Thursday, September 17, 2015

A few words...

Okay...tonight I will actually type a few words....maybe.  It is amazing how tired I get with Handsome and The Helper gone.  Some of it is physical, a lot of it is just emotional.  I miss having my best friend coming in the door at night and hearing him tell me all about his day.  I miss laughing with him over the silly things the kids have done or have him tell me it is okay when we have a bad day....

The Helper is awesome with pictures and videos - which is good - if it was just Handsome, I don't know that I would hear a whole lot! ;-)  But it isn't the same as having them home...but anyway....

My prayer for quite a while has been that this trip would not only be smoother than Bulgaria, but that they would enjoy it.  This was a stretch as both Handsome and I are home-bodies and Handsome hates to fly.  After all the difficulties in Bulgaria with Serenity and Hope, we were both gritting our teeth a bit over this trip.  However, God in His gracious kindness, has fully answered my prayers ~ Handsome is really enjoying China.  He is gaining a heart and love for the people there and is beginning to grasp Eric Liddel's passion for these people to hear the gospel.  To truly be free in Christ.

Brooke is a dolly.  She loves her Daddy.  But, she is grieving.  She was loved and dearly cared for at her first home.  Then, before Handsome came, she was moved back to the orphanage by China's policy.  So a huge change and shock...then she is handed over to her new Daddy and Sis - a wonderful thing - but she doesn't know that yet. :(  She is very slender and very light weight.  Her hair is pretty thin.  She is very constipated.  They have to coax her into eating.   I am wondering if she has some type of allergy or tummy issue - or if it is just grief.  She NEEDS her nap each day or a meltdown is sure to come.  It starts off as a pouty cry but blossoms into full howling pretty quickly.  However, she LOVES to sing and dance.  She loves to play with balls.  She loves to be held by her Daddy.



Jillian is another little fireball.  It must be an Apert's thing....just like Serenity!  She has been over-the-moon thrilled to have her Sister's undivided attention.  My guess is that even though she was well taken care of, there was not a lot of one-on-one attention - so she is going to just soak that up!  Her hands (being completely fused) are very limiting.  When she first came to Handsome and Sis, she couldn't hold her own cup, but she has figured that out very quickly!  Now she is also figuring out how to use both hands to get some food to her mouth.  She laughs and taunts and plays.  She has a DIMPLE. :)  Another little firecracker to light up our lives with joy (and a more than a little naughtiness!).



Tonight (daytime in China), they are flying to Guangzhou.  It is about a 90 minute flight.  It will be past the girls' bedtime by the time they get to the hotel, so it may be a little rough.  Praying once again, for God's perfect plan - either smooth travels or strength for Handsome and Sis as the girls fuss.  In Guangzhou, they will complete the US Visa part of the adoption and will be flying home 6 days from now.....oh, how happy I will be!

Please pray for strength and joy and smooth paperwork to continue.  Pray for my kiddos at home as they will adjust to two new siblings. 

Life is just not still or quiet right now.  The Testy Chef and The Warrior got their licenses this week - wow.  It has been nice already to be able to send them out on errands. :)  Tonight, The Testy Chef is driving the kids to and from AWANA!  What a change this is for me!  I am still a little nervous...

Trying to take a deep breath, but that may not happen right now...I will praise the Lord through it all...

Until He comes....

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