Saturday, February 14, 2015

Here she is!

They did make it home at midnight.  We are all tired and sipping coffee.  Serenity is ready to take on the world!  They said to keep her arm propped up all day...um, okay, I will also try to hold back the ocean tide while I am at it.....

Love this precious girl!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Quick update

Serenity was supposed to have surgery at 1 p.m.  Supposed to.  Instead, they finally started surgery at 3:45.  It was supposed to be a 2 hour surgery.  Supposed to.  Handsome called me at 6 p.m. and they had just come out with an update....They said it will most likely be a couple more HOURS.  They said that there was not any complications, they were just taking their time and being thorough. 

Wow.

We are hoping that Serenity, Handsome, and The Helper are home before midnight.  We are praying that they do not keep her overnight as Handsome has to work tomorrow.

Please continue to lift her up in your prayers.

I will update in the morning.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Urgent Need

Little Ashlyn is in desperate need of  a family.  She is 17 months old and has some severe heart defects.  Amazing things can be done in the US, but beyond that, the love of a family and knowing you belong effects down to the soul.  More can be read here.  Please pray for a family to move forward for this tiny little blessing.  Pray for their needs to be meet to be able to move swiftly.  How my heart breaks!



Monday, February 9, 2015

Was that the calm? I think I missed it....

I always have to laugh (or cry) when I realize that we have gone through the "calm" before the storm....and we missed it! :)  I think it is another one of those times.  After Serenity's long hospital stay in Oct/Nov, it was time to launch into Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In that time, we began our paperwork for the adoption of our newest blessings, waiting far away....Then it was "holiday-detox" time - with continuing social worker visits, a million or so doctors' appointments as each kiddo needs to been seen by a doctor for the home study, more paperwork, and just busy everyday life.  

I had just taken a deep breath and smiled at the relatively empty calendar.  Even as I did so, I thought, "This isn't going to last!"....Sure enough!  I got several phone calls last week as the doctors at Children's had another "round table" discussion on what is next for Serenity and Hope. 

The amazing hand surgeon has been chomping at the bit to "release" the fingers on Serenity's hands.  She has an amazing ability to use them already with only the thumbs and one finger free.  The other kids are a little afraid she will have super powers if they are all free!

In Bulgaria, they had released finger on the right hand - but she is left-handed! :(  So the doctor is starting with her left hand this time.  Amazingly, it is only a day surgery - on February 13th.  Then six weeks later, he will do the right hand.  We are still waiting to find out if they are going to release all the fingers, or just the pinkies and pointers.  In general, we move the two middle fingers together unless it is a specific task like typing, playing the piano, etc.  If I understand it right, it will depend on if the bones are fused together as well as other things like her fingernails, amount of skin, etc.

Okay....got those on my calendar - along with all the pre-ops and post-ops visits.  Oh, yes, they are also going to do the sedated hearing test that we couldn't do with the second hand surgery.  Hooray for combo visits!

Umm, not done yet.  She will have her front vault expansion surgery (her forehead) in June.  Oooh, okay, will pray it will not effect the extended family camping trip.

Oh, yes, and the doctors also discussed Hope.  Her facial surgery will be this year.  (I get butterflies just thinking about it!)  It turns out that there is a doctor who will be leaving (I believe this is an internship) in July and she is begging to be part of Hope's surgery as it is so very rare.  So it is being scheduled for May.  Gulp.  I am very, very excited and nervous at the same time.  It is hard to explain.  I want this for her - for her vision, for eating, for the stigma that is on her because of it.  But I fell in love with her precious little face exactly the way it is - how can I say goodbye to it?  Just picture someone you love - and then picture their face being changed forever.....You will always love them...but there will also be some grieving as the changes come.  I also worry for her little heart.  Any change is hard on her.  Even if I change the spoon or the bowl I feed her with - it throws her for a loop.  I just don't know how her little heart will handle the hospital stay.  I don't have a lot of details yet on the length of the stay, so I am just trying to lay it at my Savior's feet.

One of the good things of all of this is that the major surgeries will be done before it is time for Handsome to go get Brooke and Jillian from their home country.  I am very, very thankful for that.  But it does mean that the pace of life will be picking up very quickly around here.  I have to take a deep breath, thank God for His goodness, and get us ready for the next journey.

Please pray for our pixie-girl this week.  Pray for our paperwork to continue to move forward for the adoption.  We should have our home study in hand this week.  We will immediately send it on to USCIS for immigration approval.  In approx 6-8 weeks, we will have that approval and can move on to get all the pieces of our dossier authenticated at the state, then the federal level, as well as from the Chinese embassy.  Again, another couple of weeks, is my understanding.  Then FINALLY, we can send the dossier to China and just wait and pray as it goes through their system.  Some days it is so hard to wait...

Until He comes....