Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This past Friday night, we welcomed home our sweet friends and their new baby girl Lane from China. Here we are- three mommas with our sweet girls! We are so happy the Rapers are home and now trying to recover from jet lag. I followed their journey while they were in china. Oh what sweet memories! I can't wait for. Our girls to become sweet BFF's.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Craig started 200 million flowers an adoption agency to help others with adoption. Check them out- www.200millionflowers.org. Thank you Craig!!!!
Our church had a ceremony that was so precious. Jeff our campus pastor has prayed over and dedicated 2 of our children. All three have been dedicated in the same church just different buildings. We stood down front and as Jeff prayed for us, tears streamed down my face. We are so blessed to be parents to all 3 of our precious children. We pray daily that God will guide us and help us to be Godly parents.
What a cutie!! Love this age.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
She is a little under weight but had gained a pound since we got her. We learned more about her bonding and attachment.
She is very friendly to strangers, our friends and our neighbors, which we didn't realize was a bad thing. We are trying to
teach her she needs to depend on Mom and Dad, to trust us and not seek out others. (you wouldn't want your little one to
be overly friendly to a stranger and neither do we). She does need ear tubes and we plan to have that done here at home.
Overall we were pleased with her evaluation. She is very attached to mama and is learning more about dada. She loves to play with
Mike and the boys. She is really picking up our language- she can say mama, dada, more, water- comes out wa, up, down, Matt
Efan (Ethan) Mimi, Grammy, papa, no no, yes, milk, anna, nitenite, bye bye, ut oh, scram cat. She even repeated have a good day yesterday.
The boys are having fun playing and teaching her new things and even teasing her!! Oh how that drives me crazy. Brotherly love.
We had a wonderful Easter weekend. My sister in law and nephew came to see us a few days before Easter. We enjoyed our visit!
Easter day we had family here for an egg hunt and a nice meal. Great day! Praise the Lord. He is Risen. Thank you Jesus. I am reminded every day - it was hard for Jesus to be obedient to His calling- to die for our sins even though he was blameless. When I start thinking something is too hard for me to do, get through. I just think of the cross. Thankful Jesus didn't think it was too hard.
I want to again thank all our friends and family for continuing to pray for our family as we are grafted and bonded together. God is kniting our family together day by day. Some days are easier than others, lots of laughs, smiles and new adventures for us, but we also have some tears, anger and frustration from learning about each other. I am learning to talk more to my kids and explain why things happen. Like why Anna cries when she thinks we are going to take something from her. It's funny she will whimper right before she cries and the boys say here she goes!! They know when she is about to cry over something. Sometimes it's just lack of understanding and our language.
Oh how I love all the kiddos! I will post a picture from Easter. I'll say its not the best but best I could get.
Monday, March 26, 2012
On Thursday we made our first trip to Walley World. She did great! She just rides and talks to me.
Over the weekend, Anna met and played with all the neighbors kids. We have lots of kids ranging from age 2-10 in the homes next to us. There's 12 kids to 5 houses. The adults are out numbered! We all meet up in the front yards and watch the kids ride bikes and play. Anna fit right in with all the kiddos. Sophia, who is 3 even gave Anna her old radio flyer tricycle. How sweet!
Saturday was just as busy. Anna and I went to my friend Gingers house for a mentoring meeting. Anna had lots of fun playing with all the ladies and eating brunch. After a nap I took her to buy her first pair of sandals. Oh, she picked out a bright pink pair! She's definitely a girly girl
Sunday we all went to church. It was a bittersweet day at church. It was our last day to meet at RHS, we are moving to our new location next Sunday. I was so happy to go and worship there one last time. Lots of memories in that building. Ethan had his baby dedication there and Matthew was baptized there and now it was Anna's first worship service with us. AHhhh.
After church we met our precious friends, ( mike and I feel like they are our mentors) Bill and Becky for lunch to share about our travels and for them to meet Anna. We are so blessed!!!
Like I said we had a busy week and I know I left out lots of details and others she met on the way.
I think we are all finally over jet lag and are starting to get into a new routine that works for all of us.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
She's exploring a little bit in the house trying to figure out what she can and can't play with and where the snacks are kept. Ha! I think she's a goat! Haha. Eats just like the boys do.
I am trying to transition her to her crib, tonight was the first time she slept in it more than 3 hours. Ethan showed her yesterday that her crib was okay by getting in it and laying down and holding my hand through the slats. That's what she did last night to go to sleep held my hand. So sweet.
I guess the honeymoon phase for the boys is pretty much over they have begun to treat her like they treat each other with a bit of brotherly harassment. She gives it right back to them. It's funny. They love her so much.
We are so happy to be a family of 5. There have been some tough times with the adjustment but we are just praising the Lord for all his provisions and pressing forward.
