Monday, December 28, 2009

A's Ornaments

When you look at this picture you might think--no big deal it is just a bunch of ornaments. In fact, these are the older children's "first year" ornaments and a family ornament from 2004. None of these were for A. This was the first year she noticed that she did not have a "special" ornament or any other ornaments with her name on them. So we needed to fix this situation immediately.

These are the new ornaments for this year. The top one has everyone's name on it. When I saw the bottom one I knew it was perfect. In one heart we had written 2003 for the year A was born and the other, 2007 for the first Christmas we were all a family. A was very excited to hang her special ornament on the tree.

Follow-up on Are You Her Mommy?

Originally posted 9/1/09
I spoke with A's teacher this afternoon about the subject of adoption. I asked her if she had any books on the subject that she could share with the class. She said that she has several books and that she could read them to the class on Friday. That gives me time to talk to A and make sure that she is comfortable with it. Please pray that all goes well and the children are not unkind to A for any reason. 

"Are You Her Mommy"

Originally posted 9/1/09
Today I walked with A to her class. I was helping explain her morning work when one of the students at her table started a conversation with me. Keep in mind, A is only in Kindergarten. It went like this. . .
Little boy--"Are you her mommy?"
Me--"Yes, I am."
Little boy--"OH! But you look white."
Me--"Yes, I am."
Little boy--"Wow!! That is freaky."

Little boy referring to A--"We like each other."
Me--"A is only allowed to have friends, she is too young for a boyfriend."
Little boy--"How about when she is 15?"
Me--"Nope, she will still be too young for a boyfriend."
Little boy--"How about 18?"
Me--"I am not sure."
Little boy--"What about 19?"
Me--"Probably when she is 19."
Little boy--"YES!!"

5 joyful comments:

Holly said...
oh my gosh!! I am impressed that you didn't change your mind then and there and take her home! Yikes!! KINDERGARTEN dude!! Kids tend to say what they think. I am so grateful that my kids have been exposed to international adoption and blended families :)

Kristi said...
Haha, love his reaction to you allowing her to date at 19!

Doug and Terrye said...
Wow!!! You really handled it well!!! It's so hard when the differences are so bluntly pointed out. Thankfully you have a teacher that is willing to work with you. As to the dating...I'm thinking 37 :)

Kristin said...
I teach at my daughter's school so perhaps have not had the questions you are facing. The kids just seem to know she is mine and from China. I hope the transition and help from Amilyn's teacher make a difference! And I agree,, not dating utnil 19 or later~

RamblingMother said...
Wow he is one determined little boy, heh.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Two Years Ago Today.

Originally posted 6/4/09
It has now been two years since that wonderful day in a far away land when we were united with A. It seems as though A has always been with us, so to stop and think that it has only been two years seems kind of strange.

I am so thankful that God chose us to be A's family. I don't think that we did anything "special" to be "chosen". . . we were faithful!! Faithful we would somehow make it through the 2 year process of adoption. Faithful we would be able to handle the expenses of adoption. Faithful when we would get so discouraged about the wait. Faithful when referrals would come in and A was not among them that God was with us. Faithful that we could welcome this child into our home and family and love her like we love our other children. Faithful that no matter what this child had been through in her first 3 1/2 years of life God would help her heal.

We have been so blessed by this one small child.

June 4, 2008.
A fit right in with our family from the start. She adapted very quickly. We did battle the occasional night terror throughout the first year together, but now those are no longer an issue.
June 4, 2007
Our first day with our little Wu, Miao Qiu. She was so scared and unsure of what was going on. It broke my heart to see this beautiful child that God set aside just for us be so scared.

Two Years Ago Today.

Originally posted 5/31/09
We were on our way to China. What an amazing trip!! One that would change our lives forever.

2 joyful comments:

Jill and Rick said...
Hi Regina! I was thinking of your family today as we remember our Nanning trip to bring Annie home. I hope you're enjoying your own memory lane this month! We've been so blessed! Jill

Marla said...
Happy Two Years! Isn't it the best!


