family! Congratulations on Gotcha Day! Praying for the rest of your trip to go smoothly.

Kayce said...

Yea! So glad all is going wonderfully!! Congratulations!

Sammons said...

Absolutely amazing!!!! Kisses already! Big happy smiles! She is just beautiful and I am so happy for you! I can not wait to see her spunky personality through your pictures. So glad I had a second to check in on you all this morning!
Love Mary

Our Journey to Grace and Olivia said...

Amazing and beautiful. We hope to bring home our second daughter from China early 2012. She is 5 but will be 6 in May of next year. Looks like they are close in age. Actually our stories are very similar, our children and even their special needs..your blog blew me away and had me in tears God spoke through you. Watching and learning from your journey as we prepare for ours.

Our Journey to Grace and Olivia said...

This is amazing and she is beautiful! I am watching very closely. We hope to travel early 2012 to bring home our second daughter from China. Our children, ou stories are so smiliar it is crazy. Even our kids special needs. God really spoke to me thruogh your story. Our daughter waiting on us is 5.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for your family! She looks like she loves to give away kisses. Can't wait for the girls to be in dance together. Saw Cade at school today and he is doing great!
Love Stephanie

snekcip said...

Well is Walmart is enough to make any girl smile!

Walmart will be replacing their old slogan " Always great prices" to Always great smiles"!!! Guess they are "rolling back tears" instead of "rolling back prices" as well!!!

Oh HAPPY DAY!!! Love to see those smiles!! Keep 'em coming!!!

carolinagirl said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations. I love how Miss G warmed up to you guys so quickly. What a blessing! Keep those photos coming.

Kristi said...

She is so darling and looks like she is fitting into her forever family beautifully!! Congratulations!!

Dawn said...

What a doll!!! We loved Changsha!! I love seeing your spicy girl!!! xoxo

AdoptedAsHisOwn said...

Oh. My. Word!! EXUBERANT JOY FOR ALL OF Y'all!!!!!

Hoots Momma said...

kisses!! are you kidding me??? I love it, looks like she adjusting. praying in houston!!!

Anonymous said...

Just precious! We are so excited for you guys. Love the pictures, she seems so happy and full of joy. We are praying for all of you! Love, Dawn & Cole

Ruby's Fairy Godmother said...

Gracie Joy is just that...pure Joy! She is beautiful and absolutely heaven sent! I love seeing you and Richard with these little girls...after having those to see you with these darling little girls...she'll have her daddy wrapped around her little finger (if she doesn't already) just like like her sister. Can't wait to see your family all together!
Safe travels!

Steffie B. said...

What a wonderful post....I am so happy for all of you....I will pray that it continues to go well and that Gracie opens up to you more and more.

You are glowing.....I can see that look of contentment and peacefulness in your heart.....I know it well! ;)


Sharon Ankerich said...

What a precious baby!!! LOVE that she is coming around and already kissing you two! Precious doesn't even cover how darling she is!!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, what a cutie! She looks like she could not fit in with your crew any more perfect Jennifer! So exciting. Her eyes look so much like Naomi's! Your pictures are great!


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