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Lonely no More:)
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Iley XiaoKui Update!

Just before Christmas we requested another update on Iley who is in Foster care. We just heard back today:) These are her updated pictures. With SMILES:)




We sent these questions, and they sent these answers.
Does she know she has a family coming for her?
Yes.
Does she know that Da Yu is going to be her sister?
Yes.
If so, how does she feel about this?
She is very happy.
Are her lips and fingers blue?
No, the foster family feed her soup everyday and she seldom feels uncomfortable since she entered foster family.
Does she wheeze? or breathe hard?
only when she takes part in violent activities.
Does she sweat alot?
She sweats a lot in summer. She seldom sweats in winter.
Is she toilet trained?
Yes.
Is she dry at night?
Yes.
Does she sleep well at night?
Yes.
What does her foster family say about her? Is she adjusting well to family life?
She is adjusting well to family life.  Her foster family tells she is an active, alert, lively,outgoing and bright child.  She brings much joy to her foster family.
Does she have any foster siblings?
She has one foster brother who just started work.


We are so thrilled to see her looking so well and happy!  Now i just want to love on her myself!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An Early Christmas Gift

Every update and snippet of information on our China daughters,  is truly a gift.  It's kind of like waiting for those monthly doctor's appointments when you are pregnant. You get to hear the heartbeat and measure and weigh to see how much it's grown.  I've heard several Adoptive parents say we are paper pregnant.  If that's the case....I feel big as a barn!  Paper overload!!!  as in ....a whole forest was lost to save these two girls:)  But I digress..........On to the important stuff....PICTURES:):) and information!! This is the message we received...

dayu - judy - sweet, sweet, sweet. she would giggle when i would touch her cheek. cute as a button. i also found out about Xiaokui, she is doing very well. her health is improving. her fingertips were blue when she went to the foster family, now they look much better because they are giving her special soup. she is well taken care of.

That "special soup" has me curious!  I've seen pictures from former travelers of the Medicine mart. They have interesting things.                                                   
Dried Snakes anyone?
                                                                                  

       Lizard on a stick
          Dried Sea Horses and Fish Stomachs
 Or Maybe a special cut of Meat???
I think I'm better off NOT knowing what's in the soup!


They also reported....Miss Zhong told me Dayu has no hearing at all.  And they are teaching her  a little from the tapes you sent.  I think Dayu is a little reserved.  She may be on the shy side but not timid.  She is open I believe.

This family is in China now, adopting the little girl in the bright pink on the right.  The little girl beside her is their daughter also, adopted as a baby.  This group of kids all have parents waiting on paperwork so they can go bring them HOME.  This picture amuses me.....The little girl beside Wren is the one that is partially blind, it looks like she is talking to Wren.....who can't hear.  Wren looks like she's looking and pointing out something to her...who can't see!  Precious:)  It also looks like maybe Wren's shoes are on the wrong feet:)




Wren sure likes that sucker:)  I wonder if the only time they get candy is when adoptive parents visit.  Of course my kids get candy often, and they still love it, so maybe she just takes after her Mother and is a sugar junky:)

I just want to give a big acknowledgement to Ms. Zhong.  She is the orphanage director on the left in the tan  jacket.  She really cares about the kids, and goes to a lot of personal effort on their behalf.   She is open and works with the adoptive parents.  She knows who each child is and where they are.  She only has 400 to keep track of!! She even came in on Sunday, her day off, so that they could get pictures of the older kids that are usually in school on weekdays. She works hard to get these kids families. When Cheryl, the mother there now, told her how much we appreciate what she does, she got tears in her eyes. She said she's only doing what is right.  She said she gets a lot of flack for the extra effort put into these kids.  So THANK YOU Ms. Zhong!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Urgent Urgent!

If there are any Readers on my blog, or if you know of any one who has adopted from a foreign country and can help this boy...pass on the information please!  I can only think of my own boys set out on the streets to fend for them selves at 16  with 30.00 to their name!  Read about him here. http://www.nogreaterjoymom.com/     

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thank yous! and More Pictures

We have had such an outpouring of support and donations, and  i certainly don't want to miss anyone!  We have had MANY anonymous donations.......THANK YOU!  to each one of you, you know who you are:)

To those we know:

A HUGE thank you to Shauna at Calico Pie for her hard work, and for her support!  She raised $188.00 for us:):) Her friendship has been such a blessing,  I have loved getting to know her.  Who could have guessed that this unlikely friendship and fundraising would come through ordering a doll!  Of all the many doll makers on Etsy, How likely is it that I picked one that the owner worked at an orphanage at one point!!! When she found out that the doll she was making was for an orphan, she was all heart:) I love the way God uses each and everyone of us.   We also received a fun note from one of her customers that saw that the fundraiser was for a little girl from China named Wren....It reads as follows:
How could I resist this? My name on the internet is Wren, or TexasWren, and my (empty) Etsy shop is Wren's Crossing. Here's hoping that this little Wren makes her own ocean crossing soon."
And then: "I just made a donation to bring Wren home--I just wish it could have been more. I mentioned that my name is Wren, but what I forgot to add is that my granddaughter is half Chinese. Her mom was born in Taiwan and came here when she was 8. I wish the best for this little girl and her new family.  Wren"
I just loved this sweet note from a stranger, and plan to save it for Wren to read when she's older.  She also made a donation for Iley!



A HUGE thank you to all who supported us by ordering a doll!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Dirk& Denise and Steve& Lynette for hosting, and all of the generous Hearts that donated,  at the Beach Bucket Benefit supper!!  You raised another generous $820.00!!  We are just continually blown away by all of your generosity!  Together with the Calico pie fundraiser we are now $1,008.00  closer to our goal!!  Wow! 

We had a fundraiser here in our area the first part of November, that brought in a little over $1,000.00 as well:) This was a "main dish meal" sale.  Several generous ladies donated casseroles, or a main dish of some kind, and other generous people came and bought them.  So another HUGE thank you to my friend Denise for organizing this! And to all who donated by fixing food, helping out, or buying a meal!!! 


Wren looks like she's telling her little friends something here!  As far as we know she doesn't talk?  When I asked the family that visited the orphanage, if they could tell me about her, they said
"I didn't even realize she was deaf.  She was very obedient when they called her out of the room and as you can see was very attentive while we took the pictures - she seemed normal in every way.  We didn't see or notice anything that would cause any kind of concern."
 They had no idea she  was deaf!  They wrote in their blog to the parents of the childeren in our Orphanage group, "One little girl in particular could not hear. My wife told me last night she was deaf. My response to my her was “Are you sure?” "  We don't know if something has changed, or if she is just really perceptive, but this is great news.


This is the playroom at the orphanage.
So Thank you again to all of you wonderful people who have supported us through, hard work, donations and prayers!  Each Dollar raised gets these little girls closer to a forever family.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sweetness

We Just received these pictures this morning from the family of the little boy in the picture with Wren Dayu.  It looks like he's saying Da You:)  These pictures from the families traveling to adopt their children make this wait a little more endurable! But also make me anxious to GO bring them HOME!

            

This little girl with her is at least partly blind.  I would love to see how they communicate. One can't see, and
one can't hear.??  SO sweet! 
 

                           It has been 8-1/2 months since i saw this face.

She actually looked like this 8-1/2 Months ago.

Now I need an update on this little face!!!