For most folks...the waiting waiting waiting is over. The jolly fat man has come and gone...BUT for us the anticipation is at a peak. In just a few more hours we will have that Sweet Avery Baby Cakes - HOME. Really really home.
Just to let you know. One of your big brothers loves frogs. A LOT!
In fact sometimes he even ACTS like a frog.... Just so you know.
We are so ready to meet you Miss Avery Sweet Baby Cakes. (And O hopes you will like frogs.) I guess every family takes a picture on a "red couch" in China as they adopt a sweet China baby. This is Avery and her MOM AND DAD! Jess shared on her blog that there are 1.4 MILLION orphan children in China. That is staggering, isn't it? But we know of one less. ONE LESS. And she will soon be home with all her family. A real family. YAHOO.
A nice little lunch downtown Listen to the Carolers Wander through Pottery Barn and William Sonoma Holding hands In Costco parking lot Leaning back seats Listening to Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing to us Take a tiny nap - right there in Costco parking lot..it was wonderful. Pick up a few things..come home do a little Christmas cooking
Perfect in every way. Simple - nice - pleasant - low key We just really like one another
Avery ate out of a spoon! Some steamed egg. You have no idea how big this is. She has recoiled from anything but a bottle, and generally acted like she has no idea why you'd want to put something in her mouth, plus just plain scared that you tried. This is a breakthrough. I took 30 photos of the moment. This makes our heart sing. Oh so happy for this little China Bug!
At last! From her Fathers blog entry: "It didn't take long to see that Avery is clearly suffered neglect her entire young life. She's underdeveloped, and has several habits, mannerisms, and an appearance that makes this very obvious. Heartbreaking, and even provokes angry thoughts. Little Averys head is completely flat in the back from being left in her crib for long periods of time, she has the tell-tale habits and mannerisms of a child who has clearly only ever had her very most basic needs met. I'd say her development is about that of a 10 month old (even though she is 2) which in some aspects might be generous. Like Jessica said "we're starting at square one." What's interesting is that you'd think a child who was starved for attention and affection would eat it up - but in fact, they don't - because it's not something they even know how to deal with or think about. It's just a new, and foreign stimulus."
Then this entry: "When we returned to the hotel room I observed something I find difficult to describe. Let me just say this: I watched a (my Jess) a master at work. Observing Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel may have evoked a similar emotion. Watching her work with this little soul, it's obvious that it's something she's been prepared (and preparing) to do since before she even came to earth. This is a work which will be her finest hour. "
What more can I say? This Jess and her dear husband, our Carson....are just something else. How fortunate for us to be able to share with them in this journey.
How are the siblings doing at home you ask? Well, so excited. Impatient to join in hugging and holding and teaching and sharing. A little family that will all participate in a Christmas miracle.
Begins. Well, I can't say begins because it really began over a year ago. But now it is for real. Not just paperwork. But. For real. A journey that will last a lifetime for all eternity. See this couple.
See the suitcase? (and one is lost..so we can pray it is found before Tues - okay?) See the tired faces..yes, it is 4 a.m. and they have just begun. Twenty seven hours later they arrived in China. They are bringing home a new little girl to join our family. Her name is Avery. That is her new American name. Her parents have decided to keep her Chinese name as a middle name. Zhan. She is two. She doesn't even know that in just a couple days she will have a loving - never to change family. (And we need the suitcase by Tuesday - so she can have all the warm fuzzy yummy clothes and blankets and love toys that are packed inside - okay?) There two sisters and a brother And another handsome - brother
Are waiting for this new family member. Plus an entire gaggle of cousins, and aunts and uncles and Grandpas and Grandmas WAITING. Trying very hard to be patient. You may notice there is already a China Baby in this family. Oh..she is total sweetness. She has been part of our family for most of her three years being only six months old when we 'got her'. She has explained to me that she is going to teach her new sister to speak English - and how to play - and good food to eat and they will sleep in the same bed so Avery won't be scared and - and -and - and......
So. We are on Grandpa and Grandma duty along with the other Grandpa and Grandma...until Christmas day at 2:00 p.m. When the most precious-never-to-be-forgotten Christmas present arrives home.
"Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth (and adoption) and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger."
p.s. There are 100's of 1000's of orphans in China. As well, as around the world. For more information, Jessica, has created a blog that shares many opportunities to make a difference.
RR had himself a Happy Little Birthday. The kids gave him a Gramin GPS unit. He immediately named it , "Gee I Guess". Having worked with GPS units at work, he was a bit skeptical, while they are amazing - not always real accurate.
But I'll be jiggered. After having it a couple days and playing with it...we like love it. Her name is now Samantha. (I think he calls "her" that because that is the voice we have chosen.)
I have just one tiny problem with "her". I am upset when "she" tells me to go a certain way and I want to go another, I am afraid it upsets her that I don't obey. Mercy, me. I feel guilty if I don't obey a GPS unit? Maybe we shouldn't name "her" and I will remember IT has no feelings. On that note, I am using those little Crest white strips and it says to use them ONCE a day - for 14 days. I don't think I have that long of an attention span and so decided to use it twice a day for 7 days. I was kind of bothered, wondering if it would work. RR had to tell convince me, teeth can't tell time.
(p.s. Samantha, I am really sorry about last night. I wasn't driving it was RR. He was distracted by the big Christmas tree and just had to go see it all lite up with Christmas lights, and then he didn't want to go on Pines - that is why you had to do all that recalculating recalculating, when I drive, we will do better, I promise.)
Some things get better with age...some things, not so much. I think my journals are getting better. I am braver with the stitching, stuffing and general messiness. My body, well not so much.
I am sending this little guy off to NieNie today - perhaps she will review it on her blog. Have you seen her blog and heard her story? Get ready to read about a real live HERO. Even though her body is greatly burned...she IS getting better with age. An inspiration.