Friday, April 17, 2015

Dentist, Dinner, and Destiny

Eden visited the dentist yesterday and like most of her visits she has a tooth that needs filling. This is a brand new tooth that came in lacking enough enamel to fully protect it! It seems she was not blessed with the strongest of teeth and this scenario has played out just about every six months! 

Eden tries her best to be brave but these appointments are hard for her! We switched dentist at the office as I felt the male, lacked patience and didn't listen to my child. The female is gentle and seems to understand Eden! Eden does better when someone is with her to hold her hand and give her positive reassurance! 

I wish you, my reading audience, could meet the girls in person. Eden is a kind, gentle, caring person! Her foster family did such an amazing job raising her, she values family! We share a love for a daughter that was part of their lives far longer than she has been a part of mine and I love them for being there for her when I could not.

Last night, Gavin, the girls and I attended the APAC book club meeting! We all had dinner together and then the adults met for an introduction into our book (From Fear to Love) by Brian Post, and the kids group did Yoga Calm and other fun activities! The older group of kids were mainly boys and the girls came back telling me that the boys are LOUD! 

I thought with another adoption in the works this book would be a useful tool and the outing and networking with other parents a good thing as well. I'm the only one that has adopted internationally in this group.



Just look at this sweet girl! I was blessed to learn a little more about Avery from a mom that met her at the camp she attended here in the US! I have heard it more than once, everyone seems to feel that she will fit right in with the girls already here. This makes me very happy!

I can't believe that God opened my heart one more time, I admit the route he used wasn't fun and extremely heart breaking! I still think and pray for Addison, this child that will age out in China, a child that wanted to come to the US and be a part of a family, my heart is sick that she could not be ours. She will always own a piece of my heart!

I remember the day and the moment my heart quicken for Avery! I had the same kind of moment when I knew Eden was to be mine. There are several family members that think that I should have taken the NO as a sign from God after Addison's adoption fell through! What they don't understand, God was already at work for my heart to be soften for Avery!

It doesn't make sense in man's eyes, I will be much closer to 60 by the time Avery's adoption takes place, I'm single, and I will have 5 teen girls at home. Really? Who does that? God's ways are higher and I am trusting him to work out the details! I step out in obedience and the rest is totally up to him! He is God and he knows what he is doing!

Please pray that my faith will remain strong and unwavering as I trust him to work out these details and funding. Please pray for Avery and the girls at home that this transition will be smooth for all. 

Thank you for your love and support! Please feel free to share our story with your family and friends.

Until next time . . .

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I think we are moving forward . . .

Kendall often does small chores for her big brother, Matthew, and he pays well! Kendall is a worker and loves to earn money, no chore is off limits to her, including cleaning his bathroom! 

Last night she cooked dinner for the boys without asking them and then asked for $10.00! I had to smile when Matthew told me! For the record, I'm not sure if he paid her cooking and cleaning up their dinner dishes. 

Mackinley and Journey had orthodontist appointments yesterday morning. Journey received her finishing wires and Mackinley will start the process for her wires on her next appointment. Journey's braces should come off this summer. They told me that Mackinley will be in her finishing wires much longer!

Today, Mackinley and Eden have their semi annual dentist appointments and next week Eden has her orthodontist appointment. I blog for family and they like knowing about what's going on with the girls.

Oh for the record, the girls did not go hungry last night, I bought them Egg Drop Soup from the Chinese Restaurant due to their sore mouths!

On the adoption front, my home study has been submitted for review. It seems that I was to get an Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect clearance for the girls and due to a misunderstanding I failed to do this, now I'm playing catch up! Plus there are some additional forms that I need along with a tweak or two on some existing forms. One step forward and two steps backwards!

Prayer warriors, please join me in praying for the needed funds to finish this adoption, I would also like to take at least one of the girls with me to China and would need the additional funds for that as well. God is able! Expecting! 

I need your help in knowing how to respond when people ask what grade the girls are in. I started them below where they were in China to give them time to acquire an English understanding to what they were reading. One of the girls had to start at a kindergarten/first level due to lack of exposure and learning abilities in China. She is very embarrassed to answer this question. How can we respond without being rude? 

All the girls are making progress and my girl in the lowest grade is smart, she just needed to get a good foundation, her progress has been amazing. I do not want her feeling inferior or embarrassed by where she is in school. I think this has been one of the hardest things about adopting older girls is people just don't understand that they are in a different place and it is perfectly okay for them to be where they are!

Until next time . . .

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guess what?


 I received 7 new photos of Avery! 


Her hair has grown!


Look at those cute freckles!


What a precious smile!


These two photos look identical to me!


This is my favorite!


What a sweet blessing to receive these photos!


I thank God that he has called me to open my home and heart to these wonderful girls! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

School . . .

I can hardly believe that we are so close to finishing another year of schooling! It has been a good year with definite growth in all areas! The girls have worked hard and I am very proud of their efforts.

We have the Oxford English/Chinese Picture Dictionary. The girls requested this workbook and that is going to be our summer project, along with a Wordly Wise workbook that will help with their vocabulary and word comprehension.




We will review our fifty states and capitals along with a few basic math facts! It won't be all work and no play, there will off and fun days factored in!

Education is a 24/7 365 day need for these English Second Language learners, and to think we will be starting back at the beginning when Avery arrives.

We have a tee shirt design and the girl's shirts are being printed. I hope to start our tee shirt fundraiser soon. I had hoped to get them out before the Forget the Frock but it didn't happen. I appreciate my niece's help with our design and printing!

I am still so far from being agency funded not to mention travel and China fees! Why does Adoption have to cost so much?

Praises, I was able to visit with my daughter and see her beautiful family last weekend, my brother-in-law is doing beautifully after his stem-cell transplant, my nephew turned one yesterday, and my niece delivered a healthy baby boy on the 9th! 

Until next time . . .

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A little news and Easter

Today, I learned that Avery (not sure that I'm going to keep that as her name) lives about an hour away from Kunming. She has a foster family and from what I understand she attends school in the village.

She has been told that she has a family and it seems she was happy with this news. I learned too that there are a large number of children from Kunming in this village, all living with foster families. I pray that she has a loving family that isn't abusive.

I am still waiting on answers to my questions and photos of her receiving her photo album.

Saturday
The family egg hunt 
and a few special surprises for the girls!















The bunny slap bracelets
were a huge it! 
Thanks to our wonderful neighbors and friends,
Miss Margaret and Gayla, the gift baskets were a hit and the girls loved all their treasures!




My sister has hosted the family egg hunt for years!
We love her for starting this family tradition and she makes it fun for "kids" of all ages!



This bear was donated to The Wiregrass Angel House, and several of my girls hoped it was the prize for the "prize egg." I'm thankful it wasn't!







The garden at the Angel House is so peaceful and a great place to hangout while the kiddos hunt. Unfortunately, many of the "littles" couldn't be here this year. They were all greatly missed!



























 Kaylyn and Justin just recently engaged are planning an October wedding! We are happy for them!



 Time to exchange the eggs for candy!




This is Cathryn my sister Diana's youngest.
She is one day younger than Kendall!





 Easter morning at Nena and Papa's, time for a few photos before church.








It was really chilly Sunday morning as you can tell from Journey's pose!


My dad was ready to leave so I didn't have time for many photos. I did get one where they were all smiling!





As you can tell, the girls are good at "selfies"! 
Someone said they needed a selfie stick, I think NOT!

It was a great weekend!

Until next time . . .