Originally posted 5/21/09

I was visiting Gwen's blog and saw these shirts that she is selling to raise money for her family's adoptions. I decided that I just had to have one. . . and I LOVE IT!! I just got it in the mail today and I can't wait to wear it.
Go on over and check out the Oatsvall Village. She has other items as well as this shirt.

1 joyful comments:

Kristin said...
Aren't they cute?? I have the long sleeved one. I may need to check out the new items. :)

Conversations with A

Originally posted 5/20/09

Today on the way home from gymnastics A was talking about how many children she wanted to have when she was all grown up. She said that she wanted one boy and two girls. Then out of the blue she asked me if she had to adopt them.

A has heard us talk about adoption before, but she never really asks questions about it or talks about it herself so she kind of took me off guard.
I told her no, she did not have to adopt her children unless she wanted to. She then told me that she wanted to adopt two girls. I told her that was great if that was what she wanted. She really didn't say anything else so I let it go at that. I figured that when she is ready to talk more about adoption she will.

1 joyful comments:

Julie and Dean said...
hi. I just found your blog and love it. The gymnastics video was priceless! I love the kitten in the blinds too. What a beautiful family you have :)

Urgent Need in Ethiopia

Originally posted 5/8/09

Another AWAA family has made me aware of an urgent need at America World's transition home in Ethiopia. This home is for children awaiting adoption. MANY of these children are severely malnourished. They need a specific formula. Many of the America World families that have been traveling to Ethiopia have begun packing extra luggage just for this formula - to deliver to the children that will still be waiting for their families. You can read more about one such family that is awaiting travel plans HERE. Children's Hope Chest is working to provide America World with this much needed formula. Please go HERE if you would like to donate money for the formula or to just learn more. Would YOU join us in giving for this formula so that one more child might live and grow as they wait for their family.

What would you do?

Originally posted 5/6/09

What would you do if the Lord led you to China to adopt a daughter and you found out that the child you were bringing into your family had two brothers that were being left in China? Wouldn't you do everything you could to bring these boys home with you?
Please go to this blog and read their story. If you feel led to help this family please do, but please pray for them and the boys who are still in China. Also, please share their story with others who may feel led to help.

Just a MINute Mom

A's Trip to the Doctor

Originally posted 2/18/09
Today we traveled about an hour and a half for A's 6 month check-up. I know that these appointments are important, but it seems like the same thing every time. They check her out then send us to the lab to completely traumatize her. She has gotten better though. Thank goodness!! As the mom who also HATES needles and the whole process of having blood drawn it is torture for us both. I hold her on my lap and talk softly to her while the very kind staff do what they must.
She is progressing, the last time we were there she tried to run out of the room as soon as she saw where she was. She used to SCREAM as soon as we walked in and would not calm down until it was over. But today she did so much better. She did not start crying until they actually started drawing the blood and only cried softly while I whispered to her. She immediately stopped crying when they asked her if she would like a sticker. Of course the sticker. . . it is the reward for having to go through all this, right!! It makes all the pain go away and everything feel magically better.
At least it will be another 6 months before we have to do it all again.
I am thrilled to mention that A has gained some weight. She is now (at almost 5 1/2) 34 pounds and 40 1/4 inches tall.

3 joyful comments:

Doug and Terrye said...
That sweet teeny-tiny little peanut! I would carry a purse full of stickers around if it got that result at my house ;) Terrye in FL

Monica said...
Bless her heart. It sounds like she is a trooper...handling each succeeding visit with more and more courage. I hate needles, too (and I'm a nurse, so that is pretty ironic)!

Debra said...
I found your blog on CWO. You have a beautiful family. I also do not like needles!! SMILES, Debra

Knock, Knock

Originally posted 11/11/08

So Kurt and I were in our room this evening talking about some things. We had our door shut. Then we hear "knock, knock". I then asked who was at the door and I hear a very quiet "A". I asked her (through the closed door) what it is that she needed. She replied, "Are you having a connnverssssattttion?" She cracks me up!!

1 joyful comments:

Denise said...

That is so cute! I just love to listen to what kids say!

Conversations with C

Originally posted 11/10/08

About a week ago C was having a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the mornings. Since I am home schooling, I would just let him sleep and when he got up we would work on his lessons. As long as they were done before basketball practice, no problem.

