Saturday, January 29, 2011
In addition to this, if weekends are painful, holidays are almost unbearable! Not only are offices closed extra days, but, you know, even when they are "working", they are probably ordering Christmas presents off the web or having office parties...counting down the minutes before they can stop thinking about my paperwork!! And forget about CNY!! Weeks of non-production! Ughhh!!!!
So...while most of the world is dreading Monday morning...I (and, I'm sure most of my adoptive friends) am counting down the hours until the offices are open again!
Enjoy your weekend!! I'm trying to!!! :-)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Yep...that's my 14 yr. old's pants size. Actually, it's the size he is wearing in this pictures and, as you can see, they're too short!! Seriously?!? Richard wears a 34 length, but he's 6 ft. tall!!
I love this shot because it's so sweet, but can't quite get past the pants! He really needs a 29 x 34...I'll have to get working on that.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I shot this video of Wesleigh before we left. When I put this dress on her, she immediately started spinning around and saying "bootiful". I think she must have gotten that from one of the boys because that not really a word I use alot. She must have done it a thousand times. Super cute!! I had to coach her here, but of course, that's just because I had the video on!!
We celebrated the big day yesterday by going out for Chinese food. It was a quick dinner because Bryce had to be at the high school for a basketball game (band). That's about par for this group...there's always something. Oh well, we enjoyed being together. My parents joined us, so we got pictures with them also. You just have to excuse these pics. My camera was in the wrong mode and obviously, I couldn't figure it out while we were there ;) Oh well...that's life.
We had a special delivery at home. A wonderful friend of mine sent these to us for our special day. As Wesleigh said a million times...the are "bootiful"!!
Miss W's birthday is in a couple of weeks, so it's time to start planning for that. Don't expect anything over the top ;-) I figure, I can still get away with just a family party for one more year. After she's in school next year, I'm sure we will be pulling out all the stops!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wow! What a year! On one hand, I can't believe it's already been a year since we were in China to meet this sweet girl for the first time. On the other hand, I can't believe we've only known her for 1 year! What a difference a year can make. Of course, more than the time...it's the love of a family that has made the real difference. Wesleigh has become a happy, well adjusted, confident, caring, funny, active and loving toddler. She is the life of this house. I can't even imagine how bored we must have been without her ;-)
When I think back on this past year, I am flooded with images of China. Of a family who had anticipated this day for years with such joy and of a scared little girl who was going through an extremely traumatic time in her life...again! For the second time in her short little life, she was separated from everything that was comfortable to her. I understand that this day is associated with pain, in some way. I pray that when Wesleigh is older, she will look at this day as a celebration of family. That God turned "what was meant for evil, into good" on this day. And that it was He who brought us together....as a family.
I think of a little girl, who had to be taught what a mommy and daddy were. That there were two people in this world who would make sure her needs were met, who would kiss her boo boo's and love her forever. A little girl who had to learn that a Daddy is lots of fun and good to have around.
I think of a little girl who learned that having 3 big brothers is way cool! And this mom got to experience seeing her boys open their hearts to a timid little girl and truly fall in love with her.
I think of all the firsts Wesleigh experienced with us, like the beach...
new life long friends...
endless photo shoots...
a haircut that did not include clippers!...
and a visit from Santa.
What an amazing year. I want to share my latest photo shoot with Miss W!! I took these especially to celebrate this day!!
And my absolute favorites...
I love this child. I love all of my children, but Wesleigh is my heart. My heart that aches for all the children left behind. She represents the blessings that God bestows when a person is faithful to the call that has been placed on their life. I am so thankful that we listened...
Sunday, January 23, 2011
We went to my nephew's birthday party today. It totally brought me back to last year. Rylan's party was the first "outing" we had with Wesleigh after we came home from China. Boy have things changed!! Tuesday is a big day for us. It will mark one year since we met Miss Wesleigh! I am working on a special post.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The concert was right in the middle of naptime.
Wesleigh's tea party. She did this all on her own.
After all the "play" cookies I could stand, we decided to make some real cookies! Wesleigh was so excited!
OK...I know this is a wimpy post...If you only knew how many days it has taken me to get it together!!! UGH.... It' s just one of those months!!
Hopefully, I'll have something really cute to share soon ;)
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The first is Myra. Her blog is here. Myra reached out to me after I posted a picture of our referral to Miss Wesleigh. She had been in China just a few months prior, adopting her son from the same orphanage Wesleigh lived in. When they visited the orphanage, she actually held Wesleigh and had it on video!! Wesleigh happened to be the only child screaming her lungs out!! What they also did during this visit is to try to let her new son, Sam to say goodbye to his best little buddy in the orphanage. This video was such a blessing, but it was also very hard to watch as I waited to go get my sweet girl. I never posted it here, because I just couldn't bring myself to share it. I will post a link to it now because it's so much easier to watch now that I have her.
Here it is.
Wesleigh is the one in the yellow shirt with the blue pants. She's standing in her crib. The amazing part of this story is that Sam's little friend went up for adoption a number of months ago. Myra started to advocate for this little boy to find him a home, but soon realized that he belonged in their family!! Myra is back in the same province about to adopt Sam's best friend!!! They will be brothers...forever! What an amazing testament to God's grace and love.