Keep praying for all of us to get well from our colds/ respiratory gunk. It makes a grouchy birdsong house.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Anna had a hard night, this baby girl has just endured 3 flights, a car seat ride and a new environment to sleep and live in. She was fussy crying on and off through the night. Fortunately, Mike and Anna are still asleep. Can I say, AHhhh my bed never felt better. Thank you mom for nice clean sheets and a frig with food inside. Thank you Aunt Susan for the LSU blankets and notes to the boys, they love them!
Thank you sweet friends for all the prayers words of encouragement, sweet gifts at the airport, but most of all your friendships and blessing of prayers you poured out on our family while we were gone. Your prayers were felt and carried us through the last 2 weeks. We still need prayers as we recuperate from all the travel and sickness and for Anna as she transitions to her new home.
We are praising the Lord for all the great things he has done and is doing for us! We want to bring HIM glory and praise!
I promise to post more pictures once I download them.
The boys ate yogurt and goldfish for breakfast. Ha! I guess that's better than bacon and donuts they ate the last 2 weeks. So, glad to drink water from the tap. So grateful for all the blessing God has poured out on us.
Love you all! Can't wait for many of you to meet our girl!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Pray for us all and the long flight. She is VERY busy and doesn't sit still much. It should be interesting. Pray we all get some sleep on the plane. We are anxious to get home and mike and I are getting tired!!! Pray for patience with all the kids and safe travels. We praise the Lord for all he has done for us while we have been here. We have all been safe, well and had a wonderful time. The Lord has connected our family in such a special way over the last 9 days. We are now
Family of 5!!
Love to all
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Monday, March 12, 2012
Today we have our consulate appointment. This is where we get the princesses visa! Our last step before coming home. Yay! We are ready to see our families, eat normal food and sleep in our own beds! Anna slept in her crib all night last nite for the first time and she is barely crying when I put her to bed. She must of ruled the house where she lived. She expects to get her way. Mike and I have had to put our foot down a few times, she get mad and cries but gets over it quickly. Mainly about her shoes/ socks, wearing her bib and sharing sometimes. She eats anything, even French fries and ketchup with the boys. Will post some more pictures later.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
We are all ready to come home. Especially the boys. They are getting tired of eating the same foods over and over. Breakfast for them- bacon, donut or toast. After 2 weeks of that I'd be sick of it too. Don't get me wrong they have many choices at breakfast. That's just what they are choosing each day. Can you say Flintstone vitamins while we are here. Yes!
Anna is still adjusting well. Have I said she does not like to wear shoes or socks? She wants to take them off while we are out and it's cold here. No ma'am. She doesn't like being told no.. It's funny if I tell her no, she wants Mike, if he tells her no she wants me. I think she's trying to work us over. Not happening. Girl is smart! She is funny, when she goes potty she sings this little song while she goes. At bed time she twirls her hair just before she falls asleep. She loves the stroller. Oh, and she loves to dance. The last few days we have put on music and let the kids dance around and she loves it. She grabs Mikes hands and dances with him. Have I said yet, daddy is smitten with little princess.
Tomorrow the zoo, after we go get her TB skin test checked. Which looks normal to me.
I'm looking forward to the zoo. Hoping for nice weather and no rain.
4 more days. Not looking forward to the long flight home but know we will see smiling faces once we get home. I'm sure I'm going to look like a zombie. Ha.
Love to all. Miss y'all
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
We have met so many neat families from all over the US. While we were at the medical a lady had on a wild olive tee and I told her oh we did a fundraiser with them. By my sunrise she said I'm Amy with WOT. She recognized our names. She is here adopting too.
Our girl is doing well. She eats great and is very interactive with us. She is still sorrowful at times. Mainly when she wakes up or goes to sleep. Pray peace for her and a good night sleep for all.
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Friday, March 9, 2012
I had a special present for her FM and FD. I asked her to open her gift and explained my friend Ginger made the necklace I gave her and it was my way of saying thank you. She accepted it and put it on. We then took a few pictures together. Mike and the boys went to meet her next. The boys only said hello but mike stayed and visited for a while telling her more about our community and our backyard were Anna will play and be safe. That seemed to comfort her. We were told while we were switching her husband called wanting to know if she got to see Anna and she said no and cried a little. Jenny told us the dad probably was too attached to her and just could not bear the day. Rose also told us how funny Anna is and how she would play hide and seek when she would visit their home. Rose would make weekly visits to each home to check on the children.
What a wonderful blessing meeting this lady who put so much love into our daughter. This was their 4th child to foster and have a 14 year old son. I also got her email to send updates and pictures to her.
We spent a little more time with Jenny and her husband. I can't say enough nice things about them. Wonderful people. They plan to move back to the states in July. I can't wait to see them again. The boys got to try Chinese Oreos at their house and play with all their little boys toys. They loved it.
It was an emotional day but so glad we were able to see her foster family. One day I know she will cherish those sweet memories.
Tomorrow is her medical visit.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
We also walked across the street to a really nice mall. Wow, it was so expensive. We were looking for a few things for Anna, it's cooler than I planned for her. Thank goodness I found a couple of outfits and they were 1/2 off, still more than I wanted to spend. If you know me well, I don't like to pay full price for clothes, but she had to have a few things. I think on Saturday we will be able to shop in a more reasonable place.