Well about 11:00 C came downstairs and said to me, "When I woke up there was someone in my bed with me."

My first thought was the cat. He has a habit of getting in bed with people and he likes to lay on C's bed and look out the window. So, in an attempt at humor I said, "Was he orange?"

C said, "No, she is Chinese."

I started laughing. I never knew that A had crawled in his bed. He asked her why she was in bed with him and she said, "because I want to be just like you!!"

3 joyful comments:

Kristin said...
How sweet is that?! My little ones have crawled in bed with their sister before but never big brother. Now, they'll very willingly go into his room to wake him up though! That is great fun. :-)

Denise said...
Yeah, my girls would never crawl into bed with their brothers because they complain that their rooms stink!

day by day said...
Awwwww!!! Ella adores her big brother, too! : )

Dinner with A

Originally posted 11/5/08

Tonight at dinner during a conversation we were having I made a comment about "all the little Chinese girls running around."
A looked at me and said "Mommy, don't tell everyone?"
I asked her, "What am I not supposed to tell everyone? That you are Chinese?"
She hesitated a moment and said, "Yes, don't tell everyone that I am Chinese?"
I am not sure who everyone is, it was just our family at dinner.
Kurt tried to explain to her that anyone who looks at her will know that she is Chinese.
Later I did explain to her that since she was born in China she is Chinese, but now she is an American too. I don't think at the age of 5 she truly understands all of this, but it was kind of strange to hear her respond the way she did.

8 joyful comments:

Kristin said...
I do think that it's hard for the kids to understand it all. My girls know they were born in China and can state their Chinese names and stories. They will often speak about that in public if prompted but not always. They will usually proudly state they were born in China and include their Chinese names. My feeling is to let them be who they feel like being that day. Somedays they feel more Chinese; other days they feel more American. Does that make sense? We may never totally get it. Unfortunately.

Marla said...
Oh to know what goes on in their cute little heads.

Monica said...
Maybe it is like my son...she doesn't want it pointed out that she is Chinese because that is different from her family...kind of a belongingness issue.

day by day said...
Awww.....she is so sweet! My girls are sooo proud that they are Chinese now at the age of 4, but I expect that may change back and forth over the years.

Carla said...
It's such a hard thing to know what to say. You almost have to know where it is coming from before you can properly respond. *sigh* Soooo hard.

Holly said...
Oh sweet girl. Perhaps she just doesn't want to be different. Josiah was adopted right before he turned two, so he was younger,but from the beginning we have told him his story, made a little lifebook for him with pictures and now when we say anything about China he says, "I live in China" and we correct him and tell him that he USED TO live in China and he was born there. I think it may be awhile before A. realizes that some of her features are beautifully different from yours so that people will know that she is Chinese when they see her. Sweet girl. Hope to see you at GIFT next week. Holly

Doug and Terrye said...
Grace is always asking about people: "Are they born from China too?" She hasn't quite figured out what's all about either. Terrye in FL

Rachel said...
Anytime Olivia sees a Chinese girl she will say "I knew her when I was in China." She also thinks all babies come from China. At four it is really fun watching her get the reality of her heritage.

Wordless Wednesday

Originally Posted 11/5/08

3 joyful comments:

mommy24treasures said...
oh I love this photo:)
Beverly said...
Kristi said...
This photo gives me hope that one day I'll catch my kids like this again...

Update on A's First Sleepover

Originally posted 10/20/08

A had her first sleep over the night of her 5th birthday. It was more out of convenience on our part to let her take this big step. We were not sure if she would stay all night. When we are away from home she will have night terrors. She has not had any in quite a while, but we were not sure how she would do.
To our surprise she did great. Here are a few pictures taken of her big night. Smart to let the children play and get good and worn out before putting them to bed.
Can you see the excitement on her face? She was having a blast!!

4 joyful comments:

Michelle said... glad her first sleepover was such a success!!!!

Beverly said...
love the blog look. great pics of the sleepover.

Marla said...
Such a big milestone, looks like she did great.

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