Here is a picture, sent to me by the orphanage, as we waited to travel. It is of Wesleigh and Myra's new son, Will. This picture makes me laugh every time I see it!
The second blog is here. Sonia is the mother of 4 bio boys and is in China to get her 2 new sons!!! Yes...that makes six!!! Sonia has the funniest take on life (I suppose that might be the only way to survive!) and her sarcasm speaks my language ;) I don't know as much about how she came to these two precious boys, but I do know that they are precious!! They are best friends in the orphanage, and now they will be brothers...forever!!!! Just makes me smile! Sonia is in China with her entire family! Yes...they brought all 4 boys with them!!! Boy would I love to be a fly on the wall for this trip!! If there's anyone who can take it all in stride, it's Sonia! Go check out her blog...you'll love it!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Now, this is my kind of weather!! Warm sun...hot sand...cool breeze...Lord, do I wish I were there!! Instead, I'm bundled up inside...freezing! I know...I'm from the south...it never gets cold here compared to other places. Call me a wuss! I don't care...I HATE it!!
So...here's to barefeet, teeny bikinis, boogie boards and tanned skin...
...'till we meet again!!
Monday, January 10, 2011
She loves any attention she can get. She'll lay her with this blanket on until Wesleigh takes it off. I guess she might be the perfect playmate! I don't see her new sister being quite so compliant!! :-)
Friday, January 7, 2011
I know this is sideways, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it. I just think it's too sweet not to share. Of course, Wesleigh singing is so adorable, but I just love seeing her Daddy dance with her. After so many years with boys, I knew Richard was a great dad, but didn't quite know how he would be with a girl. He is so sweet with her, and they adore each other. What a blessing!
I think the sound messed up at the end too. It gets ahead some kind of way...oh well, you get the idea!
BTW...I800A was sent today! I'll keep you posted!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
So....Here's a question...Has anyone ever walked in early to the New Orleans office? Some offices allow you to bring your appointment forms and walk in early. I feel pretty certain that the NO office would not "allow" this. I'm just trying to decide if I have enough nerve to try it. I'm pretty good at playing dumb, so the worst they could tell me is "go away, you're a dumb blonde", right? Richard would, of course, be with me and he's a pretty good salesman so we might just give it a try. Of course, we would bring our secret weapon (Miss W)! She's always seems to put people in a good mood.
I made the comment yesterday that I will now be in the government hands. (Something that makes me nausous to think about) I was corrected, however, and reminded that I am in God's hands. This makes me much more secure and peaceful. Last year when we had that awful experience in the USCIS office, my mom posted this comment:
"The kings heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes." Pr. 21:1. That includes government workers and bureaucracy.
I am going to pray this over the packet before I send it off!!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
My main goal with this video was to catch Wesleigh saying "of course" on camera. She says it ALL the time, and always in context. I was trying to figure out where she picked it up from, because I might use it every once in a while, but not all the time. We were driving yesterday and I was listing to Belle (for the millionth time). All of a sudden I realized that they say "of course" constantly! So cute!
OK...I couldn't get the video to do right, so it's in the post under this one.
I was asked where I got her little kitchen. Here's the link. I have to say...I love it! Delivered for way under $200 and it's adorable. It seems to be made really well too. I love that there is so much space to store her "food"!
Also, I've been asked if we're chasing a specific child. We have not identified a child yet. There is someone who has caught my eye, but I need to get logged in first. Our goal is to find a sister for Wesleigh who is the same school age. They will grow up as virtual twins. I figure, if I'm already driving one to dance, I might as well bring two!!
Monday, January 3, 2011
The time has come for this mom to get up!! I can't even remember another time where we have had so many lazy days. There have been multiple days that Wesleigh has not even gotten out of her pjs! It has actually been really nice. Usually, I would be going completely stir crazy by now, but I have really enjoyed it.
I started working on our dossier at the beginning on Nov. and have spent an amazing amount of time and energy working on it. When it was time to start with Christmas decorating, etc. I was totally overwhelmed and had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit. I was just so distracted. It wasn't until the week before Christmas (when the agencies were pretty much shut down) that I was really able to chill out and enjoy the season. It ended up being a wonderful holiday and I have really been able to relax and enjoy being with my family.
However....I think if I sit on this sofa any longer, my behind is going to grow three sizes! The kids are still out of school, but my agency is open again, the mail will run today and I have NO food in this house!! I need to get off my butt!!!
Many of you have asked where we are in the adoption process. Our homestudy has been reviewed once and, hopefully, will be approved today. That is the last piece I need to send off my I-800a! I am praying for God's favor with the immigration process...hoping things will move quickly and smoothly in all areas! The rest of my dossier is actually complete, so this CIS approval is the last piece!
Thank you all for your sweet comments on our big news! What a blessing it is to have a community of cheerleaders behind us! I'm sure there are many who think we are crazy to bring a 5th child into this family (they have a point ;-)), but I am so thankful to have friends who understand the bigger picture and are so supportive. Thank you all! I can't wait to share this next journey with you!! Hopefully, there will be fewer "freak-out" moments this time around, but I'm not promising anything!!