Ethan asked today if we were going home tomorrow. When I told him we had 7 more days. He said "what" you've got to be kidding me.
Yes we are ready to come home too. I can't wait to see all our family and friends. And most of all sleep in my own bed with out 3 kids beside me. We all are finally sleeping a 8-9 hour night. I'm still waking up at 5 am but resting well.
Im sorry if this is so random just getting everything off my mind.
Love to all. Pray for a sweet time with her foster family on Friday( today as i type) Mike and I will take turns visiting with them without Anna present. I'm a little nervous meeting her foster mom. I'm so grateful for all she has done for Anna. She has been well taken care of over this last year. PTL
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
We have another free day of sightseeing this morning. It has been neat to see how different her culture is from ours.
Oh, yesterday morning Ethan was a superstar. It was hilarious. These 3 Chinese women came up to him in the hotel wanting to take their pictures with him. He wouldn't have anything to do with it at first. But soon warmed up to the idea. I think they took 10 pictures of him. I guess red hair is unusual here. We have gotten quite a few looks on the street too. People almost twisting their necks off to look at us. Not sure of its just Ethan's hair or just our crazy crew.
Love to all
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
She had her first bath- in the sink. She wasn't too sure about when I poured water over her head but did great. She is eating really well we went to a Mexican restaurant tonight and she had beans and rice and tortillas. Welcome to the Birdsong family- we love Mexican.
A few things about her- she's very busy, likes to climb, she has a sweet laugh, she loves to play with her dad and brothers.
Tomorrow and Thursday we have a leisurely days. Yay! We are all tired and it will be great to go at our own pace. Friday we plan to travel 1 1/2 hrs from here to meet with her foster family. Saturday we have her medical exam and TB test. So continue to pray for bonding and attachment. She is calling me MaMa and will go to Mike if you say go to daddy. Pray we all continue to stay well and enjoy our time here.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Once we returned to the hotel, I decide to change her diaper and to my surprise she wasn't wet. I took her to potty and she went. Wow! She seemed very excited running around our room. Oh my! The boys were really excited too. I finally got a little food down them all and got PJ's on all. Bed time was heart breaking for me. Anna cried and cried, I snuggled her tight and she fell asleep. I tried to let her sleep in her crib but about 30-45 minutes later she began crying again. So this momma just snuggled her up tight, telling her all is okay, we love you and are never going to leave you. After a while, I think from exhaustion she fell asleep. I slept with all three kids in the bed. She did sleep most of the night. PTL.
Today is a full day, we go back civil affairs office at 9am where we do the official paperwork for her adoption. Which will take about 3 hours. Then this afternoon at 3pm we go to the police station to work on her passport documents. It's going to be a long day.
The boys have been real troopers, pray for them to be patient today. Pray for Anna to continue to bond and adjust to us.
Love to all
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Sunday, March 4, 2012
Yesterday, we met 9 other families that are here to get their children, most from the South but a few from other places. What a blessing to see all these families doing what they were called to do. Here at the hotel we see families everywhere with little ones,they are all so precious. It just breaks my heart.
The boys ate McDonalds yesterday for lunch, we do get lots of looks, I think it's Ethan's red hair but everyone is very friendly. At lunch a waitress gave the boys a very tiny ice cream cone just to be friendly. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen. It was so small, I mean tiny. It basically was a taster cup size of ice cream. I took a picture but haven't downloaded yet.
We are all starting to settle in to the hotel and hopefully a routine.
I found out last night that Anna did not go back to the orphanage but was able to stay with her foster family until she comes to us today. Yay! PTL.
Post again soon, next time with pictures of Anna!!!!
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Saturday, March 3, 2012
We love you all. Will post pics soon.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Yesterday was Mikes's Birthday! I won't share his age, let's just say we aren't spring chickens at our house. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful, caring and Christ seeking hubby. He blesses our family way beyond my imagination. I love you sweetheart. Happy Day!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
We got to celebrate a little early for Chinese New Year this Friday night. We welcomed home our friends The Millers and their 2 boys Daniel and David from China. It was so sweet seeing these precious boys with Mary and Lee.
Our boys made a welcome home sign and just loved watching them come home. They are very excited about their baby sister that will soon be here with us.
We also went to an authentic Chinese restaurant and enjoyed some delicous food prior to going to the airport. It was Matthew and Ethan's first time to eat authentic Chinese food. They really liked the fried rice and eggrolls. I know we will eats lots of yummy food while we are in China.
Welcome Home Miller Family!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Yay. What a sweet gift! So, what does that mean, well from my understanding TA usually takes 3 weeks give or take few days with the Holidays. Then you usually travel 2-3 weeks after you get a call with your approval. Meaning we should travel in February.
I will post again once we get all our info for those few followers of our blog. Pray with us For Anna Kathryn. Pray God is preparing her for our family, that everything will go as smooth as possible when we travel. We will take our boys too. I can't wait!!