"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord,
"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, February 14, 2013

7 Months Home

Wow, what a difference 7 months can make!

Taken July 9, 2012

 Taken February 9, 2013

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Breaking the Silence....

In the early days of our return from China I would update the blog in my jet-lagged state at 2 am... wide awake.  

In three weeks we will have had these two little munchkins in our arms for SIX months.  Oh wow.  
The time has completely flown by!  

If you have ever entertained the THOUGHT of adopting.  
Please do.  Really.  

Yes, really.

I am tired and my house is a mess.

But oh, the JOY!  

Pure joy.  

In October Eli celebrated his 2nd birthday:

Since their birthdays are quite literally 30 days apart, we had a birthday party for the two of them:


And then on December 5 we had Ian's cupcake:


I have had people tell us what a wonderful thing we have done for these boys.  

I beg to differ. 

These boys have done a wonderful thing to us.

They have stretched our hearts and caused them to overflow with love and adoration.  



Big Brother and Big Sister absolutely adore their siblings.  
They have told us often that, 
"It's like they have always been a part of our family!"

But of course, we are a very silly family:


If you had asked me 2 years ago what our family would look like today, I never would have dreamed it would look like this.  

When God tells us to do things that we are afraid of doing - because they are BIG things, like, oh, maybe *ahem* adoption....

It is because He wants to bless us beyond our wildest dreams. 

My advice?  

Let go. 

Take the leap.  

Be obedient and do what He says.  


Because the JOY is unable to be measured.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shopping and Cruising!

Today we went to the Pearl Market.  

There were pearls piled up everywhere!

These women string pearls every day.  They didn't even have to look at what they were doing!


Next we went to Shamian Island.  There are a few fun shops and gardens and such there.  It was so peaceful and not-so-crowded.  We really liked it there.  

We went back several times before we left China.

This is one of many statues on the island.  Ian hopped right in there.  Eli would have nothing to do with it.  I tried again later in the week... I'll show you that epic picture later.

For dinner we took a cruise of the Pearl River.  The buildings lit up nicely.

I don't know who those two crazies in the foreground are.  :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Touring and Shopping

Today we visited a 1,400 year old Buddhist Temple.  

It was beautiful. 

And hot.

Ian.  

Covered in a rash. 

Hot. hot. hot.  

Sick.  

Still Smiling.

These are the main buddhist shrines in the complex.  

These statues are HUGE!

Next we went to the Chan family's ancestral home. 

It was very detailed, and a very busy place to go for the locals.

Big Sister says "cheese".

Then we went shopping.  

I found an artist who wrote the kids names in Chinese on a piece of artwork for them.

Then we came back to the hotel for an afternoon nap. 

This is Ian laughing at us.... instead of napping.

For dinner we went with our group to a Cantonese restaurant.  

I love how they feed large groups of people here.  You sit at a large round table with a massive lazy suzan in the middle.  They place all of the dishes in the center and you scoop out what you want.  The food was YUM!

Eli decided he was done with sippy cups!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Medical Exam

After a good nights' rest, the entire group loaded on the bus to go get the babies medical exams.  

Ian checking out the locals:

Notice one shoe already pulled off....

While Eli is already too cool for words; binki and all.


This is the Medical Exam place.  

The kids had to have their photos taken for their American visas.

After that, they checked the children's hearing and general well being, weight and whatnot.  


This is so boring.  Let's go back to the hotel!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Guangzhou!

After a very long day of traveling to Guangzhou, we were greeted by this gift basket in our hotel room:


And look who threw mommy's shoes away!
(And was quite happy about it!)


After this picture was taken, we went to bed.  

We spent the day traveling with two strollers and a 10 year old in a wheelchair.

In a not-so-wheelchair-friendly country.

Totally pooped.