Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's been awhile

So, it has been awhile since I blogged....the busy life of a middle aged mom!  Kara never ceases to amaze us!  I can't believe she has been part of our lives for 8 months now.  It seems like she has always been here.  I look back at the pictures from China and it seems like a life time ago.  She has grown so much,



We are so blessed by God it is unbelievable!  This little girl that we waited so long for is the perfect fit for our family.  We will be celebrating her 3rd birthday on Easter Sunday!  What a joyous and glorious time to celebrate!  As we celebrate the day of our Risen Saviour, we will be praising God for our beautiful daughter!

Will try to keep up with the blog better, for it will be something that Kara can look back on and see our journey to adopt her.  To God be the Glory, for the great things He has done!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Definitely Worth the Wait!!!


Well, we have been home since August 8th and I just can't believe we have only had Kara for 7 weeks!  It seems like she has always been with us!  (In a way she has...she has definitely lived in my heart for a long time now)

Things are going well.  She is sleeping pretty much through the night.  Wakes up evey now and then but usually goes right back to sleep.  We are rocking her to sleep (makes for good bonding time).  She usually takes a 1-2 hr nap in the afternoon.

Eating is still a challenge.  She only eats things that has visual appeal.  If it doesn't look like something she wants to eat, she won't even try it!  Can't get it past her lips!  So, the big hits are eggs, cereal, ramen noodles, rice, hot dogs....still trying to work on the veggies!  Not a big hit with her!

She is making sounds but only when she wants to.  We have started the process to get some help through Early Intervention.  Still can't wait to hear the "Mama and Dada" and "I love you!"  We know that she is really smart and can understand what we are saying to her so I have faith!  Words will come! 

All her other skills seem to be age appropiate.  We have noticed since we have gotten home how much better her balance is.  She loves to go outside and just walk around in the grass.  Tonight I had her walking up a little hill and running back down!  The first time she ran back down the hill, she went a little faster than she was comfortable with.  Her eyes got real big and she acted kinda scared but she went back up and came back down!

She is a total joy to Tony and I!  We love to hear her giggle and it's not really so bad when she does cry.  She has definitely captured both of our hearts!  Can't imagine life without her now!

God really knew what he was doing by having us wait on this child...she is a perfect fit to our family and we are so blessed by her.  To God be the Glory!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Home Sweet Home


We made it!  Survived 15 days traveling and living in China!  It was definitely an "excellent adventure"!  It is a trip that I will never forget. 

The trip home wasn't too bad....after a long flight and a delayed flight we finally made it!  We had a great welcome home party at the airport when we arrived!  Great family and friends stayed up late to welcome us home! 

Now we are just trying to get into a routine...sleeping and eating seem to be the focus right now.  All in all, our little bundle of complete joy is doing well.  We are so blessed and just so thankful and grateful to our Heavenly Father....His timing is Perfect!

I will try to get up with the blog but with an active 2 year old it may become challenging!  Lord willing, I will survive!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LAST DAY!

We made it! Today is the last day here in Guangzhou! We will be heading to the consulate this afternoon to pick up Kara's visa then heading to the train station for the trip to Hong Kong....one more night there and we are on our way home!

God has truly blessed us and has been with us every step of the way on this trip. The process was smooth and the transition has been easy. This is a true testimony that God does answer prayers!!!!! To God be all the glory!

This will probably be the last time I blog in China.....thanks for all your prayers! See ya in the States!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

What day is this?

Every day I seem to ask....what day is this? Today is Monday and yesterday we visited the zoo. Kara fell asleep so I don't think the zoo was a hit for her. Maybe when she is a little older...have I said how awesome she is?!!! She is starting to respond to her name when we call her. We love this little girl so much!

We came back to the hotel and waited on our clean laundry! That was a blessing! I was down to the nitty gritty and was really excited to have clean clothes that hadn't been hand washed in a sink. We then headed to the swimming pool which is on the 4th floor and had a grand ole time. Kara took to it and we had a ball. She was trying to stick her face in the water and she would just laugh! Plan on heading down there again today!

Today we went to a Temple and shopped at Shamian Island. We got to eat at the famous Lucy's and it was soooo good. American food at its best!

Tomorrow morning is our Consulate appointment...we will be leaving the hotel at 7:40 am. Got the call today that her TB test was OK. Wednesday afternoon we will be taking train to Hong Kong. Then after an overnight stay we will be heading home! I can't wait!!!!

I really can't wait for everyone to meet Kara! WARNING! She will capture your heart like she has ours! Be ready!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Guangzhou

We arrived late last night in Guangzhou....Kara did awesome on her first flight! This morning we headed out for her medical exam. She was a real trooper...hardly cried when the poked her to take her blood. It was kinda nerve wracking though when they took her in the room and closed the door. We seen alot of kids coming out of that room crying! She shed of few tears but it didn't last long.

After the medical exam, we headed to Wal-Mart! We made a few purchases (toys, dresses, shoes, snacks and water) and headed back to the hotel. Kara is such a good little girl. We are just hanging out in the room and she is playing with the new toys we bought. (She is really good at keeping herself occupied!)

And oh yea! This morning the bath went well.....had her playing with the rubber ducks that we got at the last hotel as a welcome gift. Not sure what was different but it was definitely a step in the right direction!

The days are going by pretty quickly...can't wait to get home though and get into a routine. Missing my puppies as well....each day brings us closer to home! God has been awesome and our prayers have been answered! Kara is the perfect one that He chose for us. As we continue to work through this adoption, we can see His Hand on this whole process. The process had been smooth and I am amazed and grateful for His ever presence in our lives!! PTL!!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Last Day In Wuhan

Today is our last day in Wuhan. We will be flying out tonight for Ghuangzhou to finish up the adoption process. From what I hear, we will be able to find American food in Ghuangzhou....I will be soooo happy!

Yesterday morning we toured a museum that the Chinese are very proud of. Lots of history of the Chinese people is kept in this museum. We tried to put Kara in a stroller and that didn't go over to well! She didn't like it at all. Christine, our guide said that most Chinese children are not use to strollers so that is why she didn't like it.

Each day that goes by, we see a little more of our Kara emerge and everyday we fall even more in love with this little girl. Tony spent the afternoon with Kara while I took a nap. They played, explored the hotel and went for an elevator ride...one of the elevators is on the outside of the building and it is all glass. Kara wasn't too sure about that! Tony said she clung to him for dear life! She is so inquisitive! She studies everything carefully. We think that she might grow up to be an engineer!

It won't be long now and we will be home! We are on the backstretch! Less than one week!!!! God is so good! so very good! This is an awesome journey that we are on and we are so happy that we can share it with you!