Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy 2 Months!

Today is 2 months since Gotcha Day on July 21...WOW, it has flown! The transition has been almost seamless in so many ways... There is no doubt in mind that she was planned to be a part of our family for all eternity... In some ways, it almost seems like she was waiting for us to come and get her, that in some mysterious way, she knew she was waiting for us. Maybe that sounds crazy, but she is such a different child than the one who was described to us by the tutor, who met her just weeks before we did, and even her foster mother.


They both had concerns about developmental issues...that she had pulled within herself. The foster mother was able to draw her out some, but even as I look at photos from her foster mother, I see something very different than what I see in her every day.


Isaiah 61:1-2 teaches us that God's purpose is to bind up the broken hearted... to comfort those who mourn... to bestow a crown of beauty, instead of ashes...the oil of gladness instead of mourning...a garment of praise instead of despair...


That is what is so evident to me in the photos that follow...not because of anything we did, but because of what He did through us...we were simply blessed to be the instruments of His grace and love!
Referal Photo
From Photos We Received...Probably January or February, 2008


Gotcha Day, July 21, 2008



Our Sweet, Joyful Abby

So, in honor of our 2 months together, I'm going to tell you what we love about Abby (Scott participated in creating this list!)

That she looks out for her mommy… The other day, she found me in the garage trying to bring in a very large bulletin board. She ran back to the door and yelled, “Zack…Nick…help mommy.”

That she loves to swing…

That she asks for 'ice-a-cream' every night after dinner…

That she has a thousand faces and wants to show me all of them every time I take her picture…

That she loves to giggle…

That she can make a game out of almost anything…

That she is incredibly courageous…

That her face lights up and she yells ‘daddy, daddy’ when he comes home from work…

That she’s willing to try any kind of food…and makes the funniest face if she doesn't like it...

That she loves to play outdoors…

That she says ‘thank you’ to the automatic sliding doors at the store…

That she chatters away to us in Sichuan, even though we don't understand her...

That she loves to call her daddy on the phone and talk to him in Chinese...

That she sings the songs at Kindegarten and Sunday School, even though she still can't speak English...

That she sings out loud with her Ipod...

I love that she is so full of life...so ready to seize the moment and so un-selfconcious...it never seems to bother her that the people around her look different and speak differently, she throws herself into every new situation and just seems to trust that it's going to all be ok...

I love that she is so secure...

Most of all, I love that she is ours!

Happy Gotcha Day sweet Abby...we are so blessed!

3 comments:

Truly Blessed said...

Happy two months to your family!

We're celebrating three months tomorrow with our precious Ella.

Your Abby looks and sounds like a priceless gift from God. Congratulations, family!

April Isaacs said...

I LOVE that she thanks the sliding glass doors!! I was laughing out loud! So, because I was laughing, Paul goes, "What?" I was so afraid to telling him I was reading your blog! Remember, I am obsessed with you 'waffle head' friend!:-)
Please!

We are celebrating 2 weeks! And we are celebrating that she only got up once last night, she needed a quick bite, or drink I should say, and then went back to bed (with us) (We'll work on that later!) Yippee! I got almost 9 hours of sleep last night!!

momto4girls said...

It has been so great to follow your blog, as we too are adopting a 6 year old little girl from China. I just wanted to ask if you have noticed the sparkle in her eyes that is so evident now when compared to her referral pics? It sure looks evident on the blog and I pray that our Lilly will have the same sparkle.