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

Sunday, April 29, 2012


We have had a MUCH better day with both girls today!  We had to ride the dreaded bus that takes you ....well you never know!  Sometimes you get stuck with a needle, or handed off to strangers, or poked and prodded....sometimes it's fun.  BUT miss Screech......DID NOT, i repeat....DID NOT screech!!!!!!!!!  YAY!!!!  She is showing us how sweet she is going to be when she learns that shreiking and fitting get her nothing, and she might lose what she has!  She did wet her pants in the middle of the mall.....but she didn't shreik!.....and we did have to use the NASTIEST bathroom EVER!!!!  The entire bathroom was wet!  Walls, floor, counter.....and squatty's to boot!  There was NO WHERE to set anything down, and NO soap, and NO toilet paper or paper towels, or hand dryers!  Wren, bless her little heart,(she is SO smart and helpful) held the napkins and Iley's shorts (luckily we had just purchased each of them 2 pairs to go under dresses as leggings are too hot, and they are NOT modest!)  They will drop their drawers half way to the bathroom in the middle of the restaurant or where ever and waddle in with their dress around their chest and there undies at their ankles!  and mom, you thought I was bad!!!  you aint seen nothin yet!  I'm guessing they lined up this way at the orphanage!LOL  oh my...never say never!  Then The girls and i got lost in a maze of little back alley shops while trying to get back to the guide and Troy! and NO one spoke I did my best pantomime to show that i wanted to go out to the big part of the mall.....ummmm  no response but a puzzled, polite, she's crazy look......ok, how about UP, i need to go UP....the escalators are in the middle of the mall....finally they got a ah hah look and pointed us out!  Then I started praying big time cause i was still just as lost as before!  I actually think I came out on the opposite side of the mall.  But we wandered around.....and I prayed......and we went up and down the escalators several times.......then I stepped out side, and oh glory!!!!!!!!!  there was one of the other families!!! and the guide!!! BUT.....miss Iley had to GO POTTY AGAIN!!!  We are in what appeared to be either a circular parking lot, or a car lot?  The guide said just use the drain...but an assistant waved her hand and said no no, and pointed us to a 5 gallon bucket!...uh huh! I held her over the bucket....SWEATING is SO HOT and HUMID here!  We are about done, when I feel a tap on my arm and Wren is standing there with her pants around her ankles! If one goes...they BOTH go! Sigh!!! I. AM.  SICK.  OF. POTTY BREAKS!!!  Wren knows what several signs mean, but we have to force her to look at us and use them.  She DID point to a flower today and sign (a semblance of) flower!!  It was in the right area, with 2 fingers:):)     I was thrilled that she did it unprompted!  She wants us to understand her so bad, I feel like when she figures out she can get what she's needing by signing, she will ask for more signs..........I HOPE:)  We went to the same restaurant for lunch that we went to last night........lets just say it's best to take a Native with you!!! It was MUCH better!  Most people probably lose weight when they go to china......we will probably gain!  We love the food:)  We haven't died or even had a stomach twinge from our street vendor adventure either, it
 was quite good in fact:)

We visited some Chen family temple or something today....lets just say we had less than reverent attenders!!!  It is So humid, poor Iley was literally DRIPPING sweat!  It was running down her cheeks, and her head was soaked!  We thought of you Sherman!

Just wanted to say thank you for your special prayers Denise C.:):)  They are working!LOL 

They are both mesmerized by Barney cartoon at the moment! I have a new LOVE for Barney:)

 The reason we need shorts!

 Chap stick!!! a girls best friend!:)

 Sleeping Beauties

I will try to post JUST pictures in my next post!

  Not sure what the plans for the rest of the day are, but just wanted to thank you all for the "Iley" prayers!  So far they are working miracles! The guide even commented that she wondered how her 60+ foster grandparents kept up with her!  Good thing she oozes charm!


  1. Reading the post of the orphanage visit was a tear jerker! So, so glad they clung! Sounds like the bonding is going well! Praying for you all and especially little miss Iley and for less potty times! ;) Whew! How are you doing this? Much, much patience required! But, God is faithhful to give grace for each day. (and minute;) What a ride you are on... love hearing about your experiences! Its fun to see you with pink and all the girlie stuff! Although I loved the pic in the black and white outfits! You have two little darlings, even though they don't act so darling at times! You are doing an amazing job with them! Hugs, Sharon A.

  2. We are sooo enjoying following the ups and downs of your amazing journey!! Rejoicing with you that Iley seems to be "settling in" a little. We are laughing about their frequent potty breaks but know it is frustrating for you! Hope not all bathrooms are as bad as the one in the mall???!!! We went out for Chinese after church today, and of course, thought of you:) Love and prayers, Jennifer

  3. Ok....I am cackling away about the squatty potty stuff! Thankfully, the girls do not have our non-squatting abilities! How are you fairing?! :) How scary to be lost in a strange country, with strange language! Kept thinking how we are supposed to be strangers and pilgrims...put a whole new slant on it...maybe we are too comfortable here! We ate at the Chinese restaurant in Eaton yesterday, with the kids, and stared at the Chinese owners and help!! Went to TJMaxx after and wanted to buy the girls all kinds of stuff...Fran and I kept finding things we thought they would like...but we refrained! :) Waiting til you get home to see what they really need, then it will be "no holds barred"!:) Eagerly, awaiting your next post! Am super envious of Mom and Dad getting to see you all get off the plane! Happy for them, though! You should hear Daddy!! You know how much he likes girls....he is so pleased at how many we are adding to the family!:) Fran says it's about time the numbers were evened out. Squeeze up on the girls for us... A. Gwen and all

  4. Hi Troy and Judy, we have been thinking about you guys and saying lots of prayers. Wow I read your posts and I'm totally exhausted!! I can't imagine how tired you both are with the time change and then keeping up with your little "tornados" we have enjoyed reading your blogs so much and chuckling. Those two girls are very, very lucky to have you guys, and the boys. Harrison and Sherman came in with Suzy yesterday and got their hair cut they look very nice to meet their sisters! They are anxious to have you guys back home!! Well hoping for rain today but none yet!! This is all the news from our home today!! Gods blessing on you all!!!
    Joe and Kathy Flora

  5. ISAIAH 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

    Please know that I know that you know this! But so often you have comforted and strengthened me through his word and when I read this I thought of you and Troy! I am so glad that Iley is settling in a bit! You are in the home-stretch of the China trip and will soon be surrounded by all those you love and the comforts of HOME! I had to laugh at your choices of drain or bucket! And why are the bathrooms in China so wet? It's just not nice!!! Praying for all of you! Love, Angela